Category: June

  • NATIONAL FOAM PARTY DAY | June 15

    NATIONAL FOAM PARTY DAY | June 15

    Today is June 15 and we thought we would celebrate by throwing the newest, cleanest, and coolest party for National Foam Party Day! Imagine, a mountain of refreshing foam in your back yard piled six feet high!

    #NationalFoamPartyDay

    Beat the heat this summer by hosting a foam party and give your guests an unforgettable experience that is the latest party trend in America.

    What is a foam party? 

    A foam party is exactly what it sounds like! A party with foam, hosted by a foam expert known as a “Foamologist”. The Foamologist shoots foam towards an empty space in your backyard or party area, using a foam cannon.  Add music, lighting effects, a bubble machine, and a rinse station (for later) and you have a full-blown foam party.  Plus, your guests receive party toys, play games and win prizes just for being at the party.

    Are Foam Parties Safe? 

    Foam parties are safe for all ages. In fact, the foam used during foam parties are not only hypoallergenic, it’s also non-toxic. However, foam is a form of soap, so it’s recommended little ones wear swimming goggles during play. Luckily, foam parties have rinse stations as part of their package just in case someone get’s a little foam in their eyes. Don’t worry, clean up after a foam party is easy. The foam will dissipate on its own in under an hour or you can spray water on it to help speed up the process.

    Types of Themed Foam Parties

    There is nothing more exciting and entertaining than gathering with a close group of friends or family for a foam party. When choosing a theme for your foam party, you have the option to be specific to the occasion. Whether you decide on a kid friendly theme or an adult theme, working with the foam party company will help you bring your idea to reality. Here are a few ideas for your next foam party:

    • Beach or Luau
    • Pirate or Ocean Adventures
    • Winter Wonderland
    • Disco Party
    • Halloween

    Types of Specialized Foam Parties

    Foam party companies are able to mix a non-toxic dye into the solution and make colored foam. They can even make the foam glow at night by mixing in a special UV additive that will react to black lights!

    • Gender Reveal
    • Rainbow Party
    • Glow-in-the-Dark Party
    • Sensory-Friendly Party
    • Doggy Foam Pawty

    What is a Sensory-Friendly Foam Party?

    Party planners are able to request a special Sensory-Friendly version of a foam party that is custom designed for those with special needs. Guests are gradually introduced to the sights and sounds of a foam party, taking great care to ensure they feel comfortable and are able to enjoy the experience.

    Companies like Foam Daddy have foam products that are a Certified Autism Resource by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). This credential is awarded to companies that provides resources to individuals with cognitive disorders.

    What is a Doggy Foam Pawty?

    Dogs love foam and this Pawty is just for them and their owners! Special music, toys, and treats will ensure our four-legged friends have a howling good time. You can bet your paws there will be plenty of great photo opportunities to be had!

    Who Are Foam Parties For? 

    People have parties for any occasion, which is why foam parties are great options for any gathering. Whether you’re planning a birthday party, or planning a family reunion, a foam party will make you the party planner of the year!

    • Birthdays
    • Graduations
    • Company picnics
    • Family gatherings
    • Summer camps
    • Schools
    • Daycares
    • Carnivals
    • Fundraisers
    • Church events
    • Community events
    • Color and mud runs
    • Pet adoption days
    • Just because

    Foam Party Facts

    • The first foam party dates back to the 1932 movie A Rhapsody in Black in Blue, where Louis Armstrong dances through foam while playing his trumpet.
    • Modern foam parties became popular during the 1990s on the island Ibiza in the Mediterranean sea.
    • Creators Weird Dream Productions receive credit for introducing the first foam dispenser when they would drop foam from the ceiling at dance clubs.
    • Roy Barlow from Entertainment Biz and Robin Wincup from Galaxy receive credit for the first foam cannon invention.
    • First appearing in the U.S. in 1993, foam parties were mostly found in European countries.

    JOIN THE FOAM PARTY CRAZE

    • Hire a foam party company for your next gathering.
    • Give away a foam party to an organization that serves underprivileged kids in your area.
    • Learn about the different types of foam parties that will best fit your guest list.
    • Watch a foam party video to get an idea about how foam parties work before booking.
    • Book your foam party today.
    • Share your photos of your foam fun using #NationalFoamPartyDay on social media.

