Every year on June 21st skateboarders around the globe celebrate Go Skateboarding Day. Although most skateboarders are skating everyday (it's just second nature), the grind heard around the world is a way for skaters to gather together and celebrate their passion. By blowing off other obligations, refusing to sit in front of the television, and hosting a slew of events on Tuesday, Go Skateboarding Day proves that skating is not just an activity or a sport, but a lifestyle, and -- ugh -- a necessity for some.
So enjoy the summer whether wherever you might be (which is slated to be super nice here in Portland), and enjoy some great skating with your friends. It also wouldn't hurt to pay a visit to your local shop and support those guys too.
The History: Go Skateboarding Day, held on June 21 every year, is the official holiday of skateboarding. The holiday began June 21, 2003 as an excuse for skateboarders to make skateboarding their top priority. Go Skateboarding Day began with a few simple skate sessions and bar-b-ques held in skateboarding’s unofficial capital, southern California.
Founded by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC), Go Skateboarding Day gives passionate skateboarders as well as those who are simply inspired by skateboarding, the opportunity to drop everything and get on a skateboard. Go Skateboarding Day is a cooperative of decentralized events that take place around the globe. Skateboard retailers, manufacturers, skateparks, distributors, organizations and individuals of all colors, creeds, and attitudes hold skateboarding events to celebrate the holiday. Skateboarders around the world create their own events and traditions to celebrate skateboarding.
Go Skateboarding Day originated as the day for skateboarders to have fun, to raise awareness about the issues we face; to show the world what skateboarding is really all about; to reclaim our culture; and to define skateboarding as the rebellious, creative celebration of independence it continues to be. In the years since that first celebration, the holiday continues to grow, but the mission remains the same: Have fun, go skateboarding!