Welcome to the Alaska Day Festival website.
Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Purchase Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on October 18, 1867, and celebrates the diversity of cultures and historical perspectives of our people.
2013 Festival theme focus is the Alaska Marine Highway System and its 50 years of impact on both economic and cultural aspects of Alaska.
2013 Festival trustees are Ted Allio (chairman), Joan Berge, Helen Cunningham (treasurer), Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), LT Chris Enoksen, Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld,
Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, MaryLou Vilandre, and Ann Wilkinson.
Alaska Day Committee planners next meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 20, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8.
Festival information including schedule of events will be posted at www.alaskadayfestival.org on the Events page, on Facebook at alaskadaysitka, and advertised in local newspaper and radio.
Please join us for Alaska Day Festivities - October 11-18, 2013
Alaska Day Parade 2009 - Alaska Airlines
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On March 29, 1867, Baron Eduard de Stoeckl, Russian minister to the United States, and William Henry Seward, secretary of state under President Andrew Johnson, completed the draft of a treaty ceding Russian North America to the United States, and the treaty was signed the following day.
Celebrating Alaska Day
In this place, Sitka, Alaska, on October 18, 1867, the great land of Alaska was transferred from Russia to the United States.
The Russian Double Eagle was lowered for the last time, and the Stars and Stripes made their first appearance over Alaskan soil in a ceremony formalizing the transfer of the territory of Alaska from Tsarist Russia to the United States of America at the incredible purchase price of approximately two cents per acre.
The first recorded celebration of Alaska Day, in 1949, was highlighted by the unveiling of the bronze statue of "The Prospector" on the lawn of the Pioneer's Home. Molded by sculptor Alonzo Victor Lewis is the image of William Fonda, better known as "Skagway Will", the two-ton statue is a tribute to Alaska's pioneers.