Happy 100th Birthday, State of New Mexico!
On this date in 1912, New Mexico was officially added to the Union as the 47th state. Sure, Albuquerque and Santa Fe had been around for a few centuries already, but statehood meant we were recognized by the gabachos as deserving of all the joys and responsibilities we were denied as a territory, like, you know, a say in who’s running the federal government.
Now, a century later, our vote in that federal election matters quite a bit – we’re a swing state. A loose cannon. The immediate fate of the Free World rests on our voter turnout! We’re that fucking important.
We’re also an enigma wrapped in a mystery, as people across the rest of the 49 states still have no idea where we are half the time. Or that their dollars are freely exchangeable here.
But that just makes us awesomer. We are the most underground state ever.
Today is Statehood Day, and the time has come to pull all the stops. Wear your bolo tie, your squash blossom necklace, pet a black bear or a roadrunner and eat some piñon nuts after slurping down your piñon coffee. Revel in our weirdness, and how great that makes our local businesses. And go check out the New Mexico Centennial website so you can find events to celebrate the day with other New Mexicans.
Happy Statehood day, Amigos Burqueños! And happy 100, New Mexico. You look hotter than ever.