National Bobblehead Day

National Bobblehead Day is a holiday that falls annually on January 7. Bobbleheads have been enjoyed and prized by collectors and fans for over a century, and they continue to be a valuable part of many sports teams’ marketing campaigns. However, this holiday isn’t for celebrating the business side of these novelty items, but it is intended to celebrate the whimsy that everyone feels when they have one of them on their desk or the dashboard of their car.

The History Of National Bobblehead Day

National Bobblehead Day was first observed the January following the announcement of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum in 2014. Two years later, the museum opened in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it officially opened to the public on February 1, 2019. It’s now known to house one of the largest known collections of bobbleheads in the entire world.

The History Of The Bobblehead

Believe it or not, Chinese nodding-head figures date back as far as 1760 in Continental Europe. During the 1780s, these figures were imported into England and the Americas. Around the turn of the century, animal bobbleheads began to be produced in Germany, and by mid-century, there were a variety of bobbleheads made from either bisque porcelain or plastic. They’ve been a staple ever since.

Some Interesting Bobblehead Facts

If you want to learn a little bit more about bobbleheads and their history, allow us to entertain you with some interesting facts we’ve uncovered over the course of our research. We think the following bobblehead facts will give you something to share with your friends and family on this holiday.

  • The first sports bobbleheads were made during the 1920s.
  • A pair of Chinese bobbleheads made during the early 19th century sold for over $35,000 at an auction in 2010.
  • The biggest bobblehead in the world is one that resembles a Saint Bernard and is over 15 feet tall.

Observing National Bobblehead Day

Want to observe National Bobblehead Day? If you do, then you can visit the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame & Museum in Milwaukee, or you can buy a bobblehead online. You can also gift someone a bobblehead. And while you’re doing all of these bobblehead celebrations, you can use the hashtag #NationalBobbleheadDay on your social media posts for the day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 7 Sunday
Next year (2025)
January 7 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
January 7 Saturday
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