National Get Funky Day | October 5
(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)


Find your groove and Get Funky on October 5th for National Get Funky Day!


Turn up the energy, improve the mood, smile, laugh, and dance. Share the enthusiasm everywhere you go. This day encourages everyone to break out of their funk and get funky. When we add a little spice to our everyday routine, it keeps life interesting, too. Watch your interactions between customers, coworkers, and loved ones improve. Funkiness is infectious! National Get Funky Day invites you to celebrate life, spread love, laughter, and light!


Get funky by wearing the brightest clothes, dance to happy music, smile, laugh, let your hair down, high five, and hug people. Have a party, help a neighbor, be positive and have fun! Whatever you do, step out of your normal and Get Funky! The goal is to generate as much positivity as possible, that the day will go down as the funkiest in History.

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Funkytown Fitness founded National Get Funky day to help people break free of their comfort zones and let loose for a fun and exciting day throughout the country. When people get Funky they get happy, they have fun, and the world becomes a more positive place. This day evolved from the incredible way the community happily came together to help complete strangers in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Get Funky Day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

Funky FAQ

Q. What does the word “funky” actually mean?
A. Funky has developed several different meanings since the late 16th century. Funky often refers to a strong odor. Cheese can have a funky smell (and that can be good or bad). Funky also evolved as a term used in the world of music, especially jazz, to show approval. It later spread to a distinct style of music (funk) and the associated style, attitude, or sound.

Q. What is the difference between being in a groove and being in a rut?
A. While both a groove and a rut describe similar things such as a worn depression or track, they mean opposite things. If you’re in a groove, you’re moving right along, enjoying your favorite routines, and generally loving life. If you’re in a rut, you’re kind of stuck. The routines you’ve developed are not as exciting as they once were.


October 5th Celebrated History


The New York Giants matchup against the New York Yankees in game 1 of the World Series, the first to be broadcast on radio.


Laura Ingalls completes her transcontinental flight across the United States with her Gipsy Moth biplane. The journey began at Roosevelt Field in New York and ended in Grand Central Air Terminal in Glendale, California. The achievement marked the first transcontinental flight completed by a woman.


President Harry Truman addresses the nation via television. In the first presidential television address, Truman called for a reduction in grain usage from farmers and distillers to aid Europeans.


The first James Bond Film, Dr. No, premieres in London. The film starred Sean Connery as 007.


Public Broadcast Sevice (PBS) beings broadcasting. Throughout its years of operation, PBS has broadcast a variety of shows for all ages. From news and arts to documentaries and dramas, member stations a large portion of the programming. Some of the most popular include Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, PBS NewsHour, The French Chef, Finding Your Roots, Downton Abbey, and Call the Midwife.


Flying aboard Challenger 6, Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space.


Celebrating the company’s 45th anniversary, PSI Seminars (USA/Canada) hosted 339 participants in the world’s longest trust fall. The event took place in Clearlake Oaks, California.

October 5th Celebrated Birthdays

Chester A. Arthur – 1829

Vice President Chester A. Arthur becomes the 21st President of the United States when after months of suffering President James Garfield succumbs from a gunshot wound inflicted by assassin Charles Guiteau.

Helen Churchill Candee – 1858 

The American journalist wrote for such periodicals as Scribner’s and The Ladies’ Home Journal. In 1921, she was one of the 705 survivors of the RMS Titanic disaster.

Ray Kroc – 1902

In 1961, the American businessman developed McDonald’s into a successful franchise platform.

Neil deGrasse Tyson – 1958

The astrophysicist is the director of the Hayden Planetarium. He also hosts and narrates several science television programs such as NOVA ScienceNow and Cosmos.

Maya Lin – 1959

The American architect and designer is best known for designing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery, AL, and the Museum of Chinese in America in New York.

Patrick Roy – 1965

The professional hockey goalie played for the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche. In 2004, he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Kate Winslet – 1975

The English actress is best known for her roles in Titanic and Sense and Sensibility.

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