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    Today is June 14 and National Cucumber Day at National Day Calendar and we are enjoying fresh cucumbers all day long! Join us as we crunch on this crisp summer favorite and enjoy the fruits of summer.


    You can almost taste the crisp, watery goodness of a cucumber during the summer months. With fresh fruits and vegetables at our fingertips, we feel very little guilt indulging in this salad favorite. Whether we grow them in our garden or purchase them at a local farmers market, we love the freshness a cucumber adds to our diets.

    Most people think cucumbers are a vegetable. In fact, they are actually a fruit in the watermelon family Cucurbitaceae. Cucumbers are normally a long and have a cylindrical shape, and are grown in different sizes. There are also around 100 different types of cucumbers around the world.

    Most cucumbers have green flesh with a white inside. The Lemon Cucumber has yellow skin and a tart taste. However, the Albino cucumber is a rare heirloom cucumber grown by seed savers. A seed saver is someone who saves seeds year-to-year and prevents cross-pollination with another seed variety.

    Crunchy History

    Cucumbers have been cultivated for nearly 3,000 years originating in Asia. It is unclear how or when cultivation was introduced to Ancient Greek and Roman Empires, but records show both upper and lower class people of those times were cultivating cucumbers as part of their diet. Europeans would bring cucumbers to the U.S. some time during exploration. Benjamin Watson’s Heirloom Vegetables book stated “in 1539 DeSoto found Indians in Florida growing cucumbers that were “better than those of Spain.””

    How do you eat cucumbers? Cucumbers are a common salad food. However, cucumbers are a main ingredient in the puree of gazpacho soup. In addition, tea houses in Britain serve cucumber sandwiches with tea because its lightness pairs well with afternoon tea.

    Though most people slice cucumbers and eat them in salads, many people use them for pickling. Pickling possibly dates back as far as the Mesopotamians who would preserve cucumbers in a brine solution. Today, Americans consumer almost 10 pounds of pickles per person in one year! Unsurprisingly, Kosher dill pickles have been a favorite among households since the 19th century thanks to Eastern European Jews emigrating to the U.S.

    7 Cucumber Facts

    1. Placing sliced cucumber on your tongue for a few minutes will eliminate bad breath.
    2. Cucumbers reduce and ease face swelling, especially around the eye area.
    3. Boiling sliced cucumbers releases a natural stress reducer into the air.
    4. Cucumbers are 95% water, which make them a great substitute for hydration.
    5. The waxy coating of a cucumber will erase a pen on anything.
    6. Eating cucumbers before bed after a night of too many adult beverages will help your body recover from a hangover the next day.
    7. Pureeing cucumber and applying it to a sunburn provides instant relief.


    1. Visit a local farmer to learn about growing cucumbers.
    2. Add cucumbers to your salad or eat them alone.
    3. Learn about the health benefits of cucumbers.
    4. Download the the National Day Calendar Gazpacho Recipe card.
    5. Share your cucumber recipes on social media and tag #NationalCucumberDay.


    National Day Calendar created National Cucumber Day in 2023 to celebrate the refreshing taste of cucumbers all day long! We want everyone to enjoy the little things in life and today’s National Day is delicious celebration honoring another food holiday.

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    Today is June 5 on the National Day Calendar and it’s National Start Over Day to remind you it’s perfectly fine to start over! Today’s National Day is about making the decision to accept failure and start over, from scratch.


    Do you remember that old saying “if at first you don’t succeed, then try, try again?” All of us seem to have heard it one time or another in our life. We can all agree it has been used to inspire us to never give up and keep trying. Today, we want to remind everyone despite any setbacks you may have, don’t give up! Keep going, even if that means starting over.

    What is failure? In a nut shell, failure is when a person does not succeed or has not met expectations of a specific situation, goal, or task. Failure means different things to different people, which is why our ideas about failure differ. Even though society plays a significant roll in what we think should be success, the idea of failure comes from our own personal beliefs.

    Adults view failure differently than children do, but the end result is always the same: failure is discouraging.

    5 Adult Ideas of Failure

    1. Receiving a bad work performance review.
    2. Forgetting a special occasion.
    3. Getting terminated from a job.
    4. Misspending or losing money.
    5. Missing an important appointment.

    6 Childhood Ideas of Failure

    1. Getting a bad grade on a test.
    2. Putting off or avoiding chores.
    3. Breaking rules set by parents/guardians.
    4. Arguing with a grownup.
    5. Bickering with siblings.
    6. Not making the team.

