National Cellophane Tape Day

National Cellophane Tape Day is a holiday observed annually on May 27th that celebrates a type of tape commonly known as Scotch tape. It was originally created in 1930 by Richard Gurley Drew, who made the tape from cellulose. This product was initially designed to seal cellophane packages in bakeries and grocery stores but was eventually replaced by heat-sealed cellophane in those industries.

Cellophane tape did find a new market, however, when it was marketed for home and office use. It has been an indispensable part of people’s lives ever since, which is why it has earned its own holiday.

Some Fun Facts About Cellophane Tape

Yes, we’re quite aware that people feel like they know everything there is to know about invisible or Scotch tape because they use it regularly. However, we’re betting there are probably a few things that people don’t know about this product, so we decided to list some fun facts about it below for everyone to enjoy.

  • Cellophane tape is made from cellophane—a bioplastic made from natural fibers such as wood pulp or cotton.
  • Scotch tape is the most well-known brand of cellophane tape, but the Scotch brand was originally used for masking tape, not cellophane tape.
  • Although cellophane tape was invented in 1930, it took some time to perfect the adhesive.

Observing National Cellophane Tape Day

Honestly, we’re not sure how this holiday is supposed to be celebrated. Are you supposed to purchase and use cellophane tape on this day? We’re not sure. All we know is that this is the day to honor a product that has been useful to the public for over nine decades.

So go out there and spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalCellophaneTapeDay. Let’s all come together not only to celebrate this product but also to figure out how we should celebrate this day.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 27 Monday
Next year (2025)
May 27 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
May 27 Saturday
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