Wright Brothers Day
Wright Brothers Day

Wright Brothers Day

December 17, 2023 is the 120th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ First Flight.

The First Flight Society will be honoring Walter and Olive Ann Beech as the 2023 Paul E Garber Shrine inductees. The Shrine is located in the Museum and Visitors Center at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, USA. The induction ceremony will be held on Wright Brothers Day, December 17, 2023, with a celebration luncheon also held that day in Kitty Hawk. There will also be speakers, a flyover and a wreath laying ceremony by the descendants of the Wrights and witnesses to the first flight. A portrait of the Beechs will be unveiled and presented at the ceremony.

Our 2023 Events

Wilbur Wright Day April 16th (Celebrated on April 14th)

National Aviation Day August 19th

Wright Brothers Day December 17th

Also be on the lookout for our Aviation Art Contest and This Years Sweepstakes!

We want to thank everyone for joining us on December 17th for Wright Brothers Day!

Whether it was in person or online we appreciate you participating. Please mark your calendar for the 120th Anniversary of the Wright Brothers First Flight on Sunday, December 17th, 2023.

“They had a Dream and the Courage to Pursue it…”

Sean D Tucker-FFS Honorary Member

You only have until Midnight on Sunday, December 10th to enter!

“Come Celebrate the 12 Seconds that Changed the World”

Wright Brothers Day is celebrated on December 17th. The First Flight Society Wright Brothers Day Celebration is normally held at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The event runs from 9AM-5PM and admission is free.

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Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2023 Wright Brothers Day Celebration. The event will be held on Sunday, December 17th, 2023 at Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

The FFS plans an annual celebration at the Wright Brothers National Memorial on December 17th mandated by their bylaws to memorialize the work of the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, NC.

Organizations from the aviation community and area businesses sponsor and underwrite many First Flight Society activities and programs throughout the year, especially the December 17th anniversary celebration.

This event attracts 100s of people during the offseason to the historic Outer Banks of North Carolina.

We cannot help others experience this important story without you. Your support keeps the inspiration, adventure and exploring spirit alive for the next generation of aviation pioneers

Available sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to the $10,000 level. Sponsor packages are based on the sponsor level. Sponsors are featured in our emails, press releases, advertising and on the First Flight Society, National Aviation Day, and Wright Brothers Day event websites.

Contact Mike Fonseca today for more information on sponsorships at (252) 441-1903 or [email protected]

Our Sponsors

We would like to Thank and Highlight our 2023-24 Sponsors:



D’Shannon Aviation

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

Honda Jet

Kitty Hawk Kites

Kitty Hawk Kites

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

The Sporty’s Foundation

The Sporty's Foundation

Sun Realty

Towne Bank

Towne Bank

Here is more information if you would like to become a Sponsor, too

Wright Brothers Day is brought to you by the First Flight Society.