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 SOUTH DAKOTA DAY
On April 26, National South Dakota Day recognizes the 40th state to join the union. The state is bordered by six states including Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, and its northern cousin, North Dakota.
The Mount Rushmore State keeps its doors open all year round. After exploring the mountain, visitors can also enjoy Thomas Jefferson‘s vanilla ice cream while gazing at his likeness. And these sculptures are not the only ones South Dakota proudly displays, either. While there are several man-made displays, Wind Cave, the Missouri River, and the badlands remind us that mother nature still carves out her own.
As part of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark established Fort Pierre in 1804. Yankton was named the territorial capital in 1861 when the Dakota Territory was organized. However, Pierre would later be named the state capital when South Dakota was granted statehood on November 2, 1889, along with North Dakota.
The Black Hills of South Dakota hold tall tales, high trails, and deep valleys. From Deadwood to Sturgis and all points in between, the winding roads are breathtaking. Visit Spearfish Canyon for a hike or a relaxing drive.
The entire state is rich in history from corner to corner. The landscape changes dramatically from north to south with plenty of snow for skiers in winter and tons of sunshine in the summer.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSouthDakotaDay
- Join National Day Calendar® as we explore the beautiful landscapes and rich history of South Dakota.
- Take in the fantastic sculptures, breathtaking vistas, and legendary personalities.
- Want to explore more? Check out these Five Must-See Places in South Dakota before planning your trip.
- Share where you explore and use #NationalSouthDakotaDay to post on social media.