Anniversary Day / Grace Kids
Anniversary Day – only at Grace Kids! Join us for this exciting kids event!
A Brief History of Anniversary Day
· April 8, 1816: The Brooklyn Sunday School Union is organized
· 1829: Rally Day parades are first held in Brooklyn
· 1861: NY State Legislature authorizes Anniversary Day as a school holiday in Brooklyn to celebrate the 32nd Anniversary of the Sunday School Union parades (tens of thousands of children march in parades annually)
· 1958: Name changed to Brooklyn-Queens Day because of the number of families who have moved from Brooklyn to Queens·
-1959: NY State Legislature (with advocacy by the Queens Federation of Churches) passes the law authorizing Brooklyn and Queens public schools to remain closed on Anniversary Day
–1970’s-2005: Influenced by changing cultural, family & church dynamics, Anniversary Day atrophies as a viable city-impacitng celebration
· 2005: United Federation of Teachers negotiates the day off for all NYC students
· 2006 forward: Students in all 5 boroughs get Anniversary Day off from school while teachers are in school as a “development day”.