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Carousel Day

It always falls on 25 July every year.

This day was founded by Bette Largent and Roland Hopkins in 2014. It was in honor of William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa, who patented the merry-go-round in 1871. The US Patent Office is considered the official inventor of the modern merry-go-round.

The National Carousel Association aims to keep the carousel running and preserve its history in the United States since 1973.

The first merry-go-round was in Byzantine Empire in 500 AD. It was the baskets that carried the riders hung at the central pole.

The oldest merry-go-rounds are rotating columns, with baskets, boats or horses hanging on chains, dating back to the 18th century. They originated probably in southern Germany. They spread throughout Europe and Great Britain. The oldest merry-go-round is from 1780 and it is a platform carousel in Hanau near Frankfurt. They were built in amusement parks and powered by hand or by horse. In England in 1861 the first steam-powered carousel was built. Then, at the end of the century, an electric carousel appeared. In the USA, the merry-go-rounds expanded at the end of the 19th century and many technical improvements were made. Mechanical musical machines (orchestrion) were created, which accompany the movement of the merry-go-round with circus music. Carousels with hydraulic tilting and other movements originated in the second half of the 20th century.

A carousel is an entertainment attraction where the visitor is subjected to rotating motion and centrifugal force. The merry-go-round was formerly called a carousel. The merry-go-rounds are mobile, which are transported from place to place or fixed and are fixed in a fixed place. Roundabouts can be tilting, chain and platform.

You can use the #NationalCarouselDay or #CarouselDay hashtag.