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When is Alaska Day in 2024?

Alaska Day in 2024 is on the Friday, 18th of Oct (10/18/2024).

Alaska Day is on the 292th day of 2024. There are 74 days left in the year.

Alaska Day Facts

  • Date: Oct 18, 2024
  • Regional
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  • Celebrations: Celebrations; Parades, street marches, sporting activities
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Alaska is located at the extreme northwest of the United States of America. Its name comes from the Aleut word Alyeska which means The Great Land. The state of Alaska hosts different cultures, with over 20 indigenous languages spoken. The great land is known for its beautiful nature, such as volcanoes, water bodies, and a coastline that touches three different seas; Artic, the Pacific Ocean, and Bering sea.

What is Alaska Day?

The Russians colonized Alaska for 68 years before the Russians suffered economically after their defeat in the Crimean War. As a result, the Russian Empire signed a treaty with the then US secretary William H. Seward that saw the US buy Alaska from the Russians for $7.2 million. Most Americans considered the purchase of Alaska as a waste of money, and they nicknamed the state 'Seward's Folly.' Although many people regarded it as a cold, barren and useless land, Seward viewed it as an additional landmass of the United States. Miraculously, gold was discovered later along Klondike River, and soon Alaska became a land of investors. In October 1867, the Russian flag was lowered at the governor's house and was replaced by the US flag. In 1917, Alaska's day was declared a public holiday and had since been celebrated every year to commemorate Alaska's formal transfer from the Russians to the United States.

When is Alaska Day?

Every year, on October 18th, the citizens of Alaska celebrate Alaska Day with great pomp and enthusiasm.

Is Alaska Day a public holiday?

Alaska Day is a public holiday and a day off for the general population in Alaska. If the day is on the weekend, the observation is pushed to the nearest weekday. When Alaska Day falls on Saturday, the holiday is observed on Friday. At the same time, the holiday is celebrated on Monday when the holiday falls on Sunday. The Alaska people then end up having a long free weekend.

What is open or closed on Alaska Day?

As an official state holiday, government offices, the court system, schools, banks, post offices, and most businesses remain closed in Alaska.

Things to do on Alaska Day?

Alaskans have every reason to celebrate the day their state became part of the United States territory. Parades and street marches are usually held in Sitka, the capital city of Alaska. The parade is made colorful by the marching army and military bands, decorated classic vehicles, and costumed Alaskans on the streets. The parade often concludes at the exact site where the reenactment of the flag-raising ceremony occurred in 1867.

Immediately after the parade, a repeat of the reenactment ceremony back in 1867 is usually conducted on Castle Hill in Sitka. The military troops fire a salute as the Russian flag gets lowered while another salute is fired as the US flag is raised. After that, the original transfer proclamations are read, and that concludes the ceremony.

The Sitka's Alaska Day is one event you don't want to miss as a resident of Sitka. You will need to attend dressed in the nineteenth century styled semi-formal wear. The festival also involves costume promenade and a display of native regalia. You may just be lucky to go home with a variety of awards and prizes if your outfit is chosen the best. Other cultural performances conducted during the ball include folk dancing and showcasing music in Russian traditions.

You could also attend a range of sporting activities often held on this historic day. Such include races for athletes, kayakers, and bicyclists. A croquet tournament and annual biathlon sports are also held in some areas.

As a patriotic citizen, you may visit the military memorial service held at the Sitka National Cemetery. It is an honor to remember the great men and women who have died in their line of service while serving the great state of Alaska.

Alaska Day Observances

  • Sun
  • Oct 18, 2020
  • Mon
  • Oct 18, 2021
  • Tue
  • Oct 18, 2022
  • Wed
  • Oct 18, 2023
  • Fri
  • Oct 18, 2024

List of State Holidays of Alaska in 2024

MondayMonJan 01, 2024Jan 01New Year's Day
MondayMonJan 15, 2024Jan 15MLK Jr.'s Birthday
MondayMonFeb 19, 2024Feb 19Presidents' Day
MondayMonMar 25, 2024Mar 25Seward's Day
MondayMonMay 27, 2024May 27Memorial Day
ThursdayThuJul 04, 2024Jul 04Independence Day (observed)
MondayMonSep 02, 2024Sep 02Labor Day
FridayFriOct 18, 2024Oct 18Alaska Day
MondayMonNov 11, 2024Nov 11Veterans Day
ThursdayThuNov 28, 2024Nov 28Thanksgiving Day
WednesdayWedDec 25, 2024Dec 25Christmas

