There is some debate as to when Donald Duck's birthday is, and when Donald Duck Day should be celebrated. This has made Donald Duck one lucky duck, as there are two days that celebrate him each year. Donald Duck’s first appearance on screen was in the animated short film “The Wise Little Hen," on June 9, 1934, and Disney later made this his official birthday. A Donald Duck Day is celebrated on the anniversary of that date each year. In a 1941 biography of Donald Duck, Walt Disney's The Life of Donald Duck, it says that Donald was born on a Friday the 13th. The 1949 short film "Donald's Happy Birthday" celebrates his birthday on March 13. The license plate of his car is the number 313, likely a reference to his birthday.

The character Donald Duck came about after Walt Disney heard Clarence Nash reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb” in his “duck” voice, and Nash went on to voice Donald until 1984. Tony Anselmo started voicing Donald in 1985 and is still Donald’s voice as of 2018. Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck, and he is known for his sometimes temperamental personality. He is many times associated with his nephews Huey, Louie, and Dewey, and his girlfriend Daisy.

Donald Duck Day is observed next on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019. It has always been observed annually on March 13th.

How to Observe

Celebrate Donald Duck Day by watching "Donald's Happy Birthday" or one of his many other films. You could also read a book featuring Donald, such as Walt Disney's The Life of Donald Duck. This is a good day to speak in a "duck" voice and use some of Donald's favorite phrases such as "What's the big idea?", "Oh boy! Oh boy! Oh boy!", or "Aw phooey!" You could have a Donald Duck-themed birthday party and bake a Donald Duck cake.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on March 13th--



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