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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Could you be mine? Would you be mine?

These familiar words are from the theme song that was sung by Mr. Rogers for more than three decades. Sung while he entered his home, took off his jacket and tennis shoes and donned his cardigan sweater and slippers, the gentle lyrics are what this day is all about.

That’s right, it’s time for Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day! 

History of Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day

Any day can be a beautiful day in the neighborhood – and Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day is no exception!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day was founded as a day to remember and honor Fred Rogers, that iconic children’s TV presenter of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. His show reached its heyday in popularity back in the 1970’s and 80’s, and repeats can still be seen today in syndication.

Gentle, soft-spoken Mr. Rogers was a mainstay for preschoolers and their parents. Teaching that respect of those around you and a good attitude were just as important as learning your colors and letters, Mr. Rogers entertained and encouraged children with his own stories, as well as through characters such as Trolley, Officer Clemmons and the postman, Mr. McFeely, as well as puppets such as King Friday and Daniel Tiger.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day is observed in honor of Fred Rogers, who was born on March 20, 1928. Not only was Mr. Rogers a television personality, host and producer, he was also ordained as a Presbyterian minister where he lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His lifetime dedicated to teaching about being good neighbors has affected millions of children throughout several decades.

How to Celebrate Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day

Looking for ideas for celebrating Won’t You By My Neighbor Day? Here are some plans and ways to observe the day:

Be a Good Neighbor

Why not don a 70’s style sweater today and speak softly to your partner, family members or coworkers in honor of Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day? Be mindful of how you can show kindness and patience in explaining a simple concept to a child (or perhaps even to a work colleague!) Being a good neighbor can even mean setting aside that road rage and showing deference when driving. After all, it’s a beautiful day for a neighbor – and for being neighborly!

Watch A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Wishing to learn a bit more about the background of the life of Fred Rogers in celebration of Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day? Well, this film is an ideal way to find out the story behind the scenes. Starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers, this biographical drama was released in 2019, more than fifteen years after the death of Fred Rogers. It’s a delightful peek into a friendship between a cynical journalist and the favorite from children’s television, and also reveals some of the relationship between Fred and his wife, Joanne, to whom he was married for 51 years.

Learn Fun Facts About Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

In observance of Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day, consider raising awareness by sharing some interesting tidbits of trivia about the Mr. Rogers and his show. Get started with some of these fun facts:

  • Every one of the cardigan sweaters that Mr. Rogers wore on his show was handmade by his own mother, Nancy McFeely Rogers, and he received a new one every Christmas. One of these sweaters now hangs in the Smithsonian Institute. 

  • Fred Rogers began learning to play the piano when he was only five years old and the major for his bachelor’s degree was music. He wrote almost all of the music for his show.

  • The Trolley traveled far – almost 5000 miles – during each season of the show. 

  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is an animated cartoon started in 2012 that is a spinoff of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In the original show, Daniel Tiger was a furry puppet. 

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