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National Missouri Day

Celebrate National Missouri Day with a trip to the Show Me State - explore its breathtaking scenery, unique culture, and delicious cuisine!
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January 4
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Introduction

It's time to show your love and appreciation for the great state of Missouri on National Missouri Day, Jan. 4! From its beautiful landscapes and amazing cities, to its delicious food and rich history, there's so much to celebrate about Missouri. Whether you're a native or just visiting for the day, it's a great opportunity to explore all that this great state has to offer and make memories that will last a lifetime. So get ready and enjoy the celebration!

History of National Missouri Day

National Missouri Day Dates

National Missouri Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1815</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of Missouri Territory</div><div class='timeline-text'>After the Louisiana Purchase and the War of 1812, the Missouri Territory was officially recognized by the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1821</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Missouri Statehood</div><div class='timeline-text'>Missouri's application for statehood was accepted, becoming the 24th state of the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1852</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mark Twain's Birth</div><div class='timeline-text'>Famed author Mark Twain, born Samuel Clemens, was born in Florida, Missouri, greatly influencing American literature with his work.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1904</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World's Fair in St. Louis</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Louisiana Purchase Exposition, also known as the St. Louis World's Fair, took place showcasing advancements in technology, culture, and food.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Gateway Arch Completion</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Gateway Arch, a symbol of St. Louis and the westward expansion of the United States, was completed.</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 Missouri Day Initiated</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Missouri Day was introduced to recognize and honor the history and culture of the state.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Missouri 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 Missouri Landmark</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The Gateway Arch, the Missouri State Capitol, Branson, and many other landmarks are located in Missouri. Take a day to explore the state's rich history and see all that it 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'>Attend a Missouri sporting event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Missouri is home to several professional sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Royals, and Kansas City Chiefs. Attend a game to show your support for the teams and celebrate the state's love for sports.</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'>Go camping in Missouri</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack up your camping gear and head to one of Missouri's many beautiful state parks or campgrounds. Enjoy the great outdoors while celebrating the state you love.</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 Missouri River</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a cruise on the Missouri River and experience the beauty of this great waterway. See some of the state's wildlife and learn about its history along the way.</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 local festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Every year, many cities in Missouri host festivals to celebrate their unique cultures and traditions. Attend one of these festivals and get a taste of what it means to be a Missourian.</p></div></div>

Why National Missouri 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'>Celebrate the history and people of Missouri</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Missouri Day is a great way to honor the state’s long and proud history. It’s important to remember not just the major figures who shaped the state, but also all of its everyday citizens who made it what it is today.</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'>Give recognition to Missouri businesses & organizations</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When we celebrate National Missouri Day, we give recognition to all the hardworking and innovative individuals, businesses and organizations that make the “Show Me State” so great. Whether they produce agriculture or amazing tech products, we can show our appreciation on this special day!</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'>Bring Missourians together in pride</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The celebration of National Missouri Day gives us an opportunity to come together with our fellow citizens and take pride in the accomplishments of our shared home. It’s a time for us to recognize matters both historical and present, celebrate our success, and embrace each other's uniqueness in unity!</p></div></div>

5 Missouri State Facts That Might Surprise You

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-header'><h3 class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 class='facts-title'>Missouri is known as the "Show Me State"</h3><p class='facts-text'>Missouri's unofficial nickname is the "Show Me State", which is said to reflect the skepticism and determination for truth of its inhabitants.</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'>St. Louis hosted the first Olympic Games in the US</h3><p class='facts-text'>The third Olympic Games, and the first held in the United States, took place in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904.</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'>Kansas City, Missouri has more fountains than any city except Rome</h3><p class='facts-text'>Kansas City in Missouri is known as the "City of Fountains". It has over 200 fountains, only surpassed by Rome, Italy.</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'>The ice cream cone was invented in Missouri</h3><p class='facts-text'>At the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and started serving ice cream in rolled up waffles made by a nearby vendor, thus creating the first ice cream cone.</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'>Missouri is the birthplace of Mark Twain</h3><p class='facts-text'>Celebrated author Mark Twain, notable for his books "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", was born in Florida, Missouri in 1835.</p></div></div>

National Missouri Day FAQs

When is National Missouri Day?

National Missouri Day is celebrated on January 4th every year. In 2024 National Missouri Day will occur on a Thursday.

National Missouri Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Jan 4

Wednesday

2024

Jan 4

Thursday

2025

Jan 4

Saturday

2026

Jan 4

Sunday

2027

Jan 4

Monday

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