Uncle Sam Day - September 13
Fri, Sep 13, 2024

Uncle Sam Day

Uncle Sam Day is an annual American holiday dedicated to the iconic character Uncle Sam, which has become a symbol of the US government alongside the eagle and flag. It is celebrated on September 13th.


Uncle Sam Day was officially established in 1989 by President George H. W. Bush. The holiday honors Sam Wilson, a butcher who supplied meat to the US army during the War of 1812. To ensure the supplies were identifiable, he marked the barrels with ‘USA.’ Over time, Sam Wilson came to symbolize the nation for soldiers. Initially depicted in bandanas and a striped vest, his image evolved over the years. The modern image of Uncle Sam, recognized worldwide as a symbol of American imperialism and power, emerged in early 20th-century Germany. A German cartoonist portrayed him as a bearded man with long legs, striped pants, and a top hat, matching the colors of the US flag. This image became prominent on propaganda posters during World War I.

Interesting Facts

  • The date chosen to celebrate Uncle Sam Day corresponds to Sam Wilson’s birthday and also marks the 200th anniversary of Troy, New York, where Wilson lived and worked, celebrated on September 13, 1989.
  • The story of Uncle Sam’s image first appeared in the Troy Post newspaper on September 7, 1813.
  • There is a theory that the character of Uncle Sam was inspired by Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederate States during the Civil War.

How to Take Part

Celebrate Uncle Sam Day by drawing the character and sharing it on social media. Delve into American history by watching documentaries and reading scholarly articles on the subject. Enjoy the day by watching classic American TV shows or preparing traditional American dishes with friends.

When is Uncle Sam Day celebrated in 2024?

Uncle Sam Day is observed on September 13 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday September 13 2024
Saturday September 13 2025
Sunday September 13 2026
Tuesday September 13 2027
Wednesday September 13 2028
Thursday September 13 2029