Travel Arkansas Arkansas to Celebrate The Man in Black with Annual "Johnny Cash Day" on February 26 The Arkansas House of Representatives voted 92-0 on the bill to designate February 26 as "Johnny Cash Day." By Perri Ormont Blumberg Perri Ormont Blumberg Perri Ormont Blumberg is a former senior staff writer for Southern Living's News Team. Southern Living's editorial guidelines Updated on March 17, 2023 Fact checked by Jennifer Hawk Fact checked by Jennifer Hawk Jennifer Hawk is a former English professor with 24 years of experience guiding even the most reluctant through the labyrinths of writing, rhetoric, and research. brand's fact checking process Share Tweet Pin Email Put a "Ring of Fire" on your calendar for February 26, Arkansas residents! As the Associated Press reported, the Arkansas House of Representatives gave final approval to a bill that would designate February 26 as "Johnny Cash Day" each year, with an impressive (but not surprising!) vote of 92-O. The bill will next proceed to Governor Asa Hutchinson, who will sign it, according to his office. The state Senate previously approved the bill earlier this month. (Worth noting: Johnny Cash Day won't be a legal holiday but rather a commemorative day, which may be celebrated with a yearly gubernatorial proclamation — and, we'd hope, plenty of Johnny Cash tunes played live throughout the state at various events and celebrations.) Beth Gwinn/Redferns / Getty Images As the bill, titled "An Act to Establish John R. "Johnny" Cash Day; And For Other Purposes," states, Cash was born in Kingsland, Arkansas, and his childhood home was located in Dyess, Arkansas. February 26 is the late singer's birthday. Though he lived in the Nashville area for much of his life, he was an Arkansas native, and as the bill declares, his childhood home in Dyess "had a significant impact on his life and music." The Natural State has a lot of love for Mr. Cash and pride for being the birthplace of the celebrated country music artist. In fact, in 2019, the Arkansas legislature voted to replace its two statues at the U.S. Capitol with a statue of Cash and civil rights trailblazer Daisy Bates. We think we'll go blast Cash's 1972 tune "Arkansas Lovin' Man" off of his A Thing Called Love to celebrate the news. Tell all your Cash lovin' men and women about this exciting development ASAP, friends. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources Southern Living is committed to using high-quality, reputable sources to support the facts in our articles. Read our editorial guidelines to learn more about how we fact check our content for accuracy. Associated Press. Arkansas to honor favorite son with annual Johnny Cash Day. AP NEWS. Garner T, Rye J, Wallace D, Tucker C, Gilmore B, Wardlaw J. Arkansas Senate Bill 405: AN ACT to ESTABLISH JOHN R. “JOHNNY” CASH DAY; and for OTHER PURPOSES. Section 1.