Statehood Day in Hawaii in the United States
Hawaii’s Statehood Day is an annual state holiday on the third Friday of August. It commemorates the anniversary Hawaii’s statehood . This holiday is not to be confused with Statehood Day in Kentucky or Tennessee, USA.
What Do People Do?
There is a fair amount of debate surrounding this holiday, which has sparked discussions among locals. Some say that the day, which was formerly known as Admission Day, should either be removed or celebrated on a larger scale. There are those who say that no official celebrations are held on the day and describe it as a silent day. Many opinions voice out that the anniversary of statehood is virtually ignored. Some people write messages or newspaper articles to promote the holiday, wishing the state a “happy birthday”.
Others believe that the holiday is a controversial matter and can be perceived as culturally insensitive by native Hawaiians. It has also been reported that a group of independence activists disrupted a Statehood Day celebration on the grounds of Iolani palace in 2006.
Hawaii’s Statehood Day is a state holiday so government offices are closed, as well as schools and major universities. Some bus companies may observe the public holiday, while others operate seven days a week, including all holidays. Ferries may also operate on the holiday. People planning to use public transit services on this day can check with the local public transit service providers prior to travelling.
Hawaii’s Statehood Day commemorates Hawaii’s admission as a state on August 21, 1959. In 1898 the United States annexed Hawaii, which was declared as a “necessary” navy base for the conduct of the Spanish-American War. The United States’ interests coveted the islands for some time. During World War II, Oahu served as the command post for the US operations in the Pacific. Large portions of Hawaii were turned over for the US military bases. After the war, two-thirds of the residents favored statehood.
However, because of the many ethnicities present, there was resistance to Hawaii’s statehood from segregated southern states. A primary election took place in Hawaii on June 27, 1959, and various statehood propositions received many votes on that day. Following the certification of the election results, President Eisenhower signed a proclamation on August 21, 1959, declaring Hawaii to be the 50th state. This was known as Admission Day until 2001.
Hawaii was a symbol of a new frontier when it became the 50th state of the United States of America in 1959 after many years of heated political debates and discussions. Some people saw Hawaii as a bridge to Asia and an example of American ideas.
Statehood Day in Hawaii Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||Aug 20||2010||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 19||2011||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 17||2012||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 16||2013||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 15||2014||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 21||2015||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 19||2016||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 18||2017||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 17||2018||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 16||2019||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
|Fri||Aug 21||2020||Statehood Day in Hawaii||State holiday||Hawaii|
Quick FactsHawaii’s Statehood Day is celebrated on the third Friday of August to commemorate the anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood.
Statehood Day in Hawaii 2016Friday, August 19, 2016 (local in Hawaii)
Statehood Day in Hawaii 2017Friday, August 18, 2017 (local in Hawaii)
Name in other languages
|Statehood Day in Hawaii||English|
|Estadidad de Hawaii||Spanish|
|יום הקמת המדינה הוואי||Hebrew|
|يوم بناء الدولة هاواي||Arabic|
|하와이 건국의 날||Korean|
|Tag der Eigenstaatlichkeit von Hawaii||German|
Alternative nameHawaii Admission Day
- Statehood Day – Wednesday, June 1, 2016
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- Tisha B'Av – Tuesday, August 1, 2017
- Coast Guard Birthday – Friday, August 4, 2017
- Raksha Bandhan – Monday, August 7, 2017
- Janmashtami – Monday, August 14, 2017
- Assumption of Mary – Tuesday, August 15, 2017
- Bennington Battle Day – Wednesday, August 16, 2017
- National Aviation Day – Saturday, August 19, 2017
- Senior Citizens Day – Monday, August 21, 2017
- Ganesh Chaturthi – Thursday, August 24, 2017
- Women's Equality Day – Saturday, August 26, 2017
- Lyndon Baines Johnson Day – Sunday, August 27, 2017