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AUGUST 3, 2021 | NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY | NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY | NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY | NATIONAL GEORGIA DAY

NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY – August 3

NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY

There are many “nut” days throughout the year such as National Almond DayNational Pistachio Day, and National Pecan Day, but August 3rd embraces them all. It’s National Grab Some Nuts Day!

Defining a nut is tricky. Though botanically an almond and cashew aren’t considered nuts, once they’re in the can, it’s hard to tell the difference. The same goes for walnuts and peanuts, even though they have the word “nut” in their names. Despite the confusion, these nuts, legumes, seeds, and drupes continue to find their way into our daily diets. Whether we add them to salads or into our baking, we love nuts. We’re nutty for nuts!

Depending on the kind, they add necessary good fats to our diets. They’re also full of minerals and nutrients we might otherwise be missing. In the right quantities, they improve our health and make things taste better, too. There’s nothing too nutty about that.

These little bountiful nuggets contain beneficial nutrients, have a long shelf life, and can be quite portable. They add a nice crunch to snacks and desserts as well as satisfying meals. National Grab Some Nuts Day might seem a little squirrelly, but then again it’s the right time of year for it. Go nuts and grab a few or a lot!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGrabSomeNutsDay

Do not forget to grab a handful of your favorite nuts to snack on today! Better yet, get baking. Nuts add texture and flavor to baked goods. Don’t forget the savory dishes. Try adding almonds to salads, peanuts to stirfry or create a crust from crushed pecans for a pork roast. We even have some recipes for you to try:

No matter how you celebrate, the day encourages sharing by using #NationalGrabSomeNutsDay on social media. 

Are you looking for more variety? We offer 9 Delicious Nuts from Around the World for you to explore.

NATIONAL GRAB SOME NUTS DAY HISTORY

We were unable to identify the origin of the observance.

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY - August 3

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY

National Watermelon Day on August 3 recognizes the refreshing summertime treat enjoyed at picnics and fairs!  And since watermelon is 92% water, it is very satisfying in the summer heat.

This vine-like flowering plant originated from southern Africa. While the word watermelon refers to both the fruit and the plant to botanists, the plant is a pepo. The pepo is a berry with a thick rind and fleshy center. Interestingly, pepos develop from an inferior ovary. They are also characteristic of the Cucurbitaceae, a scientific term for the gourd family.

While the watermelon fruit is loosely considered a type of melon, unlike other melons, it’s not in the genus Cucumis. The smooth exterior usually produces a dark green rind with stripes or yellow spots. Watermelons produce a juicy, sweet interior flesh ranging from deep red to pink. However, sometimes it comes in orange, yellow, or white. 

While melon holds plentiful water, wild melons tasted bland and bitter. This clue suggests that desert dwellers likely cultivated the first melon. The seeds and art found in the tombs of Pharoh’s supply additional clues to the watermelon’s value. tombs of Pharaohs. Over time, cultivation and breeding brought out the better qualities of the sweet and tender fruit we enjoy today. 

With proper growing conditions, watermelons grow to enormous sizes. Around the world, competitions award prizes each year for the largest one. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds. To learn more refreshing watermelon facts, check out www.watermelon.org.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWatermelonDay

While you are celebrating the day, spread the joy! Visit a pick your own watermelon patch or pick one up from your local farmer’s market. Then, slice it up and invite the neighborhood over to share. Make a fruit salad or cut it into wedges. What are your favorite watermelon memories? Try these other fun ways to celebrate the day, too!

  • Host a seed-spitting contest.
  • Create a new watermelon recipe. You can also share your favorites!
  • Enjoy watermelon-flavored candies or beverages.
  • Create a frozen watermelon dessert.
  • Learn how to pick a ripe watermelon.
  • Complete a watermelon carving. You know, like pumpkins but sweeter!
  • Make a Vodka Watermelon Basil Granita.

What recipes will you be trying? Post on social media using #NationalWatermelonDay.

Parents and educators, check out more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay by visiting the National Day Calendar Classroom

NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY HISTORY

While our research did not uncover the creator and origin of National Watermelon Day, we do offer you many more ways to celebrate fresh fruits and veggies.

Check out these delicious celebrations:

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Pawpaw Day
  • Eat Fruit At Work Day
  • Pumpkin Seed DayNATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY – First Tuesday in August

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY

    National Night Out Day on the first Tuesday in August promotes police-community partnerships in neighborhoods across the country. The event focuses on the community and raising awareness through camaraderie. By improving area relationships, the hope is to make our neighborhoods safer.

