Cable Car Day - January 17
Wed, Jan 17, 2024

Cable Car Day

Cable Car Day is an American holiday dedicated to the commissioning of the first cable car. It is celebrated annually on January 17th. Today, you can feel the incredible emotions of traveling by cable car only in San Francisco. In other cities, newer, modernized versions of this transport are used.


The history of Cable Car Day begins in 1871, when inventor Andrew Smith Hollidy patented the cable car. The story goes that he often watched horses clamber heavily up the slopes of San Francisco. There have been numerous deaths on dangerous sections of the road. It occurred to the inventor to stretch strong cables from above, along which the cabins would move.

After receiving the patent, construction began on the Clay Street cable car. By the end of the 19th century, almost every major American city had at least one cable car. Later, Electric Streetcars were invented. They were outwardly similar to their predecessor, however, electrical wires were pulled through the air, and not underground. Such a design required less time for construction, and was also easier to operate and repair.

Interesting facts

  • There is a cable car museum on Mason Street.
  • The longest cable car can be seen in Armenia.
  • Despite the outwardly dangerous appearance, cable car cabins are a fairly safe means of transport. Fasteners are regularly serviced and checked to prevent wear.

How to celebrate

On Cable Car Day, visit San Francisco if possible to ride the oldest cable car. You can also visit a museum dedicated to this type of transport.

Learn more on the Internet about the device and the principle of operation of cable cars. Tell us about the holiday on social networks, share your impressions of the first ride on the cable car.

When is Cable Car Day celebrated in 2024?

Cable Car Day is observed on January 17 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Wednesday January 17 2024
Friday January 17 2025
Saturday January 17 2026
Sunday January 17 2027

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