Happy Montana Day! Of all the superfluous holidays I think celebrating April 6th as Montana Day, in honor of our area code, is the most simple yet elegant holiday. This is usually a pretty good day to spend on social media because there will be a glut of gorgeous Montana photos with graphic text saying "Happy 406" day. But I'd like to think there are other ways we could celebrate our state today.

Hug a Cowboy or Cowgirl

Heck, they have "Hug a Newsman" day, why not Hug a Cowboy or Cowgirl Day? Living the life of a rancher can be greatly rewarding but also heartrending. If you know a cowboy or cowgirl, tell them thanks, and if they'll let you give them a hug.

Drink a Montana Beer or Liquor

We have so many talented brewers in the state, toast your local brewery or distillery on 406 day. Or celebrate with a mainstream beer because there's a good chance the malted barley came from Montana anyway.

Patronize a Montana Business

Montana is one of the best places to start a business and was ranked #1 for best states to start a small business in 2021, according to zenbusiness.com. By shopping local, you're not only supporting Montana's economy but you're supporting Montanans, too.

Donate the Money You Save By Not Paying Sales Tax

We all love to brag about the fact that Montana doesn't have a sales tax but we're also a state that believes in helping one another, and I think that's part of the reason why we have so many nonprofit organizations. You don't have to literally track how much money you save by not paying a sales tax, but if it's been a while since you've donated to a local nonprofit, keep in mind that the "Gives" campaign will be coming up in May.

Learn About Important Montana Figures

One of the best ways to celebrate Montana is to learn about its people and the things they do for our state. If you don't know, for example, that Montana is home to the first female congressperson or the significant history of Montana's Indigenous population, then you can celebrate the state simply by educating yourself about the people in Montana, past and present.

20 Montana Distilleries You Have to Visit

The Montana distillery scene is certainly taking off, and with the access to local ingredients, you can feel good about supporting these establishments all across the state. Here are 20 distilleries that are worth a visit.

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