62nd Annual Cherokee National Holiday - August 29 - 31, 2014


The Cherokee National Holiday is a celebration of Cherokee heritage, cultural awareness, and reuniting of families. Thousands of Cherokees and visitors from across the United States and abroad make the pilgrimage to the historic Cherokee Nation capital in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to renew friendships and celebrate the Cherokee spirit. The holiday has been observed annually since 1953 to commemorate the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution. With an exciting array of entertainment, cultural and athletic events, it has grown into one of the largest festivals in Oklahoma, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from across the world.

This multi-day celebration is jam-packed with sports activities for all ages, from traditional games such as Cherokee marbles, the cornstalk shoot and blowgun competition to the more familiar golf and softball tournaments. Hundreds of vendors and crafts people set up booths where visitors may view and purchase authentic Native American-made products and foods. Music lovers will enjoy many events, including gospel and bluegrass music, a toe-tapping fiddler’s contest and a concert from the award-winning Cherokee National Youth Choir.

History buffs are invited to visit one of our exciting museums that highlight aspects of Cherokee life. History is made every year as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation delivers the annual State of the Nation Address to the Cherokee people.

Those with children will especially enjoy the annual parade downtown, storytelling, children’s games and fun hands-on traditional crafts events. The Inter-Tribal powwow held on the Cherokee Nation Cultural Grounds is always a crowd favorite, and highlights the Holiday celebration nightly as dancers from all over the United States compete for prizes and honors.

The Cherokee National Holiday is a festive time in Tahlequah. We hope it will be an event you and your family will want to experience every Labor Day weekend.

Wi tse do lv i (Ya’ll come!)

Please check back often for new information and holiday announcements.  Wado.


8/29/14:  Schedule Change! The Blowgun Competition at the Cherokee Heritage Center on Saturday will begin at NOON.

8/25/14: We regretfully announce that there were no entries this year for the Traditional Foods Cookoff. The cookoff will not be held in 2014 but we will try to have it back on schedule for 2015!

Downloads (Alphabetical order by event name)

_3 on 3 Winners175.69 KB
_Art Show Winners146.87 KB
_Fiddlers Contest Winners277.79 KB
_Marbles and Horseshoes Winners86.44 KB
_Parade Contest Winners331.57 KB
_Powwow winners215.55 KB
_Quilt Show Winners122.94 KB
_Stickball Winners140.98 KB
2014 3 On 3 Basketball Entry Form503.94 KB
2014 Art Show Application337.85 KB
2014 Art Show Poster572.94 KB
2014 Car Show Flyer1.01 MB
2014 Coed Softball Rules122.64 KB
2014 Co-Ed Tournament Bracket500.50 KB
2014 Coed Volleyball Entry Form212.21 KB
2014 Coed Volleyball Flyer205.48 KB
2014 Complex Area Arts and Crafts Sales Agreement81.35 KB
2014 Fast Pitch and Coed Consent Form81.11 KB
2014 Fast Pitch and Coed Entry Form109.44 KB
2014 Fast Pitch and Coed Flyer162.54 KB
2014 Fast Pitch and Coed Official Roster183.30 KB
2014 Fast Pitch Men's and Women's Rules345.72 KB
2014 Fiddler's Contest Flyer1.17 MB
2014 Map and Schedule of Events218.55 KB
2014 Men's Fast-Pitch Tournement Bracket500.50 KB
2014 Men's Slow Pitch Tournament Bracket501.00 KB
2014 Parade Entry Form123.65 KB
2014 Powwow Flyer802.89 KB
2014 Quilt Show Flyer2.21 MB
2014 Quilt Show Information and Entry Form116.75 KB
2014 Slow PItch Consent Form225.60 KB
2014 Slow Pitch Flyer259.75 KB
2014 Slow Pitch Men's and Women's Entry Forn174.63 KB
2014 Slow Pitch Official Roster183.22 KB
2014 Slow Pitch Official Rules240.60 KB
2014 Stickball Bracket258.26 KB
2014 Veterans Center Reception Flyer2.97 MB
2014 Veterans Run Entry Form192.00 KB
2014 Women's Fast-Pitch Tournament Bracket496.50 KB
2014 Women's Slow-Pitch Tournament Bracket498.50 KB