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National Arkansas Day

Time to show some love for the Natural State! Celebrate National Arkansas Day with delicious BBQ, scenic hikes, and charming towns.
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Get ready to celebrate the natural beauty, rich history, and unique culture of Arkansas on January 11th for National Arkansas Day! This day was established in 1836 when Arkansas officially became the 25th state of the United States. Known as "The Natural State", Arkansas is home to stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and charming small towns. From the Ozark Mountains to the Mississippi River, there's something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy in this lovely state. So let's take a moment to honor all that Arkansas has to offer and maybe even plan a trip to explore its wonders!

History of National Arkansas Day

National Arkansas Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1836</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Arkansas Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arkansas became the 25th state of the United States on June 15, 1836.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1957</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Central High School Integration</div><div class='timeline-text'>Nine African American students integrated Little Rock Central High School, a landmark event in the Civil Rights Movement.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1962</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Wal-Mart's Debut</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first Wal-Mart store opened in Rogers, Arkansas, by Sam Walton.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1971</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Bill Clinton's Governorship</div><div class='timeline-text'>Future President Bill Clinton was elected as the Governor of Arkansas, serving for 12 years.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1992</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Clinton's Presidency</div><div class='timeline-text'>Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton was elected as the 42nd President of the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inception of National Arkansas Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Arkansas Day was first celebrated as a part of National Day Calendar's program to recognize each U.S. state in the order they joined the Union.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Arkansas 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'>Explore the natural beauty of Arkansas</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a hike through one of Arkansas' many state parks or national forests to appreciate the stunning landscapes and diverse wildlife that this state has to offer.</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'>Visit historical sites</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Arkansas is rich in history, from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. Visit important sites like Little Rock Central High School or the Clinton Presidential Library to learn about the state's past.</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'>Try traditional Arkansas cuisine</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>From BBQ to fried catfish, there are plenty of delicious dishes to try on National Arkansas Day. Head to a local restaurant or cook up some classic Southern dishes at home.</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'>Attend a festival or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate the culture and traditions of Arkansas by attending a festival or event, such as the Hot Springs Music Festival or the Arkansas State Fair. You'll have a great time and learn more about this state's unique heritage.</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'>Take a road trip through Arkansas</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Hop in the car and hit the open road to explore all the hidden gems that Arkansas has to offer. You never know what beautiful scenery, quaint towns, or charming local shops you may stumble upon.</p></div></div>

Why National Arkansas Day is Important

<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'>It celebrates the state of Arkansas</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Arkansas Day is a special day to honor and celebrate the state of Arkansas. It's a chance for those who live in Arkansas to feel pride in their home state, and for those who don't know much about it to learn more about its history and 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'>It brings attention to important issues</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Arkansas Day can also bring awareness to significant issues affecting the state, such as environmental concerns, economic challenges, or social injustices. By shining a spotlight on these topics, it allows for constructive discussions and potential solutions to be addressed.</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'>It promotes tourism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By celebrating National Arkansas Day, it can pique the interest of people from other states or countries and encourage them to visit and explore the beautiful landscapes and attractions that Arkansas has to offer. This not only boosts the local economy but also helps to showcase the state's unique charm and beauty.</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Arkansas

National Arkansas Day FAQs

When is National Arkansas Day?

National Arkansas Day is celebrated on January 11 every year. In 2024 National Arkansas Day will occur on a Thursday.

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