Sunday, July 10, 2011

July 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Alright, when I first read that July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic Day, I thought...right!!?!  Sure it's Teddy Bear Picnic Day, what idiot made that up.  Well, as I researched the holiday online I learned that there is in fact some interesting history behind it.

First off, the term "Teddy Bears" comes from the early 1900's when President Theodore Roosevelt was on a hunting expedition in Mississippi.  While on hunt, he came across a small bear and refused to shoot it.  The Washington Post heard about it and made a cartoon out of the event.  Once the cartoon was published, Morris and Rose Michtom (toy store owners), wrote to President Roosevelt and asked for permission to call their stuffed animals "Teddy Bears".

Later on in the 1950's, there was a children's television show called, Teddy Bear's Picnic.  Which took the story of President Roosevelt and made a special day of it.  July 10th ~ National Teddy Bear Picnic Day.

It is suggested that you take your favorite stuffed animal, find a fun picnic spot and enjoy a picnic.  :)  Soooo, there you have it, Teddy Bear Picnic Day is real.  I'm curious to know if any of you celebrated the day!  If so, take pics!

1 comment:

  1. What a cool story! I had no idea teddy bears got their name from Teddy Roosevelt. I didn't celebrate yesterday- I don't have anymore stuffed animals!- but I used to have tea parties and picnics with them when I was a kid!

    I was cool back then.