American Eagle Day: Celebrating an iconic American symbol

June 20 celebrates an iconic American symbol - it's American Eagle Day. On this day back in 1782, the bald eagle was designated as the United States National Emblem and bird. This majestic eagle represents courage, justice, strength and freedom to many Americans. The bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is native to North America. With a wingspan of up to 7 feet, eagles can fly up to 30 miles an hour and can fly to an altitude of 10,000 feet. Eagles mate for life and can live up to 35 years in the wild. Once considered endangered and facing extinction, the North American Bald Eagle has flourished over the years due to a concerted effort by various organizations, agencies and concerned citiz

World Sauntering Day

Let's be frank. Many of us are overworked and stressed out. Between the job(s), the kids, school, housework and the never ending to-do list, finding a quiet moment to relax can be a monumental task. June 19 is World Sauntering Day, an annual "holiday" that encourages people around the world to slow down. W.T. (Bill) Rabe and some friends came up with the holiday idea decades ago in order to encourage folks to do things at a slower pace. Sauntering is defined as "to walk at a leisurely pace; stroll" according to The Free Dictionary. While enjoying a leisurely stroll isn't something many of us have the time to enjoy on a daily basis, this special day reminds us that it is important to stop a

National Martini Day

Have you heard the latest “buzz”? A very refreshing beverage holiday that celebrates one of America’s most well-known and classic cocktails is almost here. Get ready to raise your glass, folks. Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, straight up or over ice, it’s National Martini Day, also known as World Martini Day. While the origins of this holiday are unknown, National Martini Day is celebrated annually on June 19. Traditionally made with gin and vermouth and garnished with an olive or lemon twist, H.L Mencken referred to this beloved cocktail as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” And George Burns said, "Happiness is a dry martini and a good woman...or a bad woman

Juneteenth: Historical event celebrates freedom, equal rights & end of slavery

June 19 celebrates an important event in American history. Juneteenth, also referred to as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, an annual occasion that celebrates freedom and equal rights. Juneteenth is observed in many American states and is considered a holiday for some state employees. In 2020, Sen. Kamala Harris introduced a bill to make Juneteenth a national holiday. She said, "Juneteenth is a day to remember the millions who died from enslavement in America, and those who survived and fought to end it. And it needs to be a national holiday." Despite the fact the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, some people were still living as slaves in Texas. O

International Panic Day

Are you stressed out, overworked and underpaid? Do the smallest of things completely overwhelm you? Are you the type of person who worries about everything under the sun? Is “Chicken Little” your favorite character? Is “worry wart” your middle name? If so, perhaps it’s time to reevaluate things? Today is International Panic Day! Not to be confused with International Picnic Day, which is also observed today, this annual “holiday” is observed each year on June 18 Why not observe the event by slowing down a little and enjoying life a lot more? Turn off the electronic devices, put your feet up and relax. Let's face it. Stress is just part of our lives. But because everyone handles stress differe

International Picnic Day

With the official beginning of the summer season just days away, how does a little R&R sound to you right about now? Instead of going to work, hitting the books, cleaning the house or running the kids to their next activity, why not ditch everything on your to-do list and go on a leisurely picnic instead! June 18 is International Picnic Day, an annual worldwide event that celebrates the glorious picnic. Whether big or small, elaborate or simple, picnics are a perfect way to reconnect with that special someone, beloved family members, old or new friends or co-workers. There really are no rules when it comes to picnic planning and preparation. While you’re welcome to use a picnic basket (with

Go Fishing Day: Get reel!

June 18 is not your everyday, ordinary day. It is Go Fishing Day! Whether you spend the day at the local pond or nearby lake, it’s a great day to dust off that rod and reel and get a little bit of fishing action in! And in case fishing isn’t your thing, why not try your hand at a good game of “Go Fish”? Today is also International Picnic Day and International Panic Day!

