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!



On May 10th, National Washington Day recognizes The Evergreen State.

In a ten-day period, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation growing the nation by four new states. Washington would become the fourth of those and the 42nd state on November 11, 1889. During his tenure, two more would join the union.

The state’s history is filled with battles for possession over land. Some between countries and others for between individuals. The history of San Juan Island and the battle for its possession started over the death of a pig. While still a territory, Washington came to near blows over an eager settler, a boundary, and a potato-rooting English boar. Today it is known as the Pig War of 1859.

Obscure wars aside, Washington’s northwest beauty is dominated by other more earthshattering events and views. Volcanic mountains and rainforests fill the landscape. The Evergreen State’s views of the Pacific Ocean do not disappoint. From whale watching and city life, there is plenty to see and do in every corner of the state.

Some of the most peaceful and quiet places in the United States are found in Olympic National Park. One Square Inch of Silence helps to preserve and hopefully expand these naturally silent spaces on Earth. One location is marked by a single red stone along the Hoh River Trail.

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Alice Ball developed the first successful treatment for Hansen’s disease. As the first African American graduate with an M.S. degree from the College of Hawaii, Ball began her career there teaching chemistry. She began her research into Hansen’s Disease, later developing what became known as the “Ball Method” many years after her death at the age of 24.

Known as the “Grandmother of the Conservation Movement” and recipient of several awards, Mardy Murie campaigned to create a refuge in northeastern Alaska. Murie’s efforts helped pass the Wilderness Act and were influential in creating what is now the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

One of radio and screen’s most beloved crooners, Bing Crosby sang his way into the hearts of his fans. His velvet voice earned him roles in musical films and numerous awards.

The youngest poet to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Audrey Wurdemann wrote three collections of poetry. She also paired up with Joseph Auslander to write two works of fiction.

The immeasurably talented animator, Chuck Jones, brought to life the iconic Buggs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig. He also created the classic rivalry between Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote and Marvin Martian. Jone’s family of characters and award-winning animation have left an indelible mark on the art form for generations.

Minoru Yamasaki’s architecture is known worldwide. From the U.S. Consulate in Kobe, Japan to the Federal Science Pavilion constructed for the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962, his designs became decidedly innovative and intricate. Yamasaki’s most remembered works, though, are the pair of World Trade Center twin towers in New York City, which were completed in 1972.

Getting her start on Broadway, Carol Channing made her way to the awards podium in 1964 when she won her first Tony for her role as Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! Dolly would become the actress, comedian and singer’s signature role, but she would also become known for her roles in Gentleman Prefer BlondesThoroughly Modern Millie and Lorelei.

Bob Bark hosted the longest running games show, The Price is Right. He pursued broadcasting after World War II and completing college. In 1956, Truth or Consequences became his first game show hosting role which was soon followed by several more.

Best known for his role as Batman in the 1960 television series, Adam West acted in a string of westerns before landing his iconic part. Though the Batman series ran for three seasons, West and the character became inseparable to his fans. As a result, the actor sought out roles decidedly opposite of the hero he once played. However, Batman remained his shadow. West would often revive the Caped Crusader in voice-over work and in his own artwork

Founder of the Joffrey Ballet, Robert Joffrey began studying ballet at the age of nine. His company became world renown.

Judy Collins achieved critical success as a singer-songwriter in the 1960s and 70s. Hits such as “Both Sides of Now” and “Send in the Clowns” are two of her most recognized songs.

A talented electric guitarist and considered a rock legend, Jimi Hendrix profoundly influenced a psychedelic age with dynamic lyrics and extraordinary style. From his pulsing Purple Haze to the anthem All Along the Watchtower, Hendrix spoke to his generation.

Linda Buck earned the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology for her work with Richard Axel on olfactory receptors. Together they identified gene codes odorant sensors within olfactory neurons.

Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins created a created career from his sensitive, pop-rock style. Whether part of a band or going solo, success found Loggins. From the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to movie soundtracks and even his popular children’s albums, Loggins created a following.

Paul Allen set out designing software, cofounded the largest computer company in the world and ended up one of the richest men the world. He continued to develop new technologies and promote conservation and environmental solutions until his death in 2018. 

The primary founder of the Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates is one of the world’s wealthiest people. His combined computer programming ability and savvy business sense along with a partnership with Paul Allen led to the largest software company in the world.

Professional golfer, Fred Couples’ long and accurate drives off the tees earned him the nickname “Boom Boom” during the height of his career. Couples turned pro in 1980 and joined the PGA Tour in 1982. With more than 62 wins during his career, 15 of those have been on the PGA Tour.

John Elway’s memorable career as the quarterback for the Denver Broncos led to a business owner in the Denver area. The two-time Super Bowl champion is currently the General Manager and Executive vice president of football operations of the Denver Broncos.

Author of Fight Club (1996), Chuck Palahniuk has published more than a dozen novels, graphic novels, and short stories. The freelance journalist’s first novel, Fight Club, was also made into a film.

Hidden Treasures

Troll’s Knoll – SeattleTreehouse Point – Issaquah

Nutty Narrows Bridge – Longview
This bridge in Longview, Washington saves lives. Squirrel lives. If you celebrate Squirrel Appreciation Day, this bridge is for you.

Red Wagon – Spokane
Many parks around the country have playgrounds, but how many have a giant Radio Flyer Red Wagon sculpture? Riverfront Park in Spokane has one that is also the playground. The handle is a slide! The park offers many more attractions, too. Check it out!