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, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL CALIFORNIA DAY
On February 22nd, National California Day recognizes the Golden State.
For more than a century, Spanish missionaries settled in California. Manifest Destiny and the Mexican American War would play a pivotal role in making California a U.S. Territory. Under the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, Mexico sold California along with its territories north of the Rio Grande for 15 million dollars.
Only days before the treaty was signed, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The gold rush of 1849 would set off an era of settlement unlike any a new territory had ever seen. On September 9, 1850, two years after the gold rush began, California became the 31st state.
While many think of sunny beaches and orange groves, California has a diverse climate. Each region boasts an opportunity for seasonal outdoor adventures. Whether surfing or downhill skiing is on the agenda, it’s sure to be found. If hiking among giant redwoods or touring historic missions is more to your liking, you’ll discover it here.
Of course, we can’t overlook Northern California’s wine country. Beautiful road trips and wine tastings along the magnificent Napa Valley or Sonoma County are a must for wine lovers.
Swimmin’ pools and movie stars, Califonia has those in large numbers. While moving pictures weren’t born in California, Hollywood sure made them flourish. By the turn of the 20th century, Hollywood built a foundation of movie studios that continued to grow and many of which still exist today.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCaliforniaDay
Take a tour of California and find something new to discover! Join National Day Calendar as we explore the 31st state’s history, people, and culture. Uncover hide-a-ways, mysteries and incredible landscapes. Use #NationalCaliforniaDay to share on social media.
William Randolph Hearst - Publisher - (April 29, 1863 - August 14, 1951)
Julia Morgan - Architect - ( January 20, 1872 - February 2, 1957)
Robert Frost - Poet - (March 26, 1874 - January 29, 1963)
Jack London - Author - (January 12, 1876 - November 22, 1916)
George Patton - Army Officer - (November 11, 1885 - December 21, 1945)
Alice Stebbin Wells - Police Officer - (June 13, 1873 - August 17, 1957)
Dorothy Arzner - Director - (January 3, 1897 - October 1, 1979)
Ansel Adams - Photographer - (February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984)
John Steinbeck - Author - (February 27, 1902 - December 20, 1968)
Helen Wills Moody Roark - Tennis player - (October 6, 1905 - January 1, 1998)
Ernest Gallo - Businessman - (March 18, 1909 - March 6, 2007)
Julia Child - Chef - (August 15, 1912 - August 13, 2004)
Richard Nixon - President - (January 9, 1913 - April 22, 1994)
Iva Toguri - Radio Broadcaster - (July 4, 1916 - September 26, 2006)
Etta James - Singer - (January 25, 1938 - January 20, 2012)
George Lucas - Filmmaker - (May 14, 1944)
Sally Ride - Astronaut - (May 26, 1951 -July 23, 2012)
In June 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Ride completed a week-long mission launching communication satellites. She later would become a champion of science education.