The Defeat of Jesse James Days Celebration, which is held annually the Weekend After Labor Day, had its beginnings when a group of Northfielders came together in 1948 to honor the heroism of Northfield's townspeople for risking their lives to defend our city. Since its conception we have become one of the largest celebrations in the State of Minnesota and we are THE Largest All-Volunteer Community in the State.
The purpose of the celebration is to promote a safe, entertaining, and family oriented experience through hosting many events but always focusing on the historical bank raid that cost two Northfield men their lives.
The true spirit of community is displayed each year where we sponsor major events such as the Queen Coronation, Joseph Lee Heywood Award Banquet and the Grand Parade. Many of the local non-profit service organizations raise funds during the celebration that are given back to the Northfield Community.