Celebrate your state today: National Day Calendar has designated Nov. 9 National Louisiana Day | Entertainment/Life


The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park is located in Armstrong Park in New Orleans, La. Tuesday April 12, 2016.

Get out and celebrate your condition today.

The National Day Calendar has declared November 9 as National Louisiana Day.

In 2017, the National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order in which it joined the Union, beginning with Independence Day week and ending with Hawaii. The calendar highlights a small portion of the history, food, and people that make up the state.

Many states have their own state celebrations and observance of the national holiday calendar is in no way a substitute for these. But why not contribute to these celebrations?

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The stained glass rotunda of the Old State Capitol.

On November 9, National Louisiana Day recognizes Louisiana as the state that gifted the nation with treasures like jazz, Creole and American Mardi Gras.

“Throughout the state’s history, the blending of race and culture has resulted in the Delta’s unique flair, which draws visitors from around the world who come to sample their food, hear their music and see their style,” says National Day Calendar continues its website, nationaldaycalendar.com. “When the French explorers first arrived, several different tribes settled the area. Many of their populations have been decimated by disease and war. The descendants of Natchez, Choctaw or Chitimacha still survive today.”

In 1803, Louisiana became territory when the United States completed negotiations with France to purchase 828,000 miles of Louisiana. The first of 15 states to be excised from the region, Louisiana joined the United States in 1812.


Oakley Plantation House at the Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville. Artist and naturalist John James Audubon painted some of his famous bird studies while staying at Oakley Plantation.

“Louisiana holds the mysteries of pirates, slavery conflicts and progression paths in its mysterious gulf. The bayou teems with life and untold stories,” the statement continued. “Louisiana embodies the term ‘melting pot’ perhaps more than any other state. Throughout the state’s history, Native American, French, Spanish, German, African, Irish, and Caribbean cultures have blended in many ways, creating a diverse and distinctive culture in the bayou. From the food to the language, the music and history, Cajun (French-Canadian or Acadian), Creole (European, African, Caribbean or Hispanic of mixed ancestry) and even the landscape all influence the magic of Louisiana.”

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Renae Friedley’s photo “Serenity” was taken in the Jungle Gardens on Avery Island in 2013.

So, how to celebrate this special day? The national holiday calendar has some suggestions.

“Join the National Day Calendar on November 9 as we celebrate Louisiana’s treasures and mysteries. Discover the hidden Gulf Coast and discover all the adventures Louisiana has to offer,” states the National Day Calendar. “Use #NationalLouisianaDay to share on social media.”


Visitors enter the National WWII Museum on Memorial Day in New Orleans, LA. Monday, May 31, 2021.

Here are some of the suggested treasures of the National Day calendar to discover:

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A path leads to one of Poverty Point’s ancient mounds. The mounds were built between 1700 and 1100 BC. built by indigenous peoples.


A complete listing of Louisiana State and National Parks & Historic Sites is available at crt.state.la.us and nps.gov. Check out some of the featured sites in the state below.

  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park – Natchez
  • Jean Lafitte National Park – New Orleans
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – New Orleans
  • Chicot State Park-Ville Platte
  • Lake Bistineau State Park—Doyline
  • Palmetto Island State Park-Abbeville
  • Poverty Point Reservoir State Park – Delhi
  • Audubon State Historic Site – St. Francisville
  • Fort St Jean Baptiste State Historic Site – Natchitoches
  • Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site – St. Martinville
  • Winter Quarters State Historic Site – Newellton


Crowds dance during the NOLA Zydeco Fest at the New Orleans Jazz Museum in New Orleans, Saturday, July 3, 2021.


  • Louisiana Museum of Art and Science – Baton Rouge
  • The National World War II Museum – New Orleans
  • The New Orleans Jazz Museum – New Orleans
  • Delta Music Museum – Ferriday
  • Louisiana’s Old State Capitol – Baton Rouge
  • LSU Museum of Rural Life – Parish of East Baton Rouge
  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum – New Orleans
  • River Road African American Museum—Donaldsonville
  • Nottoway Plantation House – White Castle
  • Mardi Gras Museum – New Orleans
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art – New Orleans
  • Jungle Gardens – Avery Island

Louisiana personalities

  • Alice Heine – Princess – (February 10, 1858 – December 22, 1925) Born to Michel Heine and Amelie Miltenberger, Alice Heine would be the first American to be crowned Princess of Monaco by marriage to a prince. In 1889, after the death of her first husband, Duke and Marquis Armand Chapelle, Alice Heine married Prince Albert of Monaco.
  • Sarah Breedlove – Entrepreneur – (December 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919) In response to her own hair loss, Alice Breedlove created her own line of hair care products under the Madam CJ Walker name. She became one of the first self-made millionaires in the United States.
  • Edith Loeber Ballard – Physician – (August 8, 1875 – December 23, 1948) A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Edith Loeber-Ballard interned in several New York City hospitals and practiced at the New England Hospital for Women and Children. After her return to Louisiana, she campaigned for women and children.
  • Buddy Bolden – musician – (September 6, 1877 – November 4, 1931) Buddy Bolden is considered one of the founding fathers of jazz and was nicknamed “King Bolden”. The cornetist blended the sounds of ragtime and blues with the Buddy Bolden Band to create a new dance sound that is attracting followers to the new music brand.
  • Louis Armstrong – musician – (4 August 1901 – 6 July 1971) Renowned trumpeter and influential jazz artist Louis Armstrong’s skill and dramatic style made him a prominent entertainer.
  • Truman Capote – Author – (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984) The author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, Truman Capote’s writing has engaged both the social elite and Hollywood. His works included “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, “The Grass Harp” and “In Cold Blood”.
  • Ella Brennan – Restaurateur – (November 27, 1925 – May 31, 2018) Winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Ella Brennan is known for Creole and French cuisine. From a young age she helped her brother in the restaurant business. She has mentored many chefs over the years including Paul Prudhomme.
  • Fats Domino – Musician & Singer/Songwriter – (February 26, 1928 – October 24, 2017) Fats Domino conquered the world with his piano playing with hits like “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Hielbeerberg”.
  • Jerry Lee Lewis – Singer/Songwriter – (September 29, 1935 – October 28, 2022) Pianist Jerry Lee Lewis entertained audiences with flamboyant style and hits like “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ An.”
  • Paul Prudhomme – Executive Chef – (July 13, 1940 – October 8, 2015) Paul Prudhomme brought Cajun flair to New Orleans’ French Quarter. His cookbooks, travels and television appearances brought him onto the world stage.
  • Richard Simmons – businessman/comedian – (July 12, 1948 -) Richard Simmons, fitness instructor and comedian, developed a series of high-energy aerobic videos such as ‘Sweatin’ to the Oldies’ and ‘Boogie Down the Pounds’.

Visit nationaldaycalendar.com/national-louisiana-day-november-9 for more information.

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