Cincinnati held its first German Day celebration in 1895. It is a two day celebration, held at Findlay Market, Ohio’s oldest public market, on Saturday and at the Hofbräuhaus on Sunday during the first weekend of June. Festivities include recognition of Cincinnati’s German societies and representatives, a ceremonial keg tapping, traditional dance, music, and Gemütlichkeit.
German Day celebrates the unification of Germany. Prior to 1871, Germany as we know it had existed as individual kingdoms. This holiday holds a special importance for the German community in Cincinnati, as it led to the founding of the German Day Society, which coordinated plans for the event. Over the years, this planning committee evolved into the German American Citizens League of Cincinnati (GACL). The GACL unites the many German societies in the Greater Cincinnati area under one organization and curates the German American Heritage Museum in Colerain Township.