Category: July 05



    On July 5th, National Hawaii Day recognizes the 50th state to be granted statehood.


    Eight islands make up The Aloha State, the largest of which is named Hawaii. The islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are the next in size followed by Molokai, Lanai, Nihau, and Kahoolawe.

    Nearly 2,000 years ago, Polynesians navigated the Pacific ocean in double-hulled vessels from the west. Captain James Cook sailed to the islands in 1778 and would later meet his death on the big island.

    For generations, Hawaii ruled by the hand of the Kamehameha dynasty. King Kamehameha is still honored in Hawaii today.

    In 1874, a new king was elected to the throne. King Kalākaua was known as the Merrie Monarch. Kalākaua also developed a reputation as a diplomat as he set out to tour the globe in 1881. As a result, Kalakaua would become the first monarch to travel around the world. It would take the Hawaiian leader an entire year to complete the voyage.

    While Hawaii is the 50th state to join the Union, it has long been a strategic military installation. Its location in the Pacific has been vital to U.S. Naval operations for decades. On December 7, 1941, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation and propelled the United States into World War II. Nearly 11 years later on August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state to join the United States.

    The islands’ beauty and traditions consistently draw visitors for rest and relaxation. Hawaii’s pristine beaches, majestic volcanoes, and exotic atmosphere speak to a richly diverse heritage that is welcoming and fascinating. Dance, music, and song taught from one generation to the next keep traditions alive in a lush environment surrounded by ancient history.


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

    Notable People

    A chemist with the United States Geological Survey in 1880, William Francis Hillebrand later became the chief chemist for the National Bureau of Standards in 1909. Hillebrand’s studies of uranite would eventually lead other chemists to new discoveries.
    In 1893, the last heir to the Hawaiian dynasty came to the United States. Her mother, the queen, had abdicated the throne ending the monarchy. The young 18-year-old Princess Victoria Ka`iulani Cleghorn would make her statement to the American people and have a private meeting with President Grover Cleveland to defend the role of the Hawaiian monarchy. In the end, Hawaii remained a U.S. territory.
    The son of missionaries, Hiram Bingham III, explored the mountains of Peru and in 1911 revealed to the world the hidden city of Machu Picchu. His three expeditions spanned from 1911 to 1915 and traversed the Andes. The Incan village was buried beneath centuries of forest and vine.
    Through Henry Gabriel Ginaca, the pineapple is more readily packaged, shipped, and consumed. Ginaca engineered the machine that automatically peeled and cored the Hawaiian fruit for the Dole Packaged Foods Company in 1911.
    Author of numerous scholarly books, Kawena Pukui, translated chants, folktales and the Hawaiian culture for anthropologists. Her expertise provided a wealth of valuable information and preserved Hawaiian history and knowledge.
    Raised in Japan, James Mitose studied the art of Kenpo at the Shaka-In temple on Mt. Akenkai. Mitose would establish the martial art in the United States through the islands of Hawaii.
    Best known for the song “Tiny Bubbles,” Don Ho entertained audiences and brought Hawaiian musical flair to the continent.
    Paul Avery provided his journalistic skills to aid detectives in the search for the infamous Zodiac killer. From the office of the San Francisco Chronicle, Avery would also become a target, and his sleuthing never revealed the identity of the serial killer. Avery would continue his career in journalism and die a natural death.
    Barack Obama was elected the 44th U.S. President. He took office in 2009 and served two terms. President Obama was the first African American president elected in the United States.
    A one-time Apple Inc. manager, open source developer, Jordan Hubbard is the VP of Engineering for Two Pore Guys. One of the creators of FreeBSD, Hubbard has been creating and providing technology open source tools for decades.
    As an oceanographer, Megan McArthur served with NASA’s final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Her skills were utilized in improving and extending the telescope’s lifespan. McArthur remained with NASA as a Capsule Communicator for International Space Station and Space Shuttle missions as well as other roles throughout NASA.
    Bruno Mars, born Peter Gene Hernandez, is a Grammy Award-winning artist and producer. Known for his broad range of upbeat, funk, soul and rock beats, Mars’ popularity soared to the top of the charts in the mid-2000s.

