National Get Up Day | February 1
(Last Updated On: January 30, 2023)


National Get Up Day on February 1st offers an opportunity to share inspiring stories of perseverance. The day reminds us to pick ourselves up when we’ve fallen and giving it (whatever it may be) another go!


February 1st marks the official end of National Skating Month (January) when rinks across the country bring communities together to experience skating’s joys and benefits. One of the first lessons every figure skater learns is how to fall and to get back up. This day is not just about skating, though. It is about celebrating that Get Up spirit that applies to every aspect of life. The day inspires others through stories, pictures, videos, and social media.  

More importantly, February 1st reminds all of us to Get Up when we stumble. We never know when our efforts to seek a goal or overcome an obstacle will encourage another to do the same. Whether you find inspiration on or off the ice, in a classroom, through a co-worker, or in your own neighborhood, share your Get Up story on National Get Up Day!


  • Get Up! Get up in the morning, when you fail, when you struggle. Every single time, get up again!
  • Share stories about the times you kept getting up and trying again. How did that change you?
  • Give a shout-out to someone who perseveres because they Get Up!
  • Encourage someone to Get Up. Remind them it’s part of the learning process and the path to success.
  • Create an inspirational post as a reminder to Get Up when we fall.
  • Share what makes you Get Up and keep trying.
  • Visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!
  • Share your inspiration by using #GetUpDay on social media.


U.S. Figure Skating founded National Get Up Day on February 1, 2017, to provide a platform to celebrate Get Up stories in communities around the country and urge others to Get Up. As part of the inaugural celebration, the world was encouraged to share Get Up stories one week before the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the observance to be celebrated on February 1st, annually.

Get Up FAQ

Q. Is National Get Up Day only for athletes?
A. No. Everyone needs encouragement to “get up” when we fail. The day serves as a reminder to keep trying, keep learning, practicing, and to try again. We only fail when stop trying.

Q. How can I motivate myself to Get Up when I fail?
A. Give yourself permission to learn from your mistakes. No matter what you’re trying to achieve, there’s always something to learn from the previous attempt.

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