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Roller Coaster Day

Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always celebrated on August 16

Life is like a roller coaster, filled with ups and downs. Sometimes it's a little scary and intimidating, yet oh how exciting.


It's late summer. Let's not let it go by without giving recognition to one of the great, summertime thrills. Gather the family. Text your friends. Let's head on out to the closest amusement park and ride a roller coaster or two. The more loops and vertical drops, the better! 


You'll find people young and old riding roller coasters. You're never too old to ride a roller coaster. This author had an aunt who rode them with joy well into her 80s! For some people, riding roller coasters is like a cult following. It becomes addicting. These thrill seekers travel the country, intent on experiencing every roller coaster they can find.


Several inventors created versions of the roller coaster or made notable improvements on existing designs. Among the notable inventions: The first known roller coaster was created in the 15th century Russia. It was made of a wooden car and was push started down icy hills. In 1872, J.G. Taylor received a patent for an inclined railway. It was the first known roller coaster on rails. A few years late, in 1878, an Inclined Plane Roller Coaster was patented by Richard Knudsen.  On June 16, 1884, Coney Island, NY opened one of America's first roller coasters. Designed and built by LaMarcus Thompson, it was known as a switchback railway. It costs a nickel to ride and traveled  at 6 miles per hour. On August 16, 1898, Edwin Prescott patented the vertical loop roller coaster. Since these early days, roller coasters have only gotten faster and wilder.

So, throw away whatever plans you had for today. Hop on a roller coaster and enjoy the ride!


Thought for Today: "Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you will start to see a big difference in your life." - - Yoko Ono

History and Origin of National Roller Coaster Day:

We did not find the creator of this day. He or she is undoubtedly a roller coaster fanatic. Of course, it could be an amusement park.

The date for this special holiday was selected as Edwin Prescott of Arlington, MA received a patent for the first vertical roller coaster on August 16, 1898.

We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a "National" day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation regarding this awesome and thrilling day.

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