Georgia Day


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Georgia Day

February 12
Also known as Oglethorpe Day, February 12 commemorates the day in 1733 when James Edward Oglethorpe and 120 other Englishmen landed in Savannah, Georgia, to establish a new colony. The earliest European settlers observed the day by firing salutes and offering toasts in Oglethorpe's honor. For almost 200 years thereafter, the celebrations were confined to major anniversaries of the event, and it wasn't until 1933 that February 12 became a "special day of observance" in the Georgia schools. In 1965 the anniversary of the state's founding was officially proclaimed Georgia Day.
On February 12 there is a procession through the historic town of Savannah and a luncheon. Since 1966 there has been a reenactment of Oglethorpe's landing, with costumed residents playing the roles of Georgia's first European settlers and of the American Indians who greeted them upon their arrival.
CONTACTS:
Savannah Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 E. Bay St.
Savannah, GA 31401
877-728-2662 or 912-644-6400; fax: 912-644-6499
www.savcvb.com
Georgia Secretary of State
Capitol Tours and Information Desk
214 State Capitol
Atlanta, GA 30334
404-656-2844; fax: 404-656-0513
www.sos.state.ga.us
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 137
AnnivHol-2000, p. 26
GdUSFest-1984, p. 39
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