    FOUNDER OF NATIONAL FOAM PARTY DAY

    In 2022, National Day Calendar began working with FoamParty.com, Bubble Maniacs, and Foam Daddy to establish National Foam Party Day. Each year on June 15, we encourage everyone to celebrate the day by throwing a foam party to kick off the summer fun!

  • NATIONAL OUTLET SHOPPING DAY | Second Saturday in June

    NATIONAL OUTLET SHOPPING DAY™

    The second Saturday in June will annually celebrate National Outlet Shopping Day. This shopping holiday is shaking up the retail landscape starting this summer at outlet centers across North America.

    #NationalOutletShoppingDay

    Planning for summer fun begins with having the right apparel and accessories. After a long winter, we look into our closets and realize the choices can be limited. Having the perfect look–comfortable, flattering and on trend –is any shopper’s goal. There is no better way to get summer kicked off with a bang than shopping and saving. Be sure you’ve got the right outfit to go with every occasion on your summer calendar starting today!

    Reasons you need that perfect new summer look:

    • Family reunion.
    • Wedding.
    • Picnic.
    • Trip to the beach.
    • Weekend with girlfriends.
    • Family vacation.

    If you have a full agenda of summer fun planned then the best place to find those great looks at great prices is at your favorite outlet shopping destination.

    Outlet centers are unique because they are made up of a variety of shops, often exclusive to a specific brand. Outlet centers  offer a shopper the option to find what they are looking for using multiple store options.

    You can find everything, and anything at an outlet center:

    • Shoes.
    • Handbags.
    • Dresses.
    • Summer shorts/tops.
    • Beach attire.
    • Hats and sunglasses.
    • Jewelry.
    • Gifting ideas.

    The first outlet center opened in the 1970s in Reading, Pennsylvania. However, the first outlet store opened in the 1930s by Anderson-Little and featured men’s clothing. Today, outlet centers have a variety of clothing and shoe stores, making finding that perfect look easier than ever. In addition, outlet centers  are not limited to clothing items anymore, they have stores with just about anything you may need for all your summer fun.

    SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

    • Invite a few friends or take the family out for a day of shopping.
    • Take a photo of your shopping haul.
    • Share your finds on social media using. #NationalOutletShoppingDay and #NOSD.
    • Have other plans that day, we suggest changing them and spend. the day at your closest outlet center.

    #NOSD

    In celebration of the first-ever National Outlet Shopping Day on June 11 and 12 Simon is rewarding shoppers at 90 Simon Premium Outlets and Mills properties nationwide. Shoppers coast-to-coast, from Florida to Maine and New York to California, will have access to exclusive deals, fantastic finds and giveaways all weekend long from the brands they love. It’s a shopping extravaganza like no other and a perfect shopping event for power shoppers and deal seekers. So, treat yourself to a weekend-long celebration with over 200 of the best brands in fashion, beauty, accessories, home goods and more.

    About Simon

    Simon Property Group is the world’s leading collection of luxury and fashion outlet destinations in North America. Simon is a real estate investment trust engaging in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations. In addition, they are an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG).

    The Simon Premium Outlets platforms offer exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and homeware retailers. Simon Premium Outlets in the United States are some of the most iconic and productive  shopping destinations including:

    In 2022, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Outlet Shopping Day. Each year, during the second Saturday in June, celebrations for National Outlet Shopping Day will occur throughout North America. Join us, along with the Simon Property Group, as we commemorate this fashionable national day.

    Exclusive Offers & Event Details

    Upcoming Dates

    • 2023: June 10–11
    • 2024: June 8–9
    • 2025: June 14–15
    • 2026: June 13–14
    • 2025: June 12–13
  • NATIONAL RETURNING YOUTH MONTH – May 4 – June 4

    Each year between May 4 and June 4, National Returning Youth Month brings awareness to young adults transitioning into society after incarceration. This monthly observance encourages all Americans to remove the stigma associated with those coming out of incarceration. Most importantly, National Returning Youth Month opens well-deserved dialog to support post-incarcerated youth.

    Many believe young adults in our society have unlimited resources that will guide them towards successful adulthood. Unfortunately, nearly 11 percent of all teenagers and young adults in the U.S. are faced with lack of support and resources to become productive citizens. According to Measure of America, 4.1 million young adults between ages 16 and 24 are falling behind in the U.S. Sadly, these disconnected youth do not attend school or maintain employment. Oftentimes, many resort to making bad decisions in order survive. As a result, they are often incarcerated and labeled for the rest of their lives.

