Red Carnation Day Exhibit

Red Carnation Day
January 27 - January 29

The Ohio Statehouse
1 Capitol Square
Columbus, OH 43215


The red carnation is the state flower of Ohio.  


All Americans were encouraged by the Carnation League of America to wear a red carnation on January 29, William McKinley’s birthday.  The League was founded by Dayton, Ohio, native Lewis G. Reynolds in 1903, two years after President William McKinley was assassinated at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo. McKinley’s favorite flower was said to be the carnation. Red Carnation Day memorializes the life and legacy of Ohio Governor and President William McKinley. 


Learn more about William McKinley with an exhibit in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse. 


Sale at Statehouse Museum Shop -- Friday, Jan. 27 -- 

Dress in scarlet or wear a red carnation and receive a special discount on Friday, January 27 in the Museum Shop. Save 20% off your entire purchase.  Some exclusions apply.*


*Applies to in-stock items only. Excludes items on Consignment, wine, food, nylon flags, dated Statehouse Ornaments, postage, books The Art and Artistry of the Statehouse and Cornerstone to Cupola, gift wrapping and shipping.  Cannot be combined with any other discounts.


Sale at HouseTaco -- Friday, Jan. 27 -- 

The 2023 observance of Red Carnation Day just got better with HouseTaco!
Order food online with the offer code "REDTACODAY" and receive 20% off your order. 
Orders need to be placed online at
Red Carnation Day hours for HouseTaco on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023 are 9 a.m.-9 p.m.