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National South Dakota Day – April 26, 2025

National South Dakota Day is celebrated on April 26 to recognize the 40th state to join the union. National South Dakota day celebrates its luscious forest, high trails, and deep valleys, hoping to attract more visitors to this underrated state. South Dakota is a large state but is one of the least populated ones, and this holiday hopes to show people what South Dakota has to offer. It’s home to Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, Wind Cave National Park, and many other wonders. Stay on the path for a safe journey or stray off it to find a great adventure.

History of National South Dakota Day

South Dakota became the 40th state to enter the union on November 2, 1889. It’s one of the least populated states in America. South Dakota is part of the Great Plains and takes its name from the Lakota and Dakota tribes of North America. South Dakota is one of the larger states in America, but it’s also the 5th least populated, making it a great place to live in or visit. Its capital city is Pierre, though the largest city is Sioux Falls. Most visitors in South Dakota will make sure to tour Sioux Falls’ historical sights. It’s the biggest city in South Dakota and has some of its most breathtaking views.

South Dakota is rich with Native American history. It has been inhabited by many Native American tribes over the centuries. In the 14th century, Native American tribes fought a brutal battle that killed many women and children, known as the Crow Creek massacre. It’s unclear what initiated the battle, but it’s hypothesized that they fought over farmland because of overpopulation and unstable climate.

The Vérendrye brothers were the first Europeans to journey to the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains from 1742 to 1743. The region was claimed by France and later became part of Spanish Louisiana from 1762 to 1801. The land was initially inhabited by the Arikara tribe, but they were later replaced by the Sioux tribe. Finally, in 1803, Louisiana was purchased by the United States. National South Dakota Day is now celebrated to remind people of the state’s rich history. There are many historical sites to visit and beautiful landscapes to explore. This holiday aims to attract more people to this state so that they too can enjoy its beauty.

National South Dakota Day timeline

Before 5000 B.C.
The First Inhabitants

The first known inhabitants are the Caledonian hunter-gatherers.

14th Century
The Crow Creek Massacre

Native Americans fight in what is now known as the Crow Creek massacre, the reason for which is unknown.

First European Contact

The Vérendrye brothers explore what is now South Dakota, claiming it for France.

The Louisiana Purchase

The U.S. purchases Louisiana from Napoleon.

The Union

South Dakota becomes part of the union.

National South Dakota Day FAQs

What is South Dakota known for?

Most visitors come to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore, the Badlands, and Wind Cave.

Is South Dakota a good place to live?

South Dakota has a good quality of life and a strong economy. It’s great for families looking to experience all four seasons. It also has no income tax.

What is the best city in South Dakota?

Sioux Falls is the best city to live in, with many historical sites.

National South Dakota Day Activities

  1. Take a road trip

    The best way to celebrate this fun holiday is to pack your bags, gather your friends, and set off on a new adventure. South Dakota has many great wonders to visit, from some of the best national parks in the country to great historical locations. There’s something there for everyone.

  2. Relocate

    If you’ve been searching for a new place to call your home, look no further! Moving to South Dakota means having all the time in the world to experience all its wonders. It has all four seasons and is much less costly than other states with no personal tax income.

  3. Plan a trip

    Can’t visit just yet? Do some research and ask around to plan the perfect trip. The winters can be brutal, so we suggest visiting in May or October for a more temperate holiday.

5 Strange Facts About South Dakota

  1. It brought the world many great things

    The best things that came out of South Dakota are Bob Barker, host of “The Price is Right,” and Sue, the lesser-known but equally important Tyrannosaurus rex — the best preserved and most complete T-rex found.

  2. It has some strange laws

    If your weekend plans include falling asleep in a cheese factory, or going on a walk with your horse and leaving it resting in a fountain pant-less, then you will become a wanted felon.

  3. It’s home to an interesting sport

    South Dakota hosts the Mashed Potato Wrestling Contest.

  4. They built Mount Rushmore

    Mount Rushmore has been around for 14 years and cost $1 million to create at the time.

  5. It has a corn palace

    In 1892, a palace made out of corn was built in Mitchell S.D.

Why We Love National South Dakota Day

  1. It’s rich in Native American history

    It’s home to the Sioux tribe. It has preserved historical sites such as Cascade Springs, Gold Mountain Mine, and many others.

  2. The wildlife is everywhere

    Nature seeps into the cities. Just driving along the highways, you’ll spot many magnificent wild creatures. Just be careful not to get too friendly with them.

  3. It’s great for nature-lovers

    If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, South Dakota has so much to offer. The Badlands are a sight to behold. You won’t want to put your camera down!

National South Dakota Day dates

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