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August 3, 2015 – NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY – NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY

2 Aug
National Watermelon Day - August 3

National Watermelon Day – August 3

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

National Watermelon Day is observed annually on August 3rd.  Watermelon is a fruit enjoyed by many and is a favorite of summertime events such as picnics and fairs.  Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so refreshing.

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind (exocarp) and fleshy center (mesocarp and endocarp). Pepos are derived from an inferior ovary, and are characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon – although not in the genus Cucumis – has a smooth exterior rind (usually green with dark green stripes or yellow spots) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually deep red to pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, or white).

Watermelons can grow very large and you will find competitions across the country which award prizes each year for the largest one.  The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more interesting watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

Resources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Watermelon

CELEBRATE

Enjoy a slice of Watermelon today and celebrate with the rest of the country! Post on social media using #NationalWatermellonDay to encourage others to join.

HISTORY

 Our research, was unable to  find the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Grab Some Nuts Day - August 3

National Grab Some Nuts Day – August 3

NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY

There are many “nut” days throughout the year such as National Almond Day, National Pistachio Day and National Pecan Day.  On August 3rd, we enjoy them all on National Grab Some Nuts Day.

CELEBRATE

Do not forget to grab a handful of your favorite flavor of nuts today! Post on social media using #NationalGrabSomeNutsDay to encourage others to do so..

HISTORY

Nation Grab Some Nuts Day is an “unofficial” national holiday.

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August 2, 2015 – NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY – NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY – NATIONAL SISTERS DAY – NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY – NATIONAL KIDS DAY – AMERICAN FAMILY DAY

1 Aug
National Coloring Book Day August 2

National Coloring Book Day – August 2

August 2, 2015 – NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY – NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY – NATIONAL SISTERS DAY – NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY – NATIONAL KIDS DAY – AMERICAN FAMILY DAY

NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY

National Coloring Book Day is celebrated annually on August 2.  Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring.  Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.  Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970. Dover now publishes Creative Haven®, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.nationalcoloringbookdaylogo

CELEBRATE

Find a coloring party near you or participate online.  Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself. Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life. Download the official National Coloring Book Day 2015 color page. Post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find the enjoyment in coloring.

HISTORY

National Coloring Book Day was submitted by Dover Publications in May 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Coloring Book Day to be observed annually on August 2.

 

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day - August 2

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – August 2

NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is observed each year on August 2nd.  This food holiday is one that will refresh each one of us, across the United States, on a warm summer day with a delicious frozen ice cream sandwich.

The modern version of the ice cream sandwich was invented by Jerry Newberg in 1945 when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field.   There are pictures from the early 1900′s, “On the  beach, Atlantic City”, that show Ice Cream Sandwiches were popular and sold for 1 cent each.

There are alternatives to the classic ice cream sandwich using chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies or a rice crispy wafer in place of the original chocolate one.

Following are a few of the names that ice cream sandwiches are known around the world:

  • Giant Sandwich
  • Monaco Bar
  • Maxibon
  • Cream Between
  • Vanilla Slice
  • Potong
  • Nougat Wafer
  • Sliders
  • Ice Cream Wafers
  • Double Nougat

CELEBRATE

Enjoy an ice cream sandwich today! Post on social media using #IceCreamSandwichDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Sisters Day - First Sunday in August

National Sisters Day – First Sunday in August

NATIONAL SISTERS DAY

National Sisters Day is observed the first Sunday in August.  This is your chance to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All sisters have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there is a special bond that exists.

CELEBRATE

Make this day a special celebration for your sister or sisters. If you don’t have a sister, you can still celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girl’s night out!  Post on social media using #NationalSistersDay and encourage others to do the same.

HISTORY

The origins of National Sisters Day, an “unofficial” National day, has not been determined.

National Friendship Day - First Sunday in August

National Friendship Day – First Sunday in August

NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY

National Friendship Day is observed annually on the first Sunday in August.  According to the National Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

CELEBRATE

Get in contact with your friends for a chat or visit. Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards.  By 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations, and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

National Kids Day - First Sunday in August

National Kids Day – First Sunday in August

NATIONAL KIDS DAY

On the first Sunday in August, all kids across the nation have a special day to celebrate as it is National Kids Day.

CELEBRATE

Spend some time with your kids. Post on social media using #KidsDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

To encourage adults to spend more meaningful and quality time with their children, National Kids Day was created in 1994 by KidsPeace. KidsPeace is a national children’s charity that was started over 130 years ago.

American Family Day - First Sunday in August

American Family Day – First Sunday in August

AMERICAN FAMILY DAY

American Family Day is observed annually on the first Sunday of August.  Established as a day discouraging families from buying gifts or other material items to celebrate, American Family Day is intended as a separate day to appreciate family members by spending time with them.

