Category: July 28

  • NATIONAL WATERPARK DAY – July 28

    NATIONAL WATERPARK DAY | JULY 28

    On July 28th, laughter and fun are just a couple of the requirements on National Waterpark Day! We also recommend bathing suits!

    #NationalWaterparkDay

    Waterparks around the world provide thrilling, water-plunging rides for those who seek the white-knuckle hydro-power of slides. For those who prefer to relax and unwind, waterparks answer the call. Vacationers find lazy rivers, wave pools, and spas in tropical scenes quite satisfying.

    With so many options to choose from, waterparks can be more than just a portion of a vacation. They can be the destination. In the United States, nearly every state has a waterpark. Impressively, the Wisconsin Dells is the Waterpark Capital of the World. However, the largest indoor park in America is currently at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania.

    From the youngest family member to grandma and grandpa, there’s a splashable, relaxable experience for all. On National Waterpark Day, enjoy all the memory-making waterparks have to offer!

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL WATERPARK DAY

    Don’t wait! The water is perfect at a waterpark near you. Grab your bathing suit and make a splash. While you’re celebrating, be sure to invite others to join you. It’s also a great day to share your favorite waterparks. With so many to explore, be sure to get in on all the splashing fun! Don’t forget to use #NationalWaterparkDay to share your experiences on social media.

    Kalahari Resorts and ConventionsNATIONAL WATERPARK DAY HISTORY

    Kalahari Resorts and Conventions founded National Waterpark Day on July 28, 2017, to celebrate the unique attractions waterparks offer especially during the height of summer. After opening their first waterpark in July 2000 in the Wisconsin Dells, they expanded to other areas of the country. Visit the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania or Sandusky, Ohio for more waterpark fun. In March 2017, the resort opened phase two of its waterpark in the Pocono Mountains. The expansion also dethroned the Sandusky location as America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. The resort was awarded #1 World’s Coolest Indoor Waterpark by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the observance to be celebrated on July 28th, annually.

    As you celebrate, explore these other vacation holidays:

  • NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY – LAST FRIDAY IN JULY

    NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY

    The last Friday in July provides an opportunity to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways on National Get Gnarly Day.

    #NationalGetGnarlyDay

    The word “Gnarly” gets a bad rap.  It can mean “bad” or “dangerous” but can also be exciting.  Surfers often use the term to describe the waves they tackle.  Much like surfers challenging the waves, Get Gnarly Day challenges us to put some gnarliness into everything we do.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY

    Five Sure Ways to Add Gnarliness to Your Life

    1. Find a gnarly hobby. Hulda Crooks, born in 1896, didn’t start hiking and climbing until she was 54 years old after her husband’s death. While she was an active jogger and walker prior to his death, she was by no means a qualified mountain climber. Crooks first scaled Mount Whitney in California, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, at the age of 66. She completed a total of 23 ascents of Mount Whitney and at the age of 91 climbed Mount Fuji in Japan. Mountain climbing added gnarliness to her life.

    2. Meet gnarly people. Take a cooking class, volunteer for a local charity, accept those invites you’ve previously declined. Stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time will introduce you to different experiences and as a result new people. It will make for a gnarly social circle.

    3. Get a gnarly passport.  A first-time passport costs $135 including fees and can take up to 6 weeks to process. If gnarliness is truly your new way of life, you’ll want to have a passport. Gnarly people are world travelers. Even if travel plans are not immediate, having a passport places the potential of global travel within reach and potential is pretty gnarly.

    4. Find a gnarly new style. Redecorate a room in the house or find a fresh new hairstyle. Both can revitalize an attitude and an outlook on life. Gather a group of friends and take turns helping paint a room in each other’s home a gnarly color. The gnarly part? The homeowner doesn’t get to pick the color. Be kind, though. Turn around is fair play. Apply the same idea to hairstyles or makeovers.

    5. Throw a gnarly party. Celebrate all this gnarliness! It’s something to share, so be sure to let the enthusiasm show. Invite those new friends to fully incorporate them into your gnarly social circle. Show off the stamps in your gnarly passport and take lots of pictures to document for National Get Gnarly Day!

    Use #NationalGetGnarlyDay to share on social media.

    NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY HISTORY

    In 2016, Whirlpool Corporation launched a campaign to put some “gNARliness” into everything they did as a way to encourage their employees to get excited about reaching goals and satisfying customers. The “NAR” in “gNARliness” had special meaning, representing their North American Region. When the campaign kicked off, the employees’ response was overwhelming.  As a result, Whirlpool Corporation wanted to share this gnarliness by creating National Get Gnarly Day.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in June of 2016.

    DATES:
    28 July 2023
    26 July 2024
    25 July 2025
    31 July 2026
    30 July 2027
    28 July 2028
    27 July 2029

     

  • NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY – Last Friday in July

    NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY

    On the last Friday in July, National Talk In An Elevator Day encourages us to strike up a conversation with someone in an elevator. 

    #TalkInAnElevatorDay

    While most of us use this time to check our smart devices, this day points us in another direction. Whether we ride with a stranger or someone familiar to us, start a discussion. You might meet someone new.  If you’re riding with someone you know, try to learn something new about them.

    Riding in an elevator can be a short, mundane experience inside a box. From another perspective, the short vertical trip could be a laughter break. Try out your stand-up comedy. Share your udderly moo-tivational cow puns you’ve been saving up.

    If comedy isn’t your style, break the silence with a miniature spelling bee. For example, see if you can get a consensus on how to spell consensus. Does everyone spell it with the correct number of Ss? 

    However, the best way to strike up a conversation in an elevator is to mention the national day. While you’re discussing that, you can add all the other great ways to Celebrate Every Day®, too!

