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National Indiana Day

Celebrate National Indiana Day and honor the Hoosier State with a special day of activities, events, food, and fun!
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Let's celebrate National Indiana Day on November 11th by honoring the great state of Indiana and all it has to offer! This day was first set aside in 2006 as a way to recognize the Hoosier State and its many contributions to history, culture, industry, and agriculture. It is also an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of the state's natural landscape, including its forests, lakes, rivers, and more. So let's go out and have some fun celebrating this special day by exploring all that Indiana has to offer!

History of National Indiana Day

National Indiana Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indiana Territory Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Indiana Territory was established by an act of the U.S. Congress, paving the way for future statehood.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1816</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indiana Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Indiana was admitted as the 19th state of the United States on December 11.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1851</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indiana's New Constitution</div><div class='timeline-text'>A new constitution was adopted in Indiana, replacing the original constitution of 1816 with modern governance structures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1911</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Indy 500 Race</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Indianapolis Motor Speedway hosted its first ever 500-mile race, the Indy 500, which became an iconic American sports event.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1956</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Indiana Dunes National Park</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Indiana Dunes became a National Lakeshore, preserving the state's unique natural beauty for future generations.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Indiana Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Indiana Day was celebrated for the first time as a tribute to the Hoosier State and its contributions to the nation.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Indiana 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 a historical landmark</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to one of Indiana's famous historical landmarks like the Lincoln Boyhood Home or the George Rogers Clark Memorial. These sites are great reminders of Indiana's rich 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'>Go to an Indiana sports game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Attend an Indiana Pacers, Colts, or Fever game and show your support for the home team.  You can also find minor league teams in cities all over the state.</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'>Eat classic Indiana fare</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Try some of Indiana's classic dishes like tenderloin sandwiches, pork chops, fried biscuits, and sugar cream pie.  You can find these delicious foods in restaurants around the state.</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'>Explore the outdoors</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Indiana is home to many beautiful parks, natural areas, and hiking trails.  Spend the day in nature and explore all that Indiana has to offer.</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'>Attend a festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Indiana is home to many different festivals celebrating culture, music, art, food, and more. Check out your local community calendar and find a festival to attend.</p></div></div>

Why National Indiana 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 history and culture of Indiana</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Indiana Day is a great opportunity to honor the rich history and diverse culture of Hoosiers and show appreciation for the great state we are lucky enough to call home. From Indiana's roots in agriculture, to its contributions to the automotive industry, there is so much to celebrate on this special day!</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 promotes local businesses and tourism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On National Indiana Day, it is important to recognize all of the small businesses that make our state amazing. Celebrating local shops, restaurants and attractions helps boost economic growth in our communities and encourages more people to visit from out of town.</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 brings communities together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Indiana Day not only gives us a chance to learn about our state's history and tradition, but it also provides an opportunity for Hoosiers across the state to come together and celebrate. Local events like picnics, parades and concerts make it extra special by giving us a chance to meet new people or reconnect with old friends.</p></div></div>

5 Fascinating Facts to Honor Indiana Day

National Indiana Day FAQs

When is National Indiana Day?

National Indiana Day is celebrated on November 11th every year. In 2024 National Indiana Day will occur on a Monday.

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