When is Alaska Day

The day when the Alaska changed country

The Alaska Day is observed every year on the 18th of October. It is a legal holiday specifically in the U.S. state of Alaska. On this day, the territory of Alaska was formally transferred from Russia to the United States in the year 1867. The deal between the two countries stating the formal transfer was signed for $7.2 Mn. The deal had been signed in March itself, but it was only in October that the commissioners arrived in Sitka, and the transfer was official. The flag was officially raised at the Fort Sitka on this day in 1867. When the transfer was actually being made, there were close to 250 uniformed U.S. soldiers who were a part of the ceremony that marched to the Governor’s house which was stationed at the “Castle Hill”. The Russian troops lowered their flag, while the U.S. flag was hoisted at this place.

There is a 11 hour difference between the two countries, and Russia used the Julian Calendar at that time. So, the date is sometimes written down as 7th October 1867 which was a Saturday. This day has been declared a holiday since 1917. The state employees enjoy a state holiday on this day.

Of course, an official celebration is held in the schools on this day. The students need to attend the celebrations, after which they are allowed to go home early. The re-enactment of the flag raising, and a parade are ways to commemorate the moment of transfer. Businesses remain closed through this day.

The Alaska Day is sometimes confused with Seward’s Day which is celebrated on the last Monday in the Month of March. This day commemorates the signing of treaty, or the official purchase made by U.S. for Alaska on 30th March in 1867. But, Alaska Day is the day when the flag was officially raised


Next Alaska Day is on 18 October 2018 (Thursday)

Days Remaining in Next Alaska Day

Alaska Day in Upcoming Year

When is Alaska Day 2018
When is Alaska Day 2019
When is Alaska Day 2020

Insert a link to this holiday. Copy and paste it on your website.

What is Today on March 18
Gudi Padwa

Holidays & Events
Mother's Day
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day
Flag Day
Father's Day
Summer Solstice
Independence Day USA
Pioneer Day
Colorado Day
Purple Heart Day
Bennington Battle Day
Statehood Day Hawaii
National Aviation Day
Senior Citizens Day
Women's Equality Day

Copyright 2015. All Content here is for information purpose only. Information may change any time and we are constantly reviewing everything to avoid errors but we can not take responsibility regarding correctness of all content. Please read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before using this website. For any suggestion or feedback you can contact us at contact@kabhai.com