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National North Dakota Day – April 19, 2023

National North Dakota Day is celebrated in America on April 19 every year. The day is significant as it brings to mind the culture, landscape, tourist sites, food, and everything there is to love about Noth Dakota. North Dakota is also known as the Peace Garden state and is known to grow more sunflowers than any other state. It has one National Grassland and 18 State Parks. It also houses a lot of monuments such as the World’s Largest Buffalo, located at Frontier Village in Jamestown. A lot of celebrities over the years have North Dakota backgrounds, making the state a breeding ground for good talents as well.

History of National North Dakota Day

North Dakota has been known by many names over the years, such as the ‘Flickertail State’ because of the prevalence of Squirrels there to ‘Rough Rider State’ in honor of the brigade that fought in the Spanish-American war alongside the 26th President of the United States of America, Theodore Roosevelt, to the ‘Peace Garden state,’ to celebrate ​​the International Peace Garden, which was established in 1932 to honor the lasting peace between the United States and Canada. The International Peace Garden overlaps both nations.

Native Americans were the original settlers in North Dakota thousand years ago and then came the first Europeans, who explored the area in the 18th century and established some trade with the natives. The major tribes then were the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Sioux, and Chippewa. In the 19th century, the area of what is now known as North Dakota was part of the Minnesota Territory and then the Dakota Territory which then led to North Dakota gaining statehood in 1889. After gaining statehood, in a bid to attract immigrants, the state officials broadcast widely pamphlets and newspaper accounts celebrating the “Myth of North Dakota” which promised the American dream and some other attractive incentives. It worked well as settlers came by 1910, with the largest numbers comprising German Americans, Scandinavian Americans, and Americans from the East Coast.

North Dakota’s economy since its early days has been heavily based on the production of agricultural products, ranging from Livestock farming such as Cattle rearing to Crop farming, such as Wheat and Flaxseed. This is very much helped by the railroads in the state.

National North Dakota Day timeline

18th Century
Europeans Explore North Dakota

Europeans explore what is now known as North Dakota.

19th Century
North Dakota is Known as Minnesota Territory

Now North Dakota is part of the Minnesota Territory.

1889
North Dakota Gains State Hood

North and South Dakota gain statehood

1910
Settlers Move into North Dakota

A large number of settlers move to North Dakota.

National North Dakota Day FAQs

When is National North Dakota Day celebrated?

It is celebrated on April 19 every year.

When is National South Dakota Day celebrated?

It is celebrated on April 26 every year

When did North Dakota gain statehood?

North and South Dakota gained statehood on November 2, 1889

How to Observe National North Dakota Day

  1. Eat a local dish from North Dakota

    Celebrate National North Dakota Day by preparing or eating a local dish from North Dakota. This helps you appreciate the culture even more as North Dakota is home to some classic dishes.

  2. Visit a Park in North Dakota

    Visit a Park in North Dakota to experience the ambiance and wonderful natural sights North Dakota has to offer. The sights are such a beauty to behold and will leave you wanting more.

  3. Spread awareness about North Dakota Day

    Get others to join in the celebration by spreading awareness about North Dakota Day. The more, the merrier right?

5 Historic Sites You Should Visit In North Dakota

  1. Theodore Roosevelt National Park

    Dedicated to the 26th President of the United States, the badlands of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park would be the highlight of any trip to North Dakota.

  2. National Buffalo Museum

    North America is home to a large number of Buffalos and North Dakota isn’t left out as it houses a large number of them as well.

  3. Knife River Indian Villages

    The rich culture of the Mandan and Hidatsa Indians can be experienced here

  4. North Dakota Heritage Center

    This place is rich in history as it houses four museums to visit

  5. Scandinavian Heritage Park

    The outdoor Museum showcases the Scandinavian culture in the countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland

Why National North Dakota Day is Important

  1. It helps us appreciate diverse cultures

    North Dakota is very rich culturally and so it helps ap[reciate the diverse cultures. From Scandinavian to Native American to Indian and European cultures, North Dakota houses all.

  2. It promotes tourism

    Getting others to know about the history of North Dakota and its wonderful sights helps attract more visitors. This promotes tourism and does well for the State’s economy

  3. It educates children

    Educating children and even adults on their history is one of the best ways to build a state. When they are more aligned with their history, they grow fonder of the State and want to even make it better.

National North Dakota Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 19Wednesday
2024April 19Friday
2025April 19Saturday
2026April 19Sunday
2027April 19Monday

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