61st Annual Cherokee National Holiday - August 30 - September 2, 2013

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. For a schedule of events, click here.

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 enjoy one of the walking or bus tours offered by Cherokee Nation’s Cultural Tourism department or 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.

Downloads (Alphabetical order by event name)

2013 Art Show application330.86 KB
2013 Co-ed fast pitch consent form78.92 KB
2013 Co-ed fast pitch entry form108.30 KB
2013 Co-ed fast pitch information flyer163.06 KB
2013 Co-ed fast pitch official roster form184.43 KB
2013 Co-ed softball rules121.67 KB
2013 Coed Tourney Bracket (xls spreadsheet file)486.50 KB
2013 Fast pitch rules347.22 KB
2013 Fiddler contest information flyer4.55 MB
2013 Holiday map82.84 KB
2013 Holiday run application163.34 KB
2013 Jr Miss Cherokee application170.07 KB
2013 Little Cherokee Ambassadors application56.17 KB
2013 Mens Fast-pitch brackets (xls spreadsheet file)484.50 KB
2013 Mens slow pitch tourney bracket (xls spreadsheet file)497.00 KB
2013 Mens Stickball Tournament1.13 MB
2013 Miss Cherokee application357.30 KB
2013 National Treasure application1.80 MB
2013 Parade entry form166.75 KB
2013 Powwow Flyer1.01 MB
2013 Quilt show flyer3.32 MB
2013 Quilt show information and entry form19.28 KB
2013 Quilt show vendors contract13.74 KB
2013 Schedule of events101.58 KB
2013 Slow pitch consent form224.98 KB
2013 Slow pitch information flyer262.61 KB
2013 Slow pitch men's and women's entry form173.68 KB
2013 Slow pitch official roster184.20 KB
2013 Slow pitch official rules239.53 KB
2013 Three on three basketball tournament532.77 KB
2013 Traditional foods cook off entry form474.22 KB
2013 Veterans Reception Flyer1.64 MB
2013 Volleyball entry form196.25 KB
2013 Volleyball information flyer196.84 KB
2013 Volleyball roster187.94 KB
2013 Womens Fast-pitch brackets (xls spreadsheet file)483.00 KB
2013 Women's Slow-Pitch Tourney Bracket (xls spreadsheet file)497.00 KB