The first few weeks of each year are a time of renewal. In Kake each January 8, residents and guests gather at the Community Hall to commemorate the anniversary of the city's 1912 incorporation. Kake was the first Native village to incorporate under Federal law, and its residents were the first Alaska Natives to gain U.S. citizenship and to get the right to vote.
Kake Day celebrates the city’s self-governance and its Tlingit roots with a fair at the Community Hall. Activity booths are set up, historical pictures are displayed and all are invited to a big dinner in the evening. During this time, speakers talk about the significance of the day that Kake became a first-class city government in the territory of Alaska.