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65th annual Cherokee National Holiday

Join us for the 65th annual Cherokee National Holiday, a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness and reuniting families. 
Thousands of Cherokees and visitors from across the United States and abroad make the pilgrimage to the historic Cherokee Nation capital in Tahlequah to renew friendships and celebrate the Cherokee spirit. 
The Holiday has been observed annually since 1953 to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the Act of Union reuniting Cherokees both East and West after the Trail of Tears. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world.
This multi-day celebration is packed with sports activities for all ages, from traditional games, such as Cherokee marbles, the cornstalk shoot and blowgun competitions, to the more familiar golf and softball tournaments. 
Hundreds of vendors set up booths where visitors can view and purchase authentic Native American-made products and foods. Music lovers will enjoy many events, including gospel and bluegrass music, a toe-tapping fiddler’s contest and a concert from the award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir.
History buffs are invited to visit one of our exciting museums that highlight aspects of Cherokee life, such as the Cherokee National Prison Museum, Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum and the John Ross Museum. Nearby is the Cherokee Heritage Center​ and Cherokee Family Research Center, as well as Diligwa, 1710 Cherokee Village.
Those with children will enjoy the annual parade downtown, storytelling, children’s games and fun, hands-on traditional crafts events. 
The Inter-tribal powwow, held on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds on Friday night and Saturday night, is always a crowd favorite and highlights the Holiday celebration nightly as dancers from all over the United States compete for prizes and top honors.