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National Ukulele Day

Strum along to the beat of National Ukulele Day with our selection of ukuleles, songs, chords and tutorials - ready to play!
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February 2
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Celebrate National Ukulele Day on February 2 by strumming your way to a great time! This holiday was created to honor the history of this popular stringed instrument that originated in Hawaii in 1879. It has since become one of the most beloved instruments around, with its bright and cheerful sound making it perfect for parties, performances and just having fun at home.

History of National Ukulele Day

National Ukulele Day Dates

National Ukulele Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1879</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ukulele Introduction in Hawaii</div><div class='timeline-text'>Portuguese immigrants introduced the braguinha, a small guitar-like instrument, to Hawaii, paving the way for the creation of the ukulele.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1887</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Ukulele Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Cabinet maker Manuel Nunes is credited with inventing the ukulele by adapting Portuguese instruments into a uniquely Hawaiian format.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1915</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Mainland America Discovery</div><div class='timeline-text'>The ukulele gained widespread popularity in mainland America after its introduction at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Plastic Ukuleles</div><div class='timeline-text'>The introduction of mass-produced plastic ukuleles brought the instrument to a wider audience, largely among the younger population.</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'>Revival</div><div class='timeline-text'>A revival of interest in the ukulele began with additions of the instrument into popular music.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2011</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First National Ukulele Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Ukulele Day was first celebrated to honor the music and history of the instrument.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Ukulele 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'>Organize a Ukulele Jam</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your friends who also play the ukulele and get together for a night of jamming. Celebrate National Ukulele Day by playing your favorite songs and learning new ones.</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 Local Ukulele Concert</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Many cities have local ukulele concerts or festivals to celebrate National Ukulele Day. Check out local listings and find one near you.</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'>Buy a New Ukulele</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>What better way to celebrate National Ukulele Day than by buying a new instrument? There are so many beautiful ukuleles available, you're sure to find one that fits your style and budget.</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'>Teach Someone How to Play the Ukulele</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to teach someone how to play the ukulele, whether it's a family member, friend, coworker or neighbor. It's a great way to share your love of music and the ukulele.</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'>Have a Ukulele Sing Along</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather around with your family or friends and have a ukulele sing along! Pick some of your favorite songs to get everyone singing and smiling on National Ukulele Day.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Ukulele 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'>The ukulele is easy to learn</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Even beginners with no prior musical experience can quickly pick up the fundamentals of playing the ukulele. Thanks to its relatively small size, it's great for those just starting out and makes a great introduction into the world of instruments.</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'>Ukuleles have a unique sound</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>It doesn't take long to recognize the unique, cheerful sound of the ukulele - it's a fan favorite among musicians and music lovers alike! Whether you're strumming along with some classic tunes or making up your own melodies, the sound of the ukulele will always stand out in a crowd.</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'>Playing the ukulele is fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>More than just a musical instrument, the ukulele is also an amazing tool for having fun! You can join in on jam sessions with friends, take part in singalongs at parties, or use it as background music for intimate gatherings. Regardless of what you do, playing the ukulele is always sure to brighten everyone's day!</p></div></div>

5 Musical Facts About Ukuleles

<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'>Ukuleles originated in Portugal, not Hawaii</h3><p class='facts-content'>The ukulele is often associated with Hawaii, but its roots are in Portugal. The instrument was brought to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in the 19th century.</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'>There are four main types of ukuleles</h3><p class='facts-content'>The most common types of ukuleles are soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. The soprano, also known as a standard in Hawaii, is the smallest and the original size of the ukulele.</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 word 'ukulele' means 'jumping flea'</h3><p class='facts-content'>The name 'ukulele' is Hawaiian for 'jumping flea', possibly referring to the motion of the fingers when playing this instrument.</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'>Ukuleles were once made of koa wood</h3><p class='facts-content'>Koa wood from native Hawaiian trees was originally used to construct ukuleles. Nowadays, ukuleles are made from a variety of materials including mahogany, maple, and even plastic.</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 ukulele boom in popular culture</h3><p class='facts-content'>The ukulele experienced a resurgence in popularity in the 21st century, with the instrument being used in a variety of music genres and featured in numerous popular songs.</p></div></div>

National Ukulele Day FAQs

When is National Ukulele Day?

National Ukulele Day is celebrated on February 2 every year. In 2024 National Ukulele Day will occur on a Friday.

National Ukulele Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Feb 2

Thursday

2024

Feb 2

Friday

2025

Feb 2

Sunday

2026

Feb 2

Monday

2027

Feb 2

Tuesday

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