    Shining a spotlight on community police programs, National Night Out increases connections between those who serve and their neighborhoods. Through a variety of programs designed to educate and improve relationships, dialogues open. Some of these programs include:

    • Drug prevention
    • Town watch
    • Neighborhood watch
    • Other anti-watch programs

    One of the largest National Night Out events is on the west side of Columbus, Ohio. The Ogden Block Watch in Columbus organizes a festival that includes live music, food, and entertainment. While not all events are so large, the significant part of the occasion is community connections and safety. As these events empower the citizens, they also provide valuable information to the neighborhoods. Each year, the number of events grows, too. 

    In some parts of the country, the event takes place during cooler times of the year. Not only does this facilitate a better turn out, but more fun had by all.
    Check with your local organizations to find out when your Night Out Day takes place.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalNightOutDay

    Block watches, not-for-profits, businesses, and police departments usually organize events around the country. They may be as small as a backyard barbecue or as large as a full-blown festival. Whether they’re big or small, these events impact each neighborhood in positive ways.

    Join a local National Night Out event near you. Another way to help is to volunteer. If you don’t find an event in your community, help to organize one. Once you have an event, register it at the website. Most importantly, be a part of improving your community.Post on social media using #NationalNightOutDay.

    NATIONAL NIGHT OUT DAY HISTORY

    The National Association of Town Watch sponsors National Night Out in the United States and Canada. Although the origins date back to the early 1970s, the day has been celebrated since 1984. 

    More recently Dog Walker Watch joined part of the program. Since dog owners, 75 million of them, walk almost daily with their dogs watching their neighborhoods, what better sets of eyes to assist law enforcement!  Their extra eyes and ears keep watching while they walk their canine companions in communities all over the country aiding law enforcement. 

    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 GEORGIA DAY - August 3

    NATIONAL GEORGIA DAY

    The 13th colony and the 4th state to enter the Union, National Georgia Day recognizes the natural wonders and immense complexities of this bastion of Southern culture.

    Georgia’s founder, James Oglethorpe, settled the colony’s first capital, Savannah. Georgia would go on to have four more capitals, Augusta, Louisville, Milledgeville and finally, Atlanta

    Politically and socially, a divide has always seemed to exist. Considering Georgia was initially established as a barrier of fortification between South Carolina’s southern border and the Spanish settled in Florida, perhaps Georgia lived up to destiny.

    To Sign or Not to Sign

    Georgia initially prohibited slavery in 1735. Of the 13 original colonies, she was the only one to do so. The prohibition lasted 15 years. Leading up the Revolution, Georgia leaned toward supporting the crown and was the single colony not in attendance at the First Continental Congress.

    During the Second Continental Congress, Georgia first sent one delegate, Lyman Hall. However, Hall didn’t vote because he only represented a single parish in Georgia. The colony later sent Button Gwinnett and George Walton as official delegates. All three signed the Declaration of Independence.

    Wars were destructive for Georgia. Her people and the economy suffered, and the resistance to social change persisted.

    During the 20th century, industrial and technological advancements found a niche in Georgia’s economy. A hub for airlines, military bases and international corporations, Georgia rebounded once more.

    National Georgia Day Flavor

    When it comes to Georgia, words that come to mind include home-cookin’ and comfort food. Don’t be surprised by the serving size, the number of fried foods or desserts. Two things are certain, they’re made from the heart, and they are delicious!

    Just about anything can be fried, including okra, green tomatoes, chicken, seafood, and Vidalia onions. Since 1986, those sweet onions grow in Vidalia and 20 Georgia counties, and nowhere else by Geogia law.

    Peaches are to Georgia like sunshine is summer. Take a bite out of a ripe one and let the juice run down your chin. Or, enjoy all the wonderful peach pastries or canned peaches Georgia has to offer.  From pies to jellies, there are so many ways to bring the flavor of Georgia home with you.

    Grab a Coca-Cola and some boiled peanuts to enjoy the summer weather. Georgia is home to Coca-Cola and enjoying salty peanuts go back to the Civil War era.

    Real BBQ finds a home in the South and in Georgia, you better show up early or you won’t get served. When it’s done right, there’s bound to be a limited supply, so it sells out early, too!

    When the air is cool, a Brunswick stew is in order. With tomatoes, lima beans, corn, okra, potatoes, and chicken, beef or any game to be had, this one-dish meal will warm the whole family up on cold, Southern evening.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGeorgiaDay

    Overall, Georgia’s history is fertile for inspiration. Alongside the peach orchards and cotton fields surge crops of masterful artists, musicians, writers, and poets. Their experiences with the beauty, history, and humanity of Georgia fill their eyes and ears with more than can be appreciated in one visit.

