It’s Official: National Ring a Bell Day is a Thing

Looking for even more reason to love New Year’s Day? Not only is the first day in January the annual date of the National Bell Festival, it’s also now National Ring a Bell Day! A festival and a holiday? You betcha.

We know, we know. New Year’s Day was already a holiday. But now, the day also formally celebrates bells, bell towers, bell makers, and bell ringers all across America. Of course, bells ring for many occasions and purposes, whether to commemorate the end of World War I, to call the faithful to worship, or to sound an alarm for a fire. But to ring in the New Year is a long-established tradition. On New Year’s Day, bells erupt into a cacophony of sound overhead. It’s a way to bring the community together and to look forward with great expectation to the year ahead.

Here's how to celebrate National Ring a Bell Day.

Ringing in the New Year dates back centuries, but we’re proud to keep it alive today – and you, too, can join in during our nationwide ringing! Staying home? No worries there. We’ll be presenting a series of events and experiences that you can stream online for free! We’ve also curated a selection of activities that you can share with your family. There’s something for everyone at BellFest. Not only are we ringing in the New Year, we’re also working to restore historic bells and bell towers to their former thundering glory.

How will you celebrate New Year’s Day, the National Bell Festival, and National Ring a Bell Day? Head on over to Days Of The Year for ideas and inspiration!