About Repeal Day
When is Repeal Day? This holiday is always observed on December 5
Repeal Day is today, a December 5 holiday. It commemorates the repeal of the 18th Amendment. Once more, Americans were free to buy, sell, and consume alcoholic beverages. No more bathtub beer. I’ll drink to that!
In the early 1900s, many of the good people of America believed that alcohol was the root cause of many social ills in the country. Prohibition on a national scale was promoted in part by the American Christian Women’s Temperance Union. This movement grew in popularity. Ultimately, the United States Congress passed the 18th amendment on January 16, 1919. The 16th Amendment prohibited the manufacture, transportation, sale, and consumption of alcohol.
The ban on alcohol did little to improve the social conditions of the country or to reduce crime. Rather, crime increased as racketeers got into the business of making and selling alcohol. The popularity of the 18th Amendment waned. More and more people and groups sought its repeal.
Congress passed the 21st Amendment, effectively repealing the 18th Amendment. On December 5, 1933, the State of Utah voted its approval of the 21st Amendment, achieving the 3/4 of the states needed to approve this amendment. Thus, on this day, the 18th Amendment was formally repealed.
Important Note: While Repeal Day certainly is a day to have a drink in celebration of our rights and freedoms, we should always remember to drink responsibly.
How to Celebrate Repeal Day
- Have an alcoholic drink of your choice.
- Toast to the U.S. Congress for being wise enough to correct one of their mistakes.
- Bars and restaurants should offer specials and discounts on alcoholic beverages.
“It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” – – Helen Keller
History and Origin of Repeal Day
Congress passed the 21st Amendment, effectively repealing the 18th Amendment. On December 5, 1933, the State of Utah voted its approval of the 21st Amendment, achieving the 3/4 of the states needed to approve this amendment. Thus on this day, the 18th Amendment was formally repealed.
Americans celebrated on December 5, 1933. So it is clear why December 5 was chosen to celebrate this day. However, we know little about who created this day as an annual holiday and when it began.
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