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Statehood Day

Statehood Day 2020 and 2021

Statehood Day is a holiday on the third Friday of August to commemorate Hawaii’s admission to the Union in 1959. Thus, there is always a three-day Statehood Day Weekend in Hawaii. It is also known as Admissions Day.

YearDateDayHolidayStates
202021 AugFriStatehood Day HI
202120 AugFriStatehood Day HI

The first statehood bills for Hawaii were introduced as early as 1919 to the U.S. Congress by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole. Kalanianaole was the non-voting Territory of Hawaii delegate sent to the Congress for this purpose. In 1935, 1947, and 1950, more bills were introduced for the same purpose.

The statehood bill was finally approved by Congress in 1959 in the form of the Hawaii Admission Act. A referendum received 94 percent of Hawaiian resident votes supporting the statehood. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state on August 21, 1959, a date which fell on the third Friday of August in that year.

There are very few public events to celebrate Statehood Day in Hawaii, though there are often newspaper periodicals wishing Hawaii another happy years as a US state.