Donald Duck’s first appearance on screen was in the animated short film “The Wise Hen”, on June 9, 1934. Although Donald’s birthday is said to be on March 13th in the 1949 short film “Donald’s Happy Birthday”, Disney later decided that Donald’s official birthday is June 9th, the day he first appeared in film. Thus, June 9th is Donald Duck Day. 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 2017. Donald’s full name is Donald Fauntleroy Duck, and he is known for his sometimes temperamental personality, and is many times associated with his nephews Huey, Louie, and Dewey, and his girlfriend Daisy.

Donald Duck Day is observed next on Tuesday, June 9th, 2020. It has been observed annually on June 9th since 1984.

How to Observe

Celebrate Donald Duck Day by watching his first film, or one of his many others. 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 June 9th1984-




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