National Tell An Old Joke Day

National Tell an Old Joke Day is a holiday that encourages amateur and professional comedians alike to take some time out of their day to dig out some old jokes to try on friends and family. What constitutes an “old joke” exactly?

We’re not entirely sure, but we suspect it might include jokes that existed before the 1990s. We actually like to tell jokes even older than that and may even tell a joke or two from the late 19th century, some of which we’ll share later on in this article.

Anyone celebrating this holiday is free to borrow our “old joke” to tell to their friends and family members when July 24th comes around.

The History of National Tell an Old Joke Day

Although no one really knows when the joke was invented, we do know that it predates the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. In other words, the concept of telling a joke to a person to invoke laughter has been around for a long, long time. Over the years, how jokes are told and the material they reference may change, but the concept remains the same.

However, we can’t say much about National Tell an Old Joke Day. At least, not as much as it pertains to its history. This is one of those holidays that doesn’t have a clear lineage that we can trace. All that we can really find out about it is that it’s been around since at least 2012.

Some of Our Favorite “Old” Jokes

Okay, we don’t think that we can do an article for National Tell an Old Joke Day without providing our audience with at least a couple of old jokes. I mean, we don’t want people to have to resort to searching for these jokes online, now do we? Of course not. That’s why we’ve listed our favorite old jokes below.

The Salesman & The Clock

One day, a salesman woke up and couldn’t find his alarm clock, so he asked his wife if she had seen it and what had become of it. She then said that it had gone off at 6 o’clock.

Most Common Knock Knock Joke

Knock Knock

Who’s there?


Banana who?

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?


Banana who?

Knock Knock.

Who’s there?


Orange who?

Orange you glad I didn’t say banana?

Observing National Tell an Old Joke Day

The perfect way to observe this holiday is to tell an old joke. How old will depend on the person’s preferences, however. Some people will consider a joke to be old if it’s from last year, while others may consider only jokes that are decades old as being truly worthy for this holiday.

Regardless of the age of the joke, there’s one thing that it has to do, and that’s to be funny. If it’s not funny, then it’s not worth telling. On this day, people can also take the time to share their favorite jokes with friends, family members, and coworkers. This can be done in person, or by spreading these jokes through social media.

If the jokes are spread through social media just for this holiday, they should also be tagged with the hashtag #NationalTellAnOldJokeDay. That will allow the jokes to reach their intended audience and will also help to elevate the social profile of this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 24 Monday
Next year (2025)
June 24 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
June 24 Saturday
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