“And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make…”
— Lennon-McCartney (1969)
Music lovers worldwide come together to celebrate Global Beatles Day on June 25. The occasion pays tribute to the Beatles and the impact they had on both music history and pop culture. Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison first recorded together as a foursome in 1962 — after producer George Martin fired original drummer Pete Best. The band’s work throughout the decade remains unparalleled in pop music.
The Beatles’ first U.S. performance took place in 1964 at the Washington (D.C.) Coliseum — just 48 hours after their live television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Global Beatles Day started as a way to honor the band’s contribution to several genres of music, as well as their platform of peace, positivity, and enthusiasm. June 25 date marks the date in 1967 when an estimated television audience of 350 million watched The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” as part of the unprecedented Our World satellite broadcast.
Global Beatles Day Activities
Listen to a Beatles album
Press play on your favorite Beatles album and have a dance party. Jam out to songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."
Go see a Beatles tribute band
Beatles tribute concerts are held regularly all over the world, and many are uncannily similar to the original musicians. Some famous groups, like The Fab Four and Rain, have the Beatles’ mannerisms and voices down to a science. If you’re looking for a Beatles-inspired show that takes some more creative liberties, there’s even a "Cirque du Soleil" production based on the Beatles catalogue!
Visit a famous Beatles location like Abbey Road Studios or Strawberry Fields
If you’re in a city where the Beatles spent a lot of time, pay a visit to some of the sites most heavily associated with the band. Abbey Road Studios in London, and its famous nearby crosswalk, is a popular place for Beatles fans to visit. You can also stop by London’s 3 Savile Row, which served as the headquarters for the band’s record label and the location of their final live performance, on the building’s rooftop.
In Liverpool, check out The Beatles Story museum and stop by the real Penny Lane, band members’ childhood homes, and other local haunts immortalized in their music.
If you’re in New York City, you can stop by Strawberry Fields, a beautiful corner of Central Park dedicated to the memory of John Lennon. There, you can find a serene grassy meadow and the famed “Imagine” mosaic, where fans leave flowers, play music, and reflect on Lennon’s legacy.
Why We Love Global Beatles Day
They have one of the catchiest musical catalogues out there
The Beatles have a diverse, upbeat, and complex musical collection. From their early release of "Meet The Beatles," to "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band," to "Let It Be," the Beatles’ musical collection offers a stunning variety of styles and themes.
They were each special in their own way
Everyone has a favorite Beatle, and there’s no wrong choice. John Lennon was known as the cheeky one, Paul McCartney as the cute one, George Harrison as the quiet one, and Ringo as the quirky one, but they were each so much more than their stereotypes and each have powerful legacies that live on in their music.
They encouraged a loving, joyful message
The Beatles are known for encouraging their fans to love those around them, to express positivity, and to advocate for peace. They also played a part in shaping worldwide fashion trends and cultural attitudes.