International Fanny Pack Day

Since the mid-20th century, fanny packs have been a popular accessory for people who love to hike, bike, or engage in other outdoor activities. They were perfect for carrying the necessities without being overly cumbersome. Then something funny happened: they began to become a fashion statement, and that’s when they could be found everywhere.

Their popularity continued to rise until they became a victim of their own success. This is when people were mocked for carrying them. However, we think that fanny packs have gotten a bad rap over the years and are actually quite useful articles of clothing. That’s why, when International Fanny Pack Day is celebrated on the second Saturday in March, we’re going to enjoy celebrating it.

The History of International Fanny Pack Day

In 2007, Nick Yates from Portland, Oregon, decided to give a homeless man he saw on the street the fruitcake that was in his fanny pack. After the encounter, he started a charitable campaign to donate food to the poor and homeless. And that’s how this holiday came to be observed in the first place.

It’s only incidentally a way to celebrate fanny packs; it’s mainly a day to help feed those in need. Although the first observance of this holiday happened on the first Saturday in March of 2008, every year thereafter, it has been observed on the second Saturday in March. And that’s where it has remained on the calendar ever since.

Observing International Fanny Pack Day

On this holiday, we encourage everyone to do something to help feed people—both locally and regionally. This can be done by donating food and/or money to organizations that distribute food to the poor and homeless. People are also encouraged to spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #InternationalFannyPackDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 9 Saturday
Next year (2025)
March 8 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 11 Saturday