National Repeal Day is celebrated on December 5th in America to commemorate the repeal of the 18th Amendment of the US Constitution, which prohibited the consumption, sale, and transportation of alcoholic beverages. It was on this day in 1933 that this historic amendment was repealed. If you enjoy having a beer on the weekend or a cocktail at a party, then National Repeal Day is for you!
National Repeal Day was founded by the Museum of the American Cocktail, a non-profit organization located in New Orleans. For many years, they have been promoting the many cocktails invented in the United States and preserving important historical moments. The founders set out to honor all of those who were involved in the creation of alcoholic beverages, to reconnect with traditions, and to learn how to enjoy alcohol in moderation.
In the United States, there have been many attempts to ban alcohol over the years due to its correlation with crime. This started in the 18th century and was mainly driven by Protestant groups. Over time, restrictions were implemented in some states and then spread to the entire territory of the country. On December 17, 1917, a resolution was passed that prohibited the production, sale, and distribution of alcohol. It is interesting to note that the use of alcohol was not actually prohibited, but it was just impossible to find any.
- The ban did not solve the problem, but instead caused a “headache”. It had a negative impact on the country’s economy and increased the level of organized crime.
- In those years, corruption was rampant in America and there were many underground activities related to alcohol.
- In the 1920s, cocaine and heroin were dramatically popularized.
- Homemade products were often of poor quality and posed a great risk to people’s health.
- The dry ban caused a great divide in society and distrust of the authorities.
How to take part
Celebrate National Repeal Day by throwing a holiday party and inviting your friends! This can be done both at home and at your favorite pub. Try new cocktails and interesting combinations that the history of alcohol has to offer. Learn to drink in moderation and enjoy yourself without the worry of feeling awful the next day!
When is National Repeal Day celebrated in 2023?
National Repeal Day is observed on December 5 each year.