national square dance day

Congress in the Archives will feature monthly staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Jacqie Ferry.

Grab your partner and do-si-do. Today is National Square Dance Day! In the early 1970s, aficionados of American square dance came together in support of a series of House joint resolutions to designate square dance as the national folk dance of the United States. Regional square dance organizations and local dance clubs such as the UC Squares of California; the Do-C-Do Square Dance Club of Poughkeepsie, New York; the Merry Mixers of Grangeville, Idaho; and the Surf Twirlers of Santa Cruz, California, gathered thousands of signatures in support of the legislation. Sadly for these square dancers the House joint resolutions were never passed. And while November 29 is now widely celebrated as Square Dance Day, it has never been officially designated as such by Congress. But don’t let that stop you from swinging your partner round and round in celebration of this uniquely American dance.

Letter from UC Squares of California, circa 1972, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives