Stephen Foster Memorial Day - January 13
Sat, Jan 13, 2024

Stephen Foster Memorial Day

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is an American holiday dedicated to the memory of Stephen Foster. This man is the author of a huge number of musical compositions that have become part of American culture and have received worldwide recognition. Celebrated every year on January 13th.


Memorial Day was established in 1951 by US President Harry Truman. January 13 is the date of the death of the legendary musician. The president is said to have been a fan of Foster’s work.

Foster had no musical education – he independently learned to play several instruments (among which there is a guitar and a flute). Henry Kleber helped him in his musical endeavors.

The first song was born in Ohio in 1846, when Stephen worked as an accountant. In 1850, the performer binds himself with a contract with Firth, Pond & Co. At that time he was writing compositions for a group of minstrels.

Most of the author’s songs were released under the names of the groups, and the income for creativity was low, since most of the proceeds went to the label. During the life of the author, his songs could not become popular.

Stephen passed away at 37. It is believed that he died in an accident. During his life, the musician wrote about 200 songs, many of which became very popular only years later.

Interesting facts

  • This day has received the status of a federal holiday in the United States.
  • The first popular creation of the author was the song “Oh! Susan.
  • The performer was born on the Independence Day of the United States (July 4).

How to celebrate

Be sure to listen to the author’s best musical compositions on Stephen Foster Memorial Day. Learn more about the life of the legendary American musician. Tell your friends and family about this holiday. You can get together and conduct an intellectual quiz on the knowledge of the work of Stephen Foster.

Share information about the holiday on social networks. Share your favorite songs with other users.

When is Stephen Foster Memorial Day celebrated in 2024?

Stephen Foster Memorial Day is observed on January 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday January 13 2024
Monday January 13 2025
Tuesday January 13 2026
Wednesday January 13 2027

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