While the term “redneck” can mean slightly different things to different people, the idea behind the day is to show some appreciation for and celebrate those folks who are identified, whether by others or themselves, as rednecks.
History of American Redneck Day
The term redneck can be traced back to the late 19th century when the name was often used as a slightly derogatory term to farmers, usually men, in reference to their necks that were often sunburned from their work outside. This term typically indicated someone who was not necessarily well educated or highly cultured. With rural backgrounds and often in a lower income sector, rednecks may be considered unsophisticated, acting with boorish, racist, and bigotous behavior.
In the mid-1990s, American stand-up comic Jeff Foxworthy spent several years making albums of his comic routines that all went along with the bit, “you might be a redneck if….” This album, along with Foxworthy’s presence with Larry the Cable Guy and others on the Blue Collar Comedy Tour, was the start of bringing the redneck into popular culture in that era.
Although the negative representation may be a bit extreme, this day is held all in good fun. American Redneck Day was founded as an opportunity for those who are rednecks or those who want to poke a little fun can show some love and appreciation for this particular style of living – whether in a trailer park or in a house with a toilet in the front yard!
How to Celebrate American Redneck Day
This is the day when rednecks and the redneck culture is acknowledged and celebrated. Get on down and participate in American Redneck Day with some of these ideas. It’s time to “git ‘er done”!
Check Out a Redneck Competition
American Redneck Day might be a great time to get involved with some local events that seek to bring rednecks front and center. From hillbilly competitions to lawnmower races, various activities and sometimes unsavory (or even dangerous!) events can be watched and participated in for this important day.
Other tournaments that have become almost famous for their backwoods feel might include redneck fishing tournaments, mud pit jumping, bobbing for pigs’ feet, or the ever popular toilet seat throwing competition. Get ready for ridicularity to ensue when attending any sort of event or gathering that has to do with American Redneck Day!
Listen to Some Redneck Comedy
Jeff Foxworthy’s award-winning albums about rednecks and their culture can still be found through various sources, so American Redneck Day might be a great time to have a listen! In 1993, he came out with the original You Might Be a Redneck If…, then in 1995 came Games Rednecks Play, followed by Totally Committed in 1998. Larry the Cable Guy has two popular comedy albums, Lord, I Apologize (2001) and The Right to Bare Arms (2005).
Learn Some Redneck or Southern Phrases
One of the funniest bits that many comedians who poke fun at rednecks do is to consider their unique, evolved vocabulary. In honor and celebration of American Redneck Day, it might be fun to learn a few interesting words.
Pick up a copy of Foxworthy’s Redneck Dictionary, check out some YouTube videos online to learn how to pronounce certain words, or get started with some fun and interesting southern phrases here:
- “I’m happier than a tornado in a trailer park!”
- “He’s nuttier than a squirrel turd”
- “I was as happy as a dead pig in the sunshine”
- “You took off runnin’ faster than a hot knife through butter”
Watch Redneck Characters
Those who are unfamiliar with rednecks and want to see them personified in movies (or on television) might want to check out these quintessential rednecks in honor of American Redneck Day. Check out some of these to have a chuckle:
- Raising Arizona (1987). Featuring Nicholas Cage and John Goodman in the necessary trailer life.
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987). Of particular importance is the character, Owen, played by Dylan Barker.
- Joe Dirt (2001). David Spade’s signature character in this film rocks an almost frightening mullet.
- National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). This classic film with a bit of a cult following introduces the unforgettable Cousin Eddie, played by Randy Quaid, along with his family who lives in an RV.
As a bonus, check out The Jeff Foxworthy Show (1995-1997). Those who are big fans of the original redneck comedian might also want to catch the two seasons of this sit-com which aired on both ABC and NBC in the mid-90s.