July 25: National Carousel Day

National Carousel Day, or National Merry-Go-Round Day if you prefer, is July 25. During the Middle Ages, carousels were used for military training, when cavalrymen would practice sword strokes and spear throws as they galloped past a carousel turned by men or horses.

Although pleasure carousels had been around for centuries, July 25 is celebrated as National Carousel day because the first U.S. patent for a carousel was granted to Willhelm Schneider on this day in 1871.

If at all possible, the best way to celebrate carousels is to go and ride one. If that isn’t possible, I recommend at least watching “Mary Poppins” win a race with her carousel horse or watching the old Rogers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel.” It’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music.”

Psalm 98:4

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