(Last Updated On: August 13, 2017)

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National Massachusetts Day on August 17 recognizes the first New England colony and the sixth state to join the Union. Named after the indigenous people who populated the area when explorers (and later the pilgrims) first arrived, Massachusetts became an incubator for independence, education and industry.

It should come as no surprise that the colony credited with the founding of the Sons of Liberty, hosting the Boston Tea Party and “the shot heard round the world” would also be considered the Cradle of Liberty. The list of notable and recognizable names from history grows long from Massachusetts and their stories quite fascinating. Patriots are the first to come to mind, but don’t stop there!  Poets, inventors, authors, politicians, architects, activists, athletes and those who have managed the amazing. It’s much too long for these pages, so you are encouraged to explore them further.

With her numerous bays and abundant shorelines, Massachusetts offers many seaside escapes. Mountain exploration can be found inland, and for those who seek urban adventure, there is plenty to be found. Everywhere you go, there’s history, beauty and perhaps a bit of an adjustment to the New England language.  Either way, dive into the food, the past and the future of Massachusetts.


Explore all the adventures Massachusetts has to offer with National Day Calendar and share your favorites by using #NationalMassachusettsDay on social media.

Visit the National Day Calendar page for National Massachusetts Day to explore the history, culture and diverse landscapes of the Bay State.

Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on June 27, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.

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