Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

happy birthday to you day

June 27 is Happy Birthday to You Day

Today is Happy Birthday to You Day. On this date in 1893, teachers (and sisters) Mildred and Patty Hill composed a tune and lyrics for kindergarten students to sing before starting their school day. It was called “Good Morning to All” and used the music we now recognize as “Happy Birthday to You.” Good morning […]

barcode day

June 26 is Barcode Day

Today is Barcode Day. On June 26, 1974, at Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, OH, a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum became the first product bearing a barcode to be rung up by an electronic scanner. That historic moment had been a long time coming. In 1952, American inventors Norman J. Woodland and Bernard Silver were granted a […]

pink flamingo day

June 23 is Pink Flamingo Day

Today is Pink Flamingo Day, founded on June 23, 2007, by Mayor Dean Mazzarella of Leominster, MA, to honor the 50th birthday of the iconic lawn ornament. In 1957, art school grad Don Featherstone was tasked with creating a pink flamingo for his employer, Union Products, located in Leominster, often called the Plastics Capital of […]

national onion ring day

June 22 is National Onion Ring Day

Today is National Onion Ring Day. The first known iteration of the onion ring appeared in the 1802 cookbook “The Art of Cookery.” The recipe for Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese called for onions to be sliced into 1/2 inch rings, dredged in a batter of flour, cream, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese, then deep […]

go skateboarding day

June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day

Today is Go Skateboarding Day, created in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). We’d like to let the founders describe their motives. According to the IASC site, “The holiday began June 21, 2004, as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority.” It goes on to describe the day in a way […]

american eagle day

June 20 is American Eagle Day

Today is American Eagle Day. On June 20, 1782, the bald eagle was chosen to grace the Great Seal of the United States of America. Two centuries later, President Ronald Reagan declared June 20, 1982, National Bald Eagle Day and designated 1982 as the Bicentennial Year of the American Bald Eagle. But the observance was […]

world sauntering day

June 19 is World Sauntering Day

Today is World Sauntering Day, also known as International Sauntering Day. The first official saunter reportedly took place at Michigan’s Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Participants strolled across the 660-foot porch, which the hotel claims is the longest in existence. W.T. Rabe invented the holiday in 1979 in response to what he saw as an […]

ladies' day

June 16 is Ladies’ Day

Today is Ladies’ Day, devised to attract more women to baseball games and convert them to fans. The New York Gothams’ management held the first Ladies’ Day on Tuesday, June 16, 1883, at the Polo Grounds in Manhattan. All women, both escorted and unescorted, were admitted free. The Gothams beat the Cleveland Spiders 5-2 that […]

magna carta day

June 15 is Magna Carta Day

Magna Carta Day, explained in the style of Jeff Spicoli: In 1215, the king of England was a total wad, so a bunch of rich baron dudes got together and decided his divine right was bogus, so they drew up some cool rules they called the Great Charter until somebody said it sounded way more […]

pop goes the weasel day

June 14 is Pop Goes the Weasel Day

Today is Pop Goes the Weasel Day, celebrating the rhyme we’ve known since childhood and the tune that sticks in our heads every time we hear it played on an ice cream truck. But what does the song mean? The short answer is that it’s probably nonsense verse made popular (no pun intended) because children enjoyed […]