Move over, Christmas – New Jersey has a new holiday to celebrate. Governor Phil Murphy has officially declared Sept. 23 as Bruce Springsteen Day in honor of the legendary musician’s contributions to the state and beyond.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has officially declared September 23 as Bruce Springsteen Day. The proclamation was made during the inaugural American Music Honors, held at the Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University.
Springsteen, who was born in Long Branch, New Jersey in 1949, is known for his music that speaks to the working class and the struggles of everyday Americans. He has become an icon in his home state, and his music has become synonymous with New Jersey itself.
In his announcement, Governor Murphy praised Springsteen for his impact on music and his dedication to causes close to his heart, including the Archives and Center for American Music.
“Bruce Springsteen is one of the most recognizable, iconic and influential musicians – and New Jerseyans – of all time,” said Murphy. “It is important that we recognize Bruce for all he has done and will continue to do, from giving us the gift of his music to lending his time to the causes close to his heart, including making the Archives and Center for American Music a repository that will inspire tomorrow’s songwriters and singers. We thank him for showing the world what it means to live our New Jersey values. I am both honored and proud to declare his birthday Bruce Springsteen Day in New Jersey.”
The official proclamation noted that Springsteen “will forever be remembered as the voice of the Garden State,” while also thanking the Boss “for creating the soundtrack to our glory days.” Springsteen himself was present at the event and thanked Governor Murphy for the honor.
Springsteen’s impact on music and American culture cannot be overstated. He has won 20 Grammy Awards, an Oscar, a Tony, and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
Currently, Springsteen is on tour with the E Street Band for a trek that will last until December. Fans can expect to hear some of his most beloved songs, including “Born to Run,” “Thunder Road,” and “Dancing in the Dark.” With the declaration of Bruce Springsteen Day in New Jersey, it is clear that his impact on music and culture will continue to be felt for generations to come.