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National Rubber Duckie Day

National Rubber Duckie Day

When : Always January 13

Happy National Rubber Duckie Day!

Children and adults just love rubber duckies. It's a bath time favorite, that puts a smile on everyone's faces. Toddlers and young children play with rubber duckies in the bathtub, and in toddler swimming pools. Parents, and grandparents joyfully play along. For adults, it brings back fond memories of childhood bath and pool time.

Did You Know? Chances are you know that the muppet Ernie on Sesame Street, first sang the Rubber Duckie song, and it became an infamous childhood song. The year was 1970. That year the song reached #16 on the Top 100 Chart. It remains one of the favorite childhood songs of all time.

It's so easy to celebrate National Rubber Duckie Day. Simply hop in the tub and bring your rubber duckie along. Don't forget to sing the Rubber Duckie song as you play. Another wildly popular thing to do, is hold a rubber duckie race.

Are you an adult who owns a rubber duckie? If so, you're in good company. It is rumored that Queen Elizabeth II has a rubber duckie in her bathroom, complete with an inflatable crown!

History of Rubber Duckies

Rubber Duckies have a very long history. Rubber animal toys, including ducks, first appeared around 1880. Those first toys were made of solid rubber and did not float. Even then, rubber duckies were among the most popular. As World War I and II came, rubber was too expensive, and they were made of plastic or vinyl. Over time, design changes made them hollow so they would float. Then, a small weight was added to the bottom, so it always floated upright.

The Rubber Duckie was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2013.

Origin of National Rubber Duckie Day

While the beloved rubber duckie has been around for over a hundred years and its history is well documented, there is no information readily available about National Rubber Duckie Day. The originator and date this special day was established remains unknown. We can logically assume it was established because the originator, like all of us, love rubber duckies.

January 13th has been noted as the birthday of the rubber duckie, with Ernie of Sesame Street associated with the birthday on the first show it appeared. Oddly, that date was February 25, 1970.

There is no evidence to suggest that this is truly a "National" day, which requires an act of congress. and/or a presidential proclamation.

See How to Create a "National Day".


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