March 27 is National Joe Day, a fun and different unofficial holiday in honor of the Average Joes of America, and all the variants of the name Joe. So, if you're a Joe, a Joseph, a Joey, a Jody, a Jo, a Johanna, or a Josephine, this day is all about celebrating you! Make it extra special by enjoying a hot cup of Joe with your friends.
There is no information about when National Joe Day was invented, or who did it. But we can make a lucky guess that it was either someone named Joe, or someone who really wanted to show a special Joe in their life how much they appreciate them.
One thing is certain, Joe and all its variants are traditional, all-American names that have been consistently popular since the United States was founded. It is more than likely that every American knows someone named Joe, Jo, Joey, Joseph, Jodie, Jo-Ann, or that they are named that themselves. Joe is such a common, everyday name, that the expressions "Average Joe" and "Lucky Joe" have been invented decades ago, and are still used to this day to describe an average American, who is ordinary, but friendly and trustworthy.
At the same time, a lot of people associate the name Joe with their favorite hot drink: coffee. "A cup of Joe" became a popular expression in the 1940s to describe a cup of coffee, and there are a couple of theories why:
The first, and most common, is that it was named after Josephus Daniels, a secretary of the Navy who banned alcohol on ships and encouraged sailors to drink more coffee.
Or, some believe that the expression is associated with Joe as a "common man name" for coffee, which is a "common man drink".
Whether you are a Joe, have a Joe in your life whom you love, or just enjoy a warm cup of Joe, this is the ideal day for you to celebrate!
Some Famous Joes
With it being such a popular American name, it is no wonder that so many beloved American famous people are named Joe. Here are a few of them:
Joe Biden - The current President of the United States
Joe Montana - American Football Player
Joe DiMaggio - Baseball Player
Jodie Foster - Actress
Joe Cocker and Joe Jonas - Musicians
Joe Pesci - Actor and Comedian
Who is your favorite famous Joe? Send them a message of appreciation on National Joe Day.
How to Celebrate National Joe Day
Show appreciation for all the Joes and Jos of your life by calling them, inviting them out, or sharing a post to social media in their honor with the hashtag #NationalJoeDay.
Want to be celebrated today too? Change your name to Joe or Jo for the day, and bask in all the appreciation. It will be a fun activity to do with your friends, and it will get people talking about this unusual holiday.
Or, you can celebrate by going to get a cup of your favorite Joe!