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 LOUISIANA DAY
Throughout the history of the state, the blending of race and culture have resulted in the Delta’s own unique flair that brings visitors from around the world seeking to taste their food, hear their music and see their style.
When French explorers first arrived, several diverse tribes populated the area. Many of their population were decimated by disease and war. Natchez, Choctaw or Chitimacha descendants still survive today.
In 1803, Louisiana became territory when the United States completed negotiations with France for the 828,000 mile Louisiana Purchase. The first of 15 states to be carved out of the region, Louisianna entered the United States in 1812.
Within its mysterious gulf, Louisiana holds the secrets of pirates, conflicts of slavery and the paths of progress. The bayou teems with life and stories untold.
Louisiana epitomizes the phrase “melting pot” probably more than any other state. Throughout the history of the state, Native American, French, Spanish, German, African, Irish and Caribean cultures have blended in a variety of ways creating a diverse and distinct culture in the bayou. From the food to the language, the music and history, Cajun (French Canadian or Acadian), Creole (European, African, Caribbean or Spanish mixed ancestry) and even the landscape impact the enchantment that is Louisiana.
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On November 9, join National Day Calendar as we celebrate Louisiana’s treasures and mysteries. Uncover hidden the hidden gulf coast and find all the adventures Louisiana has to offer! Use #NationalLouisianaDay to share on social media.
Cane River Creole – Natchez
Jean Lafitte – New Orleans
New Orleans Jazz – New Orleans
Chicot State Park – Ville Platte
Lake Bistineau State Park – Doyline
Palmetto Island State Park – Abbeville
Audubon State Historic Site – St. Francisville
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site – Natchitoches
Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site – St. Martinville
Winter Quarters State Historic Site – Newellton
Louisiana Art & Science Museum – Baton Roug
The National World War II Museum – New Orleans
The New Orleans Jazz Museum – New Orleans
Delta Music Museum – Ferriday
Old Louisiana State Capitol – Baton Rouge
LSU Rural Life Museum – East Baton Rouge Parish
Southern Food and Beverage Museum – New Orleans
River Road African American Museum – Donaldsonville
Nottoway Plantation House – White Castel
Mardi Gras Museum – New Orleans
Ogden Museum of Southern Art – New Orleans
Jungle Gardens – Avery Island
Museum of the American Cocktail – New Orleans
Angola Prison Museum – St. Francisville
Avery Island Tabasco Museum and Factory – New Iberia
James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Ella Brennan, built a reputation for Creole and French cuisine. From a young age, she helped her brother in the restaurant business. Over the years she mentored many chefs including Paul Prudhomme.