It’s Ar-kan-saw not Ar-kan-sas, mispronounce this state’s name and it’s either a fine or jail time for you. Locals are called as Arkansawyers, Arkansan or Arkies. It is surrounded by other states with Missouri in the north, Tennessee and Mississippi in the east, Louisiana in the south, and Oklahoma in the west.
Arkansas, nicknamed “The Natural State” is located in the Southern part of the country. Its nickname was created to promote the tourism sector in the 1970s. It is only fitting to have “The Natural State” for its pet name because up to this day it maintains 52 states parks with seven of them being preserved by the National Park Service.
Once pictured as a banjo-picking hillbilly state and a cashless society during the early 1800s, it has successfully transformed its economy to cater to today’s consumer needs. Six of the 500 Fortune companies have headquarters in Arkansas. CNBC reported that the state ranks 20th state best for business and it’s still one of the most affordable states to live in.
Arkansawyers have a lot of things to be proud of when it comes to their state
- The Crater of Diamonds State Park allows prospectors to hunt for diamonds and other precious gems in the area.
- North Little Rock is one of the largest municipal parks in the country today.
- Johnny Cash, famous country singer and songwriter grew up in Dyess.
- Ranks 11th in the country for best workforce.
- It has unique festivals and celebrations that are big crowd drawers including the Arnkansas Jonquil Festival a popular event celebrated for 42 years, The Riverfest, the Arkansas Scottish Festival celebrated for 34 years and the Hope Watermelon Festival that bring in more than 50,000 watermelon enthusiasts.
There are many celebrations worth mentioning in Arkansas, but the state follows the following holidays in their state calendar:
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- January 19 – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee’s Birthdays (Observed)
- February 16 – George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day (Observed)
- May 25 – Memorial Day (Observed)
- July 4 – Independence Day (Observed)
- September 7 – Labor Day
- November 7 – Veterans Day
- November 26 – Thanksgiving Day
- December 24 – Christmas Eve
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- January 1,2016 – New Year’s Day
All these occasions offers great opportunities to show how proud you are to be a true Arkie. Just show it! Fly your colors with pride!
Displaying our national flag during special celebrations and promote nationalism in your community. A study shows that patriotism is slowly dying for the younger generation, don’t let this happen in your neighborhood, in your place of business and especially in your home. Be a catalyst that will cause a chain reaction. Display a flag in your home. More Arkansas Flag questions are
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