National Clown Day and International Clown Week
About Clown Day and Clown Week
When is Clown Day and Week? 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 10,000 clowns in organized clown groups, and over 20,000 clowns worldwide. They all have one goal in mind, and that’s to make us happy. You can celebrate just the day, or the whole week. Wwe recommend a week-long celebration.
On this day and week, 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 worldwide celebration.
Note: This day is not intended for those scary clowns you see in horror movies. If you are afraid of clowns, you suffer from Coulrophobia.
We hope a clown or two brightens up your day, today!
How to Celebrate National Clown Day and International Clown Week
This is a great time for clowning around. Here are some ways you can join in on the fun:
- Act like a clown.
- Dress like one, too.
- Go to a circus to see the clowns.
- Go to a parade where they are participating in their little cars.
- Watch a movie about the circus.
Today's Humorous Quote
“As I hurtled through space, one thought crossed my mind… every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.” – – John Glenn
History and Origin of National Clown Day and International Clown Week
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 cited 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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