Category: April 30

  • NATIONAL BUBBLE TEA DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL BUBBLE TEA DAY

    Get out your boba straws and grab your friends because April 30th is National Bubble Tea Day! Celebrate by indulging in the best that bubble tea has to offer, from creamy milk tea to refreshing green tea to fruity slushies, all customizable with different toppings, sugar level, and ice level!

    In the 1980s, the Taiwanese developed a beverage combining the freshness of natural tea, the wholesome creaminess of milk, and the fun of delicious bubbles. The bubbles, also known as boba or pearls, are made from tapioca and complements any drink no matter what it is! Choose from teas with or without milk, ice, sugar, and a plethora of toppings!

    Bubble tea is for everyone, as the assortment of recipes and ingredients that go into making boba will have something you’ll like for sure! Be creative! Personalize your own drinks however you desire! Between its sweet creaminess and explosively fun popping bubbles, we promise that you’ll be hooked at the first sip!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBubbleTeaDay

    Whether it’s milk tea, slush, punch, or classic tea, the celebration is in the taste! Bubble tea is best enjoyed with others, so #CelebrateEveryday and embrace the moments that come from bubble tea! Some fun ways to share the experience include:

    • Sharing the experience with a friend or family member
    • Living fearlessly – let someone else pick your flavor
    • Saving the bubbles for last!
    • Giving a Kung Fu Tea digital APP gift card ** to someone you love
    • Sharing a selfie with your favorite drink by using #NationalBubbleTeaDay on social media.

    Credit: Team Red Productions

    NATIONAL BUBBLE TEA DAY HISTORY

    Kung Fu Tea LogoKnown to be America’s Bubble Tea, Kung Fu Tea was founded in Queens, NY on April 30, 2010. Kung Fu Tea is a made-to-order beverage chain with over 250 locations across the U.S. and several in Canada, Cambodia, Vietnam, and Australia. At Kung Fu Tea, each beverage is freshly handcrafted with authentic, high-quality ingredients. The brand’s founders, baristas, and customers are Kung Fu Masters—passionate, dedicated, and fearless in changing the face of the beverage industry.

    In 2018, Kung Fu Tea founded the world’s first National Bubble Tea Day, taking a huge step toward spreading the bubble tea culture around the world.

    **Join the boba community and bring your family and friends too! Follow America’s Bubble Tea, Kung Fu Tea, on all their social channels to enjoy the National Bubble Tea Day festivities! You can also create an account on the Kung Fu Tea app and get all kinds of rewards and promotions! The 2021 National Bubble Tea Day Kung Fu Tea in-app promotions include:

    • A Free Drink on your next Visit
    • 10% OFF
    • Free Extra Bubbles
    • $1 OFF

    Follow them on:
    Instagram
    TikTok
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Download the Kung Fu Tea App to earn FREE bubble tea/boba

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed annually on April 30th.

  • NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAY – APRIL 30

    NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAY

    National PrepareAthon! Day on April 30th reminds us that crises happen suddenly. Being prepared needs to happen now, not later.

    Natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods or wildfires require us to make decisions with little or no warning. Do you have an emergency plan in place with your family in the event of an emergency situation?

    PrepareAthon! Day offers tools and resources for communities and citizens that help them to prepare their businesses, families, and schools in the event of a disaster. Large or small, it takes members of the community getting involved to help keep a crisis from turning into a tragedy. While our emergency resources supply one arm of the response team, many others step forward. Some help with a supply chain while others coordinate medical personnel. Communication is also vital to a successful plan. When everyone has a blueprint, our plans run more smoothly.

    Take part in your community’s preparedness plans. There are many ways to get involved on National Prepareathon! Day.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPrepareathonDay

    Whether you prepare at home, school or on a larger scale, take part. At home you can create an emergency plan for your family. Keep important and valuable papers in one, easy to access location. Plan escape routes for family members and pets. Pre-program emergency numbers into everyone’s phones. Create contact lists for family members. Depending on the emergency, you will need spare, accessible cash for things like medicine, clothing, or shelter.

    Take action by visiting www.community.fema.gov to get prepared. Use #NationalPrepareAthonDay to share on social media.

    Visit these sites for more information on making emergency preparedness plans using the FEMA links below:

    NATIONAL PREPAREATHON! DAY HISTORY

    In 2014, The White House announced  America’s first National PrepareAthon! Day as part of President Barack Obama’s National Preparedness Initiative.

  • NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY – APRIL 30

    NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY

    On April 30th, National Military Brats Day during the Month of the Military Child honors the children of military personnel.

    About 1 in 25 Americans is a Military Brat. Since the Department of Defense did not keep precise records of military personnel’s children, no one knows the exact number. None the less, those children make up a cultural group whose members live in all 50 states, in most American Territories and numerable foreign countries. While they choose varied careers and interests, they also share a common culture.

