In case you haven’t already heard, this Monday, June 21 is the first-ever international Go Skateboarding Day! What does that mean? Well, what does it sound like it means? This Monday, every skater in the world is encouraged to kick-off the beginning of Summer by observing GSD and going out and getting their shred on.
San Fernando Valley’s reigning vending machine magnate and Emerica pro Heath Kirchart will be observing GSD with his pals at Faith Skate Supply in Birmingham, Alabama on Monday and you’re all invited. For more info on this event, check faithskatesupply.com.
In case you can’t make it down to ’bama this Monday, there are a bunch of other activities scheduled around the country that we know of. Check the list below to see if anything is gonna be happening in a city near you. If not, then make up your own GSD festivity with your friends and participate in your life: Skateboarding!
Go Skateboarding Day! Events
This is just a sampling of events that are happening around the world celebrating Go Skateboarding Day. We have reports of celebrations in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. It’s crazy. From IASC to skateboarders all over the world, have a great GSD!
What: City of Lake Forest, California Go Skateboarding Day Proclamation Presentation.
When: 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Sunday, June 20, 2004.
Where: etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest, 20321 Lake Forest DR, Lake Forest, CA 92630
Description: The City of Lake Forest and etnies officially recognize Go Skateboarding Day. A presentation marking the official recognition of GSD will occur on the day prior, Sunday, June 20, at the etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest with Mayor Peter Herzog and Pierre. The day’s festivities in anticipation of Go Skateboarding Day will include a free barbeque, giveaways, raffles and, of course, skateboarding!
What: Central Village / Tum Yeto / Memorial Skatepark Go Skateboarding Day Free Skate Day.
When: 1:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004.
Where: Memorial Skatepark, Dolores Magdaleno Memorial Recreation Center 702 30th ST, San Diego, CA 92113
Description: Come and enjoy the first annual celebration of Go Skateboarding Day in San Diego’s culturely rich and blossoming historical neighborhood. Presented by the Central Village (CCDRC), local skateboard company Tum Yeto and its family of brands: Toy Machine, Foundation, Pig, Dekline, Deathbox, Hollywood and Ruckus, and Memorial Skatepark. A rare FREE skate day at the newly-built Memorial Skatepark for our community’s kids and skateboarding enthusiasts. (Note: All skatepark riders must sign a waiver to skate. Kids under eighteen must have their parent present to sign a waiver to skate. Helmet and pads are required.) Also featuring professional skateboarders autograph signings and demos, raffles with prizes donated from Tum Yeto and refreshments.
What: Kinmount, Ontario Skatepark Benefit Go Skateboarding Day Celebration.
When: Saturday, June 19, 11:15 a.m.
Where: Kinmount Baseball Field.
Description: The Shaun Chapman Memorial Skateboard Park Committee is working hard toward the development of a skatebaord park in Kinmount, Ontario. We are going to celebrate Go Skateboarding Day on Saturday, June 19 by holding a parade throughout the town of Kinmount in which participants may ride skateboards, bikes, scooters or in-line skates. Helmets are mandatory for this event. We will meet at the baseball field at 11:15 a.m. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. to downtown Kinmnount. Afterward, there will be several events and a BBQ.—Lynne Kilby, Chairperson, Shaun Chapman Memorial Skateboard Park
What: Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund Go Skateboarding Day Jam.
When: Monday, June 21 6:00 p.m. - dark.
Where: Carmella Playground (formerly known as Whitehall) 2100 Wakeling ST, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Description: With all the fussin’ and feudin’ about skateboarding in Philadelphia, it’s about time to throw down and skate. Nocturnal and Slave Skateshop teams will be in attendance and ripping it up. Come stop by for a hassle-free skate and show your support for not only Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund, but also skateboarding in Philadelphia. Directions to the park and more info can be found at: franklinspaine.org.
What: Newburyport Skatepark Go Skateboarding Day Celebration.
When: 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004.