    Failing should not be the end. In fact, we think you should use failure as a way to grow, learn, and start again. Most people analyze failure after it happens. You think of all the things that could have been and find a solution to make it better the next time around. Each time you fail, you create solutions and learn benefits of doing things differently. Your solutions give you opportunity to start over and keep going.

    Why is failing important? Failing is important because it allows you to give something another try. Trust the process of what you learn along the failure journey, change a few things, and start from scratch to make it a success. Don’t be discouraged. Some people may have to make several attempts to reach their goal. Taking another chance and starting over teaches you determination. Just know starting over can and will cause some anxiety. Do not be afraid to keep going. Starting over means a new beginning and a new adventure. You can do it!

    6 Ways to Change Failure Into Success

    1. Changing your mindset after failure by determining why you failed and then turning the failure into a teaching tool.
    2. Failing does not mean your are a failure. It means you’ve been given opportunity to fix mistakes that will help you succeed when you decide to try again.
    3. Learning your own beliefs about failure without comparing them to other expectations will help you focus on doing what is right for you.
    4. Committing yourself to achieve success after failure will boost your confidence about your personal abilities, goals, and expectations.
    5. Correcting keys mistakes when you start over will prevent the same mistakes from happening. This will require you to think about where things went wrong and having plan to not repeat those mistakes.
    6. Starting over requires new goals. This means you might have to self-reflect before trying again. Slow down, think things through, and organize your thoughts. Once you do this, the path to success will be easier than previously.


    • Make a plan to restart something you failed at before and DO IT!
    • Share your failures with your peers to help find ways to make things successful when they start over.
    • Read about the greatest failures in history that turned into a success.
    • Encourage someone who feels like they are a failure. Let them know failing is normal and they can try again.
    • Share your stories of failures that became successes on social media and tag #NationalStartOverDay.


    National Day Calendar created National Start Over Day in 2023 after a recommendation made by Doug “Snoop” Philp. Doug is the Social Media Specialist & Web Administrator at National Day Calendar. He thought today’s National Day would be a great way to encourage people to #CelebrateEveryDay by remembering it’s ok to celebrate by starting over!

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    Today is June 1 and National Game Show Day on the National Day Calendar and we are celebrating all timeless game shows, past and present. National Game Show Day honors one of the oldest and most cherished genres of TV.


    Game Shows are watched by millions of Americans every single day and are a staple in most American homes. Viewers can engage by cheering contestants on and playing along from home. National Game Show Day honors vintage and current game shows, their hosts, and the fans of yesterday and today.

    Game shows are a specific genre of television where contestants compete, answer questions, or solve puzzles to win prizes. Prizes consist of cash, trips, and some of the most popular consumer products, including electronics, cars, and appliances.

    The first TV game show in the U.S. was Truth or Consequences, which began in 1940 and was hosted by Ralph Edwards. The show consisted of contestants being asked to answer trivia questions correctly or face the consequences by performing a zany stunt.


    On National Game Show Day, we thought it would be fun to find the most popular game shows of all time. Our top 8 answers are on the board:

    1. To Tell the Truth (1956 – 1978; 1980 – 1981; 2000 – 2002; 2016 – Present)
    2. Match Game (1962 – 1969; 1973 – 1982; ; 2016 – 2021)
    3. Jeopardy! (1964 – 75; 1984 – Present)
    4. The Price is Right (1972 – Present)
    5. Wheel of Fortune (1975 – Present)
    6. The Gong Show (1976 – 1978)
    7. Family Feud (1976 – 1985, 1988 – 1995; 1999 – Present)
    8. Hollywood Squares (1966 – 1981)

    What is the longest running game show on television? The Price is Right originally aired on TV in 1956, with Bill Cullen as the host. In 1972, the show reintroduced a new host. Bob Barker became the face of The Price is Right and served as host for 35 years, with Drew Carey taking over the reins in 2007. The Price is Right is the longest running game show in television history, with Carey continuing as host today.

    Can I view vintage game shows? Yes! For 8 years BUZZR has been providing broadcasts of vintage game shows from the early 1940s to the late 2000s. The network’s iconic line-up includes Match Game, Family Feud, Press Your Luck, and Supermarket Sweep. Beloved personalities that appear on BUZZR include Betty White, Gene Rayburn, Richard Dawson, Pat Sajak, and Monty Hall.


    1. Play a vintage game show board game with family and friends.
    2. Watch your favorite game on the BUZZR network or one of the BUZZR streaming platforms.
    3. Catch special programming on BUZZR to win special prizes.
    4. Follow BUZZR social media platforms to play games, interact, and win contests.
    5. Share your love for game shows by tagging #NationalGameShowDay on social media.


