National Ferris Wheel Day is observed on 14th February of every year to honour the birth of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel, George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. Ferris wheel is a type of amusement ride. Ferris wheel is also called as big wheel, observation wheel or giant wheel. A Ferris wheel is a non-building structure consisting of a rotating upright wheel with multiple passenger-carrying components (commonly referred to as passenger cars, cabins, tubs, capsules, or pods) attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns and they are also kept upright, usually by gravity.
I see nothing in space as promising as the view from a Ferris wheel.” – E B white
History of National Ferris Wheel Day
National Ferris Wheel Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated to honor the birth of the inventor of the Ferris Wheel. However, our research was unable to find the creator of this day. The original Ferris Wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris Jr, as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and it was said to be the tallest attraction which was planned and constructed for two years. The original Ferris wheel was designed as a rival to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The original Ferris wheel is also referred to as the Chicago Wheel. And it was then moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and demolished there in 1906. There are only four motorized capsules of Ferris wheel around the world. The idea lived long, and the wheels were constructed and enjoyed around the world.
Other Celebrations on February 14
February 14 is also celebrated as
- Valentine’s Day
- National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
- International Book Giving Day
- Pet Theft Awareness Day
- Library Lovers Day
How to celebrate National Ferris Wheel Day
National Ferris Wheel Day is celebrated by catching a lift up ride to the top of the Ferris wheel and enjoy the view. One can observe the day by learning about the history of the Ferris wheel. As February 14th is also a valentine’s day, one can take their loved ones to a Ferris wheel ride. Use #NationalFerrisWheelDay to post your thoughts and photos on social media.