July 28, 2015 – NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY – BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY

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National Milk Chocolate Day - July 28

National Milk Chocolate Day – July 28

NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY

Milk Chocolate lovers, today is a your chance day to celebrate!  Each year on July 28th we observe National Milk Chocolate Day.  Solid chocolate when combine with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, in specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

Milk had sometimes been used as an addition to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.  (Wikipedia)

CELEBRATE

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.  Create a special treat with one of these “tried and true” recipes:

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

HISTORY

Our research has found that National Milk Chocolate Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was started by the National Confectioners Association.

On National Drink Wine Day, you can be aboard a fabulous Caribbean Cruise.  Join us as we celebrate this National Day.  For more information, CLICK HERE.  

Buffalo Soldiers Day - July 28

Buffalo Soldiers Day – July 28

BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY

Buffalo Soldiers Day is observed annually on July 28th.  This day commemorates the formation in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers.

“Buffalo Soldiers” (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.

Mark Matthews, who is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery, was the oldest living Buffalo Soldier at 111 years old when he died on September 6, 2005.

The segregated regiments were disbanded during the 1940’s and 1950’s as the U.S. armed forces embraced integration.

On the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992, a monument to the Buffalo Soldier was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by General Colin Powell.

The Buffalo Soldier Museum is located in Houston Texas.

CELEBRATE

Post on social media using #BuffaloSoldiersDay to encourage others to pay tribute to to these heroes..

HISTORY

Buffalo Soldier Commemorations have been held throughout our nation since 1992 when the United States Congress passed a law designating July 28th as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the United States.

July 27, 2015 – NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY – NATIONAL CREME BRULEE DAY

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National Scotch Day - July 27

National Scotch Day – July 27

NATIONAL SCOTCH DAY

National Scotch Day is celebrated annually on July 27th.

Scotch whisky, often simply called Scotch, is malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be made in a manner specified by law.

All Scotch whisky was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky.

All Scotch whisky must be aged in oak barrels for at least three years. Any age statement on a bottle of Scotch whisky, expressed in numerical form, must reflect the age of the youngest whisky used to produce that product. A whisky with an age statement is known as guaranteed-age whisky.

The first written mention of Scotch whisky is in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland, 1495. A friar named John Cor was the distiller at Lindores Abbey in the Kingdom of Fife.

Many Scotch whisky drinkers will refer to a unit for drinking as a dram.  Source -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotch_whisky

CELEBRATE

Enjoy some scotch with friends. (Remember to always drink responsibly and to never drink and drive) Post on social media using #NationalScotchDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

The origins of National Scotch Day are still being researched.  Any updates will be posted here.

National Creme Brulee Day - July 27

National Creme Brulee Day – July 27

NATIONAL CREME BRULEE DAY

National Creme Brulee Day is observed annually on July 27th!  Get ready to enjoy a dish of this mouth-watering rich dessert.

Creme brulee is also known as burnt cream, crema catalana and Trinity creme.  It is a dessert that consists of a rich custard base that is topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature.

The custard base is usually vanilla flavored but has variations of: lemon, orange, rosemary, lavender, chocolate, Amaretto, Grand Marnier, cinnamon, coffee, liqueurs, green tea, pistachio, hazelnut, coconut or other fruit.

The earliest known reference of creme brulee, as we know it today, appears in Francois Massialot’s 1691 cookbook.

CELEBRATE

Here is a “tried and true” creme brulee recipe for you to make and share:  Post on social media using #NationalCremeBruleeDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY 

We were unable to find the creator of National Creme Brulee Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

July 26, 2015 – NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLE’S DAY – NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY – NATIONAL PARENTS DAY

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National Aunt and Uncle's Day July 26

National Aunt and Uncle’s Day – July 26

NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLE’S DAY

Aunt and Uncle’s Day is celebrated annually on July 26th.  Spending holidays together, special family times and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often form a special place in our hearts and fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and wonderful memories.  They are people we can turn to and trust and we know that they will be there for us.

Today we are thankful for our moms and dads, brothers and sisters and want to let them know that and just how special they are to us and the important part they play in our lives.  It would be a good time to get out the old photograph albums and look through the pictures, reliving memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that was spent with your special aunts and uncles.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, give them a call, stop by for a visit, send them a card or a bouquet of flowers or maybe take them out for a nice dinner. Take photos with them and post them on social media using #AuntAndUnclesDay

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Aunt and Uncle’s Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Bagelfest Day - July 26 (1)

National Bagelfest Day – July 26

NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY

National Bagelfest Day is observed annually on July 26th.

This crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle bread is very popular in the USA and Canada.  Served with a variety of toppings as well as produced in a variety of flavors, bagel shops are a staple in most communities across the country.

Bagels were brought to the United States by immigrant Polish-Jews, with a thriving business developing in New York City that was controlled for decades by Bagel Bakers Local 338, which had contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers, who prepared all their bagels by hand. The bagel came into more general use throughout North America in the last quarter of the 20th century, which was due at least partly to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender, who pioneered automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel.

CELEBRATE

Grab some bagels and post on social media using #NationalBagelfestDay to encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

The day is credited to Murray Lender, owner of Lenders Bagels.  In 1986, Murray started the festival in Mattoon, Illinois, home of the worlds largest bagel factory.

 

National Parent’s Day - Fourth Sunday in July

National Parent’s Day – Fourth Sunday in July

NATIONAL PARENTS DAY

National Parents Day is annually celebrated, in the United States, on the fourth Sunday in July.  Similar to a combination of Father’s Day and Mother’s Day, National Parents Day is a day to honor your parents. show appreciation to them and to celebrate family.

