This big and juicy fruit deserves it’s own big day. So, we give pause to celebrate watermelons on National Watermelon Day. Sweet and tasty, watermelons, are one of summer’s favorite fruit. It’s standard fare at picnics. While watermelon is over 90% water, it sure tastes good. And, what picnic would be complete without a seed spitting contest? Summer is the time to consume watermelons in large quantities. They ripen in the field in July and August, and even earlier in some southern states. July is the peak month, just in tie for Fourth of July picnics. But, please don’t limit your consumption of watermelon to just this month. Stores carry watermelon twelve months of the year. World Record Watermelon: Watermelons can grow quite large, make that huge. Sure, there are small, home garden varieties that just about fit into the palm of your hand. But, watermelons can weigh hundreds of pounds each. The world record heaviest watermelon weighed in at 350.5 pounds on October 4, 2013. It was grown by Chris Kent of Sevierville, Tennessee.
The History and Origin of National Watermelon Day: The National Watermelon Promotion Board sponsors this special holiday. They told us they did not create this holiday and do not know who did. In answering why this date was chosen, spokesperson Stephanie Barlow stated “Every day is National Watermelon Day to us!” This holiday goes back to at least 2005. Of interesting note: National Watermelon Month is July, while National Watermelon Day is in August. No one knows why this is, although it gives us an extra day to celebrate watermelons! This is not a true “National” day. Neither the U.S. Congress, nor the President of the United States has proclaimed today to be National Watermelon Day. Definition of “National” Days – and why it so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
This holiday is always the third Wednesday in July. Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggety dog! Today is National Hot Dog Day, On this date, we celebrate one of America’s favorite summer sandwiches. It is only fitting that this dog gets its day. Its summertime. Hot dogs are center stage on the grill, and at picnics all across America. They are at the ballpark. They are sold from carts on street corners in every city. It’s not hard to find them. We consume hundreds of millions of hot dogs on the Fourth of July alone. Enjoy National Hot Dog Day to the fullest. Have a couple of hot dogs for lunch or dinner. And, don’t forget to cook a few on a stick at the evening campfire. What’s in a hot dog? Don’t ask, and we won’t tell. It’s a sausage, and that’s all we will say. Sometimes, its best if you don’t know. Happy National Hot Dog Day! The companion for National Hot Dog Day is National Mustard Day. How many Hot Dogs do we eat?
We consume so many hot dogs, in so many venues, that the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council hesitates to forecast consumption. But, it does report that each year we buy over 837 million packages of hot dogs at retail outlets, and over 24 million hot dogs at baseball stadiums alone.
On the Fourth of July. The fourth of July is the birthday of our nation. Today, we celebrate and enjoy the freedom that comes with the event that made this day so special. Thomas Jefferson, is the leading author of the Declaration of Independence. He led a committee that crafted the declaration between June 11-28, 1776. Jefferson and other representatives from the thirteen colonies, voted and approved it on July 4, 1776. The document declared freedom for the 13 colonies from British rule. It currently resides in the Exhibition Hall of the National Archive in Washington, D.C. Did you know? The Declaration of Independence was not signed by all representatives until August, 1776. To make it official, John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress signed it. Now, can anyone guess where the saying “put your John Hancock on it” came from!?! Today, we enjoy the benefits of the freedom which the framers signed and ultimately fought for. For us, it is a time for baseball, hot dogs, family picnics and fireworks. Summer is in full swing and life is good.
Fourth of July is not complete without parades and fireworks. Fireworks are enjoyed by almost everyone. You should have your choice of several locations in your area on the Fourth, or even the day before. Many cottage owners on lakes will set out flares along the shore creating a “Ring of Fire”. Add to the impressive display of the flares, an abundance of fireworks, and you have quite a display.
This holiday is always held on June 26. National Canoe Day is today. Summer has arrived, and it is a perfect time for a canoe ride. Take a canoe out on your favorite waterway, and enjoy the peace and serenity. And, get a little healthy exercise along the way. Canoes have been around for thousands of years, and have been used by countless cultures. It is believed the first canoes were made and used by the Carib Indians of the Caribbean. They carved out logs, and used the canoes to travel between islands. The word canoe originates from the word “kenu” in their native language. Celebrating this day is a real pleasure. Simply go out in a canoe onto a lake or stream. Take a leisurely ride, and enjoy the scenery. Don’t rush… take your time. You’ll return calm and relaxed after a memorable experience.
