Leif Erikson Celebration

Photo attribution: “Leif Erikson Discovers America” by Hans Dahl (1849-1937).

2021 Details to be announced
Humboldt Park
Chicago, Illinois

Each October the League lays a wreath at the statue of Leif Erikson in Humboldt Park to commemorate the early Viking discovery of North America. Find the location of the statue and more details at a Chicago Park District Site.


How October 9th became "Leif Erikson Day".

The October date of the NNL wreath laying is not associated with any particular event in Leif Erikson's life. We acknowledge this event on the weekend closest to October 9. October 9 is "Leif Erikson Day" as a result of a proclamation in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The ship Restauration had come from Stavanger, Norway, arrived in New York Harbor on October 9, 1825, at the start of the first organized immigration from Norway to the United States.  In 1964, the United States Congress authorized and requested the President to create the observance through an annual proclamation. Lyndon B. Johnson did so, as has each President since.