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Carousel Day

Step right up and join the fun on Carousel Day! Enjoy a whirlwind of nostalgia, music, and laughter as you ride these timeless attractions.
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Get ready to take a spin on National Carousel Day on July 25! This whimsical holiday celebrates the beloved amusement park ride that has been around since the early 1800s. Originally, carousels were powered by horses and were used for training purposes for knights, but over time they evolved into a fun form of entertainment for people of all ages. Today, carousels can be found in many different forms and styles, from classic wooden horses to modern themed designs. So gather your friends and family and enjoy a day filled with laughter and nostalgia as you relive childhood memories on this special day!

History of Carousel Day

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Carousel Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Carousel Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>Carousels originated in the early 1800s, originally used for training purposes for knights, and then evolved into a form of entertainment.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Steam-Powered Carousel</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first steam-powered carousel emerged, making it possible to create larger rides with more elaborately decorated animals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1870</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Carousel Patent</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first patent for a carousel was issued to Wilhelm Schneider of Davenport, Iowa.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1880</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Golden Age of Carousels</div><div class='timeline-text'>The late 19th and early 20th centuries marked the golden age of carousels, where they became a staple in amusement parks across the US and Europe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Carousel Preservation Movement</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 1970s saw the rise of a carousel preservation movement, aiming to restore and protect historical carousels.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Carousel Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Carousel Day is now celebrated annually on July 25, highlighting the magical role carousels play in our collective cultural history.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Carousel Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Ride a carousel</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate Carousel Day than by actually riding a carousel? Find a local amusement park or fair and take a spin on one of these classic rides.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a carnival-themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a carnival-themed party! Decorate with colorful streamers and serve classic carnival treats like cotton candy, popcorn, and funnel cakes. And of course, don't forget to have a carousel-inspired centerpiece.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create your own carousel art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make your own carousel-inspired art! You can paint a picture, make a collage, or even create a miniature carousel using recycled materials. Let your imagination run wild!</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a carousel museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Do some research and see if there are any carousel museums in your area. Take a trip and learn more about the history and craftsmanship behind these beautiful rides.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share carousel memories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your family and friends and share your favorite memories of riding carousels. It's a great way to celebrate the day and create new memories together.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Carousel Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a day to relive childhood memories</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Carousel Day is a perfect excuse to let your inner child come out and play. Many adults have fond memories of riding carousels as children, so take this opportunity to ride one again and reminisce about simpler times.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Carousels are beautiful works of art</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From the intricate details on the horses to the vibrant colors and lights, carousels are truly breathtaking pieces of art. On Carousel Day, take some time to admire the craftsmanship of these iconic carnival rides.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It's a fun activity for all ages</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Not only are carousels nostalgic for adults, they also bring joy to children. Taking a ride on a carousel is a simple yet enjoyable activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages on Carousel Day.</p></div></div>

5 Whirlwind Facts for National Carousel Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Carousels Spun The Opposite Way in the UK and Australia</h3><p class='facts-content'>Unlike carousels in the US, which traditionally move counter-clockwise, carousels in the UK and Australia rotate clockwise as per local driving custom.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Carousels Were Once a Training Tool</h3><p class='facts-content'>Before becoming popular amusement rides, carousels were used in the Middle Ages to train knights in tactics of horse riding and the use of a lance and sword.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Renowned Carousel Builder: Charles I. D. Looff</h3><p class='facts-content'>Charles I. D. Looff, a master carousel designer, built his first merry-go-round as a wedding gift for his sister. His works include the first carousel at Coney Island in 1876.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Dare to the Brass Ring</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the past, some carousels had a game where riders on outer-row horses could try to grab a brass ring as they passed. Snagging it often meant you won a free ride!</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Carousel Animals Have Different Postures</h3><p class='facts-content'>The animals on carousels often have unique poses: "Standers" stand on all fours, "Prancers" have their rear feet on the ground and the front ones in air, and "Jumpers" have all four legs in the air.</p></div></div>

Carousel Day FAQs

When is Carousel Day?

Carousel Day is celebrated on July 25 every year. In 2024 Carousel Day will occur on a Thursday.

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