    World’s Largest Plant Maze – Wahiawa

    Kaniakapupu Ruins – Honolulu

    Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau – Captain Cook

    Palapala Ho’omau Congregational Church – Hana



    Since July 5, 1946, women have been hitting the beaches and pool sides in bikinis. National Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit.


    Named after the Bikini Atoll, where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two-piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris. French designer Jaques Heim wanted to name revealing bits of fabric “atom,” but designer Louis Réard named his piece, revealed on this day in 1946, with the name “bikini” and the word stuck.

    By World War II, sunbathers cast aside the chaste one-piece bathing costumes for simple two-piece bathing suits. However, nothing prepared the United States for the revealing bikini when it hit the beaches on July 5, 1946. The skimpy strips of fabric were seen as less than a women’s unmentionables. While Europe enthusiastically donned the bikini after a long and arduous world war, American’s sense of decency kept them from accepting the bikini until the 1960s.

    Today, the bikini comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics. Designers expanded the style to flatter more body shapes, enticing more women to wear the fashion. Throughout the summer, the beaches and pools call for swimwear. If you’re considering the bikini, perhaps the celebration is the day to pick one that fits your style.


    Wear your bikini or go shopping for a new one. Go to the local pool or beach for a swim. While you’re sunbathing, learn about the changing fashions of swimwear through the ages. Share your favorite styles and looks using #NationalBikiniDay on social media.


    While we were unable to identify the founder of National Bikini Day, we did determine the date for the day commemorates the anniversary of the bikini bathing suit. Louis Réard, designer, presented the smallest bathing suit the world had seen calling it the bikini. The designer hoped his fashion statement would be explosive, much like the atomic tests on the Bikini Atoll. Réard sparked a firestorm of controversy with his itty bitty bikini, too. Many countries banned the two-piece bathing suit for several decades.



    July 5th recognizes 1/3rd of the s’more. It’s National Graham Cracker Day! Hopefully, you saved a few crackers if you were busy making s’mores over the Independence Day holiday. 


    When Sylvester Graham first invented the slightly sweetened cracker, he intended it as a health food. In the early 1800s, the Presbyterian minister developed the cracker as part of his “Graham Diet” program. They were made from whole wheat graham flour with added bran and wheat germs. He believed his snack would curb sinful cravings. 

    Today, makers use bleached white flour and blend a variety of flavors including honey, cinnamon, and chocolate. They also come in smaller bite-size snacks and fun shapes. 

    While a delicious snack on their own, they also make terrific ingredients for desserts. Crushed graham crackers blended with butter and pressed into pie tins, or springform pans make excellent crusts when lightly toasted. Graham crackers layered between yogurt and fruit taste delicious in a parfait. When it comes to crumb toppings, oats, brown sugar, butter, and crushed graham crackers blended together and lightly toasted will always satisfy.

    Graham Cracker Sandwiches

    Some of the easiest ways of using graham crackers are making a type of sandwich. Of course, one of the most popular treats made with graham crackers is the S’more. However, that’s not the only type of sandwich we can make with these sturdy crackers.

    • Ice cream sandwiches – It’s summer, so head to the freezer. Just one scoop of ice cream between two crackers is all it takes. Wrap the sandwich in wax paper and place it back in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour. 
    • Nut butter sandwiches – Whether it’s peanut butter, hazelnut, or sun butter, spread your favorite between two crackers and enjoy. 
    • Fruit sandwiches – Layer banana or strawberry slices between two crackers. Add nut butter. 
    • Frozen fruit sandwiches – Puree your favorite fruit and then freeze slightly. Spread the pulp on the crackers and refreeze just like you did the ice cream. These sweet treats are delightfully refreshing!

    During Christmastime, graham crackers go into overtime. They join forces with gingerbread and create magical houses with frosting. The edible delights may not last very long, but they make memories that last a lifetime. 


