151 years ago today Ketchikan was on Russian soil. Oct. 18th is the day Alaskans celebrate the $7.2 billion purchase. Today Alaskans celebrated the 150th anniversary of the transition. Even though the United States purchased the land in March, the official lowering of the Russian flag and raising of the Stars and Stripes took place in Fort Sitka in October. Every year there is an Alaska day parade to celebrate.