Svenskarnas Dag

Svenskarnas Dag

Fourth Sunday in June
One of the largest festivals in the United States celebrating the traditions of a specific ethnic group, Svenskarnas Dag honors the Swedish heritage of the people of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the longest day of the year. When the festival first started in 1934 it was observed in August, but in 1941 the day was changed to the fourth Sunday in June so that it would coincide with midsummer observances in Sweden ( see Midsummer Day).
Held in Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, the festival includes a band concert, Swedish folk dancing, choral group performances, and the crowning of a Midsummer Queen. A national celebrity of Swedish descent is often asked to officiate at this one-day event, which attracts more than 100,000 visitors each year.
CONTACTS:
Svenskarnas Dag Committee
P.O. Box 23469
Richfield, MN 55423
612-825-8808
www.svenskarnasdag.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 97
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