The State of Arizona is known for being the “Grand Canyon State,” but it also goes by various unofficial state nicknames such as The Valentine State because it became a state on the 14th of February 1912, The Copper State because it yields the most copper in the country, and The Baby State because it came before Hawaii and Alaska joined the Union.
The name Arizona is derived from the Spanish name “Arizonac,” which means “small spring.” It is one of the Four Courner States with New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, Utah, California, and Sonora Mexico all bordering Arizona.
Some crazy laws exist in Arizona. One of them states that it is possible to go to prison for 25 years if you cut down a cactus, specifically Saguaro cactus. This law is passed to protect this endangered species, which is highly treasured by Arizonians. It is also unlawful to refuse to give a person a glass of water. There is a huge fine applied to businesses who fail to uphold this law.
Due to the region’s elevation dry climate prevails most of the time, but it also experiences mild to heavy winters. It is said that the country’s highest and lowest temperatures can be felt in Arizona in the same day. More Arizona Flag questions are answered here.
The State of Arizona recognizes 14 national holidays apart from Sundays, excluding Feb 14 which is Arizona’s Statehood Day. According to Arizona’s state legislature the following holidays will be observed:
- All Sundays
- Jan 1 – New Year’s Day
- Third Monday of Jan – Martin Luther King Day/Civil Rights Day
- Third Monday of Feb – Lincoln/Washington President’s Day
- Second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day
- Last Monday in May – Memorial Day
- Third Sunday in June – Father’s Day
- July 4 – Independence Day
- First Sunday in August – American Family Day
- First Monday in September – Labor Day
- September 17 – Constitution Commemoration Day
- Second Monday in October – Columbus Day
- November 11 – Veteran’s Day
- Fourth Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
- December 25 – Christmas Day
If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the state will observe it on the previous Friday and should it fall on a Sunday it will be observed on the following Monday. Aside from the national holidays, there are other festivities to look forward to in the 48th state.
Here are some of them:
- The Arizona Renaissance Festival – February to March
- Flagstaff Oktoberfest – First Saturday of October
- Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
- Arizona International Film Festival – Second week of April and runs for a whole week
- Grand Canyon Square Dance Festvial – Third weekend of February
- Arizona MusicFest – Runs for Almost the whole Month of February
With all these exciting things going on in the state of Arizona, who wouldn’t be proud to be called Arizonian.
Want to show Arizonian pride and promote unity in your neighborhood? Fly your colors proudly during holidays and other special celebrations in your region. Begin this as a community activity.