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Statehood Day in Arizona – February 14, 2023

Statehood Day in Arizona is observed every year on February 14 in the state of Arizona in the United States. Arizona was granted statehood in 1912. It is the sixth-largest and the 14th most populous state in America. The capital city of Arizona is Phoenix. Statehood Day in Arizona celebrates the long journey of Arizona to being recognized as a state. Arizonians also celebrate their culture and history on this day. It is a federal holiday, and a few businesses and schools remain closed to mark the occasion. We wish all Arizonians a very happy Arizona Statehood Day!

History of Statehood Day in Arizona

The history of Arizona is as old as the formation of America. Before European colonizers made their way to Arizona, the present-day territory of the state was inhabited by various Native American tribes, such as the Anasazi, Mogollon, and Hohokam. It became a fertile land that supported many civilizations. In the 16th century, the Spanish became the first Europeans to set foot in Arizona. Most of the Spanish troops were looking for Cibola, the mythical Seven Cities of Gold.

During the 19th century, Arizona would become a part of the Territory of Nueva California when Mexico achieved independence from Spain. The U.S. would gain possession of the area during the Mexican-American War of 1847. The American government originally administered the area as part of the Territory of New Mexico until the southern part of the region seceded and formed the Territory of Arizona under the Confederate States of America. At this point, it seemed like a distant dream for Arizona to be able to join the American states!

The Federal government declared a new Arizona territory that comprised the western half of New Mexico territory on February 24, 1863. The new boundaries drawn would become the boundaries that would later be used when Arizona would finally become an American state. On February 14, 1912, Arizona became the 48th state to join the Union. The 2022 celebration of Statehood Day in Arizona commemorated 110 years of statehood in Arizona. Arizona is best known for the Grand Canyon and the abundant availability of copper.

Statehood Day in Arizona timeline

1910 – 1920
Mexican Revolution

Many Arizonians joined the revolution.

1930
Tourism as an Industry

It developed after traditional industries suffered a setback during the Great Depression.

1960s
Retirement Communities

It was one of the first such communities in the U.S.

2000
Online Elections

It was the first time such an election took place in the U.S.

Statehood Day in Arizona FAQs

What is Arizona famous for?

Arizona’s most famous and now official nickname, ‘The Grand Canyon State,’ celebrates its most iconic feature, the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also known as the ‘Copper State’ revealing its abundance in this mineral.

Did Arizona belong to Mexico?

Originally part of Spanish and Mexican territories, the land was ceded to the United States in 1848 and became a separate territory in 1863.

What was Arizona called before it was a state?

Arizona was given the name ‘Pimería Alta’ or ‘Upper Pima Country’ in honor of the local Pimas.

How to Observe Statehood Day in Arizona

  1. Celebrate with Arizonians

    The best way to celebrate Statehood Day in Arizona is by visiting Arizona. Visit the state on vacation to take advantage of everything that it has to offer in terms of amazing sights and experiences. The Grand Canyon is a popular tourist destination.

  2. Learn its history

    Learn about the history of the state on Statehood Day in Arizona. Watch documentaries, read books, and find out more about the important dates in the history of the state. This is also a great way to learn about America.

  3. Throw a party

    Do you have friends from Arizona? Wish them a very happy Statehood Day in Arizona. You can also throw a party in their honor and encourage them to share their happy times in the state.

5 Facts About Arizona That You Need To Know

  1. First McDonald’s drive-through

    The McDonald’s in Sierra Vista, Arizona opened the company’s first drive-through outlet.

  2. Arizona boasts many tourist spots

    There are 22 national parks and monuments in the state.

  3. Home to saguaro cactus

    Arizona's Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where this cactus grows.

  4. Three of the world's best destination spas

    Two are in Tucson and one is in Sedona.

  5. The Arizona Trail is 800 miles long

    People go there for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.

Why Statehood Day in Arizona is Important

  1. It’s a celebration of Arizona

    On this day, Arizonians come together to celebrate their culture, history, and traditions. There are many reasons to take pride in their state, and Arizonians show how!

  2. It promotes the state

    More people are becoming aware of Arizona's business, tourism, food, arts, and culture thanks to all of the holiday celebrations held there. This festival is a fantastic method to engage people in learning about the state.

  3. It’s about the long road to statehood

    One of the longest statehood struggles in American history took place in Arizona. This journey that led Arizona to become the 48th state to join the union of states is also recognized on Statehood Day in Arizona.

Statehood Day in Arizona dates

YearDateDay
2023February 14Tuesday
2024February 14Wednesday
2025February 14Friday
2026February 14Saturday
2027February 14Sunday

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