National Retro Day

Observed annually on February 27th, National Retro Day is a holiday that celebrates those lovely pre-technology days that we like to call the “before times.” It’s a holiday on which people are encouraged to embrace the kitsch items of the first half of the 20th century. It’s a time to celebrate the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, or 1990s.

A time before social media, before the World Wide Web, and before smartphones. If that sounds like a hoot, then anyone wishing to celebrate this holiday can do so by breaking out your favorite retro fashions, listening to your favorite retro tunes, or watching old sitcoms.

The History of National Retro Day

National Retro Day was invented by Robert Duran, Tina Duran, and Hermelinda Aguilar. They decided to invent this holiday in 2017 to encourage everyone to take a look at how life was before social media and the Internet changed everything forever.

Some Retro Facts for Everyone to Enjoy

We have always been big fans of retro and vintage things, so we decided to list some facts about some of our favorite retro things that everyone can appreciate. Let’s take a quick look at these retro facts before moving on to how National Retro Day should be observed.

  • The first Dairy Queen opened on June 22, 1940, in Joliet, Illinois.
  • The miniseries “Roots” earned 36 Emmy nominations and won 9 of them.
  • Larry Hagman was the only actor to appear in every episode of the TV series “Dallas.”

Observing National Retro Day

Observing National Retro Day is as easy as wearing old fashions and enjoying the movies, TV programs, and music of the past. It’s a great day to throw a retro party as well that your friends and family will enjoy. And let’s not forget some retro cocktails such as the Sidecar, the Manhattan, Tom Collins, or a Gimlet.

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