It is no doubt that we are all amused by discoveries and the world is often longing for a discovery. We recognize the people who discovered something important, such as the place we now live in. Leif Erikson Day is a special recognition of the considered Discoverer of America. 

Leif Erikson Day 2017

Leif Erikson Day 2017 will occur on Monday, October 9th, 2017.

Leif Erikson Day takes place every year on the 9th of October.

Leif Erikson Day Origin 

Leif Erikson Day is an annual celebration that gives honor to the bearer of that name, Leif Erikson. He was a Norse explorer (North Germanic seafarers who explored Europe, Asia and the North Atlantic islands) who first brought Europeans to North America.

Leif Erikson was recognized by President Calvin Coolidge as the Discoverer of America as a result of the research of Norwegian-American scholars.  Observance of Leif Erikson Day has been made official in seven states (Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Illinois, Colorado, Washington and California) in 1956. Las Vegas, Nevada also made it official in 2012. October 9 was the date of arrival of the Ship Restoration in New York Harbor in 1825.

As a child, Leif Erikson was fond of watching ships in the harbor and listening to sailors’ tales. He had his first voyage at the age of 24 and it was also in this voyage that he had his only son.

Leif Erikson Day Celebration 

To celebrate Leif Erikson Day, children can take part in the Leif Erikson Drawing competitions and Hometown Heroes Leif Erikson Award. This award recognizes modern day Vikings. Americans can also participate in the Wreath Laying Ceremony in the statue of Leif Erikson. One can also join the Leif Erikson Fes, where there are fun activities and entertainment.

Leif Erikson Day 2018

Leif Erikson Day 2018 will be on Tuesday, October 9, 2018.