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National Iowa Day

Get ready to show your love for the Hawkeye State - National Iowa Day is here and we're celebrating all things corn, football, and Midwest charm!
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February 8
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Get ready to celebrate all things Iowa on February 8 for National Iowa Day! This day is dedicated to the Hawkeye State and all its unique history, culture, and people. Did you know that Iowa is known as the "Food Capital of the World" and is home to the world's largest popcorn ball? It's also where sliced bread was invented! Whether you're a proud Iowan or just love learning about different states, this day is a great opportunity to appreciate all that Iowa has to offer. So let's raise our corn cobs and celebrate National Iowa Day!

History of National Iowa Day

National Iowa Day Dates

National Iowa Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1846</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Iowa Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>On December 28, Iowa became the 29th state in the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1857</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>State Capital Moved</div><div class='timeline-text'>Iowa's state capital was moved from Iowa City to Des Moines to provide easier access for more people.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1907</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>RAGBRAI Tradition Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI), the oldest and largest recreational bicycle touring event in the world, first began.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1972</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Iowa Caucuses</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Iowa Caucuses, which has had a major impact on U.S. presidential politics, were first conducted in 1972.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Iowa Day Recognized</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Day Calendar proclaimed National Iowa Day to be observed annually on February 8.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Iowa 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 state</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a road trip or plan a weekend getaway to explore different parts of Iowa. From the rolling hills to the vibrant cities, there is so much to discover in this beautiful 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'>Try Iowa's famous foods</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Iowa is known for its delicious food, such as pork tenderloin sandwiches and sweet corn. Head to a local restaurant or festival to taste these iconic dishes and celebrate the flavors of Iowa.</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 Iowa's history</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit historical sites and museums to learn about Iowa's rich history and culture. You can also attend events or festivals that celebrate the state's heritage and traditions.</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'>Support local businesses</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show some love for Iowa by supporting local businesses and shops. From farmers markets to small boutiques, there are plenty of opportunities to shop local and celebrate the unique offerings of Iowa.</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 Hawkeye game</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you're a sports fan, celebrate National Iowa Day by attending a University of Iowa Hawkeyes game. The passionate fans and electric atmosphere are sure to make for an unforgettable experience.</p></div></div>

Why National Iowa 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 Iowa and its history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Iowa Day is a day to honor and appreciate the great state of Iowa. It's a chance to learn more about the history, culture, and people who make this state truly special.</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 tourism in Iowa</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By celebrating National Iowa Day, we are shining a spotlight on all the amazing things this state has to offer - from natural wonders like the Mississippi River to iconic landmarks like the Field of Dreams. This can encourage people to visit and support local businesses, boosting the economy.</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 people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Iowa Day provides an opportunity for Iowans to come together and celebrate their shared heritage and pride for their home state. It also allows those from outside of Iowa to join in on the festivities and learn more about what makes this state so unique and beloved.</p></div></div>

5 State Pride Facts for National Iowa Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa is the nation's largest producer of corn</h3><p class='facts-text'>Producing over 2.7 billion bushels per year, Iowa leads the nation in corn production.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa is known as the “Hawkeye State”</h3><p class='facts-text'>In honor of Chief Black Hawk of the Sauk tribe, Iowa is colloquially known as the "Hawkeye State"</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa has strong ties to American literature</h3><p class='facts-text'>Iowa City was recognized by UNESCO as a "City of Literature" due to its longstanding commitment to creativity and the written word, including its internationally renowned Iowa Writers' Workshop.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa hosts the nation’s first presidential caucus</h3><p class='facts-text'>Every four years, presidential hopefuls descend on Iowa for the first major contest in the race for the White House.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Iowa is named after a Native American tribe</h3><p class='facts-text'>The state takes its name from the Ioway tribe, one of the many Native American tribes that originally inhabited the area.</p></div></div>

National Iowa Day FAQs

When is National Iowa Day?

National Iowa Day is celebrated on February 8 every year. In 2024, National Iowa Day will occur on a Thursday.

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