The 2nd of July is World UFO Day — a day for everyone to act a bit spacey.
Today is practically a high holiday for any friends you have who are like Fox Mulder on the X-Files and say, “I want to believe.”
But just remember, the U in UFO only means “unidentified”; it doesn’t necessarily mean from another world.
The stated purposes of the day are to encourage people to open their minds to the possibility of extra-terrestrial life, and to encourage governments to release publicly any information they are holding about UFOs.
Some places on earth seem more popular with UFOs than others. Idaho and Montana are the U.S. states with the most UFO sightings. Texas has the least. Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer. World UFO Day: See how your state rates when it comes to sightings. CNET. 2 July 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.cnet.com/news/world-ufo-day-see-how-your-state-rates-when-it-comes-to-sightings/
Stephen Hawking felt that if aliens visited earth, it would not turn out well for the earthlings.
Activities for today
- Host a “Welcome to Earth” party;
- serve pizza cause it’s round and nerds eat it;
- serve blue drinks as they did on Star Trek;
- serve alien looking fruit such as dragon fruit;
- use kohlrabi as a table centrepiece, because many people think it looks like an alien vegetable;
- hold a star gazing party to watch the skies for aliens;
- serve moonpies;
- watch an aliens visiting earth show or movie;
- watch a marathon of old alien movies from the 1950s.
The 2nd of July is reputedly when the UFO crash took place in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. (Reports of it started trickling out a few days later.)
The first print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for World UFO Day occurred in June 2002 in the Harbour City Star of Nanaimo, British Columbia:
“World UFO Day is coming July 2. How are you going to celebrate it? If you know one, hug an alien. Me, I’m just going to kick back and watch Mork & Mindy and old Star Trek reruns. Nanuu, nanuu… ” Denomme, Terry. Random thoughts, deadline rants. Nanaimo, British Columbia: Harbour City Star. Saturday, 15 June 2002. Page 6, col. 3.
Gabbatiss, Josh. World UFO Day 2018: How close have we actually got to finding aliens, and what would they be like? London, England: The Independent. 2 July 2018. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/world-ufo-day-2018-aliens-discovery-mars-enceladus-space-extraterrestrial-nasa-a8423326.html
Lee, Jolie. Are we alone? It’s World UFO Day. USA Today. 2 July 2014. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/02/world-ufo-day-aliens-roswell-extraterrestrial/11394713/
Thursday is World UFO Day, a day for people to celebrate their beliefs in extra-terrestrials. Denver, Colorado: The Denver Channel. 2 July 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/national/thursday-is-world-ufo-day-a-day-for-people-to-celebrate-their-beliefs-in-aliens
Turchi, Megan. Earthlings: It’s National UFO Day! Boston, Massachusetts: Boston.com. 2 July 2014. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.boston.com/news/omg/2014/07/02/earthlings-its-national-ufo-day
World UFO Day: All you need to know. New Dehli, India: Times of India. 2 July 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/world-ufo-day-all-you-need-to-know/articleshow/76745414.cms
|↑1||Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer. World UFO Day: See how your state rates when it comes to sightings. CNET. 2 July 2020. Accessed June 2021 at https://www.cnet.com/news/world-ufo-day-see-how-your-state-rates-when-it-comes-to-sightings/|
|↑2||Denomme, Terry. Random thoughts, deadline rants. Nanaimo, British Columbia: Harbour City Star. Saturday, 15 June 2002. Page 6, col. 3.|