Winston Churchill Day is celebrated on April 9 because on this day in 1963 President John Fitzgerald Kennedy signed a bill into law making Winston Churchill — the soldier, author, and indefatigable British Prime Minister — an honorary citizen of the United States. It wasn’t his birthday, or even the day of his death (he was still very much alive) but the day did have military significance for us all. Sir Winston Churchill, who was knighted by the Queen for his wartime service to England, is credited with unifying the British people to resist the intensive bombing of Britain by Germany during World War II. It was on April 9 in 1940 that Germany eluded the British blockade and invaded Norway. Some would say that was the real start of World War II. But that isn’t the reason we celebrate it on April 9. No, we celebrate Winston Churchill Day then because that is when the slow workings of the US Congress finally got around to presenting the bill to the President to be signed. Some things never change. To commemorate Winston Churchill Day on April 9 we have great facts and pithy quotes to help you “keep calm and carry on.”
National Winston Churchill Day Activities
1. Binge watch your favorite British TV shows
Are you a fan of The Young Ones, The Office, The Great British Bake Off, or Doctor Who? If you aren't yet, you will be after you spend the day on a British binge fest. Need a laugh? Go on YouTube for clips of your favorite celebrities like you've never seen them before on British chat shows like Chatty Man and Graham Norton.
2. Find your inner Brit
This is as good a day as any to start researching your roots (if you haven’t already)). British colonies were all over the globe, and their navy ruled the seas, so no matter your obvious or not so obvious ethnicity, there are bound to be some Brits hiding in the proverbial woodpile of your genetic code. Ferret them out and show them off proudly in the light of today!
3. Be Winston Churchill for the day
Why not? Dress up in a tuxedo, a top hat and a cane, and go about your business as usual. Remember, always have a cigar handy and a ready list of quotes like: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak” “Kites rise highest against the wind” and “Never Never Never give in”. Get into it and have fun!
Why We Love National Winston Churchill Day
A. He reminds us to keep calm and carry on
The famous rallying cry for patriotism and for keeping a “British stiff upper lip” was a poster printed in 1939, but never used in the war effort. We know it today because it was recently rediscovered and successfully used to promote a wide range of services and ideals. Slightly altered, it lends itself to such fun takes as: keep calm and carry a drink, and is featured on T-shirts and glasses, among other things.
B. He's the best of the British
We Americans may have freed ourselves from English rule, but for many of us, the English still rule our hearts. From British pop to British royalty, we love everything England, and we love the fact that their beloved wartime prime minister is an honorary yank.
C. He reminds us that there’s some good in the world
Winston Churchill set such a good example for all of us, not just the British people. Courageous, tenacious, erudite, and indomitable, he was everything we needed in a leader when fascism was taking over the world. He was an honorable statesman, orator, and leader who rallied the world to the cause of freedom. His strong will created the world we inherited, and that's worth remembering — and celebrating.