Whether your Grandpa Giovanni immigrated from Italy, or you’re friends with someone who has relocated from Asia, there is a chance that we all know an immigrant. Every year, October 28 is dedicated to the observance of National Immigrants Day. The occasion serves as an important time to acknowledge how the U.S. has benefited thanks to the hard work of immigrants. It’s important to recognize the vast array of their diverse backgrounds — and to come together as one, eclectic country.
National Immigrants Day timeline
Immigration Act of 1990
The Immigration Act passed, meaning that the president can now grant "temporary protected status" to immigrants in need.
First ever National Immigrants Day
Congress formally recognized the first National Immigrants Day.
- January 1, 1892
Ellis Island opened for business
Ellis Island officially began processing immigrants into the country.
The Mayflower made it to America. Pilgrims traveled on the Mayflower in hopes of escaping the religious persecution they faced while living in England.
How to Observe National Immigrants Day
Read a book about immigration
If you're like us, there's a lot you can learn about immigration. Whether you're interested in what the current immigration process looks like, or would rather read up on past influential historical figures that hailed from other countries, we're sure you'll find an informative book (or even a film).
Learn about your own heritage
Whether you're a first-generation citizen, or you come from Native American decent, it's a good time to stop and reflect upon your own background. If you dig deep enough, there's a good chance you might uncover some interesting facts you never knew before.
Throw a party
Consider hosting a party. Gather friends from all different cultural backgrounds and celebrate your differences and similarities. Ask each person to bring a dish that represents his or her unique heritage.
5 Everyday Items For Which We Can Thank Immigrants
Luther George Simjian, an immigrant from Turkey, invented the automated teller machine (ATM).
Jawed Karim, from Germany, and Steve Che, from Taiwan, are responsible for launching YouTube.
Levi Strauss, creator of denim jeans, moved to the U.S. from Germany.
Thanks, Adolphus Busch, for leaving Germany and giving us Budweiser.
Write on! Go ahead and reach for that pen that Argentinian immigrant László József Biró invented.
Why National Immigrants Day is Important
National Immigrants Day promotes tolerance
At times, accepting people with different customs and traditions can seem a little scary. National Immigrants Day highlights the fact that we are more alike than different — something that serves us well to remember.
It's a time to recognize hard work
It's important to acknowledge that the U.S. would not be where it is today if it weren't for the hard work of immigrants. National Immigrants Day reminds us that while we may all have different backgrounds, we can all come together.
It's a time to reflect on that past
Yes, immigrants make up an extremely important part of the American population today, but National Immigrants Day is also a time to remember our past. From the Revolutionary War to the rise of the Industrial Revolution, the nation would not be where it is today if it weren't for the perseverance of those who have come before.