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National Anthem Day

Get ready to belt out your favorite patriotic tunes on National Anthem Day! Let's honor our country and its history with pride and passion.
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On March 3, we honor the powerful and patriotic symbol of our country with National Anthem Day! This day commemorates the adoption of "The Star-Spangled Banner" as our national anthem in 1931. The song, originally written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, has become a beloved and iconic part of American culture. Whether you're singing it at a sporting event or listening to a rendition by your favorite artist, the national anthem always brings out feelings of pride and unity. So let's raise our voices and celebrate this special day together!

History of National Anthem Day

National Anthem Day Dates

National Anthem Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1814</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Writing of The Star-Spangled Banner</div><div class='timeline-text'>Francis Scott Key writes the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" while witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the War of 1812.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1889</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>US Navy Adopts Anthem</div><div class='timeline-text'>The United States Navy formally adopts "The Star-Spangled Banner" for official use.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1916</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>President Wilson's Proclamation</div><div class='timeline-text'>President Woodrow Wilson declares that "The Star-Spangled Banner" should be played at military and other appropriate occasions.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1931</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Anthem Official Status</div><div class='timeline-text'>Congress passes an act confirming "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the National Anthem of the United States.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Anthem Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Anthem Day is first celebrated, recognizing the day when the US adopted "The Star-Spangled Banner" as its official anthem.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Anthem 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'>Sing the national anthem</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends and family and sing the national anthem together. It's a great way to show patriotism and celebrate this important day.</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'>Attend a parade or ceremony</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities hold parades or ceremonies on National Anthem Day. Check your local events calendar and attend one to show your support for the national anthem.</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'>Learn about the history of the national anthem</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn about the origins of the national anthem and its significance to your country. You can read books, watch documentaries, or visit historical sites related to the anthem.</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'>Create patriotic crafts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and make some patriotic crafts to display in your home or give as gifts. You can make flags, banners, or other decorations featuring the national anthem.</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 themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite friends and family over for a National Anthem Day celebration. Serve food and drinks themed around the national anthem and play patriotic music in the background.</p></div></div>

Why National Anthem Day is Important

<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 honors our country's history and traditions</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," was written during a pivotal moment in American history. It reminds us of the bravery and sacrifices made by our founders and serves as a symbol of patriotism and unity for our nation.</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 represents freedom and democracy</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The lyrics of our national anthem celebrate the ideals of freedom and democracy that our country was founded upon. It serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving these principles for future generations.</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 brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Singing the national anthem is an important tradition at many events, such as sports games or patriotic ceremonies. It brings people from all walks of life together to show their love and respect for their country, fostering a sense of community and pride in being American.</p></div></div>

5 Stirring Facts for National Anthem 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'>"The Star-Spangled Banner" is a Poem Set to Music</h3><p class='facts-content'>Francis Scott Key initially penned the lyrics of the national anthem as a poem. It was later set to the melody of a popular British song of that time called "To Anacreon in Heaven".</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'>The National Anthem has Four Verses</h3><p class='facts-content'>While we commonly sing or hear only the first verse, "The Star-Spangled Banner" actually has four verses. Each verse ends with the line "O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave".</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'>The Flag that Inspired the Anthem Still Exists</h3><p class='facts-content'>The flag that flew over Fort McHenry inspiring Francis Scott Key is preserved and on display at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.</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 Anthem's Melody Has Anacreontic Society Roots</h3><p class='facts-content'>The tune to which the anthem is set originally served as the theme for the Anacreontic Society, an 18th-century gentlemen's club of amateur musicians in London.</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'>It Took Over a Century for the Anthem to be Officially Adopted</h3><p class='facts-content'>"The Star-Spangled Banner" was recognized for official use by the U.S. Navy in 1889 and by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, but it was not until March 3, 1931, that it was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution signed into law by President Herbert Hoover.</p></div></div>

National Anthem Day FAQs

When is National Anthem Day?

National Anthem Day is celebrated on March 3 every year. In 2024 National Anthem Day will occur on a Sunday.

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