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G.I. Joe Day

On G.I. Joe Day, embrace your inner action hero and relive childhood memories with classic toys, movies, and games!
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February 1
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Introduction

Get ready to celebrate the iconic action figure on G.I. Joe Day on February 1! This day honors the beloved toy that has been a part of many childhoods since its creation in 1964. Originally designed to represent all branches of the United States military, G.I. Joe quickly became a popular toy among children and collectors alike. The name "G.I. Joe" is derived from the term "Government Issue" and was chosen by the toy's creator, Stan Weston, as a way to honor his father who served in World War II. So let's take a trip down memory lane and celebrate this classic toy with some fun activities and nostalgia-filled playtime!

History of G.I. Joe Day

G.I. Joe Day Dates

G.I. Joe Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1964</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>G.I. Joe Launch</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hasbro introduces the first G.I. Joe action figure marketed as "America's Movable Fighting Man."</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1967</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Action Team Expansion</div><div class='timeline-text'>Hasbro expands the G.I. Joe line into the "G.I. Joe Adventure Team," inspiring a generation of kids with military and adventure-themed toys.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1982</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>The 'Real American Hero' Line</div><div class='timeline-text'>G.I. Joe franchise is revamped into a smaller 3.75-inch size action figure line titled G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero with a comic series and animated TV show.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1990s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Further Evolution</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 1990s saw several more new lines of G.I. Joe action figures featuring new characters and playsets, further fueling its popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Big Screen Release</div><div class='timeline-text'>G.I. Joe franchise makes its debut on the big screen with G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, further enhancing its cultural significance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>G.I. Joe Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>G.I. Joe Day is first celebrated, honoring the release of the iconic action figure and its impact on popular culture over the decades.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate G.I. Joe 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'>Host a G.I. Joe movie marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and spend the day watching all of the classic G.I. Joe movies. Don't forget to stock up on snacks and drinks for a truly immersive experience.</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'>Dress up as your favorite G.I. Joe character</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get into the spirit of G.I. Joe Day by dressing up as your favorite character from the franchise. Whether it's Duke, Scarlett, or Snake Eyes, have fun creating your own G.I. Joe costume.</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 a G.I. Joe themed scavenger hunt</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your problem-solving skills to the test by creating a G.I. Joe themed scavenger hunt for your friends and family. Hide clues and items related to the franchise and see who can complete the hunt first.</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'>Attend a G.I. Joe convention or event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check online for any G.I. Joe conventions or events happening near you on G.I. Joe Day. It's a great opportunity to meet other fans and participate in fun activities and discussions related to the franchise.</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'>Host a G.I. Joe themed game night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get your friends together for a night of G.I. Joe themed board games, card games, or even a tabletop RPG. Make it a competition and see who is the ultimate G.I. Joe champion.</p></div></div>

Why We Love G.I. Joe 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'>G.I. Joe stands for bravery and heroism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>G.I. Joe Day is a day to recognize and honor the real-life heroes who have served in the United States military. The name G.I. Joe has become synonymous with courage, strength, and sacrifice - so take this day to pay tribute to those who have bravely defended our country.</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'>It's a chance to celebrate a beloved franchise</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you grew up playing with G.I. Joe action figures or watching the animated series, G.I. Joe has been an iconic part of many people's childhoods. Use this day to rewatch your favorite episodes or bust out your old toys and relive some nostalgic memories!</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 promotes patriotism and unity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On G.I. Joe Day, we can come together as a nation to honor and support our military members past and present. It's a reminder to appreciate the bravery of those who serve our country and to come together in unity for a common cause - honoring our heroes. </p></div></div>

5 Fun Facts About G.I. Joe 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'>G.I. Joe is The First Action Figure Ever</h3><p class='facts-content'>G.I. Joe toy line, launched by the American company Hasbro in 1964, is considered the first ever action figure designed to appeal to boys, marking a significant shift in toy marketing.</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'>G.I. Joe was Originally a Comic Strip</h3><p class='facts-content'>Before becoming a popular toy line, G.I. Joe was a comic strip that ran in syndication from 1942 to 1945, featuring a military character named Private Joseph D. Grimm.</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'>G.I. Joe is Often Referred to as "Joe"</h3><p class='facts-content'>G.I. Joe has earned an affectionate nickname among fans and collectors alike who often refer to these action figures just as "Joe".</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 Name G.I. Joe Defines Its Military Background</h3><p class='facts-content'>"G.I." stands for "Government Issue", a term frequently used in the U.S. military. The name "Joe" is derived from the phrase "average Joe", reflecting the everyman nature of the original 12-inch G.I. Joe figures.</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'>G.I. Joe Has Its Own Hall of Fame</h3><p class='facts-content'>In recognition of its cultural impact, the G.I. Joe brand has its own Hall of Fame which honors the creators, characters, and the most notable G.I. Joe figures through years.</p></div></div>

G.I. Joe Day FAQs

When is G.I. Joe Day?

G.I. Joe Day is celebrated on February 1 every year. In 2024 G.I. Joe Day will occur on a Thursday.

G.I. Joe Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Feb 1

Wednesday

2024

Feb 1

Thursday

2025

Feb 1

Saturday

2026

Feb 1

Sunday

2027

Feb 1

Monday

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