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National Yo-Yo Day

Celebrate National Yo-Yo Day with a dazzling display of tricks and skills! Get creative and show off your best moves for a fun-filled day!
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June 6
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United States

Get ready to celebrate National Yo-Yo Day on June 6! Did you know that yo-yos have been around for centuries? It is believed that the first yo-yo was invented in ancient Greece as a child's toy in 500 B.C. The word "yo-yo" itself comes from an old Philippine language and means "come back." Today, millions of people all over the world can compete in tricks with their favorite toys for this special day!

History of National Yo-Yo Day

National Yo-Yo Day Dates

National Yo-Yo Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1789</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Yo-Yo in Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>The yo-yo entered European society when the French became intrigued by the Philippine toy during Napoleon’s time.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1928</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company</div><div class='timeline-text'>Pedro Flores, a Filipino immigrant in the United States, started the Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company in Santa Barbara, California.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1932</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Duncan Yo-Yo Company</div><div class='timeline-text'>Entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan bought Pedro Flores's Yo-Yo Manufacturing Company and renamed it to Duncan Yo-Yo Company.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1965</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Invention of the Butterfly Yo-Yo</div><div class='timeline-text'>Duncan released the first butterfly style yo-yo, a design that would become popularized through its use in competitive yo-yoing.</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'>National Yo-Yo Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Yo-Yo Day is instituted to be celebrated on June 6, celebrating the birthday of Donald F. Duncan Sr.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Yo-Yo Renaissance</div><div class='timeline-text'>The early 2000s sees a yo-yo renaissance with advancements in yo-yo technology ushering in a new era of high-performance yo-yos that cater to modern competitive play.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Yo-Yo 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 yo-yo tournament</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get some friends together and host a yo-yo tournament.  You can create different categories and challenges such as long spin time, most reps in one minute, or longest roller coaster.  Have fun and get creative with your challenges.</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'>Perform a yo-yo trick show</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you’re the type of person who likes to show off their tricks, then this one is for you. Gather an audience, find a suitable venue and perform all your favourite yo-yo tricks.</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'>Organize a yo-yo workshop</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you’re an experienced yo-yoer, why not teach others your skills? Organizing a workshop offers the perfect opportunity to share your knowledge with those who may be less experienced.</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 yo-yo store</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Nothing says National YoYo Day like visiting your local yo-yo store. Whether it’s picking up new equipment or just browsing the selection, it’s sure to make for a great day out.</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 a yo-yo video</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Show off your moves by recording yourself performing some of your best tricks and upload the video on YouTube or any other social media platform.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Yo-Yo 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'>Yo-yos are fun</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Yo-yos offer a great way to bring some fun into your day. Everyone loves practicing tricks, or just playing around with a yo-yo - it's a great way to take a break from the stresses of everyday life. Plus, you can even compete in tournaments for a chance to win prizes!</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'>Yo-Yos Offer Creative Expression</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From paints and clay to music and dance, creative expression is a great outlet for youngsters and adults alike. With so many different types of yo-yos available, anyone can find one that speaks to their individual style and use it as an extension of their creativity.</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'>Yo-Yos Promote Hand/Eye Coordination</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Using a yo-yo to perform tricks or keep it spinning requires precise hand and eye coordination. It takes practice and patience but perfecting each move is extremely satisfying! Yo-yos are great tools for kids and adults alike to work on fine motor skills, dexterity and precision.</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Secrets of National Yo-Yo 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'>World Record for the Longest Spinning Yo-Yo is Over 30 Minutes</h3><p class='facts-content'>The Guinness World Record for the longest spinning yo-yo was set in 2016 with a time of 30 minutes and 28.3 seconds, demonstrating the finesse and precision required in yo-yo mastery.</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'>NASA Took Yo-Yos to Space</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 1985, NASA astronaut David Griggs performed yo-yo tricks in space, proving that yo-yos can work in zero gravity while orbiting Earth on the Space Shuttle Discovery.</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'>First Transatlantic Yo-Yo Flight</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 2004, a toy astronaut named Major Tim became the first yo-yo to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it was carried by a helium filled weather balloon for over 3000 miles.</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'>Yo-Yo Was Once a Weapon</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though now a toy, some argue that the yo-yo was used in ancient times as a weapon. The yo-yo's design is similar to the Greek weapon known as a "teretrabolon," which was used to hunt and in battle.</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'>Yo-Yos Help in Stress Management and Concentration</h3><p class='facts-content'>Playing with yo-yos can provide an outlet for stress, anxiety, and restlessness. The task of keeping the yo-yo in motion takes focus, helping to calm the mind and improve overall concentration.</p></div></div>

National Yo-Yo Day FAQs

When is National Yo-Yo Day?

National Yo-Yo Day is celebrated on June 6 every year. In 2024 National Yo-Yo Day will occur on a Thursday.

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