    Returning to daily life after incarceration can be stressful and discouraging. But, by providing the right tools, post-incarcerated youth can become productive members of society. The key to success and most effective way to achieve that success is offering guidance, access to resources, and provide alternative solutions to avoid future incarceration.

    HOW TO SUPPORT #ReturningYouthMonth

    There are many things you can do to welcome back incarcerated youth into society.

    • Encourage businesses to participate in employment opportunities.
    • Advocate at the local, state, and national level.
    • Become a mentor.
    • Provide free medical and psychological services.
    • Donate to the Returning Youth Initiative.
    • Purchase bus passes or provide transportation to and from job interviews.
    • Be supportive and non-judgemental.
    • Share your stories of success on social media using #ReturningYouthMonth.

    HISTORY OF NATIONAL RETURNING YOUTH MONTH

    Credit for establishing National Returning Youth Month belongs to Dr. Surajit Khanna, founder of the Returning Youth Initiative, which is a program designed to restore the hopes and dreams to returning youth. This monthly observance begins on Dr. Khanna’ birthday in honor of his dedication as an advocate for post-incarcerated young adults and lasts an entire month.

    Dr. Khanna celebrates a birthday on May 4, which is the same day National Returning Youth Month begins. Incidentally, this is the same day we celebrate National Star Wars Day. The Returning Youth Initiative want today’s youth to be with their loved ones and not to be incarcerated. When saying “May the 4th be with you,” on National Star Wars Day, remember to also say “May the youth be with you” to kick off the first day of National Returning Youth Month.

    Dr. Khanna

    Dr. Khanna is an attorney, a child safety advocate, and a servant of the underserved. He volunteers his time on post-incarcerated young adults’ issues. He considers himself the “voice of the voiceless” and provides building blocks to create a better future for post-incarcerated youth. In addition, he also supports mentoring opportunities with organizations and assists with providing appropriate supervision to reduce recidivism among participants. Best of all, he breaks barriers on the stigma placed on post-incarcerated youth face returning into society.

    Returning Youth Initiative Goals:

    • Welcome post-incarcerated young adults into society with an integrated approach, be part of their community, and not return to a life of crime.
    • Provide young adults with a pathway to a productive life.
    • Provide housing, food, life skills training, trade skills training, secure employment, and long-term education.

    In 2022, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Returning Youth Month to be observed annually May 4 to June 4. Join National Day Calendar and the Returning Youth Initiative as we celebrate National Returning Youth Month.

     

  • WORLD CARING DAY | June 7

    WORLD CARING DAY | June 7

    Each year on June 7, World Caring Day shines a spotlight on all the ways we connect and show each other we care. Afterall, we should always take time to celebrate the millions of acts of caring we see. All acts of caring, whether big or small, are important. Caring is continuous and happens every day through compassion, support, kindness and understanding.

    #WorldCaringDay

    In a world of many worries, one of the easiest ways to show love is by caring. We all experience times of crisis, illness or need. Sharing our journeys and becoming a part of a beautiful story in a segmented, cynical world recognizes and celebrates the people who care. When we take the time to notice, we see patience, understanding, kindness and encouragement from everyone around us.

    Use World Caring Day to remind others to take the opportunity and practice caring. Now more than ever, we need to lean into caring for one another. Using this day as an opportunity to share your compassion shows genuine love and is a blessing. By sincerely asking how someone’s day went, it shows that you care, and can improve that person’s overall well-being.

    Caring Around the World

    Celebrating everyone as they share stories of caring recognizes and honors both those who care, and those who are cared for. On June 7th, we encourage everyone to rededicate themselves to recognizing, sharing and participating in acts of caring by:

    • Asking how someone is doing with intent and meaning. Asking someone how they are to find out what is going on in their lives shows you care.
    • Being mindful of the needs of others. Being alert and sensitive to what triggers your loved ones can help them navigate the shifts in their mood.
    • Reconnecting online to catch up with your friends and family living far away or with those you haven’t spoken to in a long time reopens relationships.
    • Making time for your loved ones. We know everyone gets busy but don’t become a stranger to your friends and family.
    • Writing a note. You’ll be surprised by how big of an impact little notes of encouragement can have on the mood and well-being of others.
    • Sharing your story! Head over to www.worldcaringday.org and share your story of caring for a loved one through a challenging health journey. You can also read stories of others to feel inspired.
    • Joining the conversation by spreading the word. Sharing acts of kindness will boost the World Caring Day, especially when you use #WorldCaringDay on social media.

