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Kansas Day

Get ready to celebrate Kansas Day with all things sunflowers, wheat fields, and prairies - the perfect time to show your state pride!
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Get ready to celebrate the Sunflower State on January 29 for Kansas Day! This holiday commemorates the admission of Kansas as the 34th state in the United States in 1861. Known for its beautiful sunflowers, vast prairies, and rich history, Kansas has a lot to offer. From famous landmarks like the historic Dodge City and Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, to delicious cuisine like barbecue and fried chicken, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your cowboy boots and get ready to celebrate all things Kansas!

History of Kansas Day

Kansas Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1854</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kansas-Nebraska Act</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Kansas-Nebraska Act was signed, establishing the Kansas Territory and opening up land for settlement.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1855-1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bleeding Kansas</div><div class='timeline-text'>"Bleeding Kansas" period of violence over the issue of slavery in the new territory.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Statehood Granted</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kansas was admitted into the United States as the 34th state on January 29, 1861.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1877</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kansas Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Kansas Day celebration was held by a Kansas school to educate students about their state's history.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1915</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Statewide Celebration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kansas Day celebrations spread across the state leading the Kansas State Board of Education to recognize it as a special day in schools.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>Present Day</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Statewide Holiday</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kansas Day is celebrated each year on January 29, with special events, reenactments, and classroom activities throughout the state.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Kansas Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Attend a parade</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate Kansas Day by attending a local parade! Many cities and towns in Kansas have parades on this day to showcase their community spirit and celebrate the state.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Explore Kansas history</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a museum or historical site dedicated to Kansas history. Learn about the state's past and how it has shaped the present.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Join a community event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check with your local community center or organizations to see if they are hosting any events for Kansas Day. This is a great way to connect with your community and celebrate together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Cook a traditional Kansas dish</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Research and cook a traditional dish from Kansas, such as fried chicken, barbecue, or cornbread. Share the meal with friends and family and celebrate the state's cuisine.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a day trip</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a day trip to explore a new part of Kansas! Whether it's a scenic drive, a hike, or visiting a small town, there are many hidden gems in the state waiting to be discovered.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Kansas Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Celebration of history and state pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kansas Day is a special holiday that commemorates the day Kansas joined the Union as the 34th state. It's a chance for Kansans to come together and celebrate their state's rich history and unique culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Opportunity to try local foods and drinks</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On Kansas Day, many restaurants and shops offer specials featuring local foods and drinks. This is a great opportunity to try regional favorites such as BBQ, corn on the cob, wheat beer, and more!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Fun community events and activities</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Many communities in Kansas hold festivals and events on Kansas Day with live music, parades, craft fairs, and other fun activities. It's a great way to get out and enjoy time with family, friends, and neighbors while celebrating the state we love!</p></div></div>

5 Historical Facts About Kansas

Kansas Day FAQs

When is Kansas Day?

Kansas Day is celebrated on January 29 every year. In 2024 Kansas Day will occur on a Monday.

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