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NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY – August 16

National Roller Coaster Day - August 16

National Roller Coaster Day – August 16

 

NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY

Each year on August 16, people, amusement parks and theme parks across the country celebrate National Roller Coaster Day.

In 1885, a patent was awarded to LaMarcus Adna Thompson regarding roller coasters which were made out of wood, however there were “Russian Mountains” roller coaster considerably earlier.

The oldest roller coaster are believed to have originated from the so-called “Russian Mountains”.  Built in the 17th century, these were specially constructed hills of ice that were located especially around Saint  Petersburg, Russia.   The slides were built to a height of 70 to 80 feet consisting of a 50 degree drop and were reinforced by wooden supports.

A roller coaster consists of one or multiple cars on a track, similar to a specialized railroad system, that rises in designed patterns, sometimes with one or more vertical loops.

Happy National Roller Coaster Day!

CELEBRATE

Celebrate today by visiting an amusement park near you and enjoying a roller coaster ride.  If you cannot ride a roller coaster today, make plans today for your next roller coaster adventure! Post on social media using #RollerCoasterDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find creator of National Roller Coaster Day, an “unofficial” national holiday however, we have found that this holiday has been celebrated for many years.

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4 Responses to “NATIONAL ROLLER COASTER DAY – August 16”

  1. Allen Young May 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    The official website for National Roller Coaster Day can be found at: http://www.NationalRollerCoasterDay.com

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