    Once a nomadic band who struggled to stay in touch, Military Brats are leveraging Social Media to pick up and reconnect the disjointed pieces of their childhood. Unlike most children who shared the same classmates K-12, Brats often attend 4, 6, even 10 – 12 different schools. They seldom stay in the same place for more than a year or two. Many whose childhood homes were on military installations aren’t allowed to “go home again” unless they join the services as adults.

    Through significant sites such as the Military Brats Registry, Operation Foot Locker, American Overseas Schools Historical Society, and others, Brats are finding lost friends. They are sharing stories and experiences. Brats are also organizing around causes important to them.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMilitaryBratsDay

    National Military Brats Day offers us an opportunity to celebrate children in the military. The day includes those whose parents are currently serving and veterans, too. When considering the sacrifices of military personnel, include the youngest military members, their children. Brats, reconnect with friends you made during your parents’ service. Share your experiences and stories.

    You can also participate by writing the folks in Congress and asking them to support National Military Brats Day on April 30th. Visit Military Brats, Inc to learn more.

    Use #NationalMilitaryBratsDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL MILITARY BRATS DAY HISTORY

    Military Brats, Inc. founded National Military Brats Day in 2016 to pay tribute to the sacrifices Military Brats everywhere make.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Military Brats Day to be observed on April 30, 2016, and every year thereafter.

    April 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

    1789

    The United States first president took his oath of office. George Washington’s inauguration took place at Federal Hall in New York City.

    1803

    France and the United States agree to the terms of the Louisana Purchase. The two countries will sign the treaty two days later.

    1897

    English physicist J.J. Thomson announced at the Royal Institution the discovery of the electron. His discovery of the particle thousands of times smaller than an atom led to a Nobel Prize in Physics in 1906.

    1938

    The animated short film Porky’s Hare Hunt introduced Happy Rabbit, the comical and wascally wabbit we know as Bugs Bunny today.

    April 30th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Julian Abele – 1881

    You may recognize the American architect’s contributions if you frequent places like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Duke University, and Harvard’s Widener Library.

    Gerda Lerner – 1920

    After teaching history at Sarah Lawrence in 1972, Lerner established the first graduate program in women’s history. She continued pioneering the study of women’s histories, serving as president of the Organization of American Historians, and developed programs at other universities.

    Bobby Vee – 1943

    The Sixties teen idol led the group Bobby Vee and the Shadows when they signed with Liberty Records in 1959. He produced 7 Gold Records and numerous hits during his career, including “Take Good Care of My Baby” and “Rubber Ball.”

    Isiah Thomas – 1961

    The 2-time All-Star American point guard played 13 years in the National Basketball Association. During his career, Thomas set several Piston’s records, including scoring, assists, and steals. In 2000, he was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY

    Each year, National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th raises awareness for thousands of pets that are waiting for (and needing) adoption from the shelters.

    Animal shelters require year-round assistance and adoption is a part of the process. Since animals come in daily, the shelters must work quickly to ensure the animal’s health and well being. Only then can they be adopted into their forever home. The day also encourages you to visit a shelter near you and find your new fur baby. Visit with the shelter to consider all the needs the dog or cat requires for the long term.

    If you feel you can’t meet those needs, consider helping in other ways. Give your time by volunteering. Not only will this help the shelter by providing the animals with exercise, companionship, and socialization, but it also gives you that wonderful animal love we all so enjoy.

    You can also check the shelter’s donation needs list. Bring the items you are able to give. This will help the shelter animals find their forever homes more quickly.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AdoptAShelterPet

    • Visit a shelter today and consider adopting.
    • Remember to spay and neuter your fur babies. It helps reduce the number of unwanted pets in the population. Recent studies are showing we are making progress. Keep up the good work!
    • For more information on adoption, visit the Humane Society or your local shelter.
    • Celebrate the day by sharing pictures of your adopted pet on social media using #AdoptAShelterPetDay.
    • Do you need more incentive to adopt a shelter pet? Check out these 5 Fantastic Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet.

    NATIONAL ADOPT A SHELTER PET DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this pet-friendly holiday. 

    Shelter Pet FAQ

    Q. How many shelter pets are adopted each year?
    A. According to the ASPCA, about 4.1 million cats, and dogs are adopted from shelters each year.

    Q. What does “rehoming” mean?
    A. Rehoming is a pet owner’s process to find a new home for their pet. There are many reasons for rehoming a pet. Some of them include:

    • Owner is moving
    • New baby in the house
    • Owner’s health
    • Pet behavior
    • Pet health problems

    Q. When is Global Cat Day?
    A. Global Cat Day is October 16th.

     

  • NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY – Last Sunday in April

    NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY

    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. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPetParentsDay

    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.

