Commemorating the birthday of Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a noted scientist, inventor, and statesman, Benjamin Franklin Day is a time to celebrate the life and work of one of America’s most famous and influential figures and reflect on his accomplishments and the impact he had on the world around us.
So why not take a moment to learn more about this remarkable man and his many contributions?
History of Benjamin Franklin Day
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin was one of the most accomplished and important leaders of the American Enlightenment, and made significant contributions to science, literature, and politics. Franklin was a polymath who excelled in a wide range of fields, and is best known for his experiments with electricity, which helped to establish the principles of modern electrical science. As well as his role in drafting the United States Constitution, Franklin was also a successful inventor, and is credited with the development of numerous practical inventions, including bifocal glasses and the lightning rod.
Though it is unclear as to how or when Benjamin Franklin Day originated, and not a nationally recognized holiday in the United States, it is celebrated in some areas, often as a way to honor Franklin’s many contributions to American society and culture.
How to Celebrate Benjamin Franklin Day
There’s no set way to celebrate Benjamin Franklin Day, though here are a few suggestions for how you might want to:
Attend an Educational Program or Lecture
Some communities may hold talks or lectures about Franklin, or may host educational programs or workshops related to his many achievements. Some may also pay tribute to Franklin through activities such as a reading of his writings or displaying his inventions.
Read Some of Franklin’s Writings
Franklin was a prolific writer, and his writings cover a wide range of subjects, including science, politics, and literature. Some people may choose to celebrate Benjamin Franklin Day by reading some of his most famous works, such as his Autobiography or his Poor Richard’s Almanack.
Pay a Visit to a Franklin Exhibit
Franklin was a prolific inventor, and many of his inventions are still in use today. Celebrate the man by visiting a museum that has exhibits related to him, or simply taking some time to learn more about his life and work.