World UFO Day is observed on July 2nd for those who are interested in knowing the unknown. It is also the anniversary of the supposed UFO crash in Roswell in 1947.
On this day, Ufologists and curious people gather together to observe the skies in search of Unidentified Flying Objects. Those who observe this day also campaign for the government to declassify files on UFO sightings.
Some people choose to commemorate this day on June 24, when Kenneth Arnold, an aviator, reported what is known as the first UFO sighting in the United States.
The Background Of World UFO Day
The founders of WorldUFODay.com are responsible for creating World UFO Day. The first celebration of the day was organized in 2001 with the goal to bring everyone who believes in and has seen UFOs from across the United States together.
They wanted to exchange evidence and information and look into the skies for more UFO sightings. They also aim to spread awareness about UFOs to those who don't believe in them.
The Roswell Crash
In 1947, an unidentified flying object crashed at a ranch in Roswell, New Mexico. The United States Army Air Forces quickly explained that the object was a weather balloon.
But, in the 1970s ufologists brought the crash back to the limelight claiming that the object that crashed in the ranch was in fact an alien spacecraft and that the United States government had organized a cover-up.
UFO Sightings in America
The United States is one of the countries with the most UFO sightings, and some states have more sightings than others.
The majority of UFO sightings in America happen in the state of Washington. This is closely followed by the state of Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
UFO Sightings in Canada
Canada also has a high share of UFO sightings and a long history of recording their sightings. From 1950 to 1995 there was an official governmental report produced every year. In 2020 there were over 1400 reported sightings of UFOs in the sky and many of these were videoed or photographed and shared online.
How to Observe World UFO Day
If you are interested in space and UFOs, look for events and gatherings near you where you can spend the night searching the sky for UFOs with other enthusiasts, and discussing your common interests.
Let's Watch a UFO Movie
UFOs and aliens make an amazing subject for music, comics, and of course Movies. So, here are some of the best movies about UFOs you can find:
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial": Directed by Steven Spielberg in 1982, this is the classic tale of a young boy who befriends a lovable alien stranded on Earth. It is a heartwarming film that will make you believe in the power of friendship across galaxies. A famous movie that has passed the test of time, that will leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
"Close Encounters of the Third Kind": Prepare yourself for a close encounter of the cinematic kind. Another incredibly famous movie directed by Spielberg (1977), this sci-fi masterpiece follows a group of people who become obsessed with a series of mysterious UFO sightings.
"Independence Day": If you fancy an epic alien invasion action, then look no further than Independence Day. Starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, this blockbuster hit from 1996 showcases humanity's fight against hostile extraterrestrials who have earth in their crosshairs.
"The Day the Earth Stood Still": Take a step back in time to the golden era of sci-fi in this classic film from 1951. This gem tells the story of an alien visitor who arrives on Earth with a powerful message for humanity. With thought-provoking themes and atmospheric storytelling, "The Day the Earth Stood Still" remains a must-watch for fans of UFO movies.
"Men in Black" (1997): This is a great sci-fi action comedy that follows the adventures of two secret agents, played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as they monitor and police extraterrestrial activity on Earth. This film perfectly balances laughs and action, making it a delightful and entertaining choice.
So if you love movies that deal with aliens and UFOs, organize a sci-fi movie marathon night with your friends and family and watch some of these classics of the genre.