National Garfield the Cat Day 2020: Important date, History & How to celebrate Garfield the Cat Day

National Garfield the Cat Day 2020: National Garfield the Cat Day is celebrated on June 19 every year to honor the fictional cartoon character, Garfield. Get the information about the history, details of Garfield the Cat, and Garfield the Cat Day celebration ideas from this article.

Sheena | Updated Jun 19, 2020 04:44 AM

National Garfield the Cat Day 2020: Important date, History & How to celebrate Garfield the Cat Day

National Garfield the Cat Day 2020

National Garfield the Cat Day is celebrated on June 19 in the remembrance of the world's most lovable tabby cat, Garfield. Garfield is a popular, fun-loving, fictional cat from the famous Garfield comic strip created by Jim Davies on June 19, 1978. The observance celebrates Garfield for the entertainment he brings us. 

What is the History of National Garfield the Cat Day?

National Garfield The Cat Day was first celebrated on the 20th anniversary of the comic strip and the birthday of Garfield, in 1998. During a surprise birthday party at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton, Boca Raton City Council member Wanda Thayer declared June 19th as Garfield the Cat Day.

About Garfield the Cat

Garfield was launched on 19 June 1978. The strip chronicled the lead character's life, the cat Garfield. The Garfield character is named after the grandfather of Jim Davis and Garfield owner, John Arbuckle and his dog Odie. A dog Odie makes a regular appearance as a co-character of Garfield in the comic strip.

The world-famous comic strip featuring Garfield is set in Muncie, Indiana. Garfield, the ginger feline comes with an array of entertaining and endearing qualities. His adventures are unforgettable and his signature personality makes him one of the most lovable furry buddies in the history of cartoons.

Some of the popular topics focused on the comic strips are obsessive eating, love of food consumption, and Monday distaste. Garfield's favorite food is lasagne and he dislikes waking up early and maintaining diets. Food habits and laziness clearly define the character of Garfield which makes him unique from other cartoon cats.

Apart from food, Garfield has lots of cookbooks. The most famous Garfield recipe book is called “Garfield - Recipes with Cattitude”. Some of the interesting recipes are lasagna, pizza, potato salad, banana berry smoothie, meatball subs, smoky grilled corn, crispy bacon breadsticks, garlic oven friend, etc.

The publication of Garfield is syndicated in nearly 3000 newspapers, magazines, and online journals and also holds the Guinness world record as the world’s most widely syndicated comic strip. The Garfield has been translated into seven languages. For two years, the famous book “Garfield At Large” was on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was first published in the United States in 1980, by Ballantine Books.

How to celebrate National Garfield the Cat Day?

There are many ways to celebrate the fuzzy cat, Garfield. Share the love of lasagna or contempt for Mondays with the tabby cat everywhere. This day provides some enjoyable ways to celebrate in a world of cat lovers.

  • Dress up like a Garfield and other characters that comes in the comic strip with friends and families

  • Cook lasagna and enjoy with family

  • Enjoy watching Garfield the Cat movie

  • Take selfies with your cat

  • Buy some Garfield coloring books, Garfield T-shirts or pajamas

  • Use #GarfieldtheCatDay on social media and send the favorite liner in the comic strip

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National Garfield the Cat Day - FAQ

1. Why is National Garfield the Cat Day celebrated on June 19?

Garfield was launched on 19 June 1978 so in the remembrance of that National Garfield, the Cat Day is celebrated on June 19.

2. Who founded National Garfield the Cat Day?

Boca Raton City Council member Wanda Thayer declared June 19th as Garfield the Cat Day at the International Museum of Cartoon Art in Boca Raton.

3. Who created the comic strip Garfield the Cat?

Garfield is a popular, fun-loving, fictional cat from the famous Garfield comic strip created by Jim Davies on June 19, 1978.