    In 2023, National Day Calendar and Fremantle, the parent company of BUZZR, formed a collaboration to create National Game Show Day. Each year on June 1, we honor game shows as one of the oldest TV genres in the U.S.

    National Game Show Day | June 1 – BUZZR


    Fremantle is home to the world’s largest collection of game shows. As the purveyors of the Goodson-Todman library of content, Fremantle produces Family Feud (syndicated) and Celebrity Family Feud on ABC with Steve Harvey. Fremantle also produces Let’s Make A Deal with Wayne Brady, plus television’s longest running game show, The Price Is Right with Drew Carey for CBS. In recent years, the company has also brought back to television classic hits, such as Press Your Luck, To Tell the Truth, Card Sharks, and Supermarket Sweep for ABC. Recently, Fremantle has re-imagined Password on NBC with host Keke Palmer and ongoing celebrity player Jimmy Fallon. Password was the #1 new unscripted series in 2022.

    On June 1, 2015 Fremantle launched BUZZR, the nation’s only network dedicated to vintage game shows. Serving as a time capsule containing decades of retro content, BUZZR’s round the clock entertainment includes:

    • Match Game, where Gene Rayburn hosts a mad-capped panel of celebrity guests.
    • Family Feud with the most affectionate host in history, Richard Dawson.
    • Password Plus with a whip-smart Betty White serving as a celebrity contestant.
    • Other perennial favorites, such as Classic Concentration, The Newlywed Game, Tattletales, and many more.

    Following the launch of the network, Fremantle also expanded BUZZR to the world of FAST, with fan favorite retro content on all major platforms, including Pluto TV, Samsung TV Plus, The Roku Channel, Freevee, and VIZIO WatchFree+.

    Stay connected with BUZZR by following them on any of their social media platforms.

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    Today is not only June 2, it is also International Volkswagen Bus Day and we are celebrating an iconic past while taking a ride into the future. Come along as we celebrate a global icon with an unmistakable design that has brought smiles to the faces of generations–the Volkswagen Bus.


    The Volkswagen Type 2, better known as simply the Volkswagen Bus (VW Bus), is an automotive icon that continues to captivate people from around the globe. Introduced in 1950, it has become a vehicular symbol of a counterculture movement.

    The original Volkswagen Bus design was specifically for commercial use. However, it would quickly adapt to a family vehicle because of its ability to transport people comfortably. Interestingly, the bus has also been used for a wide variety of other applications, including campers, ambulances, and even a mobile recording studio. In fact, the most famous and well-known association for the VW Bus may be its association with the 1960s era. This is especially true after the bus became a cultural icon for those in attendance to the Woodstock Music & Arts Festival in 1969.

    Volkswagen ID. Buzz Arrives in America

    On June 2, 2023, Volkswagen of America will introduce a modern-day reincarnation of the Volkswagen Bus-–the ID. Buzz to the general public. The new ID. Buzz brings the nostalgic vibes of the original Volkswagen Bus into the 21st century. The ID. Buzz is an all-new, all-electric version of the beloved VW Bus classic.

    5 Fun Volkswagen Bus Facts

    1. Since the 1960s, the VW Bus has been an inspiration for art, including paintings and photographs.
    2. The VW Bus will forever be associated as a “hippie van” because of the impact it had while traveling to Woodstock in 1969.
    3. The VW Bus has been popular in television and film, including That ’70s Show and Cars, the animated film by Pixar.
    4. The VW Bus has a huge enthusiast following. In fact, the bus is often a main feature in car rallies and shows around the world.
    5. The original VW Bus is a highly sought after vehicle for car collectors and vehicle restoration specialists. The rarity of finding an original VW Bus is becoming harder and harder.


    1. Share you photos, stories, and memories about your VW Bus on social media using #VWBusDay.
    2. Join Volkswagen Bus owners and enthusiasts, media influencers, and the general public on June 2 in Huntington Beach, California to celebrate International Volkswagen Bus Day.
    3. Take a road trip in your Volkswagen Bus with your family.
    4. Attend a car show and register your VW Bus to be in the show.
    5. Attend an car auction to see how the VW Bus and other VW vehicles sell to collectors and buyers.
    6. Learn about the great features the new ID. Buzz will offer consumers.


    National Day Calendar and Volkswagen of America began a collaboration to establish International Volkswagen Bus Day to be celebrated each year on June 2. This International Day celebrates the iconic Volkswagen Bus and the new ID. Buzz, bringing smiles to the faces of generations, past, present, future.