“American Family Day brings families are brought together to share their love and appreciation of one another.” 
(The Georgia Department of Education Parent Engagement Program)

(This day is not to be confused with American Family Day, Inc., a commercial company which popularized on the American Family Day holiday name.

CELEBRATE

Enjoy your family! Post on social media using #AmericanFamilyDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

Now annually celebrated across the United States on the first Sunday in August, this day began as a 1-year proclamation signed by Governor Raul Castro, declaring August 7, 1977 as American Family Day.  The following year, Governor Bruce Babbit signed American Family Day into law as an official Arizona holiday.

August 1, 2015 – NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY – NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY – RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY – NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY – MEAD DAY – NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY

31 Jul
National Girlfriends Day - August 1

Nati onal Girlfriends Day – August 1

August 1, 2015 – NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY – NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY – RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY – NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY – MEAD DAY – NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY

NATIONAL GIRLFRIENDS DAY

National Girlfriends Day is annually recognized on August 1, as girlfriends get together around the United States and celebrate their special bond of friendship.

Girlfriends can be your daughters, mothers, sisters, cousins, lifelong friends, high school friends, college room-mates and work friends. They are the ones who are there for you. These friends are the ones with whom you want to spent time, share your secrets, go shopping, get a pedicure and drink a glass of wine. They want to be there for you and you want to be there for them. They are your girlfriends!

Friendship is one of the most special connections in life. 

FRIEND: “A person whom one knows and with whom one has a bond of mutual affection”

CELEBRATE

Today, let your gal pals know just how much they mean to you and how special they are in your life. Go out for lunch or a drink with a friend. Post on social media using #NationalGirlfriendsDay.

HISTORY

National Girlfriends Day was created by the social networking site, www.sisterwoman.com

National Jamaican Patty Day - 1st Saturday in August

National Jamaican Patty Day – 1st Saturday in August

NATIONAL JAMAICAN PATTY DAY

National Jamaican Patty Day is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in August. A Jamaican patty is defined as a “turnover style pastry” which can have a variety of fillings such as seasoned ground beef, chicken, seafood or vegetables. The crust is ideally flaky in texture, half-moon in shape, and the fillings are usually spicy, but milder varieties are available for the faint of heart. It is said that the Jamaican Patty as we know it today, was born from the English Cornish Pastry, a similar concoction that came to Jamaica during the early Colonist days. It also bears a resemblance to the Spanish empanada.

The patty has become a staple among Jamaicans, acting as a quick “grab-n-go” or “meal-on-the-run” type of snack. A typical person eats a patty or two for lunch while in school or at work. It serves well as a hot & nutritious snack and when paired with a coco-bread it becomes a belly-filling & satisfying meal in itself.

GOLDEN KRUST CARIBBEAN BAKERY & GRILL HISTORY

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill is the brain-child of Ephraim and Mavis Hawthorne; founders of Hawthorne & Son’s Bakery in St. Andrew, Jamaica and parents of the present owners.

In 1989, Lowell, President and CEO along with his wife Lorna, four of his siblings and their spouses, pooled all their resources to open the first Golden Krust retail location on East Gun Hill Road in Bronx, NY. By 1996 they owned 17 Restaurants throughout New York City. The business became so successful that the Hawthorne’s were encouraged to create franchises and they seized the opportunity to do just that.

In that same year, Golden Krust became the first Caribbean-owned business in the U.S. to be granted a franchise license. The pivotal year of 1996 signified Golden Krust’s relocation to its plant in the South Bronx, eventually purchasing the entire block from 172nd Street to Claremont Parkway on Park Avenue.

Today, Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill operates a chain of over 100 Restaurants in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Massachusetts.
To satisfy all tastes, at Golden Krust we offer a variety of fillings which include Spicy Beef, Mild Beef, Cheezee Beef, Chicken, Jerk Chicken, Shrimp, Vegetable, Spinach and Soya. Try them all and let us know your favorite!

CELEBRATE

Attend one of many events planned today.  Participate in the Power of the Patty Sweepstakes to win a free flight to Jamaica.  All 120 Golden Krust stores will feature 99 cent patties from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good luck and enjoy the National Jamaican Patty Day festivities. Share the fun and post pics on social media using #GKNJPD. Enjoy the flavor, try a new flavor or two and Celebrate the Power of the Patty.

HISTORY

National Jamaican Patty Day was submitted by Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery in May of 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Jamaican Patty Day to be observed annually on the first Saturday in August. The month of August is significant to Golden Krust for a myriad of reasons. Golden Krust first opened it’s doors for business in August of 1989. Jamaica celebrates both Emancipation and Independence holidays in the month of August. Most importantly, Mavis Ephraim, the matriarch of the Hawthorne family was born in the month of August.

Respect for Parents Day - August 1

Respect for Parents Day – August 1

RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY

In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past” RESPECT FOR PARENTS DAY was born.   These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster CA as she created Respect For Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st.

This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society.

