Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., announced today that the 68th Annual Cherokee National Holiday will be a virtual holiday this year.
Traditionally, the Cherokee National Holiday draws more than 100,000 visitors from both Oklahoma and out of state on Labor Day weekend. Due to the risks of COVID-19, and a recent uptick in cases in Oklahoma, and out of an abundance of caution for Cherokee citizen participants and visitor’s safety, the holiday will be celebrated by watching many key events online.
“It’s important we celebrate the great achievements of the Cherokee Nation, our government and our citizens, but COVID-19 still remains a threat, especially for our elders, and our community, with the thousands potentially coming into the Cherokee Nation Labor Day weekend,” Hoskin said. “This was a tough decision but we always want to err on the side of caution and protect our employees who put on the events and the public, so this year we felt it best to share our Cherokee National Holiday celebration and traditions safely online for viewers around the globe to tune in and see.”
This year spectators will be able to tune in from the convenience of home to watch the chief’s State of the Nation address, Cherokee art show, Miss Cherokee competition, demonstrations of traditional games and more.
Larger events, such as the annual parade, fishing derby, powwow, softball tournament and arts and crafts food and vendor markets, will be held regularly next year.
Check https://holiday.cherokee.org for a full list of activities. For questions about the holiday, call 918-822-2427.