Sunshine Week occurs each year in mid-March, coinciding with James Madison‘s birthday and National Freedom of Information Day on the 16th.
During Sunshine Week, March 11-18, 2019 the First Amendment Foundation, along with hundreds of media organizations, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and other participants engage public discussion on the importance of open government.
Annual Sunshine Awards
History of Sunshine Week
The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors launched Sunshine Sunday in 2002 in response to efforts by some Florida legislators to create scores of new exemptions to the state’s public records law. The following year, the idea of a national Sunshine Sunday was raised at an ASNE Freedom of Information summit.
In the planning stages, it was decided that the initiative needed to be more than a single Sunday, and Sunshine Week was born. The first nationwide Sunshine Week took place March 13–19, 2005.