Several States in the U.S. Celebrate an Independence Day or Statehood Day when the state became independent from another country and/or joined the Union and became part of the U.S.
Seward’s Day celebrates the United States’ purchase of Alaska from Russia in 1867. The purchase was made by William Henry Seward and was widely criticized at the time. It wasn’t until years later that Seward’s purchase paid off when gold, and many other natural resources were discovered there. Today, Seward Day is a legal holiday in Alaska and many businesses are closed for the day. Each year it is held on the last Monday of March. Some cities throughout Alaska have special celebrations commemorating the event.