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World Circus Day

Circus Elephant

When is World Circus Day? This holiday event is held on the third Saturday in April


Send in the clowns! Today is World Circus Day. Everywhere in the world, it's always been a big deal when the circus comes to town. The carnival atmosphere, the big tent, lions, elephants, death-defying daredevil acts, sword swallowers, clowns and much more awaits circus attendees young and old. 


The circus, with its wide range of entertainers, has performed their acts around the world, in small towns and big cities for hundreds of years. The circus is still alive and well in many parts of the world. In the United States, this is not the case. Since the 1800's Americans in small towns and big cities flocked to the circus when it came to town. Decades ago, there were several circuses traveling and preforming in the U.S. Today, the circus no longer brings smiles and laughter. The circus has fallen silent, a victim of animal rights group protests, falling attendance, and higher operating costs. Since 1919, Ringling's Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus performed their acts all over the U.S. They were billed as "The Greatest Show on Earth". They performed their last act on October 6, 2018, putting a sad face on clowns all over the United States.


To celebrate this day, make plans to see a circus, if they come anywhere close to you. Short of that, you can watch movies with a circus theme.


Suggested Circus Movies:

  •  The Greatest Show on Earth
  • At the Circus
  • Ring Circus
  • Charlie Chan at the Circus
  • Big Top Pee-wee (yes, Pee Wee Herman)
  • Circus World
  • The Great Wallendas



Circus Clown

Today's Quote: " The noblest art is that of making others happy." - - P.T. Barnum

History and Origin of "World Circus Day":

This holiday event was created in 2009 by the Federation Mondiale du Cirque.

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