National Lineman Appreciation Day

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Ever wondered how your lights magically turn on with a flick of a switch? Well, it's not magic, it's the dedicated work of linemen! National Lineman Appreciation Day is the one day in the year dedicated to appreciating these unsung heroes who work behind the scenes to keep our lives illuminated, and of course, our devices charged. Buckle up, because you are about to learn about the most electrifying day of the year!

When is Lineman Appreciation Day?

It's national lineman appreciation day on the 18th April.

A Bolt of Appreciation

April 18th, the day when social media lights up with tributes and mentions of our power wielding superheroes – the linemen. Our data reveals that on April 18, 2018, the internet was buzzing with 8722 mentions dedicated to the hardworking linemen, setting a record high for online love for these courageous folks.

Linemen’s Day: A History Lesson with a Charge

Beyond just flipping switches, these utility workers quite literally keep our world running. Post thunderstorms, hurricanes, and even during global pandemics, they are out there, keeping us connected. It's time we gave them some credit, right? That's exactly what U.S. Senate thought when they resolved to officially designate April 18 as National Lineman Appreciation Day in 2013. They have truly been the powerhouse of our nation, and this day is a humble attempt to honor their dedication.

Appreciating the Grid Gurus

These heroes deserve a thunderous applause, not just for their commitment, but for the danger involved in their daily tasks. Did you know that electrical line worker is consistently cited as one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.?. So, next time you enjoy that cold ice cream from your freezer or get lost in a Netflix binge, remember to thank a lineman!

History behind the term 'Lineman Appreciation'


The Birth of the Powerline Industry

In the year 1930, the powerline industry was in its early stages of development. The demand for electricity was rapidly rising, and with it came the need for skilled workers to install and maintain powerlines. These workers, known as linemen, quickly became essential to the growth and development of the electrical infrastructure across the country.


Formation of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

In 1965, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) was formed. This union played a vital role in the advancement and protection of workers' rights in the powerline industry. As a result, the IBEW fostered a sense of camaraderie and appreciation among linemen, recognizing their important contributions to society.


Recognition of Linemen's Work

By the 1970s, the general public started to recognize the challenging and dangerous nature of the lineman's job. Working at great heights, often in adverse weather conditions, linemen faced significant risks while ensuring the uninterrupted flow of electricity. This growing awareness laid the foundation for the appreciation of linemen and their dedication to keeping communities powered.


First Lineman Appreciation Day

In 1997, the first Lineman Appreciation Day was celebrated in Kansas. This day was designated to honor the hard work and dedication of linemen, acknowledging the risks they endure and the critical role they play in maintaining the power grid. Lineman Appreciation Day has since gained recognition and is now observed nationwide on April 18th each year.


Expansion to Lineman Appreciation Week

As the appreciation for linemen grew, so did the desire to extend the celebration beyond a single day. In 2017, the first Lineman Appreciation Week was established, expanding the recognition and gratitude to a full week dedicated to honoring linemen's contributions. This week, typically held in April, allows communities to express their gratitude through various events and activities.

Did you know?

The term 'lineman' was first used in the 19th century to refer to workers who installed telegraph and telephone lines. They literally 'lined' the way for communication as we know it today!


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30th March 2015

Most mentioned on

18th April 2018

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