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AUGUST 25, 2018 | NATIONAL KISS AND MAKE UP DAY | NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY | NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY | NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDERS DAY | NATIONAL SECONDHAND WARDROBE DAY

NATIONAL KISS AND MAKE UP DAY

National Kiss and Make Up Day reminds us to end the quarrels, arguments, and fights. Instead, come to an agreement with anyone you’ve had a disagreement with on National Kiss and Make Up Day on August 25th. 

Similar to the April 2nd National Reconciliation Day, National Kiss and Make Up Day gives us a chance to make amends.  Each one of us has had a fight with a loved one at some point in our lives.  Whether it is between you and a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker after time has passed, do you remember the cause?  Who was even at fault? Do you want the discord to go on any longer? That is probably the most important question of all.

Offering an apology, or simply just breaking the silence can be enough to begin the healing.  Strive to compromise. Even in a no-win situation, if the relationship is worth preserving agreeing to disagree may be the only resolution. When we talk through issues calmly after a serious dispute, we often find both sides misunderstood the other person.  Looking back, hopefully, we can find something to laugh about and repair the relationship.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Let’s find a way to resolve the differences and celebrate with a new start on National Kiss and Make Up Day!  Use #KissAndMakeUpDay to post on social media.

HISTORY 

Jacqueline Milgate of Hilton, New York founded Kiss and Make Up Day giving loved ones a scheduled day to mend relationships.

NATIONAL BANANA SPLIT DAY

National Banana Split Day recognizes the sweet ice cream treat served with a banana, whipped cream, and various toppings. Get yours on August 25th!

How to Make a Banana Split

Originally served in pharmacies, soda fountains and ice cream parlors, the banana split is traditionally served in a long dish called a boat. When making a banana split, cut a banana lengthwise and place it in the dish. Then add scoops of vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream between the slices of banana. Each scoop gets a topping; add crushed pineapple to the strawberry, drizzle chocolate syrup over the vanilla, and add strawberry topping to the chocolate. Next, sprinkle with crushed nuts. Finally, garnish with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. 

The Inventor

A 23-year-old apprentice pharmacist at Tassel’s Pharmacy in Latrobe, Pennsylvania created the first banana split in 1904.  David Evans Strickler enjoyed inventing sundaes at the store’s soda fountain. For only 10 cents, Strickler sold his first “banana-based triple ice cream sundae,” double the cost of all the other sundaes.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Banana Split Cheesecake recipe.

Celebrate with a delicious banana split and don’t forget the cherry on top! Use #NationalBananaSplitDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Banana Split Day. However, in David Strickler’s hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, they proudly celebrate his creation with a festival annually in August. In 2013, they placed an official marker at the site of the pharmacy where Strickler first made his famous banana split. Then, the United States Post Office honored the banana split and the town of Latrobe in 2016 with a 47-cent “forever stamp” depicting the banana split.  It was one of five stamps in the “Soda Fountain Favorites” series.  For a time, Latrobe residents could receive a cancellation mark memorializing their claim to fame.

NATIONAL WHISKEY SOUR DAY

Each year on August 25, people across the United States observe National Whiskey Sour Day.

Traditionally garnished with half an orange and a maraschino cherry, a whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey (often Bourbon), lemon juice and sugar.  Whiskey sours are shaken then either served straight or over ice.

An alternative to the traditional whiskey sour is the Boston sour which is made by adding a dash of egg white to the recipe.  Another variation is the Ward 8.  The Ward 8 has a base of either Bourbon or rye whiskey with both lemon and orange juices and grenadine syrup added for sweetness.

The first mention of a whiskey sour was in an 1870 Wisconsin newspaper.

  • After opening, a bottle of whiskey will remain good for five years.
  • An unopened bottle of whiskey can be kept for over 100 years and will still be fit to drink.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Have a whiskey sour. (Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive.) Use #NationalWhiskeySourDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Whiskey Sour Day.

National Park Service Founders Day - August 25
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NATIONAL PARK SERVICE FOUNDERS DAY

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed what is now called the Organic Act. It established the National Park Service. As part of the Department of Interior, the National Park Service protects 400 areas in each of the 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia totaling 84 million acres.

National Park Service Founders Day recognizes the superior conservation and preservation efforts of the National Parks System. Whether enjoying scenic trails, open spaces, watersheds or recreational areas, the National Parks Service provides a natural outdoor resource accessible to every American.

A Trip Through Time

Not only does the National Park Service provide access to millions of acres of the most picturesque places in the country, but it also takes us back in time. Through historic trails, we walk in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman as she led men and women away from slavery and to freedom along the Underground Railroad in Maryland. In Ohio, explore the infancy of aviation in the United States.

As we travel through the beauty of the historic Natchez Trace, we’ll discover the intense and tragic histories that lay along the way. From Native Americans to European settlement and the Civil War, the Natchez Trace survived it all.

West of the Mississippi, ancient ruins and resurrected forts tell the stories of those who have gone before us. In rustic settings or an out-of-the-way oasis in New Mexico, rediscover the history of untold ages.  After the arid West, head North and study the Klondike Gold Rush in Washington or the history of Columbia River.

Majestic beasts and glorious sunsets throughout the National Park Service entice visitors all year long.  Some of these parks are in your own backyard, a mere stone’s throw away. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop.  Make a list and keep going.

HOW TO OBSERVE

On National Park Service Founders Day, celebrate by visiting one of the 400 management areas across the country. Use #NPSFoundersDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

On August 25, 1916, President Wilson signed into law the Organic Act passed by Congress. It created the National Park Service which became a part of the Department of Interior. At the time, there were 35 management areas including national parks and monuments.

NATIONAL SECONDHAND WARDROBE DAY

National Secondhand Wardrobe Day encourages deals and savings each year across the United States on August 25. Find steals in secondhand and consignment stores all day long on gently worn clothing for all ages. 

Secondhand shopping offers numerous benefits. Beginning with the savings, for a fraction of the price of retail, thrifty shoppers fill their wardrobe while pocketing the savings.  Additionally, they conveniently shop for the whole family in one or two stores.  Many secondhand stops cater to particular age groups making it easier to find the styles shoppers seek. Instead of ending up in a landfill, the lightly used clothing gets another go around. National Secondhand Wardrobe Day benefits the Earth as well!

Freeing up some of your closet space and giving some of your rarely worn clothes will benefit you with extra space.  Donating your clothing will be helping someone else who is a secondhand store shopper.  Your donation will be a blessing to them as well as to the charity that runs the store.

This above scenario is the recycling, reusing, re-purposing cycle we are trying to teach the next generation.

HOW TO OBSERVE

For all secondhand store shoppers, find an entire wardrobe in secondhand stores across the United States.  Use #SecondhandWardrobeDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Secondhand Wardrobe Day.

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