    HISTORY OF WORLD CARING DAY

    Inspiration for World Caring Day began on June 7, 1997, with the nine-day life of a baby named Brighid. After being born prematurely, software engineer Sona Mehring created the first CaringBridge website. Thanks to Sona, friends and family were able to receive updates on baby Brighid’s health online. Most importantly, the website provided necessities and comfort to Brighid and her family. Since social media platforms were non-existent at the time, the idea to create a website was revolutionary.

    This simple act of caring triggered a domino effect, resulting in a global network known as CaringBridge. The non-profit organization is dedicated to connecting family and friends with their loved ones during a health journey. The organization helps to provide care, comfort and unwavering support to families. In 2021, an estimated 45 million people from all around the world visited CaringBridge. Over 1,900 messages of hope, care and love are posted every hour on the CaringBridge portals for loved ones.

    In 2022, the Register at National Day Calendar officially proclaimed World Caring Day to be observed on June 7, annually. CaringBridge and National Day Calendar invites everyone to inspire others through stories of hope and care. Celebrate today by recognizing and thanking those who go the extra mile to show they care. You can read inspirational stories, including baby Brighid’s, by visiting www.worldcaringday.org.

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  • WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE |June 30 – July 6

    WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE | June 30 – July 6

    Each year during the week of June 30 through July 6, we honor those men and women who lost their lives battling wildland fires.

    #WildlandFirefighterWeekOfRemembrance

    Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. Every year they respond to tens of thousands of wildland fires. These American heroes run toward danger to protect human life and precious forests and wildlands. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance honors those wildland firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Crews and organizations make every effort to protect those who protect us, but our heroes sometimes fall.

    Heroic Devastation

    On July 6, 1994, a fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado claimed the lives of 14 firefighters. Wildland fires additionally claimed 35 firefighters. In 2013, a wildfire at Yarnell Hill, Arizona, claimed the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. These two devastating examples demonstrate the power wildfires hold and the loss they leave behind. The two pivotal events in wildland fire history also mark the beginning and end of the Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance.

    Wildland firefighters put themselves at risk every time they step near a wildfire. The bravery it takes to leave their families behind to protect the lives of others is monumental. Unfortunately, not all wildland firefighters make it home. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance is a reminder for all of us to remember those who were unable to return home to their families.

    Dedication and Determination

    The sacrifice of a firefighter is not just the task of confronting disaster. It takes a lot of hard, rigorous training to become a firefighter. Each firefighter must enroll and successfully complete fire school training, which is essentially a boot camp for a firefighter. While they are trained to fight fires, firefighters often work 24-hour shifts, provide medical care, instructing children on fire safety and doing much more than fighting fires.

    Protecting human life is one piece of the puzzle for a wildland firefighter. These hardworking men and women also protect the planet we live in and its valuable resources. Wildland fires tend to destroy everything in their paths, including vegetation, wildlife, and trees. So far in 2022, more than 4 million acres of ecosystems have been burned in the U.S. alone.

    Ecosystem Destruction

    The ecosystems wildfires destroy can be severely transformed after a fire. Since important vegetation that composes an ecosystem is burned, erosion can occur. This erosion affects the soil, as well as the vegetation that grows in this ecosystem. A once biodiverse ecosystem can become the complete opposite of that after a wildfire. Weak plants and trees that survive a fire face exposure to other threats such as fungus and disease. Problems can continue, even long after the fire is treated.

    The survival of the animals that inhabit these ecosystems are also threatened. Not only can they lose their homes, but they also lose their main sources for food. Many different species are threatened by wildfires. Wild animals have a keen sense of smell, often smelling a fire and fleeing from the area. However, when a wildfire destroys entire forest and land areas, the animals relocate to places fit their needs for survival. Many times, animals roam into neighboring towns and cities forging for food or because their sense of loss causes confusion.

    The amount of damage wildland wildfires cause to both humans, animals and nature is devastating. However, the numbers and statistics would be much higher if it weren’t for the brave firefighters that risk their lives to put them out.

    #NationalWildlandFirefighterDay

    July 2 honors the personnel who coordinate their efforts to protect the nation’s wildlands. It’s also a day to remember the sacrifice made each time a firefighter steps into a wildland fire.

    Which agencies comprise of the nation’s wildland fire community and partners at the National Interagency Fire Center?

    Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness

    How do I PREPARE FOR A WILDFIRE and RECREATE RESPONSIBLY?

