Baby Boomers Recognition Day is celebrated every year on August 17. We couldn’t be more thrilled to honor a generation of people who are among the largest, if not the richest, in the country. Baby boomers (1946 – 1964), or simply ‘boomers,’ refers to the demographic born after the Silent Generation (1928 – 1945) and before Generation X (1965 – 1980). This generation, which is now between the ages of 57 and 75, represents those born during the post-World War II baby boom.
In 1946, almost three million infants were born in the United States, breaking the country’s birth record. Although the phrase has been used beyond the United States, its cultural connotations and demographic context differ.
History of Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Baby Boomers Recognition Day was initially held in June. It was moved to August when boomers across the country agreed that it clashed with father’s day celebrations. Boomers have fond memories of those early years when they rocked the world.
They were named for the increasing birth rate that occurred following the end of World War II. The baby boom during that time was caused by the economic upswing and a desire for normalcy following the war and the Great Depression.
Theirs was an eventful era; early baby boomers were prime instigators of cultural movements like Woodstock and the Summer of Love. During an era of significant societal change, they were also powerful forces to be reckoned with. They had to deal with topics such as the Vietnam War and came off as mostly liberal; early baby boomers were more liberal than their later counterparts. The baby boomers lived through a number of significant events. They were the first generation to have Barbie dolls and to receive polio immunizations. The first manned space mission and the first lunar landing were both witnessed by boomers.
During the boomers’ reign, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Bobby Kennedy were all assassinated. Furthermore, in 1969, 400,000 people gathered on the fringes of Woodstock, New York for a three-day music event from August 15 to 18.
The event provided the boomers with the ideal opportunity to convey their message of love and peace while also enjoying some amazing music. That movement has now become a defining milestone for the Baby Boomer generation.
Baby Boomers Recognition Day timeline
The first baby boomers are born.
In 1967, about 100,000 baby boomers come together in Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco for an event now known as the Summer of Love; it is widely regarded as the origin of the hippie movement.
Over 400,000 baby boomers attend a three-day festival to celebrate music, peace, and love.
The last baby boomers are born.
Baby Boomers Recognition Day FAQs
What are the different generations?
- Lost Generation (1883 – 1900)
- Greatest Generation (1901 – 1927)
- Silent Generation (1928 – 1945)
- Baby Boomers (1946 – 1964)
- Generation X (1965 – 1980)
- Millennials (1981 – 1996)
- Generation Z (1997 – 2012)
How did boomers grow?
Boomers were the earliest consumer generation. They were raised in the television age, observing mass media from the comfort of their homes. They were treated to music by Jimi Hendrix and ‘The King,’ Elvis Presley, which was racially integrated and sex-themed.
What generation are we in now?
People born later than 2012 are referred to as Generation Alpha. This group of individuals are successors to Generation Z, their period of dominance will last until the mid-2020s.
How to Celebrate Baby Boomers Recognition Day
Show appreciation to a baby boomer
Take time out to celebrate a baby boomer close to you. It could be your parents or someone outside your family.
Take a trip down memory lane
If you are a part of the boomer generation, this holiday is the perfect time for reflection. Share the ideas of peace and love that drove your generation with family and friends.
Play dress up
To commemorate Baby Boomers Recognition Day, dress in 1950s and 1960s fashion. Listen to music from the time and try to remember what it meant to them.
5 Facts About Baby Boomers That Will Blow Your Mind
They are everywhere
In the United States, baby boomers account for over 26% of the total population.
They love the sun
California boasts the largest concentration of baby boomers in the country.
They do crazy things for music
The date of August 17 was chosen since it coincides with the renowned 1969 Woodstock concert.
They are excellent caretakers
According to “Forbes,” over 60% of baby boomers provide financial aid such as loans and living expenses to their grown-up kids.
Turning 65 in 60 seconds
The AARP revealed that over 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 years old daily; that translates to about seven boomers turning 65 every 60 seconds!
Why We Love Baby Boomers Recognition Day
They are powerful people
Baby boomers keep esteemed company. Four presidents of the United States (Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Donald Trump) are baby boomers.
They shaped our society
The high population of baby boomers over — 75 million — had a significant societal effect. The rapidly increasing population influenced migration to the suburbs, inevitably leading to an increase in the development of schools, housing, and even shopping malls.
They influenced popular culture
As the baby boomers grew older, their tastes in music, fashion, and ideas shaped national culture. Their outspoken political involvement had a significant influence on the worldwide anti-Vietnam War movement.
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