World Lindy Hop Day

The Lindy Hop is an American dance that was born in Harlem, New York City, during the late 1920s and has evolved over the years. It is a dance that became popular during the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s and became a fusion of jazz, tap, and the Charleston.

Although it is a dance style whose popularity has ebbed and flowed over the years, its resurgence in the past few years led to the creation of a holiday that celebrates it. This holiday is called World Lindy Hop Day and is observed annually on May 26th.

The History of World Lindy Hop Day

Even though we know that the Lindy Hop was invented during the late 1920s, surged in popularity in the 1930s, and began to fade out of existence during the 1950s until it made a resurgence in the 1990s, that’s about all we know about this dance.

And we don’t know when a holiday was created to celebrate this dance—although we believe that it was probably done after the 2010s. We’ll keep looking for the origin of this holiday, but we don’t have much hope of finding out who created it.

Facts About the Lindy Hop

Let’s take a quick look at some of the facts that we’ve gathered about the Lindy Hop and would like to now share with everyone reading this holiday article.

  • During the 1980s, American, British, and Swedish dancers showed renewed interest in this dance.
  • It is believed that the name of the dance commemorates Charles Lindbergh’s “hop” across the Atlantic in 1927.
  • The Lindy Hop started primarily in African-American neighborhoods in New York but soon spread across several different communities and eventually around the world.

Observing World Lindy Hop Day

This is the perfect day to grab a partner and celebrate one of the most iconic jazz dances of all time. A dance that has been enjoyed for over 93 years and one that is probably going to be enjoyed for the next 100 years. While observing this holiday, everyone should be sure to let us know by using the hashtag #WorldLindyHopDay on their social media posts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 26 Sunday
Next year (2025)
May 26 Monday
Last year (2023)
May 26 Friday
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