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.
West Virginia Day celebrates West Virginia becoming the 35th State on June 20, 1863. West Virginia separated from Virginia during the Civil War because Virginia was a Confederate state, and several counties in the North West of Virginia wanted to rejoin the Union. Today, events are held around the state to commemorate the secession. Most events take place in Charleston, West Virginia’s capitol.