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National Sunglasses Day

Get ready to shine on National Sunglasses Day! Pick up your favorite pair and rock the day with style.
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June 27
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Get ready to celebrate National Sunglasses Day on June 27! It's a day for people all over the world to don their sunglasses and show off their style. The history of sunglasses dates back almost as far as recorded human history, with Chinese judges using them in the twelfth century to hide their facial expressions while they were judging cases. So break out your shades and enjoy some fun in the sun this summer!

History of National Sunglasses Day

National Sunglasses Day Dates

National Sunglasses Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1300s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sunglasses in China</div><div class='timeline-text'>Smoky quartz glasses were used in ancient China to protect eyes from glare and to hide facial expressions in court.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1752</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>James Ayscough's Tinted Lenses</div><div class='timeline-text'>Visionary James Ayscough began experimenting with tinted lenses in spectacles, marking an early attempt at reducing glare.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1936</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Polarized Sunglasses Invention</div><div class='timeline-text'>Ray Ban developed the first polarized sunglasses, improving eye protection against harmful UV rays and bright light.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Sunglasses as a Fashion Accessory</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 60s, sunglasses became a prominent fashion accessory, popularized by film stars and musicians.</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'>National Sunglasses Day Initiation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Vision Council initiated the National Sunglasses Day to celebrate the importance of UV protective eyewear.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Sunglasses 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 sunglasses party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over for a day of fun and games, all while wearing their favorite shades. Have a competition to see who can come up with the most creative sunglasses look.</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'>Go on a shopping spree</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Head out to the mall and buy yourself some new shades, or hit up an online retailer like Warby Parker - they even have virtual try ons so you can pick out the perfect pair.</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 sunglass art</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get out your markers and scissors and create some amazing art with those old pairs of sunglasses. From flowers to frames, you can make some pretty cool stuff.</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'>Make a sunglass collage</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up all of your old sunglasses, find some fun magazine cutouts, and make a collage that celebrates National Sunglasses Day in style.</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 your sunglass selfies</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take pictures of yourself wearing different styles of sunglasses and share them on social media - tag your friends to join in on the fun!</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Sunglasses 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'>Sunglasses are stylish</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether you're looking for something sleek and sophisticated or bold and outrageous, there's a pair of sunglasses out there that fits your style perfectly. From vintage cat-eyes to aviators and everything in between, the variety of shapes, sizes, and colors available make it easy to find one that matches your personality!</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'>Sunglasses provide protection</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By wearing sunglasses when in direct sunlight, you're protecting your eyes from dangerous UV rays. Sunglasses also reduce glare so you can see better while driving or participating in other activities outdoors. Plus, they look great and are an essential fashion accessory for any occasion.</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'>Sunglasses are affordable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>You don't have to break the bank to find a great pair of sunglasses! There's a huge range of options that fit any budget - from designer brands to more affordable styles. So no matter what your financial situation is, you can still rock some awesome shades without breaking the bank!</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts for National Sunglasses 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'>Ancient Romans Had Their Own Version of Sunglasses</h3><p class='facts-content'>Roman Emperor Nero is said to have watched gladiator battles through polished gemstones, essentially using them as sunglasses, to avoid the sun's glare in the Colosseum.</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'>Sunglasses Play a Role in Aviation History</h3><p class='facts-content'>In the early days of flight, pilots found that their eyes were crucial instruments for navigating and staying safe. This led to the development of specialized aviator sunglasses to protect against high-altitude sunlight and glare.</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'>Fashion Industry Greatly Contributes to Sunglasses Design</h3><p class='facts-content'>From the iconic oversized glasses worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to modern trends today, the fashion industry has a significant influence on sunglasses designs and trends that we see.</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'>Not All Sunglasses Provide Equal Protection</h3><p class='facts-content'>Not every pair of sunglasses is equally effective in protection. Sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays are recommended by healthcare professionals, and those that also block up to 90% of visible light are considered most beneficial for eye health.</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'>Sunglasses Sales are Booming Globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>As of 2020, the global sunglasses market is valued at roughly 17 billion U.S dollars and it's estimated to reach around 28 billion U.S dollars by 2025, showing the ever-growing popularity of shades worldwide.</p></div></div>

National Sunglasses Day FAQs

When is National Sunglasses Day?

National Sunglasses Day is celebrated on June 27 every year. In 2024 National Sunglasses Day will occur on a Thursday.

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