National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes it Day
Also known as
National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes Day
annually on January 2nd
The phrase "Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it" became popular in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It means to float an idea and see if a positive reaction is given to it. The phrase was commonly used in print and advertising media, and became associated with Madison Avenue advertising agencies in New York City. Comedians mocking corporate culture used it, and it is now considered cliché and hackneyed. Similar phrases include "Send up a trial balloon," "Let's throw it against the wall and see if it sticks," and "Let's drop it in the pool and see if it makes a splash." The day exists for people to share new ideas and try new things.
How to Observe National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes it Day
Celebrate the day by trying out new ideas and concepts, and by sharing them with others. You can also try new things such as wearing a new type of clothes or getting a new type of haircut. You literally could send a new flag up your flagpole and see what type of reaction is given to it as well.