National U.S. Postage Stamp Day

National U.S Postage Stamp Day is a holiday that’s celebrated every July 1st. This day commemorates the postage stamp—a unique form of currency that allows letters to be mailed to anywhere in the world inexpensively and easily. The first postage stamp in the United States was issued on July 1, 1847—and it’s this date that this holiday commemorates.

Stamps aren’t just used to mail letters, however. A lot of people collect them for fun and profit. Regardless of your interest in this holiday, however, just about anyone can celebrate it by just taking the time to learn more about stamps and the U.S post office.

Interesting Facts About Postage Stamps

We thought that it would be fun to go over some interesting facts about postage stamps that we found while we were learning more about National U.S Postage Stamp Day. So we took a few moments and listed some of our favorite stamp facts below.

  • The first adhesive postage stamp in the world was the Penny Black issued in the UK on May 1, 1840.
  • 7-years later on July 1, 1847, the U.S issued their first adhesive stamp. Benjamin Franklin was on this stamp.
  • In 1966, the first Royal Mail Christmas stamps were issued in Britain.
  • One of the most popular stamps with an error is the 1918 Inverted Jenny airmail stamp. It had an inverted airplane on it.
  • The St. Louis Post office issued provincial stamps featuring two bears holding a heraldry disc in 1845.

Observing National U.S Postage Stamp Day

This holiday can be observed by adding to your stamp collection, learning more about the U.S post office, or simply by using the old-fashioned method of communicating with another person called mailing a letter. People can also use the hashtag #USPostageStampDay on social media to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
July 1 Saturday
Next year (2024)
July 1 Monday
Last year (2022)
July 1 Friday
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