Pioneer Day

National holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Memorial Day are celebrated all over the US, but there are some holidays strictly celebrated in certain regions of the country.

While most know Mardi Gras as a holiday in New Orleans, there are other celebrations around the states that you may not know about.

From Alaska to Utah, here are some regional holidays and their origins.

Mormons celebrate Pioneer Day in Utah.

Every July 24, Mormons in Utah celebrate Pioneer Day to remember the day Brigham Young and his followers entered the Salt Lake Valley, founding Salt Lake City and the Church of Latter-day Saints. Today on July 24, all government offices and business are closed as the city holds parades, concerts, pageants, cookouts, and even fireworks.

For those who aren’t Mormon, a new holiday has developed on July 24: Pie and Beer Day. Locals bars serve pastries and beer as a jab to the Mormon faith, which frowns on drinking alcohol.

Rhode Island celebrates Gaspee Days around Memorial Day.

While the rest of America celebrates Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer, a small town in Rhode Island celebrates a different holiday: Gaspee Days. The holiday can be traced back to 1772 when patriots burned a British schooner, the HMS Gaspee, in Warwick, Rhode Island. Today, the incident is recognized as one of the first events leading to the American Revolutionary War, along with the Boston Tea Party.

Since 1965, Warwick celebrates the historical event by reenacting the ship burning. The festivities also include a road race, parade, and fireworks.

Maine also celebrates an event from the American Revolution: Margaretta Days.

The first naval battle of the American Revolution, the Battle of the Margaretta, occurred in the waters just outside of Machias, Maine. Over 200 years later, the town of Machias still celebrates the battle to commemorate the fallen soldiers on a holiday called Margaretta Days. Every June 16, the town turns back time, to 1775, dressing as patriots and loyalists, reenacting events, and holding period demonstrations. The festival includes a crafts fair, children’s activities, and musicians.

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12 unique regional holidays you’ve probably never heard of, and the history behind them

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