Go Skateboarding Day is an annual ‘holiday’ conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC) to promote and increase skateboarding participation around the globe. The name is thought to derive from ‘No Skateboarding’ signs which have traditionally been changed to ‘Go Skateboarding’ by locals.
Since its founding in 2003, the event has generally been held on 21st June, although it was postponed in 2009 in New York City until 27th June due to inclement weather. The NYC event, run by 5boro Skateboards owner Steve Rodriguez, attracts thousands of locals, and is considered to be one of the largest single gatherings of skateboarders in the world.
The day has not just been celebrated in the US – in cities around the world, skateboarders have show their love and support for their sport by organising fundraisers, contests, protests and demos. Occasionally there are problems with the police – a YouTube video showing the arrest of six teenagers in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Go Skateboarding Day in 2007 has attracted over 3 million views.
In 2006, more than 350 events took place in 32 countries around the world, and, the following year, the IASC received Special Congressional Recognition from US Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for its work in promoting the sport of skateboarding and encouraging young people to get outside and enjoy the sport. It was a huge boost for Go Skateboarding Day and the sport in general, which for many years had been given the cold shoulder by the authorities.