List of Popular Celebration Days of United States in 2024

FridayFriJan 12, 2024Jan 12National Pharmacists Day
FridayFriJan 19, 2024Jan 19National Popcorn Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02Groundhog Day
FridayFriFeb 02, 2024Feb 02National Wear Red Day
WednesdayWedFeb 07, 2024Feb 07National Signing Day
FridayFriFeb 09, 2024Feb 09National Pizza Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13Galentine's Day
TuesdayTueFeb 13, 2024Feb 13National Pancake Day
WednesdayWedFeb 14, 2024Feb 14Valentine's Day
ThursdayThuFeb 15, 2024Feb 15National Bagel Day
SundaySunFeb 18, 2024Feb 18National Drink Wine Day
ThursdayThuFeb 22, 2024Feb 22National Margarita Day
ThursdayThuFeb 29, 2024Feb 29Leap Day
FridayFriMar 01, 2024Mar 01National Employee Appreciation Day
ThursdayThuMar 07, 2024Mar 07National Cereal Day
SundaySunMar 10, 2024Mar 10Daylight savings
MondayMonMar 11, 2024Mar 11National Napping Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Walkout Day
ThursdayThuMar 14, 2024Mar 14National Pi Day
WednesdayWedMar 20, 2024Mar 20National Proposal Day
SaturdaySatMar 23, 2024Mar 23National Puppy Day
SaturdaySatMar 30, 2024Mar 30National Doctor Day
WednesdayWedApr 03, 2024Apr 03National Walking Day
ThursdayThuApr 04, 2024Apr 04National Burrito Day
SundaySunApr 07, 2024Apr 07National Beer Day
ThursdayThuApr 11, 2024Apr 11National Pet Day
FridayFriApr 12, 2024Apr 12National Grilled Cheese Day
ThursdayThuMay 02, 2024May 02National Day Of Prayer
SundaySunMay 12, 2024May 12Mother's Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Towel Day
SaturdaySatMay 25, 2024May 25National Wine Day
FridayFriJun 07, 2024Jun 07National Donut Day
SaturdaySatJun 08, 2024Jun 08National Best Friends Day
SundaySunJun 16, 2024Jun 16Father's Day
FridayFriJun 21, 2024Jun 21National Selfie Day
SaturdaySatJun 22, 2024Jun 22National Kissing Day
SaturdaySatJul 13, 2024Jul 13National French Fry Day
SundaySunJul 14, 2024Jul 14National Nude Day
WednesdayWedJul 17, 2024Jul 17National Hot Dog Day
SundaySunJul 21, 2024Jul 21National Ice Cream Day
TuesdayTueJul 23, 2024Jul 23Amazon Prime Day
WednesdayWedJul 24, 2024Jul 24National Tequila Day
MondayMonJul 29, 2024Jul 29National Chicken Wing Day
ThursdayThuAug 01, 2024Aug 01National Girlfriends Day
SundaySunAug 04, 2024Aug 04National Sister Day
WednesdayWedSep 18, 2024Sep 18National Cheeseburger Day
ThursdayThuOct 03, 2024Oct 03National Boyfriends Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Vodka Day
FridayFriOct 04, 2024Oct 04National Taco Day
WednesdayWedOct 09, 2024Oct 09Leif Erikson Day
SaturdaySatOct 19, 2024Oct 19Sweetest Day
TuesdayTueOct 29, 2024Oct 29National Cat Day
ThursdayThuOct 31, 2024Oct 31Halloween
SundaySunNov 03, 2024Nov 03National Sandwich Day
FridayFriNov 29, 2024Nov 29Black Friday
MondayMonDec 02, 2024Dec 02Cyber Monday
SaturdaySatDec 07, 2024Dec 07Candle Day
MondayMonDec 09, 2024Dec 09National Pastry Day
FridayFriDec 20, 2024Dec 20National Ugly Sweater day