Little Red Wagon Day is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday of March, or March 29 this year, as a token of appreciation for summertime rides in a small red car drawn by parents. If you’ve ever ridden in a red waggon during Fourth of July parades or had a miniature red van as a child, it’s time to relive those memories and create new ones.
HISTORY OF LITTLE RED WAGON DAY
The little red waggon is an iconic symbol of infancy. Red waggon rides are unforgettable because they are bright, compact, and propelled by an adult. Radio Flyer, the manufacturer of the red wagon, created Little Red Wagon Day to commemorate 100 years of manufacturing one of the most popular and beloved children’s vehicles.
The history of the little waggon extends back to 1917, long before Radio Flyer was even a company. Antonio Pasin, the founder of Radio Flyer, was a cabinetmaker who utilised a small waggon to transport his equipment. The small waggon captivated the attention of a large number of individuals. Pasin began manufacturing the waggons in response to an increase in demand for the original toolbox-sized trolley. The enterprise founded by Pasin in 1923 was initially known as the Liberty Coaster enterprise. Accelerating, the company was renamed Radio Steel & Manufacturing in 1930 with its advanced version of steel stamped carriages, and a few years later, it settled on Radio Flyer.
In 1933, at the Chicago World’s Fair, Pasin erected a 45-foot-tall statue of a child riding the little red wagon, which contributed to the growing popularity of the toy. Radio Flyer utilised the world’s largest red waggon to commemorate their 80th and 100th anniversaries as a tribute to the only outdoor amusement that has been passed down through generations. Since then, the little red waggon has brought smiles, inspired children’s imaginations, and had a wholesome, positive impact on young children. Every last Wednesday in March, we celebrate the classic American toy and recall cherished memories.
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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN LITTLE RED WAGON DAY
Bring out your red waggons!
Whether you’ve given your red waggon to your child as an heirloom or have kept it in storage, take it out for a spin around the neighbourhood. Inform your neighbours that it is Little Red Wagon Day and encourage them to do the same as you all take your children sailing through the parks and streets!
View films featuring miniature red waggons
Numerous films and television series have featured the well-known red waggon or the Radio Flyer company. Even a documentary titled “Little Red Wagon” exists. Gather your family and settle in with a container of popcorn to watch one of these films.
Post an image of a small red waggon
In addition to encouraging your children to ride the waggon on this day, jump on the seat and take a photo of yourself to post on social media with a silly memory from your childhood. Spread affection and smiles using #LittleRedWagonDay as your hashtag.
5 RADIO FLYER FACTS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND
Little Red Wagons were initially offered for $3!
In the 1930s, a scarlet steel waggon worth $100 was sold for only $3.
Radio Flyer was influenced by radio and aircraft.
The company’s name was inspired by the founder’s infatuation with the inventions of radio signal and flight, which occurred around the same time as the company’s inception.
It is part of the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Radio Flyer’s red waggons were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame’s collection in 1999, alongside Barbie, roller skates, and teddy bears, among others.
It is a tremendous success.
The company has sold more than 100 million waggons and manufactured more than 100 award-winning products that are popular in 25 nations.
It has created the largest toy waggon in the globe.
The larger-than-life sculpture of a toy waggon was constructed for the company’s 80th anniversary celebration and was recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest toy waggon in 2019.
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