Safety first! Make sure to wear an approved life jacket while out on the water. This writer is here today, because I had a life jacket on when our canoe tipped over in a fast running creek. Today’s Quote: “I never feel more alone than when I’m trying to put sunscreen on my back and no on e is around.” – – Jimmy Kimmel
This holiday is always held on June 22. National Chocolate Eclair Day is a sugary, sweet way to start your day. It’s a sweet, tasty way to end your day, too. Eclairs are a light, crisp pastry filled with a pastry cream. They are most often eaten as a dessert. They can be eaten at every meal, or as a snack. We hope that you are not on a diet, or watching calories, carb or sugar. Because participating in this day, means consumption of high calorie, high carb, high sugar éclairs. Did you know? Eclairs originated in France. Today’s Chuckle: “I told him to be himself. That was pretty mean, I guess.: – – Author Unknown
Father’s day is always celebrated the Third Sunday in June. A day to honor Dad. NO. Rather, it is a day to enjoy time with Dad and appreciate all he does for you. What Dad really wants is healthy, happy and successful kids. And, he wants you to spend a few moments with him on Father’s Day. Today’s life style is busy for both dads and kids. So, a little time with dad on Father’s Day is just what he wants. A Father is more than the biological paternal source of our being. It is the person who cares and provides for us. It is the man who helps to set the standards, the family values and the example. So, add to this group, step fathers and other men who willingly and eagerly accept and cherish the role. Whether biological, adopted or informally, if they are the father figure to you, give him some recognition today and don’t hesitate to call him “Dad”. Did you know? The first Father’s Day celebration was in Spokane, WA. on May 18, 1910. Remember all those famous quotes and sayings dad had when you were growing up? See Dadism’sToday’s Chuckle: “Fathers Day, when you get that lethal combination of alcohol and power tools.” – – David Letterman
This holiday is always observed on June 16. Today is Fresh Veggies Day. Take a vow to eat healthy today (and everyday), with fresh veggies for every meal, and for snack, too. Better still, be a vegetarian for a day. Your body will like it. Fresh vegetables are tasty, far better tasting than canned or frozen vegetables. They are also healthy and highly nutritious. This makes it easy to add fresh vegetables to the menu at every meal, and for snacking. This time of year, there are plenty of fresh vegetables at your local grocery store, or in your backyard vegetable garden. So relish Fresh Veggies Day with a bountiful supply of fresh picked veggies. Find fresh garden veggie recipes.
Flag Day, is a day for all Americans to celebrate and show respect for our flag, its designers and makers. Our flag represents the United States of America and its citizens. Our country is the greatest country in the world. We should pause today, to recognize our great country and our great citizens over the ages. Our flag represents our independence and our unity as a nation…..one nation, under God, indivisible. Our flag has a proud and glorious history. It was at the lead of every battle fought by Americans. Many people have died protecting it. It even stands proudly on the surface of the moon. The American Flag is lovingly referred to by other names, including:
Stars and Stripes
The Red, White and Blue
As Americans, we have every right to be proud of our culture, our nation, and our flag. So raise the flag today and every day with pride!
Properly Display Our Flag Care and handling of the American flag is steeped in tradition and respect. There is a right way and a wrong way to display the flag. This is called Flag Etiquette. The American flag should be held in the highest of regards. It represents our nation and the many people who gave their lives for our country and our flag. Here are the basics on displaying the American flag:
The flag is normally flown from sunrise to sunset.
In the morning, raise the flag briskly. At sunset, lower it slowly. Always, raise and lower it ceremoniously.
The flag should not be flown at night without a light on it.
The flag should not be flown in the rain or inclement weather.
After a tragedy or death, the flag is flown at half staff for 30 days. It’s called “half staff” on land ,and “half mast” on a ship.
When flown vertically on a pole, the stars and blue field , or “union”, is at the top and at the end of the pole (away from your house).
The American flag is always flown at the top of the pole. Your state flag and other flags fly below it.
The union is always on top. When displayed in print, the stars and blue field are always on the left.
Never let your flag touch the ground, never…period.
Fold your flag when storing. Don’t just stuff it in a drawer or box.
When your flag is old and has seen better days, it is time to retire it. Old flags should be burned or buried. Please do not throw it in the trash.
Origin of Flag Day In 1775, the first American flag, called the Continental colors, was created for our fledgling country. But, it looked too similar to the British flag. So, on June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that “the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. It wasn’t until 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson issued an official decree making June 14th Flag Day. However, some say the original Flag Day occurred in Wisconsin in 1885, and that Bernard J. Cigrand, a school teacher, began the practice of celebrating the flag’s birthday. He assigned his class to write essays about the flag and its significance.
This holiday is always observed on June 9. It’s National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day, time to enjoy a slice of a pie you many never have tried before. While Strawberry Rhubarb Pie has a long history, dating back to the 1800’s, not too many people have ever tried it. Some people, especially the younger crowd, do not even know what rhubarb is. The rhubarb plant has a long, thick, edible stem with good flavor, but a tart taste. Rhubarb recipes use sugar to sweeten it. The leaves are not eaten, as they are poisonous. Through the years, debate has raged as to whether Rhubarb is a vegetable, or a fruit. It is commonly thought of as a fruit, as this is the way it is used. In actuality, Rhubarb is actually a vegetable. Are you ready to be adventuresome? Dig into a piece of Strawberry Rhubarb Pie. You will not be disappointed. Today’s Chuckle: “I want my children to have all of the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.” – – Phyllis Diller.
FLIP A COIN ANY COIN!!!! This holiday is always held on June 1. Flip a Coin Day is day when making decisions is as easy as flipping a coin. This tradition dates back to Julius Caesar. Caesar would take a coin and flip it to make decisions where the right choice was unclear. The correct answer was “heads”, which of course carried his image on the coin.
Do you have any idea how to celebrate this day? You guessed it…Flip a coin. Use this method of decision making for all decisions, and for everything you do today.