World Pillow Fort Day

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Enjoy a day of fun with family and friends by simply commandeering every single pillow, couch cushion, and blanket you can find in order to build an incredible pillow fort!

World Pillow Fort Day is all about stepping back from the everyday stresses of life and spending some time with the people you care about. Young or old, or somewhere in between, everyone can reap the rewards of building a good, old-fashioned pillow fort. If you’ve got a lot of people to accommodate, why not make a pillow fort village? Create multiple forts and commence in a pillow war! Whose pillow fort was the sturdiest? Whose was the comfiest? Largest? Smallest? Most visually appealing?

When is World Pillow Fort Day Celebrated?

On the third Saturday of July! Future Dates:

July 15, 2017 | July 21, 2018 | July 20, 2019 | July 18, 2020 | July 17, 2021 | July 16, 2022 | July 15, 2023 | July 20, 2024 | July 19, 2025 | July 18, 2026 | July 17, 2027 | July 15, 2028 | July 21, 2029 | July 20, 2030

But don’t worry. If you miss World Pillow Fort Day, we will hold plenty “Warm-up” and “Make-up” days, and realistically, there’s never a bad day to have a pillow fort day of your very own.

Acceptable World Pillow Fort Day materials:

  • pillows (down-filled, foam, memory, whatever you got)
  • couch cushions and beanbag furniture
  • mattresses (for the ultimate forters!)
  • blankets (including sheets, duvets, and comforters)
  • broom/mop/rake sticks (for things like flag posts and such)
  • If you have an idea for a material that’s not listed here, please share! We’ll throw it up for a vote and add it to the list!

Rules to World Pillow Fort Day:

  • Have fun
  • Make a mess
  • Don’t hurt anyone
  • Take lots of photos!
  • Have more fun

How did World Pillow Fort Day come into existence?

The birth of World Pillow Fort Day happened on a whim. During a discussion with a good friend, we decided that the world needed more pillow forting. In fact, it needed an entire day that was completely dedicated to it! More importantly, it was going to happen the very next day! In hindsight, trying to reach a global audience to spread the news in under 24 hours, and then expect the entire world to be able to carve out some time to build some pillow forts… it just wasn’t the best plan on our part.

Why is World Pillow Fort Day on the third Saturday of July?

The first World Pillow Fort Day occurred on May 9, 2017, and had roughly 10 participants. That’s not bad for a day’s work, but we know that we can do better!

After much thought and deliberation, it was then decided that the third Saturday in July would be the optimal time for World Pillow Fort Day. It’s when a large portion of the world is having their summer holidays, and it’s on a weekend for those 9-5ers who couldn’t get some time off. It also expands the possibility of holding and outdoor pillow fort extravaganza! That’s optimal in awesome.

Show us your pillow forts on all social media outlets using the hashtag #worldpillowfortday