National Rubber Duckie Day
About National Rubber Duckie Day
When is National Rubber Duckie Day? This holiday is always observed on January 13
Happy National Rubber Duckie Day, a January 13 holiday. Children and adults just love rubber duckies. It’s a bathtime favorite, that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Toddlers and young children play with rubber duckies in the bathtub and toddler swimming pools. Parents, and grandparents joyfully play along. For adults, it brings back fond memories of childhood baths 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 my 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 had a rubber duckie in her bathroom, complete with an inflatable crown!
The 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. During World War I and II, rubber was too expensive. So, manufacturers made them from plastic or vinyl. Over time, design changes made them hollow so they would float. Then, manufacturers added a small weight to the bottom, of the duck so it always floated upright.
The Rubber Duckie was inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in 2013.
Ways to Participate in National Rubber Duckie Day
- Hop in the bathtub with your favorite tub toy.
- Give a rubber duckie to a young child.
- Sing the Rubber Duckie song along with Ernie from Sesame Street.
- Hold a rubber duckie race in the tub.
“He is able who thinks he is able.” – – Buddha
History and 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 remain unknown. We can logically assume it was established because the originator, like all of us, loves 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. In typical political fashion, when it came time to vote this to be a “national” day, congress most likely kicked the can down the road.
It is a shame that it has yet to become a true “National” day. The tin can was a great invention, that positively changed the way many foods were safely stored, and for long durations.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is important to distinguish true National days.
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