They say that laughter is the best medicine, and on July 1st, we can all laugh together as we celebrate International Joke Day. You can celebrate by telling riddles and jokes, reading joke books, or even helping your children write jokes of their own. How will you be celebrating International Joke Day?

Below are some ideas for celebrating International Joke Day, courtesy of  The Goddard School in West Orange’s, “Things to Do with Kids” column. 


The next time you sit down for a family dinner, toss out some of these facts to spark a lively and informative family conversation. After dinner, look up some of these dates and facts and explore the historical moments as a family.

  • The song "Happy Birthday to You" was first sung on June 27, 1859.
  • On June 27, 1934, the Federal Savings and Loan Association was created.
  • The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, ending WW I.
  • The Shakespeare Globe Theater burned down on June 29, 1613.
  • U.S. postage stamps went on sale for the first time on July 1, 1847.
  • ZIP Codes went into use on July 1, 1963.
  • President Garfield was shot on July 2, 1881, and his struggle to survive lasted 80 days until his death on September 19, 1881.
  • The “Lawrence Welk” show premiered on TV on July 2, 1955.