MAY 18, 2018 | NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY | NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY | NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY | NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY | NASCAR DAY | NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY | NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY | NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY | NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY

NATIONAL PIZZA PARTY DAY

Each year on the third Friday in May, millions of pizza lovers across the nation join in extolling the qualities of pizza on National Pizza Party Day.  Celebrate by inviting friends and family to share a night of fun at your favorite pizzeria.  Another way to celebrate is with a homemade pizza with fresh toppings or by having one delivered.

  • In ancient Greece, Greeks enjoyed bread covered with oils, herbs, and cheese.
  • In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie. 
  • A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
  • The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
  • The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
  • It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
  • Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share photos of your pizza party on your favorite social media and include #PizzaPartyDay

HISTORY

Our research has not determined the origins of National Pizza Party Day.

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NATIONAL BIKE TO WORK DAY

The month of May is National Bike Month. National Bike to Work Day takes place on the third Friday in May.

A growing number of various bicycle-related events will be held in communities nationwide during National Bike Month which includes National Bike To Work Day.

In the United States, from the year 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters grew by more than 47 percent.

National Bike to Work Day promotes the bicycle as a healthy and safe alternative for commuting to work.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #BikeToWorkDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Bike to Work Day originated in 1955 by the League of American Bicyclists and is endorsed by the American Medical Association.

NATIONAL NO DIRTY DISHES DAY

May 18 marks a fun holiday, National No Dirty Dishes Day.  This is a day that gives us all a break from the regular daily routine.  There are two options for this day.  You can eat all meals out. If that is possible, would also be a bonus treat. Or, you can use disposable paper plates, cups and silverware.  To stay earth friendly, choose ones that are biodegradable.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Go out to lunch or dinner with friends or have a barbecue and serve everything on paper plates with disposable utensils. Use #NoDirtyDishesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator and origin of National No Dirty Dishes Day.

NATIONAL ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so. Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries and schools.

The 40th anniversary of the Federal Endangered Species Act was observed in 2013.

Designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a “consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation.” The act was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973.

The Act is administered by two federal agencies, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #EndangeredSpeciesDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research found the National Endangered Species Day was enacted in 2006 by the United States Senate.

NASCAR DAY

Observed across the United States on the third Friday in May is NASCAR Day.  This day is a celebration of NASCAR drivers, celebrities, corporate partners, media and millions of fans coming together to raise funds for charitable causes. “We believe our greatest asset is the power and passion of our NASCAR fans: passion both for the sport and for giving back.  NASCAR Day is an annual celebration of this NASCAR spirit.”

2016 celebrates the 13th year anniversary of NASCAR Day.

For more information, go to the NASCAR Foundation.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #NASCARDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Founded by the NASCAR Foundation in 2003 as a way to bring NASCAR family together to support the health and lives of children across the country.

NATIONAL VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY

National Visit Your Relatives Day is observed on May 18.  It is easy to get so caught up in the busyness of today’s fast paced lifestyle that we can soon lose touch with our relatives.  National Visit Your Relatives Day reminds us to stop for a moment, take some much-needed time and visit those relatives we care about and have not seen for a while.

Sometimes it is hard when families do not live close.  Often siblings, cousins, parents and dear relatives are scattered across the country.  A visit can be a phone call or a face-to-face live chat on the computer.  With today’s technology, we are now able to communicate with loved ones living far away, yet seeing them as if they are right beside us.

Life is much too short not to make time for family.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Visit Your Relatives Day, spend time with your family, either in person, on the phone or computer.  You will be glad that you did. Use #NationalVisitYourRelativesDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for project ideas designed for #NationalVisitYourRelativeDay.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and the origin of National Visit Your Relatives Day.

NATIONAL CHEESE SOUFFLE DAY

On National Cheese Souffle Day, observed May 18, we can all enjoy a little of this French delight.  The word souffle is the past participle of the French verb, souffler, which means “to blow up” or “puff up.”  Combine egg whites with custard, and it will puff up into a fine, golden souffle when baked.

Egg yolks and beaten egg whites, mixed with various other ingredients make up a souffle.  It can be served as a tasty main course dish, or it can be sweetened for a dessert.

Each souffle is made up of either a French creme base, a flavored creme sauce or puree and beaten egg whites

 

The base provides the flavor, and the egg whites provide the lift.  The base is commonly made up of cheese, jam, fruits, berries, chocolate, and lemon.  This day is dedicated to the cheese based souffle.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Order a cheese souffle at your favorite restaurant, or you can try your culinary skills with this Cheese Souffle recipe. Use  #NationalCheeseSouffleDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Cheese Souffle Day.

 

National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day May 18
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NATIONAL HIV VACCINE AWARENESS DAY

May 18 is National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.  This day was created as an annual observance to recognize and to thank all of the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals and scientists who work together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine.

The day also promotes continued awareness and education concerning HIV vaccine research.

HOW TO OBSERVE

For more information on events and activities visit the National Institutes of Health website and use #HIVVaccineAwarenessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Organized by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, this day is also a day to educate our communities about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research. Community activities and media events are being held around the country in recognition of National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day.

NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY

National Defense Transportation Day is a United States Federal Observance Day held on the third Friday in May.

A significant part of the U.S. economy is the vast network of transportation infrastructure. The cost of maintaining and investing in expansion is a constant balancing act.

National Defense Transportation Day recognizes the importance of transportation and the people who support and protect the system in this modern era. As part of National Transportation Week, events and ceremonies will be held honoring and recognizing the importance of transportation in communities across the country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #DefenseTransportationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

On May 16, 1957, Congress designated the third Friday of May each year as National Defense Transportation Day. In 1962, Congress included the whole week within which the Friday falls as National Transportation Week.”   A proclamation is signed each year by the current President of the United States.

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