    • Create defensible space around your home.
    • Harden your home and make it more fire resistant.
    • Create a emergency supply kit.
    • Create wildfire action plan.
    • Report unattended fire by calling 911, especially if conditions are right.
    • Remember to extinguish fire pits and campfires before leaving a campsite.
    • Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car because the spark can start a fire, especially if you are in a dry area.
    • Make sure caution is practiced when using flammable liquids.
    • Have a fire extinguisher available.
    • Honor local burning bans, enforcements, etc.
    • Stay alert to local warnings when traveling through where a wildfire or smoke is present.

    SUPPORT & SHARE

    • Commiting to honoring fallen firefighters.
    • Supporting fire safety efforts in your area.
    • Supporting family and crew members who’ve lost a loved one.
    • Attending memorials in honor of fallen firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 6 Minutes for Safety Week of Remembrance.
    • Using #6MFS and #WeekOfRemembrance to join the conversation on social media.
    • Thanking a wildland firefighter you know.
    • Learning more about wildfires and wildland firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Interagency Fire Center website to learn about each role.
    • Training to be a wildfire firefighter.
    • Visiting the Wildland Firefighters Monument in Boise, ID.
    • Hosting a Wildland Firefighter Day BBQ.
    • Establishing a proclamation for the day.
    • Remember and honor all wildland firefighters during the Week of Remembrance, June 30 to July 6 and July 2, on National Wildland Firefighter Day.

    WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER WEEK OF REMEMBRANCE HISTORY

    Following two devastating losses of wildland firefighter teams in 1994 and 2013, a movement grew to renew a commitment to the safety of wildland firefighters. In addition, the commitment was to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. In 2015, the wildland firefighter community began observing Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrances from June 30 to July 6 each year.

  • NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT – Second Friday in June

    NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT

    Pop some popcorn, grab a blanket and your favorite buddy, put away the cell phones and tablets, and then queue up a string of movies for a fun night of entertainment. National Movie Night on the second Friday in June encourages us to start (or restart) a tradition of movie nights with friends and family.

    #NationalMovieNight

    Movies have been bringing people together for over 100 years. The stars, the stories entertain us, connect us and help us create memories. As technology evolves, so does how we enjoy our movie nights. From the theater to reel-to-reel home movies, the VCR, DVD, and streaming, we’ve been enjoying movies on big and small screens. Drive-in movies invited us to enjoy films from the comfort of our cars. Today, our video library is as large as we want it to be thanks to streaming services. We can even enjoy movies in our own backyards projected onto screens under the stars.

    Can you smell the popcorn popping? Start your tradition with friends and family on National Movie Night with new and classic movies at the theatre or in your homes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE National Movie Night

    What movie will you watch and who will you invite for National Movie Night? There are so many ways to start a movie tradition:

    • Make a movie night bucket list.
    • Share your favorite movie quotes.
    • Create a group with people who love movies. Plan to celebrate with a night out at the movie theatre.
    • Host a movie night in with the family. Pick a film the whole family will enjoy.
    • Invite friends and family for a movie night BBQ. Hang a sheet or screen to project the movie onto. Wait for it to get dark and then let the entertainment begin.
    • Load up the car and head to the nearest drive-in movie theatre.
    • Create a buffet of your favorite movie snacks and beverages for everyone to enjoy.
    • Ask everyone to write a review and deliver it in their best critic voice.
    • Invite everyone to dress in their red-carpet best for movie premieres and go to the movies in style.

    Don’t forget to share your movie night traditions. Use #NationalMovieNight to share your celebration on social media and follow @movienightjournal. Sit back, hit play, and enjoy the show!

    NATIONAL MOVIE NIGHT HISTORY

    Movie Night LogoJennifer and Jayda Borget, a mother-daughter duo fluent in movie quotes and authors of the Family Movie Night Journal, founded National Movie Night to create an opportunity to bring new and old movie night traditions to life. Be prepared to laugh, cry or cringe, but most importantly, to make memories! Need a list of suggestions for National Movie Night? This list at movienightjournal.com will get you started.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Movie Night in 2022 to be observed the second Friday in June and every year thereafter.

    DATES
    10 June 2022
    9 June 2023
    14 June 2024
    13 June 2025
    12 June 2026
    11 June 2027
    9 June 2028
    8 June 2029
    14 June 2030
    13 June 2031
    11 June 2032

     

  • INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD – June 16

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD

    On June 16th, International Day of the African Child commemorates those killed during the Soweto Uprising in South Africa. The day also raises awareness of the ongoing need to improve education for children in Africa.

