October 18, Wednesday
Alaska Day is a legal holiday in the U.S. state of Alaska, observed on October 18. It is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the Territory of Alaska from the Russian Empire to the United States, which occurred on Friday, October 18, 1867.
Alaska's territorial legislature declared Alaska Day a holiday in 1917. It is a paid holiday for state employees.The official celebration is held in Sitka, where schools release students early, many businesses close for the day, and events such as a parade and reenactment of the flag raising are held.