Hear ye, hear ye! Join us to celebrate the birthdate of Thomas Paine!
Come one, come all!
The Thomas Paine Day Proclamation Celebration will be held on Sunday, January 29, 2023, with a special message from Congressman Jamie Raskin. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of London, Greg Claeys will provide a keynote about the life of Thomas Paine.
Actor Ian Ruskin will be reading a New Rochelle, New York proclamation. Author, comedian, and monologist Julia Sweeney will be reading a City of Philadelphia proclamation signed by former Mayor Edward G. Rendell. Another City of Philadelphia proclamation, signed by former mayor Michael A. Nutter, will be read by author and educator Christopher Cameron. Actor John de Lancie and his wife Marnie Mosiman de Lancie will be reading proclamations from the cities of Lancaster and York, Pennsylvania.
Participants will also learn how to submit a Thomas Paine Day proclamation for their local community.
Thomas Paine Day is celebrated on June 8th every year. In Europe, the date of death is used as an official time to reflect upon and honor the life accomplishments of noteworthy people. Paine died on June 8, 1809. The 2023 Thomas Paine Day will be enhanced when more proclamations are written and approved by mayors, governors, and city councils.
The 2023 Thomas Paine Birthdate Celebration is sponsored by the Thomas Paine Memorial Association, Secular Student Alliance, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Center For Inquiry, and The Freethought Society.