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Wright Brother's Day

Take flight this Wright Brother's Day and honor the inventors of the airplane - remember Orville and Wilbur with a special celebration!
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Celebrate Wright Brother's Day on December 17 with pride and admiration for the accomplishments of two great inventors! This day commemorates Orville and Wilbur Wright, who created the world's first successful airplane in 1903. Since then, aviation has gone from strength to strength, revolutionizing transportation across the globe. It is a day to celebrate human innovation and progress that makes life easier for us all.

History of Wright Brother's Day

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1871 and 1867</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Birth of the Wright Brothers</div><div class='timeline-text'>Wilbur Wright was born near Millville, Indiana in 1867, and his brother, Orville, was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1871.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1900</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Glider Tests</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Wright brothers tested their first glider at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, making about a dozen free flights.</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'>Successful Powered Flight</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Wright brothers made the first powered, controlled, and sustained flight with their aircraft, the Flyer, on December 17th.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1909</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Forming of the Wright Company</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Wright Company was formed, with Wilbur serving as president and Orville as vice president.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1959</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Celebration of Wright Brothers Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>Wright Brothers Day was first observed in the United States after a proclamation by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1960</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Inclusion in Public Law</div><div class='timeline-text'>Public Law 85-928 declared December 17th as Wright Brothers Day, commemorating the first successful flight of a mechanically propelled heavier-than-air machine.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Wright Brother'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'>Fly a kite</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Kites were the inspiration for the Wright Brothers' invention of the airplane. Celebrate Wright Brother's Day by flying your own kite or building one with your children.</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'>Visit an aviation museum</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a trip to a local aviation museum and explore the history of flight. You can learn about the Wright Brothers, the other early pioneers of aviation, and modern day air travel.</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'>Read a book about the Wright Brothers</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>There are many books written about Orville and Wilbur Wright, the inventors of the first successful airplane. Reading one of these books is a great way to celebrate their achievements.</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'>Watch a documentary about the Wright Brothers</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>For a more hands on experience, watch a documentary about the Wright Brothers and see how their invention changed the world. There are many great documentaries available online.</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'>Go on a plane ride</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>The best way to celebrate Wright Brother's Day is to go on a plane ride and appreciate how far aviation technology has come since 1903. Take in all that modern day flight has to offer.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Wright Brother'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'>The Wright Brothers changed aviation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history when they became the first people to successfully fly an airplane. This ushered in a new era of transportation, with the world now able to move faster than ever before!</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'>The Wright Brothers were self-taught innovators</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Wilbur and Orville had no formal training in engineering or aeronautics, yet they managed to create something that would revolutionize the world. Their success was due, in part, to their innate curiosity for exploration and problem solving.</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'>The Wright Brother's invention is still being used today</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Over one hundred years later, airplanes are synonymous with modern travel. Planes have enabled us to explore the world and connect distant parts of it like never before. We owe much of this progress to the achievements of Wilbur and Orville Wright!</p></div></div>

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When is Wright Brother's Day?

Wright Brother's Day is celebrated on December 17 every year. In 2024 Wright Brother's Day will occur on a Tuesday.

Wright Brother's Day Dates

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Day

2023

Dec 17

Sunday

2024

Dec 17

Tuesday

2025

Dec 17

Wednesday

2026

Dec 17

Thursday

2027

Dec 17

Friday

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