Barnum & Bailey Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Tuesday, March 28th. There are until the next observance.

Appreciate the circus on Barnum & Bailey Day, observed yearly on March 28. The Barnum & Bailey Circus, founded by Phineas Barnum and James Bailey, was the focus of exhilarating entertainment for millions of fans for nearly a century. Today we pay tribute to the Greatest Show on Earth.

📆 When is Barnum & Bailey Day?

This year, Barnum & Bailey Day is on March 28th. It is the 4th Tuesday in March; in 2024, it is on Thursday.

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Did you know: Prior to the development of contemporary circuses, the phrase was applied to horse rings in ancient Rome.

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📜 History of Barnum & Bailey Day

The Barnum & Bailey Circus, subsequently renamed The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was founded in 1881 and has a rich history that has led to its immense popularity. The circus operated for almost a century until 2017, and billed itself as the “Greatest Show on Earth.”

Philip Astley founded the modern circus in the 1700s in England. He was the first to develop a one-stop shop for horseback riding stunts, acrobats, clowns, and other sorts of entertainment. The Royal Circus opened later that century, and it was the first time the name “circus” was used.

In 1792, John Bill Ricketts introduced the circus to the United States for the first time, and almost 30 years later, Joshuah Purdy Brown invented the canvas tent. However, P. T. Barnum, however, launched the first-ever freak show, ushering in a total circus revolution.

Following his retirement, Barnum teamed up with William Cameron Coup to construct The P. T. Barnum’s Museum, Menagerie & Circus, nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Earth” and the first to employ circus trains for transportation. A decade later, James Anthony Bailey persuaded Barnum to combine their separate circus shows to form Barnum and Bailey’s Circus. After both owners died, the circus was bought by Ringling Bros. World’s Greatest Shows. It was run separately until it became part of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

☑️ Barnum & Bailey Day facts

Tightrope is not a straight line
Tightrope walking may be done in eight distinct ways.

They have superstitions
Circus performers think it’s bad luck to whistle or eat peanuts backstage, but it’s good luck to carry an elephant’s tail hair.

There was a floating one
The Floating Circus Palace was a circus with a capacity of over 3,000 people that floated down the Mississippi and Ohio rivers on a barge.

Things to do on Barnum & Bailey Day

Visit the circus
Circuses do still exist today! Animal and performing circuses may be found all over the world. Today is the greatest day to try something new by going to the circus. Choose the one nearest to you and spend the day having fun with friends and family.

Watch performances online
It’s fine if you don’t have the opportunity to see a circus in person. You can witness live circus performances like acrobats, tightrope walkers, and jugglers from the comfort of your own bed, thanks to the internet. See what you can discover online.

Learn more about circuses
We’ve merely scratched the surface of circuses and their evolution over time. Take some time to study more about the Barnum & Bailey Circus and circus history in general. Don’t forget to share your discoveries and help spread the word about this special day!

📅 Barnum & Bailey Day Observances

YEAR DATE DAY
2023 March 28 Tuesday
2024 March 28 Thursday
2025 March 28 Friday
2026 March 28 Saturday
2027 March 28 Sunday

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