Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day 2023: History and Fun Facts

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Hanna Kampourogianni


Today is National Teddy Bear Day, and it’s time to get ready for a heartwarming celebration of our favorite cuddly companions. On September 9, 2023, teddy bear enthusiasts from around the world will come together to commemorate these timeless treasures. In this article, we’ll dive into the fascinating history of National Teddy Bear Day, share some delightful fun facts about teddy bears, and offer creative ideas to make this day truly special.

The Origins of National Teddy Bear Day

The heartwarming tale behind the creation of National Teddy Bear Day is a testament to the enduring love people have for these soft and cuddly companions.

The roots of this special day can be traced back to a memorable event involving none other than the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, affectionately known as “Teddy.”

In 1902, President Roosevelt embarked on a hunting expedition in Mississippi. During the course of the hunt, his party cornered a bear cub. However, rather than taking the opportunity to claim victory over the animal, President Roosevelt displayed an unexpected act of compassion.

He refused to shoot the defenseless cub, deeming it unsportsmanlike and inhumane. News of this compassionate gesture spread like wildfire, capturing the hearts of Americans far and wide.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day 2023: History and Fun Facts
Theodore Roosevelt on a hunting expedition. The image from the newspaper 1902 y.

This act of kindness did not go unnoticed. Morris Michtom, a Brooklyn candy shop owner and a fervent admirer of President Roosevelt, seized the moment to immortalize the President’s compassionate deed.

He created a stuffed bear and aptly named it “Teddy’s Bear” in honor of the President’s nickname, “Teddy.” Michtom’s creation, the teddy bear, quickly became a sensation, symbolizing compassion, friendship, and a touch of nostalgia.

As the years passed, the teddy bear’s popularity continued to grow, and the idea of dedicating a day to these beloved stuffed animals took root.

Today, on September 9th, we celebrate National Teddy Bear Day to honor this enduring symbol of comfort and childhood joy. It’s a day when teddy bear enthusiasts come together to share their love for these timeless treasures and create new memories with their cherished teddy bear companions.

Fun Facts About Teddy Bears

Teddy bears have been a source of comfort, joy, and companionship for generations. These timeless treasures have a rich history and a world of fascinating facts waiting to be explored.

Here are some delightful fun facts about teddy bears that are sure to warm your heart:

  1. The First Teddy Bear: The very first teddy bear was inspired by a remarkable act of compassion. In 1902, after President Theodore Roosevelt spared the life of a bear cub during a hunting trip, a Brooklyn candy shop owner named Morris Michtom created a stuffed bear and named it “Teddy’s Bear” in honor of the President. It quickly became a sensation and set the stage for the beloved teddy bear we know today.
  2. Teddy Bear’s Picnic: The classic song “The Teddy Bears’ Picnic” was written in 1907 by John Walter Bratton and lyricist Jimmy Kennedy. It has since become an anthem for teddy bear enthusiasts worldwide. The song whimsically imagines teddy bears coming to life and having a picnic when humans aren’t around.
  3. The Largest Teddy Bear: In 2019, Xonacatlan, Mexico, created the world’s largest stuffed animal, a colossal teddy bear that measured an astonishing 63 feet in size.

    These fun facts highlight the endearing history and cultural significance of teddy bears. They serve as a reminder of the enduring love and fascination people have for these soft, huggable companions.

    As you celebrate National Teddy Bear Day, remember these facts and share them with fellow teddy bear enthusiasts to deepen your appreciation for these iconic stuffed animals.
Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day 2023: History and Fun Facts
The largest teddy bear is 63 feet in size. 2019 y., Xonacatlan, Mexico.

Celebrating National Teddy Bear Day

National Teddy Bear Day, celebrated on September 9th each year, offers a wonderful opportunity to show your love and appreciation for these cherished plush companions.

Whether you’re a lifelong teddy bear enthusiast or just discovering the magic of teddy bears, there are countless ways to celebrate this heartwarming day.

  1. Teddy Bear Tea Party: Host a whimsical teddy bear tea party in your backyard or living room. Invite friends, family, and their teddy bears to join in the festivities. Dress up your furry friends and enjoy a delightful tea, complete with sandwiches, cookies, and miniature cakes. It’s a charming way to commemorate the day with loved ones.
  2. Visit a Teddy Bear Museum: Seek out a local museum or exhibition dedicated to teddy bears. These places often showcase the history and artistry of these beloved toys. You’ll be amazed by the diverse collection of teddy bears from different eras and regions.
  3. Share Teddy Bear Stories: Take to social media and share your favorite teddy bear stories, memories, or photos using the hashtag #TeddyBearDay2023. It’s a fantastic way to connect with fellow teddy bear enthusiasts and spread the joy of National Teddy Bear Day.
  4. Craft Teddy Bear Art: If you’re a creative soul, consider dedicating the day to crafting your very own teddy bear or teddy bear-related artwork. There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of making something special with your own hands.
  5. Donate Teddy Bears: Make the day meaningful by participating in a teddy bear donation drive. Many organizations collect teddy bears for children in need, hospitals, or charities. Your contribution can bring comfort and joy to those who need it most.

National Teddy Bear Day is a time to embrace the warmth and nostalgia that teddy bears bring to our lives. Whether you celebrate with a tea party, visit a museum, or simply give your favorite teddy bear an extra hug, make this day a memorable one.

Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day 2023: History and Fun Facts
Dorchester’s family teddy bear museum.

After all, teddy bears have a remarkable way of reminding us of the simple joys of childhood and the enduring power of love and friendship.

There are numerous teddy bear museums around the world that you can explore and enjoy.


National Teddy Bear Day is a day to celebrate the enduring charm of teddy bears and the joy they bring into our lives. Whether you’re a collector, a crafter, or simply someone who loves teddy bears, this day is a wonderful opportunity to spread teddy bear love. Mark your calendars for September 9, 2023, and get ready to create heartwarming memories with your furry friends. Happy National Teddy Bear Day!

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4 thoughts on “Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day 2023: History and Fun Facts”

  1. Hey thank you for this post!

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I learnt quite a lot about the various teddies which I hadn’t thought existed like the largest teddy, looks so cuddle-able. National teddy bear day is new to me, thats cool there is a day to celebrate one of the most universally loved item. 

    Thanks again and have a great day!

    • You are welcome! Some facts about teddy bears are really funny! It is great to have such a holiday every year.

      Have a happy National Teddy Bear Day!

  2. Thank you for this delightful article, Hanna! It’s heartwarming to learn about the history and fun facts surrounding National Teddy Bear Day. The story of how President Theodore Roosevelt’s compassion led to the creation of the first teddy bear is truly touching. It got me thinking, have there been any recent developments or initiatives related to National Teddy Bear Day that aim to promote compassion or goodwill, perhaps in the form of charitable events or educational programs? It would be interesting to know if this special day is being used to spread more kindness and empathy in the world beyond celebrating these beloved stuffed companions.

    • Thank you for your question, Ashley! 

      National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and to School Day is celebrated on October 11 every year. In 2023 National Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day will occur on a Wednesday.

      Have a happy National Teddy Bear Day!


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