National Retro Day | February 27
(Last Updated On: February 22, 2023)


On February 27, National Retro Day takes us back to a time before smartphones and the internet.


Every generation looks back and asks, “Remember when?” This celebration indulges our love for the good ol’ days while remaining in the present.

No matter the decade, pick a point in time where people talked more face to face than text to text, had dinner at home around the table and the kids played games that didn’t require internet.

What’s your retro? On National Retro Day, swoop the hair into a mile-high beehive or strut those eight-inch bell bottoms. Can you maximize the curls for a stellar Afro? Don’t hesitate to break out the old roller skates and see if you still have those mad skills. Tie the hair up with a polka dot bandana and strike muscle pose like Rosie the Riveter. Maybe you prefer a moonwalk, a leather jacket, and a single glove.

With no smartphones, internet, or social media, we spent more time focused on each other when we were together. Each moment is recorded in memory for us to look back retrospectively and not for the whole world to see.


  • Whatever your retro is, wear it, drive it, play it on Retro Day.
  • Host a retro party.
  • Watch a classic, retro film.
  • You can also follow #NationalRetroDay on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
  • What’s your retro? Let us know by using #NationalRetroDay on social media.
  • Read the Celebration Spotlight with National Retro Day founder Robert Duran.
  • Take a trip down memory lane by reading about these 7 Groovy Reto Styles From History.


Hermelinda A. Aguilar and Robert and Tina Duran founded National Retro Day to take a look back at how life was before social media, the internet, and smartphones became a necessity of our daily lives.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the celebration in 2018 to be observed annually on February 27.

Retro FAQ

Q. What does retro mean?
A. Retro refers to fashion trends, music, art, and trends from the recent past – about two to three decades before the present time.

Q. Can anyone celebrate National Retro Day?
A. Yes! Even someone who isn’t old enough to be retro.

Q. Are the 1970s considered retro anymore?
A. Sadly no. They are now considered classic.

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