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International Clown Week and National Clown Day


Date When Celebrated :

International Clown Week: always August 1 - 7

National Clown Day: Saturday of International Clown Week

Both International Clown Week and National Clown Day were created to give recognition to those funny clowns that make us laugh and smile. It is estimated that there are over 10,00 clowns in organized clown groups, and over 20,000 clowns world-wide. They all have one goal in mind, and that's to make us happy.

On this day, clowns around the world do what they do best.... they clown around, holding events at malls, nursing homes, schools, and educational events.

Originally, this event was called "National Clown Week". In 1991, the group Clowns of America renamed it "International Clown Week", recognizing that there are many clowns around the world, and this event should be a world-wide celebration.

You can celebrate just the day, or the whole week.

We hope a clown or two brightens up your day, today!

Origin of International Clown Week and National Clown Day:

On October 8, 1970 a joint resolution was passed in Congress(Public Law 91-443), authorizing and requesting the President of the United States to issue a proclamation making August 1-7, 1971 National Clown Week. On August 2, 1971 U.S. President Richard Nixon issued Proclamation 4071 , making August 1-7, 1971 National Clown Week.

While the proclamation and resolution  was made for a specific date and year, this celebration of clowns has occurred at exactly the same time every year. It is always August 1-7.

Note: Some sources incorrectly report  International Clown Week and/or National Clown Day in October. We believe this is because the Congressional resolution was made in October. But, the resolution clearly made it August of the following year (1971)

It is uncertain how and when National Clown Day, came into being.  


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