    Join National Day Calendar by exploring the sites, sounds, flavors and beauty of Georgia and use #NationalGeorgiaDay to share on social media.


On Deck For August 4, 2021
August 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1492

Explorer, Christopher Columbus, sets sail across the Atlantic Ocean in search of a swifter passage to the East Indies. Along with Columbus, his crew sailed in three ships, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria. While he didn’t reach the East Indies, they did land on the shores of what is now known as the Bahamas.

1852

Launching intercollegiate athletic events for the first time in U.S. history, Yale College and Harvard University compete in a boating race. The schools’ boat clubs raced on Lake Winnepiseogee. The winner? Harvard. The team took home a pair of black walnut oars with silver mountings.

1859

Twenty-six dentists from around the country establish the American Dental Association (ADA). The ADA still functions today, advising on the Nation’s oral health.

1900

Harvey Firestone establishes Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Acron, OH. The new company produced tires for automobiles under their patented process. It would later go on to supply tires to the Ford Motor Company.

1923

Following the death of President Harding, Calvin Coolidge is sworn into office as the 30th U.S. President.

1936

Jesse Owens wins his first gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Berlin Olympics. He would go on to win a total of 4 gold medals on the cusp of World War II.

1946

Santa Claus Land opens in Santa Claus, IN. The theme park took a year to construct and is one of the oldest, continually operated amusement parks in North America.

1949

In 1891, James Naismith hung a peach basket creating a new game for physical educations students. Fifty-five years later, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League merge creating the National Basketball Association.

1984

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, Mary Lou Retton scores a perfect 10. Which competition, you ask? She performed her thrilling feat on the vault. She would go on to win a total of 5 medals, more than any other athlete that year.

Recipe Of The Day

Walnut Cranberry Caramel Corn Recipe

Caramel Popcorn
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total Prep: 1 hour 30 minutes
Serves 8

Ingredients:

8 cups popped popcorn
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
6 Tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 heaping teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 250°F.

Prepare popcorn according to instructions. Add chopped walnuts.

Place popcorn in two large, shallow baking dishes or jelly roll pans.

Over medium heat in a medium saucepan, melt butter.

Stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

Stirring constantly, bringing to a boil.

Allow to boil without stirring for 2 minutes.

Remove from heat and add baking soda and vanilla.

Pour caramel over popcorn and mix until evenly coated.

Place in oven and stir every 15 minutes.

Bake for 1 hour.

Toss warm caramel corn with dried cranberries.

Store in an air-tight container.

August 3rd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Elisha Otis – 1811

Otis is the inventor of the first safe elevator designed to carry people and cargo. In 1853, Otis debuted his creation at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in New York.

Ernie Pyle – 1900

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is best known for his reports as a war correspondent during World War II.

John T Scopes – 1900

In 1925, a court found Scopes guilty of teaching evolution in his science classes at Rhea County Central High School in Tennessee. He violated Tennessee’s Butler Act which prohibited any teachings denying Devine Creation.

Maggie Kuhn – 1905

Kuhn is the founder of the Gray Panthers. She and the organization confronted ageism in America.

Anne Klein – 1923

A trailblazer in the fashion world, Klein launched the Anne Klein & Company in 1968 along with Gunther Oppenheim.

Tony Bennet – 1926

The popular crooner is known around the world for songs such as “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “Stranger in Paradise.” He continues to sing with a variety a musical artists, too.

Martin Sheen – 1940

Born Ramón Gerard Antonio Estéves, Sheen has starred in numerous successful films. His television roles have also seen success, such as The West Wing and Grace and Frankie.

Beverly Lee – 1941

As a member of the pop quartet, the Shirelles, Lee and her groupmates earned #1 on the pop charts for their song “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” They were also the first all-female group to reach this milestone.

Martha Stewart – 1941

Stewart turned her talent for cooking, decorating, and entertainment into a multibillion-dollar enterprise. In 1999, Stewart made her first billion dollars, earning her the title of the first woman in the U.S. to join the ranks of self-made billionaires.

Mary Ann Esposito – 1942

Esposito hosts Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking show on television in the United States.

John Landis – 1942

Known for directing such films as The Blues Brothers, Coming To America, and Beverly Hills Cop, Landis also directed Michael Jackson’s music videos.

Marcel Dionne – 1950

Over an 18 year career, Dionne played center in the National Hockey League. In 1992, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Joan Higginbotham – 1964

As the third African-American in space, Higginbotham served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.

Tom Brady – 1977

As a quarterback in the National Football League, Brady has played in 9 Super Bowls.

About National Day Calendar

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