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 replaces them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL OKLAHOMA DAY
National Oklahoma Day on June 7 recognizes the 46th state to be granted statehood.
The panhandled state of Oklahoma is a dotted series of granite mountain peaks, sloping sandstone ridges, rolling hills, and plains. In 1803, the land became part of the United States through the Louisiana Purchase.
Across the state of Oklahoma, significant sites record the result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail crosses nine states and describes the brutal impact on the lives of Cherokees, Chickasaws, Choctaws, Creeks, and Seminoles.
In 1889, several counties in Oklahoma became open to settlement by Land Run. Settlers could claim quarter sections of land only after a specific time (usually noon) on a set date. Some eager settlers would cross the boundary into the county seeking their preferred quarter section sooner than the stroke of noon, earning them (and the state) the nickname “Sooners.”
From the Arkansas River to the Neosho River, Oklahoma has scenic views, lakes, and mountain trails. Put on your hiking boots and make some trail mix for an afternoon adventure. After a good hike, take in Route 66 for a drive and maybe pick up some barbeque or something fried. Oklahomans seem to have cornered the market on nearly everything fried. To mention a few, we came across fried okra and lamb balls and catfish. For something fresh, don’t forget the state fruit. Strawberries!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOklahomaDay
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Oklahoma Day. We’ll take a drive out on the open highway, and work up an appetite. Discover the best eateries in the state and explore the history that goes with them. Find adventure in The Sooner State and use #NationalOklahomaDay to share on social media.
Will Rogers - Humorist/Actor - (November 4, 1879 - August 15, 1935)
Jim Thorpe - Athlete - (May 28, 1887 - March 28, 1953)
Thorpe would go on to play professional football and professional basketball proving once again that his abilities stretch from field to court and beyond.
In October 1982, the IOC added James Thorpe’s name to the list of 1912 crowned Olympic champions and delivered two replica medals to his family. However, the IOC noted that the official report of the games would not be modified.
Clarence Nash - Voice Actor - (December 7, 1904 - February 20, 1985)
Karl Guthe Jansky - Physicist -(October 22, 1905 - February 14, 1950)
Woody Guthrie - Singer Songwriter -(July 14, 1912 - October 3, 1967)
Ralph Ellison - Author - (March 1, 1914 - April 16, 1994)
Sam Walton - Businessman - (March 29, 1918 - April 5, 1992)
Paul Harvey - Broadcaster - (September 4, 1918 - February 28, 2009)
Naomi Parker Fraley - Waitress/xxx -(August 26, 1921 - January 20, 2018)
Maria Tallchief - Ballerina - (January 24, 1925 - April 11, 2013)
Mickey Mantle - Baseball player - (October 20, 1931 - August 13, 1995)
Darla Hood - Actress - (November 8, 1931 - June 13, 1979)
Chuck Norris - Martial Artist - (March 10, 1940 - )
Wilma Mankiller - Cherokee Leader - (November 18, 1945 - April 6, 2010)
Johnny Bench - Baseball player - (December 7, 1947-)
Ron Howard - Actor/Director - (March 1, 1954 - )
Reba McEntire - Singer - (March 28, 1955 - )
Anita Hill - Attorney - (July 30, 1956 -)
Garth Brooks - Singer-Songwriter -(February 7, 1962 -)
There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!