National Mule Day

National‌ Mule Day is a holiday that falls on October 26th and is a day used ​to honor the cross between a‌ female ‍horse and a male donkey, known as a mule. This holiday began as a⁣ city-wide event in ​Columbia, Tennessee, ⁢and has since become a holiday observed by mule enthusiasts ​across the U.S.

The ​History of National Mule Day

Although National Mule Day might sound like a⁣ holiday that ⁤was made up on the internet as⁣ a joke, it’s actually a holiday that has evolved from an event that dates back over 181 years.

It was initially ⁤started as “Breeder’s Day” in 1840 in Columbia, Tennessee, as a mule ⁣market event⁣ held on the first Monday‍ of every May.⁢ Over time,⁣ it became ‍known as⁤ Mule Day. Mule Day continues to be celebrated in Tennessee, but it is ​now observed on the last⁢ Monday in March.

Almost a⁣ quarter of a million people are attracted to Columbia, Tennessee, ‌and it is part of a four-day event in the city that includes music, ⁤dancing, crafts, and traditional Appalachian foods.

National Mule Day is ​not connected to the celebrations ​in Tennessee but was inspired ⁣by ‌them. It‍ has since become its own holiday and is ⁤faithfully observed by mule fans all over the U.S. on October 26th. ⁤This date ⁤was likely chosen because it‍ is around the time when King Charles III of Spain gave⁤ two ⁤Spanish Jack donkeys to U.S. President George ⁢Washington in​ 1785.

Fun Facts About Mules

Have you ever wanted ​to know more about mules​ but were‍ afraid to ask? If so, then please take​ a moment to read some‌ of the following facts about mules—facts that we have gathered together so‌ that everyone can expand their⁢ mule knowledge. Let’s take​ a⁢ look at them.

  • A mule is ⁢the offspring ​of a male donkey and a female horse.
  • George Washington ​used‌ the Spanish Jack donkey he received from King Charles⁢ III to create the‍ American Mammoth Jackstock ⁤breed.
  • George ‌Washington has been called the ⁢Father of the American Mule.
  • Donkeys have 62 chromosomes, mules have 63, and horses have 64 chromosomes.
  • Mules are ‌99.9% sterile.
  • A male mule is called⁤ a john, and a female mule ⁤is called a molly.
  • An ​alternate name for a male mule is​ a horse mule, and the alternate name⁣ for a female mule is a mare mule.
  • Mules were used for military missions in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Draft mules ​are a cross between horse mares and mammoth jack ⁣donkeys.
  • Mules ​come in all sizes, from the smallest miniatures to the largest draft mules.
  • Francis the Talking Mule was a 1950s mule character that starred in seven film comedies.

Observing National Mule Day

National Mule‌ Day ​is usually observed by taking ⁤the time to learn more about mules ‍or by visiting a local ‍zoo or⁤ farm. You can also use the hashtag #NationalMuleDay‍ to spread the‍ word ​about this holiday ⁤on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 26 Saturday
Next year (2025)
October 26 Sunday
Last year (2023)
October 26 Thursday