National Eat Your Vegetables Day

When it comes to food holidays, kids may not be too fond of this one. Go grab your forks, kiddies. June 17 is (National) Eat Your Vegetables Day! While the origins of this annual food holiday are unknown, chances are good the day was created by a vegetable gardener, farmer or fed-up parent! With the summer season in full swing, what could be better than eating a fresh veggie right about now? Besides being low in calories, fresh vegetables are loaded with all sorts of essential vitamins, minerals and fiber. A healthy lifestyle that includes eating fresh fruit and veggies helps protect against infections, diseases and cancers and helps maintain normal blood pressure, healthy gums, eyes and sk

National Fudge Day

If your sweet tooth is aching, how does something rich, creamy and decadent sound to you right about now? If you’ve got a hankerin’ for a chocolate treat to eat, you’re in luck! June 16 is National Fudge Day! While the origins of this delicious holiday are unknown, chances are pretty good chocolate lovers won’t need much of an arm-twisting to indulge in a bite or two of delicious fudge in honor of the annual occasion. Folks have been enjoying fudge since it was “invented” by mistake after a botched batch of caramel didn’t quite turn out as planned – thank goodness! Today’s fudge is available in a slew of different flavors. Enjoy! #NationalFudgeDay #Fudge #chocolate #June16

National Lobster Day

Whether you boil them, steam them, grill or roast ‘em, if you love lobster, go grab a bib. June 15 is National Lobster Day! Often considered a delicacy, many people celebrate special events with a delicious lobster dinner. Maine is known for its lobster. In fact, Maine lobster (Homarus americanus) is considered the most delicious in the world! According to the Maine Lobster Council, lobsters enjoy the waters of Maine due to the clean, cold, northern waters and the rocky bottom habitat. Maine harvesters catch lobster the same way they've been catching them for over 100 years, one trap at a time. Harvested year-round, more than 72 million pounds of lobster was caught off the coast of Maine in

Global Wind Day

While many holidays celebrate special events, recognize famous and infamous people and celebrate fine food and drink, today’s particular holiday celebrates something you can’t really see, touch or smell but is very beneficial – the wind. Launched in 2007, Global Wind Day is a worldwide event observed annually on June 15. Coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association and the Global Wind Energy Council, the holiday celebrates wind power and its potential to impact and change the world. Each year, thousands of people from around the globe take part in various educational events, exhibitions, competitions, seminars and hands-on activities and celebrate the achievements of the renewable ene

National Cucumber Day

June 14 is National Cucumber Day, an annual food holiday that celebrates cucumbers. These easy to grow and delicious to eat perennials are one of the most popular things to grow in the garden. Native to India, Cucumis sativus belong to the same botanical group as watermelon, cantaloupe and squash. Available in different colors and sizes and comprised of mostly water, cukes have even been grown in space as well as one mile under the ground in a nickel mine. Today is also Flag Day. #NationalCucumberDay

Flag Day: American flag rules and etiquette for Old Glory

Today not only celebrates National Cucumber Day and World Blood Donor Day, but also celebrates an iconic American symbol. June 14 is Flag Day, an annual holiday that celebrates and honors the American flag. Each year, people across the nation commemorate the annual holiday by proudly displaying the American flag or by participating in a variety of flag-inspired events. The first official national flag, known as the Stars and Stripes, was adopted by the United States Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. Years later in 1885, teacher Bernard J. CiGrand, placed a small, 38-star flag on his desk and asked his students to write an essay on the flag and what it signified. His dream to bring n

World Gin Day

If you need a little something to whet your whistle, you’re in luck. An annual beverage holiday is here and parched people around the globe are in the mood to celebrate! Get ready to raise your glass, folks – the second Saturday in June is World Gin Day! This annual beverage holiday was created in 2009 by blogger, Neil Houston, as a way to celebrate and enjoy a great tasting gin with friends. Since its inception, nations around the world have participated in the international event. Social media is celebrating, too. Folks have been sippin’ on gin for centuries. According to Colleen Graham, gin was created by Dr. Franciscus Sylvus and was initially used for medicinal purposes. This spirited,

