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On the last Sunday in April, National Pet Parents Day recognizes the pet parents who go the extra mile to care for their fur babies. 

There is a very special connection, a unique bond, between a pet and its owner.  This unique relationship, which can often last for many years, is often a vital part of the ‘pet parents’ life. Their loved pets are considered to be a member of the family. 

Some pet parents are new to the experience. Others are repeat performers. No matter how many pets or how often they engage in the relationship, it’s a special one every time. 

The observance was created to honor all dedicated pet parents across the nation with a special day of their own. 

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There are several ways to celebrate this day.

  • Give yourself some extra cuddle time with your pets
  • Pick up some pet swag like National Day Calendar’s pawsome socks! You can find the ones below in our store.
  • Take a photo with your pet.
  • Check out the best ways to save on pet care while still giving your pet the best health possible.

Use #NationalPetParentsDay to post on social media.

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Founded byVeterinary Pet Insurance(VPI) in 2007,National Pet Parents Day was created from inspiration in seeing the majority of their policyholders consider their pets as part of their family.







National Pretzel Day on April 26th recognizes one of America’s favorite snacks.  A bag of nice crunchy, salty pretzels or a big, warm, soft, cinnamon pretzel is the question of the day.  Either one is an excellent choice.

There are a few different accounts of the origin of the pretzel.  Most people agree that it does have a Christian background, and they were developed by the monks.  According to The History of Science and Technology, in 610 AD, “an Italian monk invents pretzels as a reward to children who learn their prayers.  He calls the strips of baked dough, folded to resemble arms crossing the chest, pretiola (little rewards).”

Another source puts the invention in a monastery in southern France. The looped pretzel may also be related to a Greek Ring bread from the communion bread used in monasteries a thousand years ago.  In the Catholic Church, pretzels had a religious significance for both ingredients and shape. The loops in pretzel may have served a practical purpose: bakers could hang them on sticks, projecting upwards from a central column, as shown in Job Berckheyde’s (1681) painting.

The Pennsylvania Dutch immigrants introduced pretzels to North America in the 19th century.  At this time, many handmade pretzel bakeries populated central Pennsylvania, and their popularity quickly spread. It was in the 20th century that soft pretzels became very popular in areas such as Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York. 

More Pretzel Facts
  • Today, the average Philadelphian consumes about twelve times as many pretzels as the national average.
  • Pennsylvania is the center of American pretzel production for both hard and soft pretzels, producing 80% of the nation’s pretzels.
  • The annual United States pretzel industry is worth over $550 million.
  • The average American consumes about 1.5 pounds of pretzels per year.
  • Philadelphia opened a privately run “Pretzel Museum” in 1993.
  • Hard pretzels originated in the United States in 1850.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPretzelDay

Enjoy some pretzels or even make your own. Try this soft pretzel recipe to share and enjoy this yummy beer cheese dip from @HolidayFoodies on the side. Use #NationalPretzelDay to post on social media.

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National Pretzel Day began in 2003 when Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 “National Pretzel Day” to acknowledge the importance of the pretzel to the state’s history and economy.





National Kids and Pets Day on April 26th raises awareness of the importance of picking the right pet for children at the right time. It’s an important decision that can lead to a lifetime of bonding between pet and child.

The day also celebrates the bonds children and pets can share and a day remember safety where our pets and children are concerned. There are many benefits of having a pet in a child’s life. From fostering natural nurturing abilities to developing responsibilities, pets have a lifelong impact on a child’s development.

It is also important to remember that small children as well as the pets may not know their limitations and should not be left alone with each other. They should always be supervised to prevent injury to both the child and the animal.

Even though dogs and cats are some of the most beloved pets in the United States, pet homelessness is a huge problem in the country. There are about 70 million stray animals in the United States. Up to 8 million of these animals end up in shelters. There are 3,500 animal shelters in the country. It’s at these animal shelters that pets receive a second chance. According to the ASPCA, over 3 million shelter animals are adopted each year.

No matter the breed, size or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs have experienced injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.

