It’s official! In a statement from New Jersey Governor, Phil Murphy, September 23 has been declared Bruce Springsteen Day.
On Saturday (4.15,) during the inaugural American Music Honors event held at Bruce Springsteen Archives and Center for American Music at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, the governor made the announcement, stating:
“Bruce Springsteen is one of the most recognizable, iconic and influential musicians — and New Jerseyans — of all time.’ “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,” he continued. “I am both honored and proud to declare his birthday Bruce Springsteen Day in New Jersey.”
Hosted by fellow NJ-native, Jon Stewart, Murphy added “Truth be told, I know my place in the hierarchy of New Jersey. After all, I may be the 56th individual to be called ‘governor,’ but there will ever only be just one ‘Boss.’”
In addition to Bruce Springsteen Day, the iconic rocker’s received numerous honors throughout the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 (the nation’s highest civilian honor, bestowed by President Obama.) In March, President Biden presented him with the National Medal of Arts (the top award granted to artists and art patrons by the U.S. government.) In 1999 Bruce was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after earning 20 Grammys, an Oscar for “Streets of Philadelphia,” and a Tony for Springsteen on Broadway and three Emmy nominations.