National Alaska Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Alaska Day

National Alaska Day 2020 - On 28 June 2020, National Alaska Day is observed to recognize the largest state of the union and the last frontier of the nation. Get the information about the history of National Alaska Day, facts & how to celebrate National Alaska Day 2020.

Sheena | Updated Jun 27, 2020 18:44 PM

National Alaska Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Alaska Day

National Alaska Day 2020

National Alaska Day is celebrated on 28th June. National Alaska Day 2020 is observed to mark the acknowledgment of the largest state as the last frontier of the nation. National Alaska Day 2020 is celebrated by the people in the state every year.

Alaska is not only the largest state but also home to the country's highest mountain ranges, including Mt. Denali. Populated long before Russian and European explorers found their way to the Arctic land by Inuit, Tlingit, Yupik, and others, Alaska supported native people with sufficient whale fat, fish, and beaver. 

The Iditarod takes place in Alaska in honor of Leonhard Seppala, runs 1,150 miles from Anchorage to Nome. In 1925, Leonhard Seppala delivered the much-needed anti-diphtheria serum to Nome along with several other mushers. The vast Denali National Park and Preserve is host to glaciers and fossil records.

What is the history of Alaska?

Following 68 years of Russian rule in Sitka, Alaska, on October 18, 1867, the Russian flag at the governor's house was lowered and replaced with a flag of the United States. The US purchased the territory for $7.2 million. Many Americans thought this was a waste of money, after William Seward, the state secretary who championed the purchase and called Alaska ‘Seward's Folly’. 

The gold rush era in Alaska began in 1897 when Joe Juneau and Richard Harris discovered gold at the Klondike. Approximately 10,000 fortune seekers headed for goldfields at Klondike. Gold was found on the beaches near Nome, an Alaskan city, in 1898. A city of tents sprung up overnight and 232 ships arrived in Nome by 1900 carrying almost 18,000 prospectors.

During the Second World War, the strategic location of Alaska was important. More than 140,000 military forces had been deployed in Alaska by the time Japan invaded the Aleutian Islands in 1943. Alaska retained its status as a territory until on January 3, 1959, it became the 49th U.S. state.

About Alaska

The name Alaska comes from the Aleut word Alyeska, which means The Great Land. The motto of the state is "North to the Future." It was chosen during the Alaska Purchase Centennial in 1967 and represents Alaska as a land of promise. The seal of state was created in 1910 when Alaska was a territory rather than a state. The Northern Lights represent rays above the mountains.

State capital - Juneau 
State bird -  Willow ptarmigan
State fish - The giant king salmon
State flower - Forget-me-not
State sport - Dog mushing
State mineral - Gold
State tree - Sitka spruce
State land mammal - Moose
State marine mammal - Bowhead whale

How to observe National Alaska Day?

Celebrate National Alaska Day by the wildest place in Alaska. Some other ways to enjoy the day are

  • Have trekking adventures in the mountain hills of Alaska with friends

  • Enjoy the Land of Midnight Sun

  • Learn more about history and facts about Alaska

  • Use #NationalAlaskaDay on social media and spread the message about the day

Alaska - Interesting Facts

Benny Benson designed the flag of Alaska at the age of 13, in 1926. This would become the official flag of state following the 1959 adoption of Alaska into the Union

With one person per square mile, Alaska has the lowest population density in the world

Approximately 52% of Alaskans are men which is the highest percentage of any state

Alaska is about 50 miles from Russia, at their nearest locations

Nearly one-third of the land in Alaska is in Arctic Circle

Alaska has over 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields active over the last two million years

Alaska is the only state to have three different seas along its coastlines: the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea

There are twenty highest mountain peaks in the USA. Of these, 17 are in Alaska

Alaska has about 100,000 glaciers which cover 5% of the state

Alaska has over 3,000 rivers and 3,000,000 lakes. The biggest is the 1,000-square-mile Lake Iliamna

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National Alaska Day - FAQ

1. What is so special about Alaska?

In the United States, Alaska has more coastline. Alaska is the only state to have three different seas along its coastlines namely the Arctic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Bering Sea.

2. What is Alaska's most famous for?

In wildlife, Alaska is renowned for salmon, seals, whales, moose, caribou, bison, jellyfish, puffins, etc. As far as scenery is concerned, Alaska is renowned for glaciers and fjords, rivers and waterways, mountains and more lakes than one might dream of.

3. What is illegal in Alaska?

Whispering in someone's ear while they're being moose hunting is illegal.  While shooting bears is legal, waking a sleeping bear is prohibited for the purpose of taking a photograph.

4. Which country owns Alaska?

In 1867 the US purchased Alaska from Russia. In the 1890s, gold rushes brought thousands of miners and settlers into Alaska and surrounding Yukon Territory. In 1912, the United States of America conceded territorial status to Alaska.

5. Is it always cold in Alaska?

Alaska has the coldest winters, the coldest summers, the longest winter, the coldest days, and on. Temperatures in the -30°C and -40°C are an almost daily occurrence in the interior portion of the state from November through March.