Skyscraper Appreciation Day

Skyscrapers are buildings that have captivated the public’s imagination ever since the first one was completed in Chicago during the last 19th century. A skyscraper that was a mere 138 feet tall. Since the first skyscraper was erected, the heights of these buildings have increased.

Some of the highest skyscrapers in the world now include the Shanghai World Financial Center (2,032 feet high), Merdeka 118 (2,227 feet high), and the impressive Burj Khalifa (2,717 feet high). The U.S. also has its fair share of skyscrapers including Willis Tower (1,729 feet high), Central Park Tower (1,550 feet high), and One World Trade Center (1,792 feet high).

Of course, these are only a small selection of the skyscrapers that exist in the world. People can observe Skyscraper Appreciation Day to learn about these skyscrapers and all of the rest of them that exist in the world every August 10th.

The History Of Skyscraper Appreciation Day

In 1885, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago was completed 1885 and was approximately 10 stories tall — or about 138 feet tall. Not long after, higher and higher buildings began to be built.

In 1930, the Chrysler Building in New York City was completed and it stood about 77 stories tall. Skyscraper Appreciation Day was originally created on the completion of the Chrysler Building on May 27th, 1930, but the date of this holiday was eventually moved to August 10th. The reason for moving this holiday is currently unknown.

Important Facts About Skyscrapers

Below are some important facts about skyscrapers that we think everyone will appreciate. We found out about some of these facts as we watched documentaries on Skyscraper Appreciation Day, while others we discovered on the Internet. We hope the following facts are educational and informative to anyone reading this holiday article today.

  • Before the term “skyscraper” was applied to tall buildings, it was used to describe tall men, tall horses, or the triangular sails on some ships.
  • The world’s tallest skyscraper is Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.
  • The Empire State Building had plans for a dirigible mooring mast.

Observing Skyscraper Appreciation Day

This holiday is easily observed by learning more about skyscrapers, exploring a local skyscraper, or watching a documentary on skyscrapers.

Some of the skyscraper documentaries we’ve found interesting include Skyscraper (2013), Superstructures: The World’s Tallest Buildings (2005), and The Empire State Building: American Experience (2011).

While people are watching these documentaries, they can take the time to spread the word about this holiday online simply by using the hashtag #SkyscraperAppreciationDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 10 Saturday
Next year (2025)
August 10 Sunday
Last year (2023)
August 10 Thursday
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