Sesame Street Day

When Sesame Street first aired on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in 1969, it made an immediate impact. It became an innovative and creative show for children and one of the best educational resources for children, parents, and families ever created.

It quickly became the benchmark for educational programming for children, and its impact is still felt to this day. Its model of storytelling has educated millions of children over the years.

It’s such an important piece of educational programming that it has even earned its own holiday. A day that’s aptly named Sesame Street Day is observed annually on November 10th.

The History of Sesame Street Day

On November 10th, 1969, Sesame Street aired on public TV stations. Its mix of preschool education, cultural diversity, and developmental psychology set a standard for early childhood education that has yet to be topped.

It also featured a unique style that combined live-action shorts and celebrity appearances with Jim Henson’s Muppets and animation. By its 40th anniversary in 2009, it was broadcast in over 120 countries, with almost two dozen independent international versions being created. Sesame Street has also earned more than 150 Emmys so far throughout its run.

For its 40th anniversary, Sesame Street Day was created in 2009. This holiday has promoted all the good things created by this television show, as well as all the good things it continues to do for children all over the world.

Sesame Street continues to be the platinum standard for children’s early education, and its impact can be felt throughout society. This holiday helps to underline this fact and encourages more people to support this program.

Interesting Facts About Sesame Street

Now that we’ve explained this holiday and the foundation upon which it is built, let’s take a few moments to talk more about the show itself. We are absolutely fascinated with Sesame Street, as we know many other people are, so we were able to compile a pretty interesting list of facts about it. Hopefully, people will find the following facts not only educational but interesting as well.

  • Oscar the Grouch was originally orange in the show’s first season.
  • Bert has a twin brother who debuted in 1974 named Bart.
  • Jeff Moss wrote the song “Rubber Duckie.” He also wrote “People in Your Neighborhood” and “I Love Trash.”
  • The first celebrity to appear on Sesame Street was James Earl Jones.

Observing Sesame Street Day

Everyone can enjoy this holiday, no matter how old or young they are. This day can be enjoyed by watching Sesame Street episodes or the Sesame Street films, by purchasing Sesame Street merchandise, or by supporting public broadcasting. Fans of this show can also spread the word about it using the hashtag #SesameStreetDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
November 10 Sunday
Next year (2025)
November 10 Monday
Last year (2023)
November 10 Friday
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