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATORY DAY

    Introduce yourself and share a conversation with fellow elevator passengers. Post your experience on social media using #TalkInAnElevatorDay and encourage others to join in.

    NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATORY DAY HISTORY

    We were unable to identify the origin of National Talk in an Elevator Day.

    DATES:
    29 July 2022
    28 July 2023
    26 July 2024
    25 July 2025
    31 July 2026
    30 July 2027
    28 July 2028
    27 July 2029

  • BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY – July 28

    BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY | JULY 28

    Buffalo Soldiers Day on July 28th commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprising African American soldiers in 1866. 

    #BuffaloSoldiersDay

    Congress established the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army after the end of the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were the first instituted.

    Since they were frontier regiments, Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries protected unsettled lands as pioneers moved westward. They also faced the hardships of the Wild West. During and after the Civil War, Army desertion rates remained high. However, among Buffalo Soldiers, low rates prevailed. They were also noted for their dedication and commitment during the Spanish-American War and other engagements during the late 1800s. 

    During World War I, each unit received stateside assignments, with some exceptions. Yet, neither unit saw action during World War II. In 1944, the Army activated both regiments and transferred service members to other units, as integration in the military began. 

    In honor of the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992, General Colin Powell dedicated a monument to the Buffalo Soldier. It’s located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers were based. The Buffalo Soldier Museum is located in Houston, Texas.

    On September 6, 2005, the oldest living Buffalo Soldier died. Mark Matthews lived to be 111 years old. For his dedicated services, he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

    HOW TO OBSERVE BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY

    Visit Buffalo Soldier monuments across the country. Read about their history and sacrifices. Post on social media using #BuffaloSoldiersDay to encourage others to pay tribute to these heroes.

    BUFFALO SOLDIERS DAY HISTORY

    In 1992, the United States Congress passed a law designating July 28th as Buffalo Soldiers Day. Since then, commemorations honoring the Buffalo Soldiers have been held throughout the United States.  

     

  • NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY – July 28

    NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY | July 28

    On July 28th dive into the ever-popular National Milk Chocolate Day. When it comes to chocolate, this sweet easily pleases.

    #MilkChocolateDay

    On average, we recognize three chocolate holidays a month. Interestingly, July celebrates chocolate as often as February. 

    Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate. While candy bar makers use milk chocolate to make their most popular candy bars, the treat isn’t the healthiest of the chocolates. Dark chocolate takes home the honors for nutrition. With added sugar and fat, milk chocolate packs on the calories. Add to that, milk chocolate’s popularity in baked goods, and the calorie count keeps going up. Don’t forget, we add it to specialty coffee drinks and other beverages, too.

    In fact, we’ve been adding milk to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century. But, in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor. It’s been milk chocolate bliss ever since. 

    Since the days are heating up, melt that chocolate down. Drizzle it on some ice cream or mix it into some popcorn. Nobody said this holiday would be difficult.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY

    Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate. Create a special treat with one of these recipes:

    Post on social media using #MilkChocolateDay and encourage others to Celebrate Every Day®.

    NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY

    According to our research, the National Confectioners Association created National Milk Chocolate Day. 

     

    July 28th Celebrated History

    1852

    While serving with the Indian Civil Service, Sir William James Herschel began requiring fingerprints and a signature on all contracts. This is the first documented use of the fingerprint being used as a means of identification.

    2018

    Australian sailor, Wendy Tuck, winds the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the first female skipper to do so.

    July 28th Celebrated Birthday

    Earl S. Tupper – 1907

    In the 1940s, the American inventor developed plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids known as Tupperware.

    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – 1929

    The 37th First Lady of the United States moved into the White House with her young family in 1961. On November 22, 1963, while in Dallas, Texas, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

  • NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY – Last Friday in July

    NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY

    National System Administrator Appreciation Day on the last Friday in July recognizes the IT professionals who keep organizations of all sizes up and running. This day is also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD.

    #SysAdminDay

    Around the office, if technical issues arise, the system administrator answers the call. When the company needs to upgrade, they turn to the IT professionals to log long hours to test and complete it. Even in small offices, one or two people handle system updates and troubleshooting. These are the system administrators and IT professionals.

    Not only do they keep our hardware and software running smoothly, but system administrators keep our networks secure. They stay informed of the latest technology, too. When we go home at night, they often work around the clock to make our systems available the next day. 

    Some geek and Internet culture businesses, like ThinkGeek and CafePress, honor the holiday with unique product offerings, discounts, and contests. Since system administrators love being serenaded, various folk songs dedicated to the IT specialist commemorate the day. Comparatively, e-cards are also available to send to your favorite administrator.

    Many IT professional organizations recognize and promote the day, including the League of Professional System Administrators and Sage/Usenix. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR DAY HISTORY

    Thank a system administrator who has helped you out. While you’re sending them a well-worded thank you, buy them a cup of coffee. Show your appreciation by making sure others know how outstanding their work is. When technology runs smoothly, be sure to let the IT specialist know. They certainly hear about it when it doesn’t. 

    Post on social media using #SysAdminDay and encourage others to join in the celebration.

    NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR DAY HISTORY

    Ted Kekatos created National System Administrator Appreciation Day. A Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement inspired Kekatos to launch the day. The advertisement showed grateful co-workers giving their systems administrator flowers and a fruit basket for installing a new printer. Just days before, Kekatos had installed several of the same models of printers at his place of work. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000.

    DATES:
    29 July 2022
    28 July 2023
    26 July 2024
    25 July 2025
    31 July 2026
    30 July 2027
    28 July 2028
    27 July 2029