Where: Newburyport Skatepark, located at the rear of the Rupert A. Nock Middle School, Newburyport, MA 01950
Description: Come and enjoy the first annual celebration of Go Skateboarding Day at the Newburyport Skatepark. This exciting event will consist of skate demos by both pros and some amazing local skaters. We’ll have various local vendors offering food, skate products, and T-shirts. There will be a raffle with some great gifts, cool free stuff and a skateboard repair area.
What: Go Skateboarding Day Australia.
When: June 21, 2004.
Where: Sydney SDS, Brisbane SDS, Melbourne General Pants, Blue Mountains and surrounding areas.
Description: A day off school to go skating. Have a great day on June 21, when skateboarders take over the world for a day. Peace out! See ya in Oz! Goana Roobes!
What: Denver/Denizen Go Skateboarding Day.
When: 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 20, 2004.
Where: 19th ST (between Little Raven ST and Platte ST) running adjacent to the Denver Skatepark.
Description: Celebrate Go Skateboarding Day with the entire Denver skateboarding community. Presented by Denizen Skateboards with the support of local shops, brands and non-profit organizations. An energetic day is planned with a Go Skateboarding Day street festival including live bands and DJ, demos by local teams, event booths, giveaways and food/beverages. Skateboarding in the Denver Skatepark is free. Bring dad! Visit: denizenskateboards.com for a full schedule and description of events.
What: NHS Go Skateboarding Day Games.
Description: We’re chartering a couple of buses and taking the entire company to a local concrete park to hold the first-ever NHS Skatepark Games. It will be a series of contests that both our skating and non-skating employees can partake in.
What: Skateboarder Magazine/Encinitas YMCA.
When: 5:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004.
Where: The newly-rebuilt Encinitas YMCA 200 Saxony RD, Encinitas, CA
Description: Skateboarder magazine is celebrating skateboarding’s new holiday - the one day of the year you can "officially" take off and skate all damned day! June 21 is Go Skateboarding Day and Skateboarder magazine invites you to join us at the newly re-built YMCA in Encinitas. During the second session, 5:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., we’ll be skating, providing a FREE barbeque, and some of your favorite companies will be on hand with product and pros. If you’re a subscriber to Skateboarder, we’ll even pay your admission for that session! Just bring your copy of Skateboarder to the park to get in, on us. Go to: skateboardermag.com for more info.
What: Fuel TV Go Skateboarding Day Special Programming.
When: Monday, June 21, 2004.
Where: Fuel TV (check your guide for local listings). Monday, June 21 is the first day of Summer, and it’s also officially Go Skateboarding Day as declared by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC). In our efforts to help promote such an important day, we, at Fuel TV will celebrate by showing surf, BMX and wakeboarding films throughout the day. At the end of your tough day of skateboarding, we’ll help you wind down with skate films all night...your special treat for grinding all day. Check: www.Fuel.tv
What: Giant Skateboard Distribution, Vans and Family celebrates Go Skateboarding Day.
When: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2004.
Where: Vans Skatepark at The Block, 20 City BLVD West Building A Suite 2, Orange, CA 92868
Description: Giant Skateboard Distribution and our brands are celebrating Go Skateboarding Day at the Vans Skatepark. Some pro and amateur riders from Stereo, Popwar, Black Label, Destructo and Skaterade will be joining us for the cause. Friends, family and the local community are invited to come celebrate with food, drinks and skateboarding! $5 cover. The first 100 people to RSVP to get on the guest list for free.
What: Talent Skatepark Celebrates Go Skateboarding Day.
When: June 21, 2004 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Where: 2069 Williston RD, South Burlington, VT 05403 (802)864-2069
Description: Talent Skatepark is offering free admission on Monday, June 21 to honor Go Skateboarding Day. Check: wtalentskatepark.com
What: Skate Barn West Honors Go Skateboarding Day.
When: June 21, 2004.
Where: Renton, Washington (Seattle suburb).
Description: Skate Barn West is offering free admission on Monday, June 21 to honor Go Skateboarding Day. Check skatebarn.com