Olympic Day is a celebration of the Olympic Movement and the joy of sport by millions of people around the world.  An initiative stemming from the International Olympic Committee, Olympic Day was created in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games on June 23, 1894. On that day, delegates from 12 countries unanimously approved Baron Pierre de Coubertin's proposal to revive the Olympic Games, and two years later the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896.  

Now, Olympic Day is celebrated on June 23 every year all over the world.  In 2017, there were over four million participants across five continents!

The worldwide celebration aims to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while also observing the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.  The Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – are promoted in every corner of the globe. Olympic Day creates opportunities for people to participate in sport across the globe regardless of age, gender or athletic ability. 


Olympic Day in the United States

The United States began celebrating Olympic Day in 2009, and it has continued to grow each year. In 2017, more than 560,000 individuals participated in 2,400 Olympic Day celebrations all across the country. Host organizations and cities joined more than 950 Olympians, Paralympians, coaches and hopefuls in celebrating Olympism in their communities. 

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