National Donald Duck Day on June 9th each year commemorates the birthday of a funny animated cartoon character. Donald Duck made his first screen debut on June 9, 1934, in The Wise Little Hen.

Usually wearing a sailor suit with a cap and a black or red bow tie, Donald Duck is most famous for his semi-intelligible speech along with his mischievous and irritable personality. He has appeared in more films than any other Disney character. Donald was also declared in 2002 by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time. His middle name is Fauntleroy. The name means “child king” and derived from Old French.

During his Donald’s second appearance in Orphan’s Benefit, he introduced to his comic friend, Mickey Mouse. Donald’s girlfriend, Daisy Duck, along with his nephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, were introduced shortly after that. 

In addition to animation, Donald is also known for his appearance in comic books and newspaper comic strips. One of Donald Duck’s famous sayings is “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.”


Wish Donald Duck a Happy Birthday! While you’re celebrating, check out these other fun ideas, too:

  • Host a Donald Duck impersonation contest.
  • Bake Donald Duck shaped cookies.
  • Watch episodes of Donald Duck cartoons.
  • Play Donald Duck trivia games. Use  #DonaldDuckDay to post on social media.


National Donald Duck Day was first proclaimed by L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley in 1984 on Donald’s 50th birthday. The world’s most famous duck gave the city a silver statue of himself as a gift in memory of the big day. He also toured the country leading up to the big Disney birthday party bash. – © 2020 All Rights Reserved.