    Pawsome Dog Socks

    NATIONAL PET PARENTS DAY HISTORY

    Founded by Veterinary 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.

    Pet Parents FAQ

    Q. Are there more dog parents than cat parents?
    A. National Day Calendar polled 3160 respondents and 70% said they were a dog lover vs 25% who said, “Cats only, please.”

    Q. What’s the worst job for a pet owner?
    A. In the same poll, 38% said cleaning up the yard. That said, 30% said they don’t like cleaning the yard, cat box, aquarium, or birdcage. We’re not sure if they don’t like pets, or just cleaning.

    Q. Do pet owners own different species?
    A. Some do. The most popular pet combos according to the poll are dogs and cats at 35%.

     
  • NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY

    National Sarcoidosis Day on April 30th annually raises awareness about a non-contagious immune system disease. While most commonly found in the lungs, Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that can affect any part of the body, inside or out.  

    When it attacks the skin, it typically looks like a scaly rash or red bumps. Often, people don’t realize they have it and blame it on allergies or a simple reaction to something with which they came into contact.  Sarcoidosis can affect muscles, bones, kidneys, eyes, liver, the heart or any other part of the body.  When it affects the eyes, the usual symptoms are sore eyes.  When internal organs or muscles are affected it can cause swelling and pain.  In the lungs, it can cause a dry cough, shortness of breath, and mild chest pain.

    Anyone can get Sarcoidosis, but it typically attacks people between the ages of 20 and 40.  In about half of the cases, Sarcoidosis goes away without treatment.  In more severe cases, for which there is no cure, the symptoms may last for years and cause organ damage.  While scientists don’t fully understand Sarcoidosis yet, research continues to be done on it in the hopes of finding the cause and a cure.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSarcoidosisDay

    National Sarcoidosis Day was inspired by Carl DeLine and David Sohl. Recognize this important medical day by educating yourself about Sarcoidosis.  Share your knowledge and experience on Social Media using  #NationalSarcoidosisDay.

    NATIONAL SARCOIDOSIS DAY HISTORY

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® has declared April 30th as National Sarcoidosis Day, and it will be observed annually on this day.

     

  • NATIONAL RAISIN DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL RAISIN DAY

    April 30th recognizes another food holiday known as National Raisin Day. Raisins are tiny sundried grapes. While sunlight dries most grapes naturally in vineyards, some are mechanically dehydrated.

    People have been enjoying raisins for as long as grapes have been growing. Raisins are naturally low in fat and contain healthy nutrients. California produces the majority of the world’s raisin supply. 

    Besides adding raisins to baked goods, you can also use raisins to make wine. Yes, grapes are used to make raisins AND wine. But in this case, we can make wine from raisins, too! So, technically, raisin day could be considered a wine day, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRaisinDay

    Since April 30th is also National Oatmeal Cookie Day, add some raisins to your cookie dough. Make some raisin wine. And, try this delicious Oatmeal Raisin Cookies I recipe.  

    You can also explore the history of raisin production, the people, and traditions. We’ve included some history from 1924 below, so keep reading! 

    When it comes to people and raisins, it’s a love ’em or leave ’em relationship. Discover 9 foods improved by adding raisins.

    Use #NationalRaisinDay on social media to share your love for raisins!

    NATIONAL RAISIN DAY HISTORY

    The raisin growers of California promoted the first National Raisin Day in 1909. They advertised in papers on and on the radio, delivered flyers door to door leading up to the day. The advertisements included recipes, deals, and announcements reminding everyone to celebrate National Raisin Day on Friday, April 30th. When the day arrived, restaurants, dining cars, hotels, and steamships around the country included dishes featuring the dried fruit. Schools, local and state governments provided education and information about the quality of California raisins and their health benefits. What started slowly soon exploded into an annually celebrated event.

    More History

    One of our subscribers provided family photos taken during the 1924 Raisin Day Parade in Fresno, California. June Eidson’s grandmother and great-grandmother were on another float in the parade. She writes:

    “I first found it in one of the scrapbooks of Euphamia Sereptha Gilstrap Pemberton/William Frederick Pemberton’s, my great grandparents. She worked as a cook at various ranches throughout California while he was a ranch foreman for Miller & Lux, Estrella, Burrel, and others, and was the cattle inspector and headed the hoof/mouth eradication for Tuolumne County. They also had a store in Berenda with the only telephone in the area while their girls were in their teens.”

    Ms. Eidson also added:

    “This photo appeared again in their son-in-law’/my grandfather’s album, Archie Floyd Eidson. Floyd moved to California from Missouri as a child with his farming family and went to Chowchilla High School with ESP/WFP’s daughters (I have early class photos), marrying the youngest after graduation.”

