MARCH 16: National Freedom of Information Day

James Madison – 4th U.S. President was a champion for the First Amendment

March 16th recognizes National Freedom of Information Day.  This day is an annual event held during Sunshine Week. National Freedom of Information Day celebrates the birthday of President James Madison.

Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution” and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.  He is also hailed as being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights.  Individual rights and freedom of information were of high importance to Madison.

  • Born James Madison, Jr on March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia.  Madison died on June 28, 1836, on his Montpelier Estate.
  • James Madison was the 4th President of the United States of America (1809-1817).
  • The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966.


Use #FreedomOfInformationDay to post on social media.


This day is recognized and documented in U.S. Government websites.  The creator of National Freedom of Information Day is Jim Bohannon, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host on Westwood 1 stations.

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