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"Rising Through Resilience": Bynum, locals team up to wish Tulsa a Happy 918 Day

Posted at 3:08 AM, Sep 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-18 09:41:57-04

TULSA, Okla. — Happy 918 Day!

918 is Tulsa's area code, and also the official holiday created to celebrate the diversity and growth of the city on September 18th.

READ MORE: 918 Day: Celebrating Tulsa

This year's third annual 918 Day theme is, "Rising Through Resilience." The theme represents the strength Tulsa continues to have through the coronavirus pandemic.

In a video posted on Facebook, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, along with local businesses, organizations, nonprofits, officials and even the sea lions from the Tulsa Zoo, teamed up to wish Tulsa a Happy 918 Day.

2 Works for You spoke with the creator of the holiday, Steve Cluck.

Cluck said 15 years ago he created a t-shirt business with slogans like, "I Heart Tulsa." Those slogans multiplied, with the most popular being, "Don't Hate The 918."

For Cluck, it became a way to celebrate the city, and in doing so, small parties and celebrations would take place on September 18th of every year.

It wasn't until the city proclaimed it as an actual holiday, that it grew into today's significance.

We want to say that we love Tulsa, and we want to celebrate the 918 and be sure that’s our way, and show that Tulsa pride.
Steve Cluck

On Sept. 18 (9/18), small business are hosting events across the city.

For example, "Park(ing) Day" with pop-up parklets in downtown Tulsa, an 80's party at the Gathering Place, t-shirt selling for $9.18, and many other events and discounts to support the small businesses of Tulsa.

CLICK HERE to read more on the activities the city plans for the third annual 918 Day.

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