NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH DAY
According to food historians, cooked bread and cheese is an ancient food, enjoyed across the world in many cultures. The United States modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich originated in the 1920s when inexpensive sliced bread and American cheese became easily available. Originally it was made as an open-faced sandwich.
United States government cookbooks describe Navy cooks broiling “American cheese filling sandwiches” during World War II.
Grilled cheese sandwiches are versatile thanks to the ability to mix and match cheeses, bread, and seasonings. Adding sauteed vegetables or herb-infused oils can elevate this simple comfort food to a whole other level.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the following tried and true recipes.
Use #GrilledCheeseSandwichDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the creator of National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day.
NATIONAL TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE DAY
National Teach Children to Save Day is observed every April.
Bankers across the country volunteer every year to teach children to save. Developing these habits at a young age creates a foundation for a lifetime of saving.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Teach your children the value of money and how to save it. Use #TeachChildrenToSaveDay to post on social media.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a project to celebrate National Teach Children to Save Day.
Sponsored by the American Bankers Association, National Teach Children To Save Day has been helping young people since 1997 when the program started.
For more information, go to https://www.aba.com/Engagement/Pages/teachchildrentosave.aspx
NATIONAL BIG WIND DAY
Observed each year in the United States on April 12th, National Big Wind Day commemorates the recording of the highest natural wind gust measured on the Earth’s surface. On the afternoon of April 12, 1934, the Mount Washington Observatory recorded winds at 231 miles per hour.
Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 ft, and it is the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Hold on to your hat and use #NationalBigWindDay to post on social media.
We were unable to find the creator of National Big Wind Day.
NATIONAL LICORICE DAY
National Licorice Day is observed each year on April 12. This day was created to celebrate black licorice, its history, health benefits, and world renown. Enjoy black licorice in twists, stem shaped candies, licorice ropes, jelly beans, jewels, and many others.
Of course, the designation has evolved as people savor all types and flavors of licorice to celebrate the day.
If you’re a fan of licorice and have noticed it makes your tummy feel better, there’s a reason. Licorice root can soothe a stomach bothered by heartburn or gastritis. The glycyrrhizic acid in licorice contains immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties that can help to restore balance to the stomach lining. That’s definitely something worth celebrating! Grab a few black jelly beans from the candy jar for this holiday!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy your favorite kind of licorice and use #NationalLicoriceDay to post on social media.
Licorice International founded National Licorice Day in 2004.
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL COLORADO DAY
April 12 recognizes the 38th state on National Colorado Day.
The first of the Four Corner States, Colorado is dominated by the Rocky Mountains. Prehistoric Colorado comes to life in the Florissant Fossil Beds. Discover one of the most abundant deposits of fossils in the world while taking in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains.
With plentiful wildlife and natural resources, the state makes a ready home. A city once thrived along the cliffs of Mesa Verde, populated by Ancient Pueblo.
Spanish first explored Colorado seeking streets paved with gold. After Colorado became a U.S. territory, Lieutenant Zebulon Pike explored the range of the newly acquired land. A summit he predicted would never be scaled bears his name today. Gold would be discovered setting off a fever in the mountains. A silver boom would soon follow.
Known as the Centennial State, Colorado entered the union in 1876.
Rocky Mountain National Park provides breathtaking views, trails, skiing, camping and so much more. For the thrill seekers, Colorado hears your call. With an elevation higher than any other state, Colorado counts 53 mountain peaks that reach 14,000 feet or more making the state’s rugged landscape attractive for hikers and rock climbers. Known as 14ers in the mountaineering world, these peaks are on a climbing to-do list.
Not only does Colorado have phenomenal skiing and snowboarding, but because the state has the tallest dunes in North America, sand boarding is also the best in the nation.
Space and technology play a pivotal role in Colorado. From the mysteries deep in the mountain at Colorado Springs to the 21st Space Wing. Of course, there is no lack of historical figures in the state. From the unsinkable Molly Brown to Buffalo Bill there is something for vintage enthusiasts and those who prefer to visit the old homestead days.
Colorado also stakes claim to the creation of the creamy and delicious root beer float! Those white frosty peaks of ice cream in churning dark root beer seem appropriate somehow for the Rocky Mountain State.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar® as we explore the summits and valleys of Colorado. Take a hike over a rocky trail or visit the bustling capital city. Discover out of the way places and share your favorites by using #NationalColoradoDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DAY OF SILENCE
National Day of Silence is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them. The Day of Silence brings illustrates to the schools and the colleges how the intimidation, name calling and general bullying has a silencing effect. Participating students take a day-long vow of silence.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Show your support for National Day of Silence by using #NationalDayofSilence on Social Media to bring awareness to this special day.
As part of a class assignment on non-violent protests, University of Virginia students organized the first Day of Silence in 1996. Since then, National Day of Silence has been observed each year in April. Students are encouraged to gain permission from their school before organizing an event for National Day of Silence.
More information can be found at GLSEN.org.
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