National Merry-Go-Round Day | July 25
Tue Jul 25th

National Merry-go-round Day

On July 25th, National Merry-Go-Round Day honors the amusement ride synonymous with carnival music. Invite a friend. Take a spin on your horse or tiger.


The merry-go-round is one of the oldest amusement rides, alongside the roller coaster. The merry-go-round rotates on a circular platform around a pole, also known as the carousel. Riders are able to board the platform. Around the large central pole, A motor spins the platform. Between rows of seats, passengers ride wooden horses and other animals. The animals are held in place by poles, which are tied to poles. The colorful animals move up and down every once in a while. The movement mimics galloping. In the meantime, calliope music plays, adding to the light-hearted mood.

Carousels are often described by carousels. The names give the horses personality and bring them to life. Among riders, Galloper, Jumper, and Roundabout were all favorites. Undeniably, names like Galloper, Jumper, and Roundabout became popular among riders. Although horses dominate the carousel world, lions, tigers, and several other exotic animals fill the stands.

Not only are carousels am amusing to ride, but each one is unique. Artists carve each animal, bench, or car passenger ride. Every carousel's poles and canopy are decorated with ornately detailed elements. What's more, there was no limit to their imaginations! Riders are ferried around by ferocious tigers and docile lambs. All the while the music performs its lilting tune. No two carousels are alike, as shown by the facts.

Any rotating platform may also be described as a merry-go-round, in addition to carousels. Children, by comparison, rule the playground merry-go-round. They are forbidden from using the bars or handles. As the platform spins, the riders cling to the same bars. Since the riders determine the speed, the faster they push, the faster they go. Not surprisingly, one of the thrills of riding the merry-go-round included becoming dizzy.

Carousel facts

  • In 500 A.D., the Byzantine Empire's ride depicts baskets carrying riders suspended from a central pole
  • Franz Wiesenoffer, 1840s, created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio
  • The first carousel patent was issued on July 25, 1871

How to celebrate national merry go round day on national merry go round day

Have fun and go find a merry-go-round. Take a spin on one of your new carousels. Of course, you can always introduce the next generation to carousels. #MerryGoRoundDay is a hashtag used on social media by the author of this article.

Day traditions have a long tradition in national merry go round day events

Bette Largent, President of the National Carousel Association and carousel scholar Ronald Hopkins founded National Merry-Go-Round Day in 2014. They were able to bring a spotlight on these stunning, historical works of art on the day. The date commemorates the first U.S. patent granted in 1871 to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, for the modern carousel.