In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union, starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations. National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replaces them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL ARIZONA DAY
On June 21st, National Arizona Day recognizes the state that joined 48 states into a contiguous unit. Interestingly, Arizona became a state on Valentine’s Day in 1912.
Arizona is home to the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Established around 1000 A.D., the village of Old Oraibi is located on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Navajo county.
Known as the Grand Canyon State, Arizona brings the wilderness to you. The breathtaking views of the Colorado Plateau, which incidentally took over 70 million years to form into towering stone, are now one of nature’s grand centerpieces.
Carved into limestone cliffs along Beaver Creek, a well-preserved dwelling towers above the scrubland below. Home to the Sinagua Indians around 1500 AD, the Aztecs mistakenly named this place Montezuma Castle.
Like many of the Western states, Arizona Easterners came with the prospect of land, gold, and adventure. Cowtowns were born, and battle lines were drawn between those who wanted the territory and those who were already there.
Find your way to the Saguaro National Park to see the mighty cacti of the west. These majestic plants of the desert can grow up to 50 feet tall. Under the right conditions, they can live to be over 150 years old.
If you’re not buying the line “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” and the soaring daytime summer temperatures of Arizona get to you, Lake Mead may be the cure. With hiking, watersport, camping, and beaches, there are plenty of ways to relax, have fun, and cool off. Plus this Arizona Bucket List Adventure Guide & Journal fits the need for any adventure you desire.
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Geronimo - Apache leader - (June 16, 1829 - February 17, 1909)
Geronimo – Apache leader – (June 16, 1829 – February 17, 1909)
The legendary Bedonkohe Apache, Geronimo sought revenge against the Mexican and U.S. governments. He successfully evaded capture for decades until 1886. Geronimo surrendered, not once, but twice that year. First to General George Crook, but quickly escaped fearing death. He surrendered once again soon after to Brigadier General Nelson Miles.
Frank Luke - Pilot - (May 19, 1897 - September 29, 1918)
Frank Luke – Pilot – (May 19, 1897 – September 29, 1918)
Hellen Hull Jacobs - Tennis player - (August 6, 1908 - June 2, 1997)
Hellen Hull Jacobs – Tennis player – (August 6, 1908 – June 2, 1997)
Wayne Thiebaud - Artist - (November 15, 1920 - )
Wayne Thiebaud – Artist – (November 15, 1920 – )
Marty Robbins - Singer - (September 26, 1925 - December 8, 1982)
Marty Robbins – Singer – (September 26, 1925 – December 8, 1982)
Cesar Chavez - Activist - (March 31, 1927 - April 23, 1993)
Cesar Chavez – Activist – (March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993)
A former migrant farm worker, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association. The organization would later become the United Farm Workers of America and under Chavez’ guidance, it would gain higher wages and benefits for workers.
Joan Ganz Cooney - Television producer - (November 30, 1929 - )
Joan Ganz Cooney – Television producer – (November 30, 1929 – )
Barbara Eden - Actress - (August 23, 1931 - )
Barbara Eden – Actress – (August 23, 1931 – )
Stevie Nicks - Singer-Songwriter -(May 26, 1948 - )
Stevie Nicks – Singer-Songwriter -(May 26, 1948 – )
Lynda Carter - Actress - (July 24, 1951 - )
Lynda Carter – Actress – (July 24, 1951 – )
Diana Gabaldon - Author - (January 11, 1952 - )
Diana Gabaldon – Author – (January 11, 1952 – )
Bob Baffert - Horse trainer - (January 13, 1953 - )
Bob Baffert – Horse trainer – (January 13, 1953 – )
Bob Baffert is only the second race horse trainer to have trained two Triple Crown winners. In 2015, American Pharoah swept the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes. In 2018, Justify completed the same feat under Baffert’s.