    Volkswagen of America is committed to the heritage of the Volkswagen Bus.

    Are there any museums I can see vehicles from the Volkswagen through the years? Absolutely! There are a few museums in the U.S. where you can see a variety of VW vehicles and here is our shortlist:

    1. The Petersen Museum | Los Angeles, CA
    2. America’s Car Museum | Tacoma, WA
    3. Museum of Drag Racing | Ocala, FL
    4. Volo Museum | Volo, IL
    5. The National Automobile Museum | Reno, NV

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  • NATIONAL DRAGONFLY DAY | Second Saturday in June


    We are celebrating National Dragonfly Day on the second Saturday in June to bring awareness to one of nature’s most beautiful insects. Join us today as we buzz around learning facts about the big-eyed bug also known as the dragonfly.


    Evidence shows dragonflies are nearly 300 million years old. Paleontologists have discovered dragonfly fossils with 3-foot wingspans. Interestingly, some scientists say dragonflies may have been just as large as the size of an eagle today. Let’s celebrate National Dragonfly Day together and learn why this beautiful insect is one of nature’s most wonderful bugs.

    Dragonflies are a common summertime insect living in areas of wetlands where you can see them sliding on the surface of the water and then lifting away. They vary in color, ranging from bright metallic to light pastel colors. Their wings are large making them the fastest of all insect species. However, dragonflies must warm up their muscles in order to fly properly.

    Dragonflies are expert fliers in comparison to any other insect. The average dragonfly has the ability to fly like a helicopter. In fact, they fly straight up or down, forward, and even hover keeping perfectly level. In addition, the dragonfly is extremely fast and agile. The fastest speed ever documented was 35 mph. Their flying skills and speed help them catch food for survival. If a dragonfly cannot fly, it does not survive.

    6 Unusual Facts About Dragonflies

    1. Most adult dragonflies live for only a few weeks, but some do live up to a year.
    2. The average dragonfly has nearly 30,000 eye facets. In fact, they have 360-degree vision, including the ability to see behind them.
    3. Dragonflies help control the mosquito population, eating up to 100 mosquitos per day.
    4. Dragonflies can live in the winter but are normally small and stumpy in size.
    5. Dragonflies use their feet to catch their food.
    6. Dragonflies can live for years underwater.

    The dragonfly has symbolic meaning in almost every part of the world. In fact, many cultures believe this insect symbolizes good luck. Because dragonflies have such short lifespans, they also represent new beginnings and change, especially for strength, growth, courage, and happiness. A few ancient cultures say dreaming about a dragonfly indicates you are in a powerful transition in your life.

    5 Symbolic Dragonfly Beliefs

    1. Asian culture believes the dragonfly represents good luck, prosperity, and new beginnings.
    2. Native Americans believe a dragonfly symbolizes life transformations.
    3. South American cultures believe the dragonfly symbolizes good luck and prosperity. In fact, artists include the dragonfly in their pieces
    4. Africans believe dragonflies are a sign of spirits and bring good luck. Africans also hold dragonflies in high regard because they are water gods who bring rain.
    5. European cultures see the dragonfly as a symbol of change and adaptability. Unsurprisingly, you can find dragonflies included in many European folklore stories and beliefs.

    There are around 5,000 species of dragonflies around the world. A dragonfly is classified as an Odonata, which is a family of flying insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies. Though insects are considered unpopular, dragonflies tend to be watched with fascination because of their beauty.

    What are the 3 classifications of dragonflies?

    1. Aeshnoidea Super Family is the first classification of dragonflies.
    2. Cordulegastridae Super Family are also known as the Flying Adders and have yellow, black, or brown bodies.
    3. Libelluilode Super Family is the most commonly seen dragonfly. This classification is the largest family of dragonflies and is often referred to as the skimmer dragonfly.


    If you are looking for ways to celebrate National Dragonfly Day, we have a few ideas for you. If you have more ideas, let us know on social media!

    1. Learn about the different species of dragonflies.
    2. Take a walk near a lake or pond to view dragonflies in their habitat.
    3. Learn about the symbolism of dragonflies in your own culture.
    4. Paint a dragonfly picture.
    5. Capture a dragonfly on camera and post it on social media using #NationalDragonflyDay.

    Check out this amazing video about dragonflies by National Geographic:

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    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!


    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.


    • 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.


    In 2022, National Day Calendar began working with, 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


    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.


    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.


    • 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.


    National Outlet Shopping Day will be celebrated all weekend long by 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.

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    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.


    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.


    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.



    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.


    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 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.


    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

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