Seward's Day is a holiday observed in the United States of America
state of Alaska
. The holiday recognizes the signing of the treaty between the United States and Russia
which sealed the U.S.'s purchase of Alaska from Russia. The day is named after the major proponent of the purchase of Alaska, William Henry Seward
, the Secretary of State
for President Andrew Johnson
(and President Abraham Lincoln
before). The signing of the treaty happened originally on March 30, 1867, though it is observed on the last Monday
of every March
. This is done so that the holiday never falls on a weekend, helping to keep a steady number of work days each year.
Most Alaska state offices are closed on Seward's Day.