National Bowling Day - August
Sat, Aug 12, 2023

National Bowling Day

National Bowling Day is dedicated to one of the oldest sports in history. Already in 5000 BC, the Egyptians played bowling; however, it was very different from the modern version. Only in 1905 did it become the game we are used to. Since then, it has improved and conquered more and more people.

The History

Although bowling is thousands of years old, the holiday appeared celebrated relatively recently – in 1956. But it was not exactly a celebration of the game – initially, tournaments were held throughout the United States, and the money earned went to the Red Cross humanitarian organization. Officially, August 13 became National Bowling Day in 2011.

Interesting facts

  • On this day in many countries, there are dizzying discounts to attract as many people as possible;
  • Earlier, the bowling ball was made of rubber; now it is plastic, urethane, etc.;
  • Some historians believe the game of bocce is an early precursor to American bowling;
  • There was a period in the USA when women were not allowed to play bowling: the ban was lifted in the early 20th century at the international women’s bowling congress;
  • There are special bowling clubs for children;
  • Some games similar to bowling were banned in Europe due to excessive gambling;
  • Many professionals play in dark glasses, as they believe it brings good luck.

How to take part

The best decision on National Bowling Day is to join the game! And it does not matter if you are a professional or a layman – everyone playing is equal. Arrange competitions with your friends! Post your best photos of the day on social media with the hashtag #NationalBowlingDay.

When is National Bowling Day celebrated in 2023?

National Bowling Day is observed on the second Saturday of August.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday August 12 2023
Saturday August 10 2024
Saturday August 9 2025
Saturday August 8 2026

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