Statehood Day (Hawaii)

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Hawaii Statehood Day
Also called Admission Day
Observed by Hawaii
Significance Admission of Hawaii into the Union.
Date Third Friday in August
2017 date August 18  (2017-08-18)
2018 date August 17  (2018-08-17)
2019 date August 16  (2019-08-16)
2020 date August 21  (2020-08-21)
Frequency annual
Related to Independence Day

Statehood Day or Admission Day is a legal holiday in the state of Hawaii in the United States. It is celebrated annually on the third Friday in August to commemorate the anniversary of the state's 1959 admission to the Union. It was first celebrated in 1969.[1]

Statehood bills for Hawaii were introduced into the U.S. Congress as early as 1919 by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole, the non-voting delegate sent by the Territory of Hawaii to the U.S. Congress. Additional bills were introduced in 1935, 1947 and 1950. In 1959, the U.S. Congress approved the statehood bill, the Hawaii Admission Act. This was followed by a referendum in which Hawaiian residents voted 94% in support of statehood (the ballot question was: "Shall Hawaii immediately be admitted into the Union as a state?"), and on August 21, 1959 (the third Friday in August), President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state.

Outside of Hawaii, the third Friday of August is celebrated as "Hawaiian Shirt Day".

See also

External links

  • Hawaiian Holidays
  • Holidays to be Observed by the HAWAII STATE GOVERNMENT
  • Wording of a Hawaii Senate resolution to organize a celebration for Admission Day 2003. Includes many details of the history of the admission of Hawai'i into the Union.


  1. ^ State Observed Holidays (State of Hawaii

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