National Rat Catcher's Day July 22

National Rat Catcher’s Day – July 22


National Rat Catcher’s Day, which is annually observed on July 22, is a holiday commemorating the famous Pied Piper of Hamelin as well as a day to say “Thank You” to all present day exterminators.

According to the folktale, residents of the German town of Hamelin,  hired a strangely dressed man to rid their village of rats by playing his flute. Upon finishing the task, the townsfolk refused to pay — so the Pied Piper returned, again played  his flute while the children followed him and he then disappeared with them all.


To celebrate, appreciate all rat catchers and make this their day!  Post on social media using #NationalRatCatchersDay.

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Rat Catcher’s Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.  National Rat Catcher’s Day, also known as: Ratcatcher’s Day, Rat-catcher’s Day or Rat-Catcher’s Day, is sometimes celebrated on June 26.  The confusion of the dates stems from the Brothers Grimm as they cite June 26, 1284 as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town, while the poem by Robert Browning states it as July 22, 1376.

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