National Mustang Day

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Hello there, motorheads! Have you ever been cruising down the information superhighway and wondered about the magnificent Mustang itself? No, not the horse, much as we love them, but the car that has become a symbol of freedom, power, and absolute coolness. It's time to buckle up as we take a drive down memory lane to explore National Mustang Day.

When is Mustang Day?

It's national mustang day on the 17th April.

The Origins of National Mustang Day

The Ford Mustang, the epitome of American muscle cars, first hit the roads in 1964. But it wasn't until recent years that Mustang enthusiasts thought, 'Hey, why not celebrate our deep love for this magnificent machine?' And just like that, National Mustang Day was born on April 17 - the date the first Mustang was introduced to the world.

A Vroom...Vroom...Vrooming Success!

Since its inception, National Mustang Day has roared its way to becoming a viral sensation. On April 17th, 2018, there were as many as 2379 online mentions of the day, thus making it the most celebrated Mustang Day till date. No doubt, this day gets the engines of Mustang lovers worldwide revving up!

Adventure on Four Wheels

Mustang Day is more than just celebrating a vehicle, it represents freedom, adventure, and the open road. Mustang has long been associated with American pop culture and movies. Thanks to Steve McQueen's epic car chase in 'Bullitt', the Ford Mustang fastback became a widely recognized icon of cool. So, buckle in, movie fans and car aficionados, you're in for quite a ride!

Celebration in Full Throttle

How does one celebrate National Mustang Day, you ask? It's as simple as taking your pony for a spin or joining local Mustang enthusiasts in car shows and parades, or just sharing your love for the Mustang on social media. And of course, don't forget to hashtag it with #NationalMustangDay.

History behind the term 'Mustang'


The Spanish Encounter

The term 'mustang' originated during the Spanish colonization of the Americas. In 1519, Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés brought horses to the New World for the first time. As these horses began to escape and roam freely, they multiplied and formed wild herds. These untamed horses were referred to as 'mesteños' by the Spanish, which means 'stray' or 'wild.'


American Adaptation

During the 1800s, when American settlers encountered these wild horses, they started using the term 'mustang' as an anglicized version of 'mesteño.' The term gained popularity as it was easier for English-speaking settlers to pronounce.


The Mustang Club

In 1869, the first Mustang Club was established in San Francisco, California. The club aimed to preserve and promote the wild horses of the American West, which were referred to as mustangs. This club played a significant role in raising awareness and showcasing the beauty and strength of these horses.


Legal Protection

In 1971, the United States Congress passed the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, which granted legal protection to mustangs on public lands. This act recognized the cultural and historical significance of these horses and aimed to preserve them for future generations.


Symbol of the American West

Today, the term 'mustang' is widely recognized as a symbol of the American West. These wild horses have become an emblem of freedom, resilience, and the untamed spirit of the frontier. Efforts continue to protect and conserve these iconic animals, ensuring their place in American history and culture.

Did you know?

Did you know? The first Mustang sold was a convertible model bought by a 22-year-old school teacher two days before the official release!


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First identified

17th April 2015

Most mentioned on

17th April 2018

Total mentions


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