National West Virginia Day
Each year 22nd March is observed as National West Virginia Day. It is dedicated to reminiscing the birth of the final state from one of the initial thirteen colonies.
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Why National West Virginia Day?
When most Virginian civilians chose to be separated from the Union, the West Virginians did not lose their loyalty towards the Union and formed their constitution and appealed for statehood. It was the 35th state to be accepted by the Union. Back in 1863, it was the only state which was created from other states. The other one was created at the time of the Civil War.
The Thirteen Colonies consisted of British civilians on the Atlantic shore of current America. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, they declared liberation, and in 1776, the United States of America was formed. These thirteen colonies included Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia. Later, a total of eighteen states were formed from these thirteen colonies. Vermont was cut off from New York. Kentucky was detached from Virginia. Tennessee was initially part of North Carolina. Massachusetts and Maine united to form one state.
Harper’s Ferry town of West Virginia has witnessed unprecedented historical events like John Brown’s raid and Stonewall Jackson’s contribution as Confederate general during the Civil War. West Virginia is also recognized as the Mountain States since it possesses three substantial mountain ranges: The Appalachian, Allegheny, and Blue Ridge. The last one is responsible for almost seventy-eight percentage of forests in the state. Within the mountains’ ruggedness, there reside several reservoirs of bituminous coal, making Virginia one of the largest providers of coal in the Mississippi River region.
Not only is Virginia famous for a marvelous view of the mountain range, but it is the home for many people deeply rooted in its core and enhancing its heritage with a great culture. From their cooking style to the music of banjo with the vocals of Gospel chorus emits the soothing earthly vibe of warmth. Free of busywork, time seems to flow slowly. One can spend their quality time by just watching the beauty of the landscape, hearing the folk tale on John Henry, or going for a mushroom hunt. They can even grill and share one or two with you.
If you stay a while longer, then we can even invite you to the greatest festival of West Virginia, “The Bridge Day,” celebrated on the 3rd Saturday of October each year. They assemble on the Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville to witness the daring BASE jump on the Gorge River.
How Can We Observe National West Virginia Day?
There are many ways to enjoy this day and make it memorable for life.
- You can learn of Virginia’s well-enhanced history; it’s deeply rooted culture and its mesmerizing heritage.
- To be one with their culture, you can explore their rhymes, folk songs, art, and be amused by the beautiful landscape.
- Capture all the good moments, stories, and share your experience on social media with the proper hashtag #NatiomalWestVirginiaDay to inspire more people towards its celebration.
Interesting Facts On National West Virginia Day:
Here are some interesting facts on West Virginia to enlighten this day for you.
- West Virginia was formed as a state after the Wheeling Convention assembly in 1861, which played an important role in the Civil War.
- West Virginia was accepted as a state by the union on 20th June in 1863. Each year, 20th June is celebrated as “West Virginia Day,” which is different from “National West Virginia Day” on 22nd March. While “West Virginia Day” is recognized by the civilians of West Virginia for official approval as a new liberate the confederate state of America, the “National West Virginia Day” is celebrated as the birth of the 35th and final state of the United States of America by the whole USA people.
- 20th June was celebrated unofficially to recognize the birth of this new state of America. In 1927, the West Virginian Legislature asserted the day officially.
History Of National West Virginia Day:
While the Civil War was at its peak, the Virginia General Assembly from Richmond wished to be recognized as one of America’s confederate states. The residents of the trans-Allegheny region continuously showed their hostility towards the political nobles of Richmond. The faithful unionists stocked to their loyalty for the Union and led the state to form a different state. After the rigorous legal protocol, it was officially accepted by the Union on 20th June in 1863.