    The Soweto Uprising began on June 16, 1976. Thousands of black schoolchildren in South Africa led this series of protests and demonstrations. The students were protesting against issues related to government-sanctioned apartheid within the student community.

    On their way to Orlando Stadium in Soweto, heavily armed police met the students. The police fired tear gas and live ammunition at the students. The result was a revolt directed against the South African government. The revolt spread throughout the country and continued for several months. It is believed that more than 170 people died during the Soweto Uprising. One of the youngest victims was just 12-years-old. The UN Security Council strongly condemned the incident and the apartheid government.

    Twenty years after the uprising, the South African Schools Act was passed. This law put an end to mandatory segregation in South African schools. The law also made primary education compulsory for all children starting at the age of 7. Despite this fact, many children in South Africa and other parts of the continent do not get a quality education. Girls especially face many barriers to getting any education at all. Many children in Africa drop out of school before their 10th birthday. Other children throughout the continent do not have enough food or adequate shelter.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #DayOfTheAfricanChild

    On this day, governments, NGOs, educators, and international organizations discuss the challenges children in Africa face. Events also discuss the importance of educational opportunities for these children. Here are some ways you can participate:

    • Donate to an organization that helps provide education to children in Africa.
    • Watch the documentary Uprize or the movie Sarafina! Both center around the Soweto Uprising.
    • Learn about the history of South Africa and the effect of apartheid on the country.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #DayOfTheAfricanChild

    INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE AFRICAN CHILD HISTORY

    The Organization of African Unity (OAU) initiated the first International Day of the African Child in 1991. The date of June 16th commemorates the beginning of the Soweto Uprising in 1976.

  • WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY – June 16

    WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY

    Every year on June 16th, World Sea Turtle Day highlights the importance of sea turtles. The day also encourages global supporters to dive into the threats that sea turtles face.

    Did you know that sea turtles have been on the earth for over 100 million years? This means that sea turtles co-existed with dinosaurs. There are seven species of sea turtles. These include green, hawksbill, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and the Olive ridley. Of these species of sea turtles, the leatherback is the largest. The leatherback sea turtle weighs anywhere from 550 to 2,000 pounds! This type of sea turtle grows up to six feet in length. Sea turtles live in both cool and warm waters throughout the world. However, the flatback can only be found in Australia.

    Sea Turtle Facts
    • Sea turtles can live between 50 to 100 years.
    • Some sea turtles travel more than 1,000 miles to return to their nesting ground.
    • Sea turtles nest multiple times, about two weeks apart, and lay up to 125 eggs per nest.
    • Most sea turtles nest at night, except for the Kemp’s ridley.
    • Leatherback sea turtles can dive nearly 4,000 feet into the water.
    • Unlike other kinds of turtles, sea turtles cannot retreat into their shell.
    • A large group of nesting sea turtles is called an “arribadas”, which is Spanish for “arrival.”

    One more interesting fact is that the temperature of the nest determines the sea turtle’s sex. Male hatchlings are born in cooler temperatures. When temperatures in the next are warm it produces female hatchlings. Fluctuating temperatures produce a mix of male and female baby sea turtles.

    Unfortunately, nearly every species of sea turtle is considered endangered. The hawksbills and Kemp’s ridley are both critically endangered. Entanglement in marine debris, destruction of habitats, and poaching for meat and eggs are among the top reasons for their endangerment.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldSeaTurtleDay

    On this day, conservation organizations and zoos organize a variety of events. These events include exhibits, beach cleanups, and educational seminars on how to protect the sea turtles. To participate:

    • Donate to a marine wildlife organization that works to protect the sea turtles.
    • Adopt a sea turtle through the Marine Conservation Society.
    • Avoid throwing plastic and other harmful debris into waterways and encourage others to do the same.
    • Watch movies that feature sea turtles, such as Finding Nemo, A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures, Turtle: The Incredible Journey, and Moana.

    Spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldSeaTurtleDay.

    WORLD SEA TURTLE DAY HISTORY

    In the year 2000, turtle conservation organizations came together to create World Sea Turtle Day. June 16th was chosen to honor the birthday of Dr. Archie Carr, a renowned sea turtle conservationist. Dr. Carr also founded the Sea Turtle Conservancy in Gainesville, Florida.

