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World UFO Day Facts and Ways to Celebrate

Karen Frazier
Man in the forest at night with landing UFO

World UFO Days are dates that commemorate significant events in the history of UFOs on earth. There are two dates commonly associated with World UFO Day: June 24 and July 2. However, the World UFO Day Organization (WUFODO) officially declared July 2 World UFO Day, thus eliminating confusion and turning to into a single date.

June 24 World UFO Day Origins

June 24, 1947 is the date of the first media-reported UFO sighting in the modern era in the United States. The sighting occurred in Washington State near Mount Rainier. A pilot named Kenneth Arnold was flying his plane to Oregon. As he passed Mount Rainier, he saw nine unusual objects in the sky. He offered numerous descriptions of each object, including the fact that they moved like a saucer would skip across water. It is from Arnold's reports that the news media called the objects flying saucers, a term that morphed to mean any unidentified object in the sky.

July 2 World UFO Day Origins

Perhaps the most famous UFO incident in the United States, however, occurred just a week later in the desert outside of Roswell, New Mexico. In the Roswell incident, something crashed in the desert outside of Roswell, NM. And while the US military claimed what crashed was a weather balloon, eyewitnesses and UFO theorists suggest that what actually crashed was an alien craft, and the weather balloon explanation was merely a military coverup to obfuscate what actually happened.

History of World UFO Day

The day was originally celebrated in 2001 with the goal of furthering awareness of and celebrating the existence of unidentified flying objects and alien craft. UFO researcher Haktan Akdogan created the celebration to raise the awareness of the existence of UFOs and to encourage governments of the world to declassify any information they might have about UFOs. UFO organizations, enthusiasts, researchers, and believers now observe July 2 as the date they celebrate World UFO Day.

10 Ways to Celebrate World UFO Day

While there is no centralized celebration on July 2, organizers of World UFO Day encourage people to hold their own events with gatherings focused on UFO activities. Some activities you might engage in on World UFO Day follow.

1. Attend a Nearby World UFO Day Event

There are a number of events on July 2 held all around the world that are official World UFO Day events. Check out the World UFO Day website for a list of events available.

2. Watch UFO Themed Movies

With so many UFO and alien themed movies to choose from, it's easy to gather many of your nearest and dearest and while away an entire day watching movies about UFOs. Some to consider:

3. Invite Guest Speakers

Contact Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and see if they have guest speakers locally available. Then, invite the guest speaker as well as a group of friends who are UFO enthusiasts for a great day. You can also see about hosting a local event for World UFO Day and featuring the guest speaker at a local venue, such as your local library or museum.

4. Host a Skywatching Party

You can also host a skywatching party. Since the event is in July when it's likely to be warm and clear after dark, turn out all house and yard lights and head out into your backyard with your party guests to watch the sky. Be sure everyone has their phones or cameras at the ready to film any unusual activity you see.

Milky Way Night Sky

5. Host a YouTube Video Evaluation Party

YouTube has hundreds of videos taken by amateur enthusiasts filming strange objects in the sky. Invite your UFO enthusiast friends to your house and watch a curated selection of the videos. After each, hold a spirited discussion about the evidence presented in each video.

6. Offer a UFO-Themed Cocktail

Bright green drinks with Midori liqueur invoke the green skin of some one possible species of green aliens and make a great UFO themed cocktail. Serve it in a martini glass or coupe, which have a distinctly flying saucer shape.

Male Bartender Preparing Cocktail

7. Browse a UFO Database

If you'd prefer to observe the day alone, browse a really good UFO database, such as National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) or Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). It's easy to get lost in the thousands of reports each of these organizations receive from around the world every year.

8. Explore a UFO Sightings Map

Want to see what's happening in the sky near you? Try an interactive UFO map that shows recent and historical reports of UFOs near where you live.

9. Host an In-Person or Online Discussion/Debate About UFOs

You can also host an in-person or online discussion (via Zoom, Facebook, or another platform) about the existence of UFOs. Try to feature people with various experiences and points of view so the discussion is lively and interesting.

10. Have a UFO Craft for the Kids

Gather a bunch of clean, recyclable items along with art supplies and invite kids to design their own UFOs from the available supplies. Hold a "parade of UFOs" for the kids to show off their creations or turn it into a juried art show with winners receiving prizes for things such as scariest, most realistic, and most creative.

Celebrate World UFO Day Your Way

Whether you celebrate with a party or prefer more solitary activities, observing World UFO Day is a great way to learn more about the mystery surrounding aliens and UFOs. Make it fun, educational, or both, but whatever you do, enjoy learning more about UFOs and aliens.

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World UFO Day Facts and Ways to Celebrate