National Just Because Day

National Just Because Day is a holiday that allows everyone to do whatever they want just because they want to do it. It doesn’t matter what the person wants to do, so this is a holiday that can be celebrated in any number of different ways.

People can spend the day fishing, taking a vacation to a location they’ve always wanted to go, or even buying their favorite person a gift. It doesn’t matter because this day—a day that falls on August 27th every year—is a holiday to just do random things.

The History Of National Just Because Day

Even though it would seem that this day is a modern holiday, it is a holiday that was created during the mid-20th century. It was initially created by Joseph J. Goodwin in the early 1960s to honor his leisure time, the time spent with family, and to honor life in general.

He celebrated the first National Just Because Day by giving his wife a new transistor radio. From that day on, it became an annual tradition in the family. Eventually, word of mouth spread about his family tradition and people began to celebrate it themselves. It should be noted, though, that the original National Just Because Day did not fall on August 27th.

Originally, the holiday fell on the third Wednesday in May. No one knows why it was changed from that date to August 27th, but it has been celebrated on this date by the general public for quite a long time now.

How To Celebrate National Just Because Day

The traditional way to celebrate National Just Because Day is by giving a gift to someone you love, and the more random the gift, the better. However, that’s not the only way to enjoy this holiday.

You can also spend the day taking a hike, complimenting a random person on how nice their car looks, or by visiting an old friend to play board games. It doesn’t matter what a person does on this day as long as it’s something that they want to do and it’s out of the ordinary.

The results of your adventures can then be shared on social media using the hashtag #NationalJustBecauseDay. The point of this holiday is that you don’t need a special reason to be weird, to enjoy life, or to be nice to the people that you know (or don’t know).

It’s a day on which people can appreciate the little things and enjoy every single second of their life. After all, life is short, so everyone should enjoy the little moments of their life, and this holiday is the perfect reminder of that fact.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 27 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
August 27 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
August 27 Sunday
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