National Anthem Day

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Strike up the orchestra and let’s get patriotic, because it's National Anthem Day! Yessiree Bob, if you’ve ever wondered why there’s a sudden influx of flag-emoji-filled social media posts on March 3, we have the answer. As it turns out, on this date in 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was officially declared the national anthem of the United States. So grab your sparkler, press your hand to your heart and join us in singing aloud (or whispering, if you have a voice like a broken trombone)!

When is Anthem Day?

It's national anthem day on the 3rd March.

A Tale of Tunes and Triumph

National Anthem Day found its voice on 03 March 2018, with an impressive 60298 mentions online. Not quite Beyoncé-level adoration, but it's sure getting there! This day commemorates when President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution officially adopting 'The Star-Spangled Banner' as the national anthem of the United States. Written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812, the song became a rallying cry for American resilience and unity. All it took for it to become official were some minor wars, a passionate five-year olds campaign and about a century of waiting. Patience is a virtue, right?

A Star-Spangled Celebration

The actual anthem might feature some tough-to-belt-out high notes, but celebrating it doesn't have to be a struggle. Some patriotic folks begin their day with a solemn nod to the flag, while others celebrate with fireworks and BBQ—after all, nothing says 'patriotism' like a well-grilled hamburger, right? Many sports events and official meetings open with the euphonic tune, so get ready to take that proud stand and sing along. Just...try to get the words right, okay?

Showing the Love Online

Over the years, National Anthem Day has become quite the hit on social media. It's now the internet version of a virtual fireworks display, illuminating timelines with videos of heart-warming anthem performances, historical trivia, and some hilarious anthem fails (c'mon, we've all been there). Whether you're showcasing your perfect pitch or just sharing some funny bloopers, remember the key is to keep the spirit of unity and patriotism alive.

History behind the term 'Anthem'


Origins in Greek Literature

The term 'anthem' originates from Greek literature, specifically in the works of the Greek poet and writer, Antipater of Thessalonica. In his work 'De Imitatione', Antipater used the term 'anthēmon' to describe a unique kind of song or hymn that was sung in religious ceremonies and festivals. The term was derived from the Greek words 'anthos' meaning flower and 'hēmi' meaning hymn. This early usage started to shape the concept of an 'anthem' as a special kind of musical composition.

16th Century

Anthems in Christian Church Music

During the 16th century, the term 'anthem' was adopted into Christian church music. It became associated with a sacred composition that was performed by a choir during religious services. Anthems were typically written in Latin or English and were often based on religious texts or biblical verses. This marked the expansion of the term from its Greek literary origins to its usage in the context of Christian music.


The British National Anthem

In 1745, 'God Save the King/Queen' became the de facto national anthem of Great Britain. Although not officially recognized as the national anthem until much later, this patriotic song is still widely regarded as a symbol of British identity. Its popularity led many other countries to adopt similar national anthems, making the term 'anthem' synonymous with a song that represents and symbolizes the values and identity of a nation.

20th Century

Anthems in Sports and International Events

During the 20th century, the term 'anthem' took on new meanings and applications beyond religious and national contexts. It became closely associated with sports and international events. The tradition of playing national anthems before sporting events such as the Olympics, World Cup, and other international competitions became widespread. The national anthem acts as a symbolic representation of a country's sporting pride and unity, further solidifying the term's cultural significance.

Present Day

Anthems in Pop Culture

In the present day, the term 'anthem' has expanded to include songs that are considered powerful and representative of a specific movement, ideology, or community. These anthems often hold significant cultural and emotional value, empowering and inspiring individuals. From protest songs that vocalize social and political issues to mainstream hits that unite people through shared experiences, the term 'anthem' continues to evolve and adapt to the changing cultural landscape of music and society.

Did you know?

Did you realize that 'The Star-Spangled Banner' has four verses? But since most of us can barely remember the first one, the others remain unsung.


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23rd March 2015

Most mentioned on

3rd March 2018

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