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West Virginia's Holiday Legacy


West Virginia Day

WV day

West Virginia became a state on June 20th, 1863 by Abraham Lincoln's presidential proclamation. June 20th was informally celebrated across West Virginia over the next six decades until the West Virginia Legislature gave the holiday formal recognition in 1927. The day is usually celebrated with festivities at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston and in Wheeling, the original state capital.


West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday on June 20, 2013.

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