“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did’.”

- Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Global Beatles Day is a love letter from the world to The Beatles

GBD (founded 2009) is a day honoring and celebrating the phenomenon and ideals of the Beatles,  collectively and individually, for their gifts to the world including their promotion of peace and love, of truth and youth, and of the expansion of human consciousness. More specifically, GBD commemorates the Beatles music – their promotion and expansion of rhythm and blues, rock and roll, world music… and especially their collective and personal exploration of a myriad  of musical ideas and innovations.

The Beatles paved the way for global changes in personal expression, fashion, imagination, sex, and art. They had as much or more impact on global society than anyone of their time.

So why June 25th? and a “Global Holiday?”

“All You Need is Love” is a song written by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney. It was first performed by The Beatles on the BBC produced program, Our World, the very first ever live global television link. Broadcast to 26 countries via satellite  and watched by 400 million, the program was broadcast on June 25, 1967, The Summer of Love. Our World was broadcast to 26 countries via satellite, on June 25th, 1967  and watched by 400 million people.  It could be argued that The Beatles performance on Our World was the pinnacle of The Summer of Love.

The Beatles were once again bringing the world together, literally,  with a song. This is why June 25th was chosen as the annual recognition and celebration of Global Beatles Day.

Global Beatles Day is not intended to be a consumerist holiday nor a day of “fandom.” It is  a worldwide thank you and demonstration of love in honor of The Beatles.

When Global Beatles Day (GBD) was launched in February of 2009, there was already a “Beatles Day” held in Liverpool on July 10th, specifically celebrating the Beatles return to their home city of Liverpool.

Of course, every day is  “Global Beatles Day” for a lot of us, but a Global Beatles Day means we have a special, globally recognized day just for this purpose. As of today, the group has over 2,500 members of varying ages from all over the world. The growth of this group has spread by word of mouth with no other form of publicity other than Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.