     

  • WORLD HYDROGRAPHY DAY – June 21

    WORLD HYDROGRAPHY DAY

    On June 21st, World Hydrography Day highlights the importance of surveying and charting bodies of water. The day also encourages the general public to learn more about the science of hydrographs.

    It’s a known fact that 71 percent of the earth is covered with water. While most of the earth’s water is found in the oceans, it is also found in lakes, rivers, swamps, glaciers, and aquifers. It even exists in the air in the form of water vapor. Water is important for a number of reasons. Without water, humans and animals could not survive. We also use water for irrigating crops, keeping things clean, and providing recreational opportunities.

    Water also plays a key role in transportation. To navigate the earth’s waterways, scientists find out specific information. This information allows ships and other vessels to navigate the waters safely and efficiently. This falls under the science of hydrography. The information these scientists look for include:

    • Water depth
    • Shape of the seafloor and coastline
    • Location of possible obstructions
    • Physical features of water bodies

    Scientists use all this information to update nautical charts. These charts cover 95,000 miles of shoreline. Additionally, the charts cover 3.6 million square nautical miles of waters in the U.S. alone. Besides transportation and navigation, hydrography also helps in other areas. These areas include seafloor construction, anchoring, understanding fish habitats, and laying pipelines and cables.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldHydrographyDay

    Every year the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) hosts a variety of activities that focus on the annual theme. These activities include workshops, educational seminars, and conferences. To participate:

    • Learn more about hydrography and the importance of this science.
    • Find some nautical chart posters on the internet.
    • Do some educational activities with your kids, such as the build a boat challenge or making a compass.
    • Watch a documentary about water, such as Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure or Watermark.

    Share this day on social media with #WorldHydrographyDay.

    WORLD HYDROGRAPHY DAY HISTORY

    The IHO created World Hydrography Day in 2005. That same year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized the establishment of this day. The date of June 21st coincides with the anniversary of the founding of the IHO in 1921 under the name International Hydrographic Bureau. The name changed to the IHO in 1970.

    Past themes for this day have included:

    2021: One hundred years of international cooperation in hydrography.
    2020: Hydrography enabling autonomous technologies.
    2019: Hydrographic information driving marine knowledge.
    2018: Bathymetry – the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans, and waterways.
    2017: Mapping our seas, oceans, and waterways – more important than ever.

     

  • NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY – Second Tuesday in June

    NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY | SECOND TUESDAY IN JUNE

    The second Tuesday in June recognizes National Forklift Safety Day. The observance provides opportunities for manufacturing, warehouses, logistics, and other industries that rely on forklifts to reassess their forklift training and safety guidelines.

    #ForkliftSafetyDay

    Forklifts are an integral part of industry and commerce around the world. The operators who move products from warehouse to truck to loading dock keep goods moving across the country. Without forklift operators, much of the work needed to move pallets of parts, finished products, and food would be time-consuming and extremely dangerous. So instead, forklifts do the heavy lifting. But with all that heavy lifting, safety becomes paramount.

    According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), forklift-related injuries have increased since 2011. Training is an important factor in reducing the number of injuries and deaths. The type of forklift, the material being moved, and the facility where they work also impacts the type of training an operator needs. This annual reminder also brings industries across the country together to help improve the safety of every employee – including the operator.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY

    Every industry that uses forklifts is encouraged to take part in National Forklift Safety Day. Whether they host seminars or provide opportunities for their operators to recertify and attend seminars, the day is about ensuring a safe and efficient atmosphere. There are several ways to participate across the country:

    • Review your training schedules and protocols for forklift drivers.
    • Ensure all operators are current in their training.
    • Review and update equipment safety check guidelines.
    • Trainers, maintain your training, too. Operators should be learning from trainers who have the most current knowledge and understanding of a company’s protocols.
    • Attend webinars that share the latest in safety equipment and standards.

    Share your events and experiences by using #ForkliftSafetyDay on social media.

    NATIONAL FORKLIFT SAFETY DAY HISTORY

    In 2014, the Industrial Truck Association founded National Forklift Safety Day to highlight the safe use of forklifts and serve as an annual reminder of the value of training and equipment checks in every industry that relies on forklifts.

    DATES:
    14 June 2022
    13 June 2023
    11 June 2024
    10 June 2025
    9 June 2026
    8 June 2027
    13 June 2028
    12 June 2029
    11 June 2030
    10 June 2031
    8 June 2032