For more information, see:

http://marilyndalrymple.tripod.com/index-4.html

CELEBRATE

Make sure you are respectful to your parents. Post on social media using #RespectForParentsDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster CA created Respect For Parents Day which is celebrated annually on August 1st.

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day August 1

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day – August 1

NATIONAL RASPBERRY CREAM PIE DAY

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day is observed annually on August 1st.  This day is in theme with other raspberry holidays in this same time period.  Raspberries are most plentiful this time of year.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of a multitude of plant species in the genusRubus of the rose family.  The name also applies to the plants themselves.

  • Raspberries are woody stemmed perennials.
  • Raspberries are widely grown in all temperate regions of the World.
  • Raspberries are a very important commercial fruit crop.
  • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop, however with new technology, cultivars and transportation,
    they can now be obtained year-round.
  • An  individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.
  • A raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle.
  • Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese and dietary fiber.
  • Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper and iron.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, enjoy these “tried and true” Raspberry Cream Pie recipes.

Post on social media using #RaspberryCreamPieDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Raspberry Cream Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

Mead Day - First Saturday in August

Mead Day – First Saturday in August

MEAD DAY

To increase mead awareness and foster camaraderie among meadmakers, Mead Day is observed each year on the first Saturday in August.  Mead Day was created by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002.

Sometimes called “honey-wine”, mead is an alcoholic beverage that is made by fermenting honey with water.  Often times fruits, spices, grains or hops are added in the making of this, loved by many, drink.

Mead has been known to be called the “ancestor of all fermented drinks.”

For more information on Mead Day, go to the Home Brewers Association website

CELEBRATE

Go out and enjoy a glass of mead. (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive)  Post on social media using #MeadDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

Mead Day was created by the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) in 2002.

National Minority Donor Awareness Day - August 1

National Minority Donor Awareness Day – August 1

NATIONAL MINORITY DONOR AWARENESS DAY

As part of National Minority Donor Awareness Week, National Minority Donor Awareness Day is celebrated on August 1, 2014.

In its 18th year, National Minority Donor Awareness Week was created to increase awareness of the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye and tissue donors.  It is also a time to honor minorities who have donated and to encourage others to register as donors.  People are also encouraged to practice good health habits in order to take better care of themselves in an attempt to reduce the number needing transplants.

For more information, see: http://organdonor.gov/awarenessweek/awarenessweek.html

CELEBRATE

Post on social media using #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.

HISTORY

The origins of National Minority Donor Awareness Day, an “unofficial” National Day,  is linked to the week observation for the same cause.

National Mustard Day - First Saturday in August

National Mustard Day – First Saturday in August

NATIONAL MUSTARD DAY

National Mustard Day is observed on the first Saturday in August.  Mustard is a condiment made from the seeds of a mustard plant (white or yellow mustard, Sinapis hirta; brown or Indian mustard, Brassica juncea; or black mustard, B. nigra).

The whole, ground, cracked, or bruised mustard seeds are mixed with water, salt, lemon juice, or other liquids, and sometimes other flavorings and spices, to create a paste or sauce ranging in color from bright yellow to dark brown.
Commonly paired with meats and cheeses, mustard is a popular addition to sandwiches, salads, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

Mustard is also used as an ingredient in many dressings, glazes, sauces, soups, and marinades; as a cream or a seed, mustard is used in the cuisine of India, the Mediterranean, northern and southeastern Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Africa, making it one of the most popular and widely used spices and condiments in the world.

National Mustard Day is celebrated annually at the National Mustard Museum on the first Saturday in August.   This is a fun-filled day for the whole family and has traditionally included FREE hot dogs as well as music, games, other entertainment, FREE mustard sampling, and more. The Mustard Museum has been the official sponsor of this event since 1991.

In 2010, the event was moved to the current home of the Museum in Downtown Middleton, Wisconsin. With more than 6,000 enthusiastic mustard lovers in attendance annually, this event has raised thousands of dollars for local charity.

CELEBRATE

Add some mustard to your favorite meals today. Post on social media using #NationalMustardDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

National Mustard Day, an “unofficial” National Day, has been sponsored by the Mustard Museum since 1991.  The origins before that date are currently unknown.

NEW DAY PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY – August 2nd

31 Jul
National Coloring Book Day August 2

National Coloring Book Day – August 2

NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY

National Coloring Book Day is celebrated annually on August 2.  Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring.  Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress.  Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970. Dover now publishes Creative Haven®, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.nationalcoloringbookdaylogo

CELEBRATE

Find a coloring party near you or participate online.  Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself. Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life. Download the official National Coloring Book Day 2015 color page. Post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find the enjoyment in coloring.

HISTORY

National Coloring Book Day was submitted by Dover Publications in May 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Coloring Book Day to be observed annually on August 2.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

National Coloring Book Day – Ken Katzman 516-294-7000 ext. 121

National Day Calendar – Alice Anderson 701-204-6674

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