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National New York Day - September 21


As we continue our tour of the states, September 21 brings us to the perfect time to honor National New York Day.

The land now known as New York was populated by the Lenape people (also known as the Delaware Indians). They populated New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and parts of Delaware and Connecticut. The Dutch were the first Europeans to settle the area named New Netherland. Settlements and trading posts developed up and down the Hudson River. Albany, the state capital, was once called Beverwijck and the center of the fur trade. In 1624, the Dutch established a settlement on Nutten Island named New Amsterdam. Two years later, they would move to Manhattan Island and the colony would flourish.

The settlement would exchange hands between the Dutch and British a few times, each without bloodshed. The first, in 1664, would be named New York.

When the colonies declared independence and later created the articles of Confederation, it was soon discovered a stronger governing document was needed. While New York sent three delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787, only Alexander Hamilton remained to sign the final document. A Federalist, Hamilton held strong opinions that could potentially influence the framing of the young nation’s new governing document. For one, Hamilton supported a life term of service for the President.

From the timeless halls of Ellis Island to the epic beauty of Niagara Falls and breathtaking Adirondacks, New York is infused with grand vistas and endless historical paths to retrace.  With New York City as the epitome of a melting pot long before the term was coined, the state is full of inspiration for artists, sparks intelligent debate and philosophical discussion.


Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate New York’s impressive spaces, historic places, and iconic personalities. Explore all New York has to offer! Use #NationalNewYorkDay to share on social media.

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. There’s so much more to explore!

New York Flavor

Nailing down New York food is like trying to see all the important sites in one long weekend. It’s just not possible. So, we’ll just name a few and you’ll just have to graze your way through the state tasting the rest.

Now we all enjoy a good buffalo wing at a tailgate or any party for that matter. But authentic buffalo wings come from Buffalo, New York.

Out of Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Sweets Candy Company makes a holiday favorite called the Peppermint Pig. The pink confection brings with it 100 plus years of tradition at Christmastime.

A slice of tomato pie hits the spot when hunger hits with the right amount of cheese, sauce and crust. But according to some, you can’t get a good tomato pie in any state but New York.

For a fresh crisp twist, Waldorf Salad with apples and walnuts has been around for more than a century. Created at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel, this salad has several versions today but is a classic!

One other historic New York City restaurant’s chefs are responsible for some pretty famous household recipes – Eggs Benedict, Lobster Newburgh and Baked Alaska – Delmonico’s.

From here, you’re on your own. Taste your way through the flavors of New York with pleasure!

Bannerman’s Castle – BeaconBannerman’s Castle – Beacon
Museum of the American Gangster – New York
Old Dutch Church at Sleepy Hollow – Sleepy Hollow
Buffalo Central Terminal – Buffalo
Abandoned Girl Scout Camp – Sodus

New York Presidents


As the founder of the Democratic Party, Martin Van Buren was the 8th President of the United States. He served one term and was the first President born in the U.S. free from British rule.


A member of the Whig Party and the last to be elected to the White House, Millard Fillmore was the 13th President of the United States. He served from 1850 to 1853, after the death of President Taylor.

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning Theodore Roosevelt served as the 26th and youngest President in United States history. He served from 1901 to 1909. Roosevelt assumed President McKinley’s term after his assassination in 1901. As a veteran of the Spanish American War in the Rough Rider Regiment and his experiences on the frontier in the Dakota Territory matched his exciting persona.

As the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt served four terms, more than any other U.S. President. He established sweeping social programs and led the country through World War II during his presidency.


Serving his first term as President of the United States in 2017, Donald Trump is the 45th Commander in Chief.

Clement Clarke Moore - Poet - (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863)

Often given credit for the poem A Visit from St. Nicolas, Clement Clarke Moore was a poet, author and professor at General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church. A Visit from St. Nicolas is a popular Christmastime poem know by memory by generations of families.  

Norman Rockwell - Painter Illustrator - (February 3, 1894 - November 8, 1978)

Norman Rockwell’s art was known for depicting the life of the American Dream. His paintings and illustrations were featured on The Saturday Evening Post.

Walt Whitman - Poet - (May 31, 1819 - March 26, 1892)

The transcendentalist and prolific poet, Walt Whitman began his career as a printer and journalist. Author of Leaves of Grass, he published the volume of poems himself.

Elizabeth Jennings Graham - Activist - (1830 - June 5, 1901)

Before Rosa Parks, there was Elizabeth Jennings Graham. Born free in New York City, Graham led a life of activism and education. In 1854, Graham boarded a streetcar that did not allow African Americans. She was allowed as long others didn’t complain. Later, she refused to leave the streetcar and was forcibly removed. Since there were no laws governing segregation in New York, Graham won a case brought by her father against the Third Avenue Railway Company.

Eleanor Roosevelt - First Lady - (October 11, 1884 - November 7, 1962)

Eleanor Roosevelt exercised her role as First Lady unlike none before her. She was outspoken and active in politics, focusing on women’s issues. After FDR’s death, she served at the United Nations.

Louis Bouche' - Artist - (March 18, 1896 - August 7, 1969)

The talented artist, Louis Bouché, was born to a French designer.  Commission for numerous murals,  his work can be seen at Eisenhower Presidential Museum, Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice and Ellenville, New York Post Office to name a few.

Vince Lombardi - Football Coach - (June 11, 1913 - September 3, 1970)

Noted head coach of the Green Bay Packers, Vince Lombardi lead the team to five championships. In 1971, the NFL renamed the championship trophy in his honor to the “Vince Lombardi Super Bowl Trophy.”

Shirley Chisholm - Congresswoman - ( November 30, 1924 - January 1, 2005)

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