The Boston Tea Party occured on 16 December 1773. So it is the anniversary today. The modern Tea Party molded itself after the spirit of this first occurance. From About Tea Party Patriots | Tea Party Patriots The Tea Party movement spontaneously formed in 2009 from the reaction of the American people to fiscally irresponsible actions of the federal government, misguided “stimulus” spending, bailouts and takeovers of private industry. Within the first few weeks of the movement, Tea Party Patriots formed to support the millions of Americans seeking to improve our great nation through renewed support for fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free market economic policies. Not making a comment for or against, but refelecting on the anniversary of 1773 that is documented American history.