Frequently Asked Questions
Holidays are about significant parts of our lives that we wish to honor, or celebrate. Names like John and George, Frank and Dave Barry are wonderful names, but they don’t carry the same significance in our culture that Joe does.
Simply put, say “Hi” to people you know named Joe. If you don’t know somebody named Joe, meet somebody named Joe. If your name is Joe, wear a name-tag (or button) so people will know to say “Hi” to you.
Have fun, it’s a holiday.
In 2003 a concerned individual (who just happened to be named Joe) wrote to then President Bush and requested that a new holiday be created. There was a growing concern that there just weren’t as many people who wanted to say “hi” anymore. And America has a lot of Joe.
With the President’s sanction, the holiday as a local celebration in the Pacific Northwest, but it has since spread to become a nationwide phenomenon with more than 1 million celebrants.
With the advent of social media, the National Say Hi to Joe Day Commission for America created a small presence on Facebook for the founding celebrators. The group was recently opened up to allow new celebrants to join.
Joe is an integral part of the American way of life–we wake up in the morning, slip into a pair of Joe Boxers, slurp down a cup-of-Joe, and make our way to work every day right along with the other Bazooka Joe-chewing, Joe-mama-joke-telling, Average Joes. After work we slide back home to a Sloppy Joe for dinner and sit back to keep up on the GI Joes fighting for our country. Or maybe we watch “Joe Millionaire” or “Joe Broke” or “Average Joe” or whatever other Joe-show happens to be on.
You don’t live in America and you want to celebrate? Good for you! Please keep in mind that this is primarily an American holiday, but in France you might say “Bonjour to Pierre”. In Russia you would say “Privet to Boris”. And in Ancient Rome you can say “Salve to Brutus” Remember the principle is the same no matter where you are.
The crucial difference is that in America, the name “Joe” is a core part of our culture.