National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day

Be honest.... Does the smoke detector go off every time you make toast? Do you need to read the directions before you boil water? Does your family break out in a cold sweat and run for cover every time you turn on the oven? Is the fire department’s emergency number on your telephone’s speed dial? Are all the sharp knives kept under lock-and-key? Does it look like a tornado went through your kitchen after you open a can of soup? If cooking and baking just isn’t your cup of tea, hold on to your apron strings. Move over, Lucy Ricardo, June 13 is National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day, a special holiday set aside for folks who should avoid the kitchen and all those fancy appliances altogether!

Magic Day

If you or someone you know is fascinated by illusions and tricks, you're in luck. June 12 is Magic Day - an annual "holiday" that celebrates the craft of magic. After all, what child, or adult for that matter, can resist a wondrous magical trick that boggles the mind? While magic may mean different things to different folks, it is defined as "the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc." or to "presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature." After years of practice, skilled magicians learn how to "manipulate their environment to create illusions." Magic Day is not the only day of the year that celebr

National German Chocolate Cake Day

When it comes to holidays, June 11 is all about food. Not only is it Corn on the Cob Day, it is also National German Chocolate Cake Day, too! This moist and delicious dessert has three layers o chocolate cake with a coconut and pecan filling in-between. Sweeeet! German Chocolate Isn't German Despite its name, German Chocolate Cake was not “invented” in Germany. It’s actually an American creation typically made with sweet baking chocolate, coconut and pecans. Sam German, an employee of Baker’s Chocolate Company, created a special type of sweet baking chocolate bar back in 1852. The company named the concoction after him, Baker's German’s Sweet Chocolate. Years later, in 1957, a woman from Tex

It's Corn on the Cob Day in the U.S.A!

Since yesterday was National Iced Tea Day, it only makes sense today is all about another summertime favorite, right? Shucks, June 11 is (National) Corn on the Cob Day. Whether you boil it in a pot, nuke it in the microwave or barbecue it on the grill, fresh corn on the cob is simple to make and delicious to eat. Nothing says summertime like sinking your teeth into a fresh ear of corn and experiencing that oh so familiar explosion of goodness in your mouth that wakes up those sleepy taste buds. Corn has been around for centuries. Besides food and animal products, corn is a key ingredient used in over 4,000 products including ethanol, antibiotics, adhesives, hand soap, soft drinks, leather pr

National Iced Tea Day: Beat the Heat with an Ice Cold Drink

The kids are out of school and the days are getting warmer which means the official beginning of summer is right about the corner. And when it comes to hot and humid days, nothing beats the heat like a refreshing glass of ice cold drink. If you’re feeling a little parched right about now and need a refreshing beverage to whet your whistle, go grab your biggest glass. June 10 is National Iced Tea Day in the U.S.A! After all, nothing quite beats the heat like an ice-cold beverage on a hot summer day, eh. Tea not only tastes good, it’s good for you, too. Some believe that certain types of tea can help reduce your risk of stroke and heart disease, protect against cancer, lower cholesterol, dela

National Black Cow Day: In the 'mooood' for classic ice cream floats

Moooove over National Iced Tea Day, June 10 is also National Black Cow Day! While celebrating the 4-legged, bovine-variety is fine-and-dandy, today really celebrates the refreshing beverage made with ice cream and soda. While visions of poodle skirts, soda jerks, roller skates, drive-in diners and soda fountains may come to mind, Black Cows – a popular drink of days gone by, are still enjoyed today. Black Cows have been served up since the late 1890s. While some credit Robert M. Green as the actual “inventor” of the delicious drink, Cripple Creek Brewing owner, Frank J. Wisner, is often credited as the father of the Black Cow. Legend has it while peering out the window at the snow-capped pea

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