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 TENNESSEE DAY
National Tennessee Day recognizes the Volunteer State on October 26. Tennessee was the 16th state admitted to the union. The great state brings with it the Great Smoky Mountains, centers for blues and country music, and depth of history that surges through art.
As the gateway to the deep south, Tennessee experienced heavy burdens during the Civil War. As a slaveholding state with many Union sympathizers and Union occupying units, Tennessee was often as divided as the country during the war. It was the only state to have a battle or skirmish in every county.
Two anchor cities, Memphis and Nashville, provide abundant talent and draw even more. It should be no surprise the music and entertainment industry thrive in Tennessee. For more than 75 years The Grand Ole Opry has provided a cornerstone of radio performances. thrilling audiences of all ages.
The state lays claim to royalty, too! The King of Rock and Roll made his home at Graceland. Today it is the most frequently visited private residence visited after the Whitehouse. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was born in Memphis, too.
The region is brimming with waterfalls, trails, and wildlife. The Great Smoky Mountains provide plenty of opportunities to get out and explore.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTennessee Day
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Paris Landing – Buchanan
Reelfoot Lake – Tiptonville
Tims Ford – Franklin
Fall Creek Falls – Spencer
Ruby Falls – Chattanooga
Tennessee State Museum – Nashville
Country Music Hall of Fame Museum – Nashville
Parthenon – Nashville
Cheekwood Botanical Garden – Nashville
Tennessee Military Museum – Nashville
Graceland – Memphis
Museum of Appalachia – Clinton
The Hermitage – Nashville
Memphis Rock N’ Soul – Memphis
Alex Haley House and Museum – Henning
International Rock-A-Billy Hall of Fame – Jackson
Lost Cove Settlement – Erwin
Spaceship House – Signal Mountain
Slave Haven – Memphis
With 18 Grammy Awards, the Queen of Soul earned more than R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Aretha Franklin started singing at a young age in the Baptist church of her father’s congregation. She would go on to be an R&B legend who continues to collaborate with artists across genres today.