American Samoa Flag Day (in lieu) in American Samoa in 2021

American Samoa Flag Day (in lieu) in American Samoa in 2021
Flag Day Ceremony, 2016. Image by Sgt. William Holdaway

  Dates of American Samoa Flag Day (in lieu) in American Samoa
2022 Apr 17, Apr 18
American SamoaMon, Apr 18Public Holiday (in lieu)
American SamoaSun, Apr 17Public Holiday
2021 Apr 16, Apr 17
American SamoaSat, Apr 17Public Holiday
American SamoaFri, Apr 16Public Holiday (in lieu)
2020 American Samoa Fri, Apr 17 Public Holiday
2019 American Samoa Wed, Apr 17 Public Holiday
  Summary
Marks the day in 1900 when American Samoa became a U.S. territory
  Which regions observe American Samoa Flag Day in 2021?
  American SamoaApr 16Public Holiday (in lieu)
  American SamoaApr 17Public Holiday

When is American Samoa Flag Day?

American Samoa Flag Day is a public holiday in American Samoa on April 17th each year. If April 17th falls on a weekend, the holiday will be observed on the nearest weekday.

This holiday marks the anniversary of American Samoa becoming a U.S. territory on this day in 1900.

American Samoa Flag Day

The Samoan Islands lie in the central South Pacific. The islands were first settled by Polynesians about 1000 BCE.

The first European to encounter the islands was the Dutch navigator Jacob Roggeveen who sighted Samoa in 1722.

In 1878 the United States signed a treaty for the establishment of a naval station in Pago Pago Harbor. An 1899 agreement between colonial powers divided Samoa into spheres of influence: Germany gained control of the western islands, and the United States took the eastern islands.

The Treaty of Cession of Tutuila was signed on April 17th 1900, in the Gagamoe area in Pago Pago. 

The treaty, also known as the Deed of Cession of Tutuila, was a treaty between several chiefs of the island of Tutuila and the United States whereby the chiefs swore allegiance to and ceded the island of Tutuila to, the United States, which now forms part of American Samoa.  The first American flag was raised later that same day on Sogelau Hill in Fagatogo.

By 1904 the eastern islands had all been ceded to the United States, although the U.S. Congress did not formally accept the deeds of cession until February 20th 1929.

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