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National Minnesota Day

Get ready to embrace all things Minnesota on National Minnesota Day - from lakes and forests to hotdish and Scandinavian heritage, it's a day worth celebrating!
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Get ready to celebrate all things Minnesota on March 1 with National Minnesota Day! This day is dedicated to the land of 10,000 lakes, known for its beautiful nature, friendly people, and unique culture. Did you know that Minnesota was the 32nd state to join the United States in 1858? It's also home to famous attractions such as the Mall of America, Split Rock Lighthouse, and the iconic "Hot Dish" casserole. So whether you're a proud Minnesotan or just love exploring new places and cultures, this day is perfect for appreciating all that Minnesota has to offer.

History of National Minnesota Day

National Minnesota Day Dates

National Minnesota Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1858</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Minnesota Joins the Union</div><div class='timeline-text'>Minnesota became the 32nd state to join the United States on May 11, 1858.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Hotdish" Becomes Popular</div><div class='timeline-text'>The term "hotdish," a casserole primarily consisting of meat, canned vegetables, and tater tots, became popular in the Minnesota lexicon during the early 20th century.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1931</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>State Bird and Flower Selected</div><div class='timeline-text'>The loon was named Minnesota's state bird and the pink-and-white lady slipper was announced as the state flower.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Minnesota Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>March 1 was first recognized as National Minnesota Day in the United States.</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'>Mall of America Opens</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Mall of America, the largest shopping mall in the US, opened in Bloomington, Minnesota.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Minnesota 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 Minnesota's natural beauty</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go on a hike, bike ride, or kayak trip to explore the beautiful lakes, forests, and trails of Minnesota. Take in the stunning views and appreciate the state's natural wonders.</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'>Attend a local Minnesota festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a festival celebrating all things Minnesota, from music and art to food and culture. Join in on the fun and experience the unique traditions and customs of 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'>Cook a traditional Minnesota meal</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather ingredients like wild rice, walleye, and maple syrup to create a delicious and authentic Minnesota meal. Invite friends and family to share in the feast 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'>Visit a historic site or museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Learn about the history of Minnesota by visiting a museum or historic site. From Native American culture to European settlements, there is so much to discover and appreciate about the state's past.</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'>Wear your favorite Minnesota sports team gear</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show your pride for Minnesota by wearing your favorite sports team's gear. Whether it's the Vikings, Twins, or Wild, wear your colors and cheer on your home team in honor of National Minnesota Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Minnesota 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'>It's a day to celebrate our favorite state</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>For all the proud Minnesotans out there, National Minnesota Day is the perfect opportunity to show your love for your home state. It's a chance to appreciate all the things that make Minnesota unique and special - from its beautiful lakes and forests, to its friendly residents and rich 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'>We get to indulge in our favorite Minnesota foods</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Minnesotans are known for their love of certain foods like hotdish, lutefisk, and wild rice soup. On National Minnesota Day, it's the perfect time to treat yourself to these beloved dishes or try something new from a local restaurant. Plus, don't forget about the famous State Fair food!</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 us together as a community</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Minnesota Day is a time when we can come together as a community and celebrate our shared love for our state. Whether it's attending local events, supporting small businesses, or simply spending time with friends and family, this day is all about building connections and fostering a sense of camaraderie among Minnesotans.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for National Minnesota 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'>Minnesota has more coastline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined</h3><p class='facts-content'>With over 90,000 miles of shoreline due to its numerous lakes, Minnesota surprisingly has more coastline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined, which is testament to its nickname "Land of 10,000 Lakes".</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'>Twin Cities houses more theater seats per capita outside of New York</h3><p class='facts-content'>Minnesota's Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul) house the second most theater seats per capita in the United States, following New York; a testament to Minnesota's thriving art scene.</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'>Minnesota leads the nation in iron ore production</h3><p class='facts-content'>Minnesota's Iron Range contains 98% of the country's iron ore reserves, making it the top producer in the United States and a key player in the nation's steel industry.</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'>Minnesota is home to the oldest continuously running theater in the country</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Old Log Theater in Greenwood, which opened in 1940, is the oldest dinner theater that has continuously been in operation in the United States.</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'>Minnesota's state muffin is blueberry</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1988, a group of elementary students lobbied for the blueberry muffin to become the state muffin, and it was officially designated as such, underlining Minnesota's fondness for this berry.</p></div></div>

National Minnesota Day FAQs

When is National Minnesota Day?

National Minnesota Day is celebrated on March 1 every year. In 2024 National Minnesota Day will occur on a Friday.

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