Hip-Hop Celebration Day, an annual August 11, 2022 celebration also known as National Hip-Hop Day, was started in Texas in 2018 and was officially recognised by Congress in 2021.
The special day was founded by hip-hop promoter Callie Dee and DJ Rick of the Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington, Texas. The first celebration was held at the Whiskey Gardens in Fort Worth.
Hip-Hop Celebration Day was made an official holiday in 2021 when Resolution 331 was adopted by the US House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. The resolution declared August 11 to be Hip-Hop Celebration Day, as well as designating August as Hip-Hop Recognition Month and November as Hip-Hop History Month.
The date August 11 was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of what is considered to be the first hip-hop performance in New York in 1973. DJ Kool Herc hosted the “Back to School Jam” in the Bronx, and the event, which featured innovative disc jockeying techniques and rapping over beats, was later cited as the birth of hip-hop.