National Kentucky Day
We recognize each state in the order they entered the union, beginning with Hawaii and ending with Hawaii on Independence Day. We feature a small sample of each state's past, foods, and the people who make up the state. There's so much more to discover; we can't help but celebrate our beautiful country even more.
The Bluegrass State was the first to enter the union west of the Appalachian Mountains. On three of its four boundaries, Kentucky is bordered by rivers from Fort Knox, the birthplace of one of the country's most beloved presidents, and the home to one of the country's most beloved presidents.
In Kentucky, musical roots are deep. There's a chance to explore all forms of music that the state treasures from ancient history to modern-day. Of course, it's called The Bluegrass State for a reason!
Kentuckians are highly skilled in athletic pursuits, both on and off the court. Every year in Louisville, the Kentucky Derby, one of the Triple Crown's most popular events, takes place in May. The derby, which was established in 1875, has many traditions, including serving mint juleps.
They keep up a tense rivalry with their Hoosier neighbors on both the court and field. Basketball, in particular, has a long history in the state.
Daniel Boone blazed trails through Kentucky, and several state parks and parks bear his name. All the natural wonders of Kentucky are along those paths. The Mammoth Caves (they are mammoth because they're the longest in the world) to the national forests, crystal clear lakes, and majestic waterfalls are among the Mammoth Caves (they are mammoth because they're the longest in the world).