National Bobblehead Day

National Bobblehead Day Quick Facts

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2020 DateJanuary 7, 2020
2021 DateJanuary 7, 2021
National Bobblehead Day

National Bobblehead Day History

National Bobblehead Day was created by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. It was first celebrated in 2015. As its name implies, a bobblehead is a "doll having a head that makes repeated bobbing movements when touched or moved". In 1999, during the Giants baseball team's last game in Candlestick Park, bobbleheads of player Willie Mays were given away. This was a huge success (eight teams had bobblehead giveaways the next year) and it helped boost the booblehead industry into what it is now.

National Bobblehead Day Facts

  • Some of the earliest versions of bobbleheads were Asian figurines of religious figures, such as Buddah, called "temple nodders".
  • Possibly the earliest known Western reference to bobbleheads is in a 1842 short story by Nikolai Gogol named The Overcoat. Gogol describes the neck of the main character as "like the necks of plaster cats which wag their heads".
  • The Guinness world record for largest bobblehead is held by the insurance company Applied Underwriters (USA) in Orlando, Florida since April 8, 2016. The 15 ft 4.75 in (4.69 m) bobblehead is a giant St. Bernard dog, the company's mascot.

National Bobblehead Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum is in the works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. If you are passionate about bobbleheads, you can help them by contributing to their Kickstarter, becoming a member of the museum right now, or just following them on Facebook. Watch this short video to learn more.
  • If you have bobbleheads, take pictures of them and share them through social media with the hashtag #NationalBobbleheadDay. Invite your friends to do the same.
  • Watch this video showing an impressive Lebron James bobblehead collection.

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