Seward’s Day

This state holiday of Alaska honors the US’s purchase of the territory from Russia. It is celebrated the last Monday of March, separately from Alaska Day

Most Alaskans get Seward’s day off from school or work. It is commemorated educational events, lectures, storytelling, and other historically themed events. Many students are required to complete an essay or another educational activity in

Background

The holiday celebrates the Alaska Purchase treaty while Alaska Day specifically celebrates the actual transfer of land. The Alaska Purchase Treaty was signed between the US and Russia on March 30, 1867. The day’s namesake comes from William H. Seward, the Secretary of State at the time, who negotiated the treaty.

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