    1924 Chowchilla's Raisin Day Parade Entry
    1924 Raisin Day Parade in Fresno, CA; Chowchilla’s entry

    In the February 20, 1924, The Fresno Bee, an article about the Raisin Day Parade Committee meeting, stressed that quality over quantity would be the goal for the 1924 parade. As you can see, the floats were indeed elaborate and eye-catching! Traditionally held in April, the parade was postponed that year due to an outbreak of foot and mouth disease impacting livestock in California. On October 2, 1924, the spectacular parade was attended by thousands in Fresno.

     

  • NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY

    National Oatmeal Cookie Day on April 30th each year recognizes a delicious and nutritious cookie. This day is also often recognized on March 18th in conjunction with National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day.

    Oatmeal cookies have been around since the 1800s. The cookies quickly became popular, and by early the 1900s, a recipe for the delicious treats appeared on containers of Quaker Oats. Oatmeal cookies are also considered health food because they are an excellent source of iron and fiber. Just another reason to have an oatmeal cookie today! Some of the other benefits of the oatmeal in the cookies include:

    • It may lower cholesterol.
    • Oatmeal reduces the risk of heart disease.
    • It may reduce your risk of cancer. (According to the American Cancer Society, eating a diet high in fiber may help reduce your risk for cancer.)
    • The grain is low in fat.
    • Oatmeal is low in calories.
    • Add oatmeal to your diet as a good source of iron and fiber.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOatmealCookieDay

    Bake up a batch of oatmeal cookies. Make a delivery to someone you know to share! We even have a recipe for you to try.

    Soft Oatmeal Cookie recipe.

    Use #NationalOatmealCookieDay to share your love for this heart-healthy food holiday!

    Milk and Cookies SocksShow your intent to celebrate every cookie day on the calendar. Get your Milk and Cookie socks in the National Day Calendar® store!

    NATIONAL OATMEAL COOKIE DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this cookie holiday.

    Need more cookie days? Check these out:
    Peanut Butter Cookie Day
    Sugar Cookie Day
    Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
    Pecan Cookie Day
    Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
    Gingerbread Cookie Day
    Oreo Cookie Day
    Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

  • NATIONAL HAIRSTYLIST APPRECIATION DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL HAIRSTYLIST APPRECIATION DAY

    Each year on April 30th, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day honors hairstylists everywhere who make artful hairstyles possible. A talented hairstylist will not only make you look good but also make you feel good. This day also celebrates the uniqueness of all styles of hair.

    Hairstylists receive training that gives them experience with a variety of textures, styles, and colors. No matter your style, your hairstylist knows the latest cuts and fashions to make your favorite looks come true. They also know how to keep your hair healthy and manageable, too. Whether you like it short, piled high, or sassy, stylists spend their days honing their skills so you look your best.

    You know it’s time to make an appointment when this holiday comes around! Make the call and let your hairstylist know how much they are appreciated.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #HairstylistAppreciationDay

    We know how much you love your stylist! They make you feel amazing with each transformation. Celebrate your hairstylist by thanking them for their kindness or lending ear. Their morale-boosting, confidence-building and self-esteem-building talents allow us to look our best. Send flowers, give an appreciation card, leave an extra special tip, or maybe send a gift! Have you ever given your stylist permission to do whatever they like to your hair? Their squeal of delight will tell you just how much you nailed National Hairstylist Appreciation Day, then!

    Order a gift card for future cuts and share your hairstyle, along with the first name of your hairstylist on social media using #HairstylistAppreciationDay.

    NATIONAL HAIRSTYLIST APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this stylish holiday. However, we may explore new styles in search of the famous clipper who started the holiday!

     

  • NATIONAL BUGS BUNNY DAY – April 30

    NATIONAL BUGS BUNNY DAY

    National Bugs Bunny Day on April 30th commemorates the date the famous bunny first appeared in a short film in 1938. 

    Known for his comical antics, Bugs Bunny created memorable roles in Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons produced by Warner Bros. The wascally wabbit caused many a raucous scene for his castmates Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Pepe Le Pew, and Marvin the Martian. However, his eminent counterpart was forever the estimable hunter, Elmer Fudd. 

    His popular catchphrase, “What’s up, doc?” continues to be associated with the humorous bunny. He first appeared in 1938 in Porky’s Hare Hunt as a Happy Rabbit but later solidified his character as Bugs Bunny in the 1940 A Wild Hare

    Over the years, various actors have voiced the animated bunny. However, Mel Blanc originally voiced the iconic “Eh, what’s up, doc?” voice and he did so for almost 50 years. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBugsBunnyDay

    Celebrate the day by hosting a Bugs Bunny cartoon marathon party. On April 30th, wish Bugs Bunny a Happy Birthday using #NationalBugsBunnyDay on Social Media.

    NATIONAL BUGS BUNNY DAY HISTORY

    The observance commemorates the day Bugs Bunny first debuted in the animated world.