I know — virtually every day, week and month has a designation, sometimes multiple designations, to commemorate. That’s why I was not surprised when a friend told me today was National Freedom of Information Day (NFID). Why not?
This day comes to us courtesy of nationally syndicated radio talk show host Jim Bohannon. Its purpose is twofold — a reminder that the Freedom of Information Act is available to help keep us informed, and to commemorate the birthday of President James Madison, considered the father of the U.S. Constitution and a fierce advocate for openness in government. If you’re curious about NFID, or want to submit a request for information, just visit http://FOIA.gov.
But wait, there’s more! NFID is the also the first day of Sunshine Week, an initiative promoted by the American Society of News Editors to stress the importance of open government (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_Week).
And remember the part about every day commemorating something? The website National Day Calendar (https://nationaldaycalendar.com/) tracks almost 1500 National Days, Weeks, and Months. If you’re tired of politics and government, today is also National Panda Day (https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-panda-day-march-16/).
There’s always something to celebrate.