It "honors Barney Flaherty, the first newspaper carrier (or paperboy) hired in 1833, as well as all current newspaper carriers." It is celebrated on September 4, the anniversary of Flaherty's hiring by Benjamin Day, publisher of the New York Sun. It is also observed by The Armidale Express, NSW, Australia.
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER CARRIER DAY. National Newspaper Carrier Day is observed annually on September 4th. Around the country, we honor the newspaper carriers who owe their start to an enterprising young immigrant in New York City over 180 years ago.