To all parents out there……………….  Happy Parents Day !

CELEBRATE

Call up your parents, or reminisce about the good time with them. Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

This holiday was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law  (36 U.S.C. § 135) for “recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.”  The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott.

July 25, 2015 – NATIONAL DANCE DAY – NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY – NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY – NATIONAL CULINARIANS DAY – NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY

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National Dance Day - Last Saturday in July

National Dance Day – Last Saturday in July

July 25, 2015 – NATIONAL DANCE DAY – NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY – NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY – NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY – NATIONAL CULINARIANS DAY – NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY

NATIONAL DANCE DAY

National Dance Day is observed each year on the last Saturday in July.  Created as a day to raise awareness about and encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

National Dance Day achieved national recognition when in 2010, long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, introduced a National Dance Day resolution to promote dance education and physical fitness.

For more information regarding National Dance Day, see: http://dizzyfeetfoundation.org/national-dance-day

CELEBRATE

Turn on a favorite song and dance.  Post on social media using #NationalDanceDay to encourage others to do so as well.

HISTORY

National Dance Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, was launched in 2010 by  “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe.

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day - July 25

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day – July 25

   

NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY

On National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, we celebrate an ice cream dessert that combines hot and cold and is loved by most. Annually celebrated on July 25th, this tasty treat that has been served to many since hot fudge was first introduced in 1906

A variation to the classic sundae, the hot fudge sundae is a creation of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts (optional) and a single, bright-red maraschino cherry on top.

CELEBRATE

Enjoy a Hot Fudge Sundae at your favorite Ice Cream shop.  Post on social media using #HotFudgeSundaeDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Merry-Go-Round Day - July 25

National Merry-Go-Round Day – July 25

NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY

July 25 is a day associated with carnival music and children’s laughter as we annually celebrate National Merry-Go-Round Day.

The merry-go-round (also known as a carousel) is an amusement ride that consists of a rotating circular platform with seats on it for it’s riders.  It’s seats are traditionally in rows and are made up of wooden horses or other animals mounted on posts.  Many of they animals are made to move up and down to stimulate galloping and are accompanied by circus music.

Names of the animals normally consist of Galloper, Jumper, Roundabout, Horseabout and Flying Horses.

Any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round and on a playground, is usually a simple, child-powered rotating platform with bars or handles to which children can cling while riding.

  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. in the Byzantine Empire, which depicts baskets, carrying riders, suspended from a central pole.
  • Hessville, Ohio was the site of the first United States created merry-go-round.  It was created by Franz Wiesenhoffer during the 1840′s.
  • July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate, find a merry-go-round and have fun…..they are not just for the kids and there is a kid in all of us!  Post on social media using #MerryGoRoundDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

July 25 was chosen as the celebration day for National Merry-Go-Round Day, an “unofficial” national holiday, as it coincides with the first United States patent that was issued for the modern carousel.  That patent was awarded to William Schneider of Davenport Iowa on July 25, 1871.

National Day of the Cowboy - Changes Annually

National Day of the Cowboy – Changes Annually

NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY

National Day Of The Cowboy is observed annually on the 4th Saturday in July.  According to the National Day of the Cowboy organization, this is a day set aside to celebrate the contribution of the Cowboy and Cowgirl to America’s culture and heritage.

The NDOC organization is currently working to towards passing bills in many of the states to make this day an official designation.  More information on their efforts on both the federal and state levels can be found on the NDOC website.

In the words of the former President Bush, “We celebrate the Cowboy as a symbol of the grand history of the American West. The Cowboy’s love of the land and love of the country are examples for all Americans.”

CELEBRATE

Celebrate with a cowboy you know and post on social media using #NationalDayOfTheCowboy.  Enjoy a western novel, attend a rodeo or many other things to recognize and embrace the cowboy way of life.

HISTORY

National Day of the Cowboy was organized by the NDOC organization with it’s first celebration in 2005.  The organization is working diligently on making this day “official”.

 

National Culinarian’s Day - July 25

National Culinarian’s Day – July 25

NATIONAL CULINARIANS DAY

National Culinarians Day is observed each year on July 25th.  This is a day to honor all chefs and cooks and to show our appreciation to them.

It may be the chef at your favorite restaurant or the person that cooks dinner in your home, which may be you, but whomever it is, this day is all about them.

Culinary art is the art of preparing and cooking foods. A “culinarian” is a person working in the culinary arts.

Culinary education is available from many institutions offering diploma, associate, and bachelor degree programs in the culinary arts field.  Depending on the level of education desired, this can take one to four years.

CELEBRATE

If you go out to eat today, make sure and thank the chef….. if you eat at home, thank the cook!  If you are the cook, put on some fun music and enjoy your time in the kitchen!  Post on social media using #NationalCulinariansDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Culinarians Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

National Threading the Needle Day - July 25 (2)

National Threading the Needle Day – July 25

 NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY

 National Thread The Needle Day is observed annually on July 25th.  This day can be interpreted in a variety of ways as “Threading the Needle” has multiple meanings.

Here are some of the different meanings to “Thread the Needle“:

  • Practical meaning – Taking thread and guiding it through a sewing needle.
  • Metaphorical meaning – Finding a path through two opposing views.  (often used by politicians)
  • In billiards – precise shooting so an object ball is carefully shot through a narrow pathway
  • Is used as a yoga pose
  • Is used in football
  • Is used in basketball

CELEBRATE

Celebrate National Thread The Needle Day today as you choose, spend it with friends and family and have a fun-filled, wonderful day!  Post on social media using #ThreadTheNeedleDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

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

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