Zip Code Day is observed on July 1 of every year. Zip code system was established in the United States since 1963. Zone Improvement Plan is the acronym for ZIP; zip code was initially introduced to help the mails travel rapidly and more efficiently. The mails moved more effectively when they were attached to the codes in the postal address. Five-digit zip code(ZIP+4) determined a definite location and was established in 1983. This system increased the accuracy, speed of mail reaching a particular address. Nowadays zip code system is also used in gathering geographical statistics, internet routing, credit card authorisation, identification of legislative districts and are also used by many insurance companies, delivery services, etc. The U.S. Postal Service first registered the term zip code. Zip Code Day celebrates this invention which helps millions of people in different ways.
“Above all, I believe every child, no matter their ZIP code or their parents’ jobs, deserves access to a quality education.” – Betsy DeVos
History of Zip Code Day
Zip Code Day celebrates the invention of 5 digit code within the United States of America during 1983. Creator of the day remains unknown. Zip code is believed to be evolved from the postal district numbers or postal zone numbers which were used since the 1900s to help the carriers reach the right place quickly. Postal codes were started to be used by many major cities by the end of World War II. Zip codes were first found by Henry Bentley Hahn, Sr., a postal inspector who was later made practical by J. Edward, Postmaster General. In 1962, the post office department announced the zip code system to the public and they introduced a character called Mr Zip to motivate people to use the codes. Since 1967, the post office made the usage of zip codes mandatory for bulk mailers. The ZIP+4 introduced in 1984 was furthermore superior.
Other Celebrations on July 1
July 1 is also celebrated as
- International Joke Day
- Canada Day
- Chartered Accountants Day
- National Second Half of the Year Day
- National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
- National Postal Worker Day
- International Reggae Day
- National Gingersnap Day
How to celebrate Zip Code Day
Celebrate the Zip code day by learning about the zip code and also by teaching people about it. Some country marks the day by matching the Zip code day date along with their country Zip codes. You enjoy the day by having cakes and cupcakes with zip code theme on it. Celebrate the day by knowing the importance of the zip code. Post pictures and share your Zip Code Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #ZipCodeDay.
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