National Bootlegger’s Day

National Bootleggers Day is a holiday that is annually observed and remembers the bootleggers who turned criminal activity into a bustling business and eventually into the stuff of legends. During the 19th and 20th centuries, bootleggers would use moonlit stills and other clandestine activities to obscure the fact that they were manufacturing alcohol they weren’t supposed to be brewing.

Today, bootleggers still live in the American imagination and are memorialized in countless books and movies produced since the 1920s. This holiday is observed on January 17th because this is the date in 1920 when Prohibition started, and the era of the bootlegger kicked into full gear.

The History of National Bootleggers Day

This holiday was created in 2015 by Infinium Spirits to celebrate the birth of their Templeton Rye. The date of January 17 was chosen because that is when Prohibition began in 1920. Although this holiday wasn’t widely celebrated when it was first created, it has since gained popularity over the years.

Observing National Bootleggers Day

National Bootleggers Day can be observed by taking a few moments to learn more about Prohibition and the rise of bootleggers in the United States. People can also take the time to watch some of the movies that feature bootleggers and their stories, such as Lawless, The Bootleggers, The Untouchables, and Live By Night.

And if people really want to get into the mood for this holiday, they can take the time to dress like gangsters of the 1920s. Anyone who does dress up as a gangster or bootlegger should take the time to post their pics online using the hashtag #NationalBootleggersDay. Let’s all see how you’re celebrating this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 17 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
January 17 Friday
Last year (2023)
January 17 Tuesday
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