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National Idaho Day

Celebrate National Idaho Day with a trip to the Gem State! Enjoy all that Idaho has to offer — from its breathtaking nature to its delicious cuisine.
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Celebrate National Idaho Day on May 17 and join in the festivities of all things 'Idaho'! This holiday celebrates the history, culture, and natural beauty of this unique US state. It was first established in 1991 by Governor Cecil Andrus as a way to recognize the great achievements that have come out of Idaho throughout its long history. From potatoes to breathtaking landscapes, there's something for everyone to enjoy about this special day!

History of National Idaho Day

National Idaho Day Dates

National Idaho Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1805</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Lewis and Clark Expedition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The expedition led by Lewis and Clark is the first recorded overland exploration of Idaho by people of European descent.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1863</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Idaho Territory Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Abraham Lincoln signed the bill that officially created Idaho as a territory of the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1890</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Idaho was admitted into the Union as the 43rd state on July 3, 1890.</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'>Birth of Nuclear Power</div><div class='timeline-text'>Experimental Breeder Reactor-1 becomes the first nuclear power plant to generate electricity for a power grid in Arco, Idaho.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1991</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Idaho Day Proclaimed</div><div class='timeline-text'>Governor Cecil Andrus proclaims May 17 as National Idaho Day to recognize the contributions of the state to the nation's growth and development.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Idaho 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'>Visit Idaho</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to Idaho and explore the natural beauty of the state. Hike through the hills, camp out in the wilderness, fish for trout in a mountain lake, or visit some of Idaho's cities and learn about its history.</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'>Cook Idaho dishes</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate National Idaho Day than with food? Try your hand at classic Idaho recipes like huckleberry pie, frybread, and potato soup. If you don't feel like cooking, order takeout from an Idaho restaurant.</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'>Learn about Idaho</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>National Idaho Day is a great opportunity to learn more about the state. Read up on its history, population demographics, and current events. Or learn something new by watching a movie or documentary set in Idaho.</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'>Watch a sporting event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrating National Idaho Day with sports is always a good idea. Watch an NBA game featuring the Boise State Broncos or an NFL game featuring the University of Idaho Vandals. Or catch a minor league baseball game featuring the Boise Hawks.</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'>Go stargazing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The night sky over Idaho is spectacular - head out to a quiet spot away from city lights and enjoy the stars, planets, and constellations visible in the night sky.</p></div></div>

Why National Idaho 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'>Idaho is a beautiful state</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Idaho is home to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the country, from the Grand Teton Mountains to the Sawtooth Wilderness. It's also home to picturesque National Parks like Yellowstone and Craters of The Moon, making it an ideal destination for outdoor enthusiasts.</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'>Idaho has a rich history & culture</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating Idaho Day helps us appreciate the unique heritage and culture that make up this great state. From its Native American roots to its modern art scene, Idaho has something for everyone - so celebrate with your family and friends and learn more about what makes Idaho so special!</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'>Idaho supports local businesses & industries</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Idaho is home to many local agriculture businesses and industries that provide jobs and contribute to the economy. When you buy goods and services from Idaho companies, you're helping these businesses stay afloat and putting money back into the local economy. Celebrate National Idaho Day by supporting small local business owners!</p></div></div>

5 Intriguing Facts About National Idaho Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Idaho is Called the Gem State for a Reason</h3><p class='facts-content'>Idaho is known as the 'Gem State' because it contains 72 types of precious and semi-precious stones. Some of these gems, like star garnets, are found in only a few places worldwide.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Idaho is a Big Agricultural Contributor</h3><p class='facts-content'>More than just famous for its potatoes, Idaho is also the country's leading producer of barley and trout. It notably contributes to dairy, cattle, and alfalfa production.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Idaho Has a Wide Range of Wildlife</h3><p class='facts-content'>Idaho is home to numerous wildlife species, including grizzly bears, wolves, and mountain lions. The state houses around 20 state parks and numerous wildlife refuges for their conservation.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Idaho has the Largest Man-Made Geyser</h3><p class='facts-content'>Soda Springs in Idaho claims to have the world's largest man-made geyser, which was discovered while drilling for a water source for a swimming pool.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Idaho is Vast</h3><p class='facts-content'>Idaho is the 14th largest state in the United States by land area, despite being the 39th most populous. This shows there's a lot of open space to explore in Idaho.</p></div></div>

National Idaho Day FAQs

When is National Idaho Day?

National Idaho Day is celebrated on May 17th every year. In 2024, National Idaho Day will occur on a Friday.

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