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West Virginia Day in United States

West Virginia Day is a state holiday celebrated every year on June 20 in the American state of West Virginia. That day celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the state as a result of the secession of several north western counties of Virginia during the American Civil War.



During the American Civil War, Virginia should leave the United States and join the Confederate States of America. As a result of this and the early political and social divisions, 50 counties separated from Virginia and the state of West Virginia was created. On April 20, 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed that West Virginia would be admitted to the United States as a separate state 60 days later and West Virginia became a member of the Union. From 1864, West Virginia Day was celebrated informally and became a state holiday in 1927. If June 20 falls on a Sunday, West Virginia Day is observed on Monday June 21.

Public Life

It is a state holiday of West Virginia and many state offices, libraries and schools are closed on this day. Public transit services may operate to a reduced schedule or not operate at all, but stores and other businesses may open. However, in other areas of the United States, public life on June 20 is not affected.

What do people do?

On West Virginia Day a wide range of events are organise in West Virginia. Events include: local arts festivals, displays of Civil War era crafts and industrial processes, exhibitions on the state’s social, serving roadside refreshments, such as a birthday cake and lemonade, agricultural or industrial heritage, the distribution of pins, costume days and special guided tours, re-enactments of Civil War battles, caps and t-shirts promoting the state and brunches, lunches and barbecues.

Special offers on outdoor activities, such as swimming, rafting and guided hikes are also popular and serve to promote the beauty of the West Virginian landscape.

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