    Pick up some graham crackers and start making some memories. No matter how you celebrate, there are numerous, delicious ways to share. Be sure to check out the National Day Calendar recipe pages for ideas and if you have great recipes, be sure to share. Post on social media using #GrahamCrackerDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


    We were unable to identify the creator of National Graham Cracker Day.




    Enjoy a sweet, individual pie on July 5th. It’s precisely what National Apple Turnover Day is all about! 


    Also called hand pies because their design makes them portable, apple turnovers have been around since the 17th century. Bakers fill a smaller, flaky pie crust with fruit or meat and fold it in half. Once the edges are sealed, the pie is baked or fried. For added sweetness, add a dusting of sugar or icing on top. 

    Nearly every culture has a recipe for a turnover in its repertoire. Whether the method is savory or sweet, the ingredients readily available determined how the dough was made. However, most doughs adjust to a sweet recipe with the addition of fruit and sweet additives such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup. 

    Restaurants, bakeries, and even food trucks offer a variety of turnovers, and they make a delicious snack or meal. Apple turnovers come in a wide range, too! Caramel apple, apple cinnamon, or apple raisin are just a few of the combinations we’ve found. Be sure to check out your local businesses or try your own recipe. 


    We have the apple pie filling and the recipe for you to try – Apple Turnover recipe or invite a friend to join you for an apple turnover at a business near you! Share them with your family and friends. Post on social media using #AppleTurnoverDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


    We were unable to locate the creator of National Apple Turnover Day.

    July 5th Celebrated History


    Methodist minister William Booth establishes a mission to help feed and clothe poverty-stricken inhabitants of London’s East End. He and his wife Catherine would rename the organization the Salvation Army.


    Designer Louis Réard presents the smallest bathing suit in Paris. The suit is modeled by Micheline Bernadini.


    A young Elvis Presley arrives at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee and records his first single, “That’s All Right” giving rise to rock and roll.


    Arthur Ashe defeats Jimmy Connors to win the Wimbledon singles title – the first black man to do so.

    July 5th Celebrated Birthdays

    Sylvester Graham – 1794

    The American minister’s belief in a wholesome diet led him to the creation of the graham cracker.

    P.T. Barnum – 1810

    Promoter and entertainer, PT Barnum created his booming show business in the mid-19th century with a menagerie of animal and human oddities he named “The Greatest Show on Earth”.

    Clara Zetkin – 1857

    In an effort to promote women’s rights such as universal suffrage, an 8-hour work day, and maternity leave, Clara Zetkin founded International Women’s Day in 1910.

    A.E. Douglass – 1867

    The American astronomer is credited with discovering the relationship between tree rings and sunspot cycles. His studies led to the development of dendrochronology which is the scientific method of dating tree rings.



    National Workaholics Day on July 5th reminds us to balance our work and home life. Work isn’t everything!  Do you come in early, skip your lunch and stay late or know someone who does? This day is dedicated to the people who fit that description – the workaholics.


    A workaholic feels the need to be busy at all times which may cause problems. They might perform tasks they are not required to do or are unnecessary for project completion. These unnecessary tasks cause inefficiency where the focus should be on production. Workaholics may have trouble delegating or entrusting co-workers with tasks. They struggle with organizational skills due to taking on too much work at one time. The solution for workaholics is to step back, regroup, and slow down a little bit.

    Workaholics may suffer from impaired brain and cognitive function due to sleep deprivation. Take a look at National Work Like A Dog Day as one outcome of being a workaholic. Unlike other conditions, this one is socially acceptable. However, it does have signs. So, if you are aware, it can be identified and treated. Here are 5 signs to look for according to The

    1. Workaholics have anxiety
    2. Work is priority #1
    3. No social life
    4. Won’t admit the problem
    5. They’re unhappy

    One’s career relies on a good and strong work ethic. However, a balance between work and home unlocks the door to life’s successes.


    A healthy work-life means more to our well-being than just a paycheck! Today, take some time off to relax, slow down a little bit and maybe schedule a vacation for you and your family. Be sure to use #NationalWorkaholicsDay on social media to shout out to those you know who are workaholics.


    We were unable to find the origin of National Workaholics Day.