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National Kite-Flying Day

Take flight to new heights and celebrate National Kite-Flying Day with colorful kites, windswept skies, and plenty of fun!
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February 8
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Introduction

Get ready to take to the skies and fly a kite on National Kite-Flying Day on February 8! This day has been celebrated since the early 1900s as a way of connecting people with their childhood dreams. Whether you’re an experienced flyer or just taking your first steps into the world of kites, there’s something magical about watching a colorful piece of fabric soar through the sky.

History of National Kite-Flying Day

National Kite-Flying Day Dates

National Kite-Flying 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'>Kite-Flying in the West</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kite-flying becomes a popular recreational activity in the Western world, after being introduced from Asia.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1903</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First U.S. National Kite Contest</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first United States National Kite-flying Contest is held, increasing the popularity of kite-flying among Americans.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1929</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Start of National Kite-Flying Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Kite-Flying Day is first celebrated in Washington, D.C., to encourage families to go outside and fly kites.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1940s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kite Innovation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Developments in technology and materials lead to the creation of new kite designs, including box kites and stunt kites.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Kite Flying for Sports</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kite flying evolves into competitive sports such as kite surfing and kite fighting, further promoting the activity.</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'>Modern Kite Festivals</div><div class='timeline-text'>Kite enthusiasts around the world bring creativity to new heights with elaborate designs at modern kite festivals.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Kite-Flying 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'>Fly a kite</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The obvious choice for National Kite Flying Day is to simply go out and fly a kite.  Whether it's your own or one you bought at the store, there's nothing quite like the feeling of seeing your kite soaring through the sky.</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'>Have a kite flying contest</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather some friends together and have a friendly competition to see who can get their kites the highest or stay in the air for the longest amount of time. It’s a great way to have some fun and enjoy the day.</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'>Make your own kite</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you have some craft supplies and a little imagination, you can make your own kite from scratch! All you need is some paper, sticks, string, glue, tape and markers to make your own beautiful creation.</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'>Go to a kite festival</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities host large kite festivals on National Kite Flying Day. These festivals usually include contests, stalls selling all kinds of kites, demonstrations, and even fireworks displays.</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'>Fly your kite at night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>A fun twist on traditional kite flying is to bring it out after dark! Some cities even hold special nighttime kite flying events with illuminated kites that create an otherworldly atmosphere.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Kite-Flying 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'>Kite flying is a fun outdoor activity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kite flying is a great way to get some fresh air and have some fun during National Kite Flying Day. Not only does it help you stay active and entertained, but it's also an opportunity to bond with your family and friends as you enjoy the outdoors!</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'>Kites come in all shapes and sizes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Kites come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs - from basic diamond shapes to elaborate dragons or stars. Whether you want something vibrant and colorful or something more subtle, there's sure to be something for everyone when it comes to kite flying!</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'>Kite flying can be relaxing</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The act of watching your kite soar through the sky can be incredibly calming and peaceful. Plus, the gentle breeze that comes with it can provide a soothing backdrop for time spent outside alone or with loved ones. So if you're looking for a stress-free day out, consider going kite flying this National Kite Flying Day!</p></div></div>

5 Facts About Kite Flying

<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'>Kite Flying Dates Back Over 2,000 Years</h3><p class='facts-content'>The world’s oldest known kite is a Chinese kite that dates back more than 2,300 years and was made from light-weight bamboo and silk.</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'>Benjamin Franklin Once Used a Kite in a Lightning Experiment</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1752, Benjamin Franklin used a kite to prove that lightning is, in fact, electricity by flying a kite in a lightning storm.</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'>Kites Have Been Used for Military Purposes</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the past, kites have been used for a variety of military purposes, including for signaling, delivery of ammunition, and to measure distances.</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'>Kite Flying is the National Sport of Bermuda</h3><p class='facts-content'>In Bermuda, kite making and flying is considered a serious sport with that tradition correlating with Good Friday observances.</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'>The Largest Number of Kites Flown on a Single Line is 11,284</h3><p class='facts-content'>This world record was set by a Japanese kite maker and his team in 2016, breaking his own past record.</p></div></div>

National Kite-Flying Day FAQs

When is National Kite-Flying Day?

National Kite-Flying Day is celebrated on February 8th every year. In 2024 National Kite-Flying Day will occur on a Thursday.

National Kite-Flying Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Feb 8

Wednesday

2024

Feb 8

Thursday

2025

Feb 8

Saturday

2026

Feb 8

Sunday

2027

Feb 8

Monday

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