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In a development that Kurt Cobain would undoubtedly find unbelievably comical, neighboring Washington towns have declared two separate Nirvana-centric holidays starting this year. First up is Kurt Cobain Day, to be celebrated annually on Cobain’s birthday 2/20 in his hometown of Aberdeen. (You may recall that his childhood home there recently went up for sale.) As Rolling Stone points out, the local radio station KXRO has the details:

The City of Aberdeen will proclaim February 20th as “Kurt Cobain Day” according to Mayor Bill Simpson.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the proclamation states, “Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain and his artistic achievements.”

The proclamation gives special recognition to the efforts of the Aberdeen Museum, Tori Kovach, Denny Jackson, Randi Hubbard, and other volunteers who have worked to recognize Kurt locally.

Simpson said that the proclamation will be read on February 12th, and the day may spread into a Kurt Cobain Week as plans develop.

February 20th would not be a singular event, but recognized yearly within the city.

Not to be outdone, four miles away in Hoquiam, where Cobain lived briefly as a child, they’ll be celebrating the inaugural Nirvana Day on 4/10 this year, the day Nirvana is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Actually, Hoquiam’s Nirvana Day was announced last month, so perhaps the people of Aberdeen launched their own late-breaking holiday in an attempt to keep those scoundrels in Hoquiam from blocking their rightful Cobain-reflected shine. An earlier KXRO report explains:

The City of Hoquiam has made a declaration that will honor Nirvana’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. April 10th, 2014 will be Nirvana Day in Hoquiam.

Mayor Jack Durney talked about how the band, whose roots are from Aberdeen, has left a positive impact on all of Grays Harbor.

“They bring great honor, I think as I say, to our entire community. And I think that it’s good Kurt Cobain lived in Hoquiam for a little while, but he and Krist Novoselic are part of our community, and I think it’s good to honor our sons and their great accomplishments,” said Durney.

Kurt Cobain: Still bringing honor to his communities after all these years!

Comments (4)
  1. I’ve been to both these places and they need any and all joy they can get. Saddest little towns outside of Indiana.

    • Seriously. It can be a sunny day all over the western part of the state, but as soon as you drive into the vicinity of Gray’s Harbor it just gets dreary. The place is aptly named.

  2. Hmm how does one celebrate Kurt Cobain day?

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