HOW TO  OBSERVE #NationalKidsAndPetsDay

Help kids and pets learn to be good companions to each other. For more information on adopting shelter dogs visit National Adopt A Shelter Dog Month. For those looking for cats and kittens, visit National Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.

Use #NationalKidsAndPetsDay to post on social media.

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In 2005, Colleen Paige, Celebrity Family and Pet Lifestyle Expert, founded National Kids and Pets Day.






On April 26th each year, National Audubon Day honors the birth of John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851).

Audubon was a French-American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter noted for his extensive studies of American birds and his detailed illustrations of the birds in their natural habitats. Audubon’s greatest work was The Birds of America which is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. His work in this book contains more than 700 North American bird species with 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of 497 bird species.

Spring is an excellent time to observe the birds John Audubon described and painted. As they migrate across the country, set out feeders to welcome them along their journey. Watch them from your window or while strolling on a path.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at last count approximately 45 million people watch birds. They bird watch while they travel or all year long from their homes. Many trek around the country to see a bird for the first time in its natural habitat. So can you. Learn about their habitats and migration patterns. Or simply watch them for their color and song. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAudubonDay

Grab the binoculars, the bird book, and see how many birds you can identify. Join local bird watching groups for tips and ideas. Download and print the Bird Bingo game and play while you watch.

Use #NationalAudubonDay or #Audubon Day to post on social media.


The National Audubon Society sponsors National Audubon Day.  



National Help a Horse Day on April 26th each year encourages horse lovers and advocates to join forces to protect abused and neglected horses. The day raises awareness of the need for horse sanctuaries and rescues. 

In the United States, the horse holds legendary status. Despite that, many go unwanted, abused, or neglected. This day strives to address those issues. Around the country, several organizations support horse rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption. Their programs offer shelter and veterinary care for horses that have been neglected or abused. Many of them provide a sanctuary where the horses live out the remainder of their lives. Once rehabilitated, many of the horses become available for adoption. 

Horses require specialized care. With over 200 breeds, these spirited animals give humans much to love. Their loyalty and devotion throughout history may only be a portion of the reasons to help and love them. Not just a means of transportation, horses cleared fields, fought wars, and moved cattle. Beyond their utility, their companionship was indispensable long lonely trails. Cattlemen, pioneers, and more recognize horses as cornerstones of survival in a burgeoning nation.

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Equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country hold events celebrating the horse. The events raise awareness and advocate for abused and neglected horses across the country. Support a horse rescue near you. Volunteer or donate to the cause. If you’re able to adopt or foster a horse, visit a rescue and find out more. Use #NationalHelpAHorseDay to post on social media.


American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals founded National Help a Horse Day to bring awareness and promote intervention of abandoned, neglected, and abused horses across the country.

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 South Dakota Day - April 26


On April 26, National South Dakota Day recognizes the 40th state to join the union.

The Mount Rushmore State keeps its doors open all year round. After exploring the mountain, visitors can also enjoy Thomas Jefferson‘s vanilla ice cream while gazing at his likeness. And these sculptures are not the only ones South Dakota proudly displays, either. While there are several man-made displays, Wind Cave, the Missouri River, and the badlands remind us that mother nature still carves out her own.

As part of the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark established Fort Pierre in 1804. Yankton was named the territorial capital in 1861 when the Dakota Territory was organized. However, Pierre would later be named the state capital when South Dakota is granted statehood in 1889 along with North Dakota.

The Black Hills of South Dakota hold tall tales, high trails, and deep valleys. From Deadwood to Sturgis and all points in between, the winding roads are breathtaking. Visit Spearfish Canyon for a hike or a relaxing drive.

Split Rock Creek north of Sioux Falls provides rock faces for climbers looking for a challenge. After the test, relax by the rushing waters of Big Sioux River in Sioux Falls.

The entire state is rich in history from corner to corner. The landscape changes dramatically from north to south with plenty of snow for skiers in winter and tons of sunshine in the summer.

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Join National Day Calendar®as we explore the beautiful landscapes and rich history of South Dakota. Take in the fantastic sculptures, breathtaking vistas, and legendary personalities. Want to explore more? Check out these Five Must-See Places in South Dakota before planning your trip. 

