Go Skateboarding Day
(GSD) is an unofficially recognized holiday that occurs annually on June 21st
, the most common day for the Northern Solstice. The name for the holiday possibly originated from the "No Skateboarding" signs which often has been changed to "Go Skateboarding." by local skaters. The holiday was conceived by the International Association of Skateboard Companies
(IASC) to help make skateboarding
more accessible to the world through various events held in major cities around the world. Beginning with the first celebration in 2004, GSD has since received Special Congressional Recognition from the US Congress
for promoting the sport of skateboarding this holiday is celebrated by millions of skaters around the world.
Go Skateboarding Day has had its share of conflict with the law. One of the more notable incidents involved skater Matt McCormack and several other friends in Hot Springs
where skating got them in trouble with police. McCormack and the involved skaters contend that the police used excessive force when they arrested them while the police maintains that the officer was enforcing a city ordinance. The incident made headlines when a Youtube
video of the arrest was uploaded drawing over two million views and intense internet debate over the incident.
Go Skateboarding Day Organization Website