Celebrating 166 years of kazoo playing in America, National Kazoo Day will be celebrated on January 28, 2017.
Of course, kazoo players are not known to be perfectly precise, so feel free to celebrate National Kazoo Day on January 26, if you so desire, as some folks have the impression that the date is supposed to be the fourth Thursday in January.
In fact, most people will agree that we should consider January 22-28, 2018, National Kazoo WEEK! So celebrate all week long! National Kazoo Day occurs annually (although in some regions, more often) on or about January 28 - or whenever it is convenient to the kazooist. As stated by founder Chaplin Willard Rahn of the Joyful Noise Kazoo Band at the Homewood Retirement Home in Williamsport, Maryland, "After all, we have to be flexible." Many kazooists choose the fourth Thursday in January because it's handy. (source - The Complete How To Kazoo by Barbara Stewart) Kazoo lovers across America continue the campaign to make the kazoo America's official musical instrument. Everyone is invited to join the effort and support the campaign.
The kazoo was invented in the 1840's and first presented to the world at the Georgia State Fair in 1852 as the "Down South Submarine".Legend tells us that the kazoo was invented by collaboration ofAlabama Vest (American black) and Thaddeus Von Clegg (German-American clockmaker).Commercial production of the Kazoo began many years later in 1912. Manufacturing was started by Emil Sorg in Western New York. Sorg joined up with Michael McIntyre, a Buffalo tool and die maker. Production moved to Eden, NY where the factory museum remains today as a working museum.