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National Dissertation Day on April 26th creates an annual reminder to continuing education students to maintain their focus and complete the pinnacle of their education.

The first doctoral degree was awarded in Paris in the mid-12th century. The doctorate of philosophy was conceived in Germany some 500 years later and is the direct precursor to the modern Ph.D. Today, universities in the U.S. award multiple research-based doctoral degrees. Many of those degrees are specific to a discipline of study. For example, the D.B.A (business), Ed.D. (education), D.N.P. (nursing), and Psy.D. (psychology) are all quite popular among professionals in industry, business, and private practice as opposed to traditional academia.

However, one thing these degree programs all have in common is the doctoral dissertation. Born of the master-apprentice relationship of the medieval trade guilds, the dissertation is the masterpiece of the doctoral process. To graduate, every doctoral student must complete an independent research project and write a dissertation – a book-length paper detailing every aspect of the project.

Each year in the U.S., over 50,000 people earn their doctoral degrees, successfully completing the grueling dissertation process. However, only about 50% of those who enroll in doctoral programs ever graduate. Meanwhile, that leaves another 50,000 students each year who withdraw from their doctoral programs without finishing their dissertations.

Tuition for most doctoral programs across the country exceeds $20,000 per year and can be significantly higher. Students spend 5-7 years pursuing their doctoral degrees, and often much more. Additionally, the money spent on tuition pales in comparison to the costs associated with postponing the increased earning potential enjoyed by doctoral graduates. Individuals with their doctoral degrees typically earn at least $20,000 more per year than those with their master’s degree.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDissertationDay

If you’re a doctoral student approaching the dissertation phase of your program, use National Dissertation Day as an opportunity to develop a mindful approach to the dissertation process. Then you can graduate and make your impact on the world as soon as possible.

If you’re a doctoral candidate stuck on your dissertation journey, National Dissertation Day is the perfect day to eliminate any bad habits you’ve developed. Put your dissertation back on track with a few adjustments.

And, finally, if you know a struggling doctoral student, ask them how they’re celebrating National Dissertation Day. It could be just the push they need to develop a mindful attitude toward their dissertation and help them leave the confusion, stress, and frustration of the dissertation process behind as soon as possible.

Use #NationalDissertationDay to share on social media.


Dr. Russell Strickland, founder of Dissertation Done, LLC, created National Dissertation Day as a way to highlight the importance of adopting a professional, even mercenary, approach to completing one’s dissertation. With each year in the dissertation process costing a student $40,000 or more in real dollars, it’s hard to rationalize delaying graduation for 2, 3, or more years by wasting time on the dissertation. 





National Richter Scale Day is observed annually on April 26th.  This day honors the birth of the Richter Scale inventor, Charles F. Richter (April 26, 1900 – September 30, 1985).

Richter was an American seismologist and physicist most famous as the inventor of the Richter magnitude scale, which quantified the size of earthquakes.  While working at the California Institute of Technology, with Beno Gutenberg, Richter first used the scale in 1935.

After the Richter Scale was published in 1935, it immediately became the standard measure of earthquake intensity.  Since 1935, there have been other magnitude scales developed.  Depending on what data is available, different ones are used however most are not as popularly known as Richter Scale.

The United States Geological Service records show that the biggest earthquake since 1900, was in Chile in May 1960.  Measuring 9.5 on the Richter Scale it is known as the Great Chilean Earthquake. 

Following is a link of the ten largest earthquakes: http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0763403.html

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRichterScaleDay

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Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Richter Scale Day.

Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Scampi
Prep:  10 minutes
Cook time:  15-20 minutes
Total Prep:
 10 minutes
Servings: 4 


Prepare angel hair pasta according to instructions on package.

3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup butter, cubed
1/4 cup olive oil
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley


In a large skillet, melt butter.

Add olive oil and garlic. Saute’ about 1 minute.

Add shrimp, lemon juice, pepper, and oregano and cook until shrimp turns pink. Remove from heat.

Stir in parsley and bread crumbs.

Serve over cooked pasta.

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There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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