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National Bootlegger’s Day

Raise a glass and honor the rebel spirits of the past on National Bootlegger's Day - cheers to those who defied prohibition!
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January 17
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Get ready to raise a glass and celebrate National Bootlegger's Day on January 17! This day commemorates the era of Prohibition in the United States, which lasted from 1920 to 1933. During this time, bootleggers were known for illegally producing and selling alcohol, often using creative methods to sneak it past law enforcement. While the Prohibition may be long gone, this holiday serves as a reminder of an interesting period in American history and allows us to appreciate our freedom to enjoy a good drink. So let's toast to the bootleggers of the past and enjoy our favorite beverages without any restrictions!

History of National Bootlegger’s Day

National Bootlegger’s Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1919</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Passing of 18th Amendment</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 18th Amendment was ratified, initiating the Prohibition era in the United States, prohibiting the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Rise of Bootlegging</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the Prohibition era, illicit activities like bootlegging — the illegal production, transportation, and sale of alcohol — became widespread.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1920-1933</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Infamous Bootleggers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Notorious figures like Al Capone make a fortune through bootlegging during the Prohibition era.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1933</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Repeal of Prohibition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The 21st Amendment was ratified, repealing Prohibition and ending the bootlegging era.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Templeton Rye Distillery</div><div class='timeline-text'>Templeton Rye, known as the "good stuff" during Prohibition, resumed legal production in Templeton, Iowa.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2016</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Bootlegger’s Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Templeton Rye Distillery established National Bootlegger’s Day to be celebrated annually on January 17th.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Bootlegger’s 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 Prohibition-themed party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get creative and throw a party inspired by the Prohibition era. Encourage guests to dress up in 1920s attire and serve bootlegger-inspired cocktails and snacks.</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'>Watch a gangster movie marathon</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Celebrate National Bootlegger’s Day by watching classic gangster movies like The Godfather, Scarface, or Goodfellas. Make it even more fun by dressing up as your favorite character.</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'>Explore a speakeasy</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a hidden speakeasy bar in your city and experience what it was like to drink during the Prohibition era. Enjoy some bootlegger-style cocktails and soak up the atmosphere.</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'>Learn about bootlegging history</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to research and learn about the history of bootlegging and Prohibition. Visit a museum or read books and articles to deepen your understanding.</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'>Create your own bootlegger-inspired cocktail</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Put your mixology skills to the test and create a unique cocktail inspired by the Prohibition era. Get creative with ingredients and give it a catchy bootlegger-inspired name.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Bootlegger’s 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 celebrates an important part of American history</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>National Bootlegger's Day falls on the anniversary of the end of prohibition in the United States. This holiday is a tribute to all those who defied the law and continued to produce and distribute alcohol during the 1920s.</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 learn about bootlegging</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On Bootlegger's Day, you can discover the stories behind famous bootleggers like Al Capone and George Remus. You can also learn about the impact of prohibition on society and how it paved the way for modern-day organized crime.</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'>Bootlegging is a part of our cultural identity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Even though it was illegal, bootlegging played a significant role in shaping American culture - from jazz music to speakeasies. By celebrating National Bootlegger's Day, we recognize the impact that this underground activity has had on our society.</p></div></div>

5 Prohibition Era Bootlegging Facts

National Bootlegger’s Day FAQs

When is National Bootlegger’s Day?

National Bootlegger's Day is celebrated on January 17th every year. In 2024 National Bootlegger's Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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