Category: June 18



    With the summer travel season upon us, National Wanna Get Away Day celebrates our freedom to get away on June 18th.


    Planning memorable trips and get-aways brings out the adventurer in all of us! These get-aways take us to the family we long to see and historic places. We seek the sun, sand, big cities and the countryside, too. It is a national pastime with deep roots – one that connects all of us to the people and places most important in our lives. This is the perfect National Day for celebrating, dreaming, and planning all the adventures you will take this year and every year after!


    On June 18th, celebrate the freedom to travel with National Wanna Get Away Day! With so many places to go and people to see, the day gives you the opportunity to spark your travel adventures.

    • Plan a dream vacation.
    • Visit loved ones near and far.
    • Book one, two, or three mini-adventures.
    • Discover faraway places.
    • Invite someone to visit you.
    • Book a trip somewhere new at
    • Share past adventures – they’ll inspire new ones!

    Where do you want to travel? Share your adventures using #WannaGetAwayDay on social media.


    In 2021, Southwest Airlines® founded National Wanna Get Away to commemorate the airline’s 50th Anniversary. At Southwest, they have spent half a century making everything seem a little bit closer and giving people the freedom to get away, wherever and whenever. In 1996, Southwest coined the phrase “Wanna Get Away®” to highlight the Company’s expansion. The phrase also creates humorous moments relevant to its Customers within its marketing. As “Wanna Get Away” has become an iconic and recognized expression for the brand, Southwest took it a step further to celebrate its 50th Anniversary by announcing this new annual day.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Wanna Get Away Day to be observed on June 18, 2021, and every year after.




    June 18 celebrates a Japanese dish of rice, seasonings and vinegar. It’s National Sushi Day!

    Sushi chefs use this sticky rice to prepare a variety of delicate and tasty morsels that may include cooked or raw fish, vegetables, and nori seaweed. Fish without sushi (rice) is known as Sashimi. The way sushi is made and the ingredients used determines its name.

    Don’t let rules about eating sushi deter you from trying it. Today is a day to encourage people to eat more of it! Make it a food adventure by trying to use chopsticks. Learn how ginger cleanses the palate between different flavors so your mouth is ready to taste new, exciting varieties of sushi.

    Develop your ability to recognize aromas, herbs, and seasonings. Making sushi is an art form, and the resulting pieces are just as beautiful as they are delicious. Sometimes the enjoyment comes from admiring the presentation, as much as the dining experience.


    Ask for recommendations to a sushi restaurant near you. Invite friends to join you and order a few different kinds of sushi to try. If you’re already a fan of sushi, offer to take someone to a sushi bar for the first time. Or, take a class and learn to make sushi yourself. Use #SushiDay to share on social media.


    In 2009, Chris DeMay founded International Sushi Day to encourage people to enjoy more delicious sushi.




    Word Sustainable Gastronomy Day on June 18 recognizes the practices and principals associated with sustainable food consumption combined with the art of collecting, preparing, and consuming the food we eat. As part of the observance, the day acknowledges the social, cultural, and artistic expression related to gastronomy and defines three dimensions of sustainable development – people, planet, and profit.

    The United Nations says several principals guide sustainable food production and consumption:

    1. Improving efficiency in the use of agricultural resources.
    2. Direct action to conserve, protect and enhance natural resources.
    3. Responding to the changing needs of people, communities, and ecosystems is key to sustainable agriculture.

    HOW TO OBSERVE (Leftovers matter!

    Learn more about sustainable gastronomy and agriculture by visiting the website.

    • Don’t buy more food than you need.
    • Recycle food by composting and converting unused foods into jams or sauces.
    • Shop locally grown vegetables and fruits.
    • Buy from small and local suppliers who use or promote sustainable agriculture techniques.
    • Use all of the food you have on hand.
    • Be mindful of what is in your vegetable drawer and use it before it wilts and rots.
    • Make lunch to take to work — compost food scraps.

    Use #SustainableGastronomyDay to share on social media.


    The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed World Sustainable Gastronomy Day in December 2016 and first celebrated in 2017.


  • NATIONAL TURKEY LOVERS’ DAY – Third Sunday in June


    National Turkey Lovers’ Day on the third Sunday in June each year demands we make room for turkey on the menu this summer.


    With turkey being enjoyed more often in the spring and summer than ever before, it is the established year-round meat because of its versatility. Ground turkey, turkey tenderloin, turkey sausage, and turkey bacon are some of the more popular ways to enjoy this delicious meat. Summertime grilling includes turkey burgers, turkey drumsticks, turkey breast, and turkey hot dogs. Delis offer turkey sandwiches as a popular lunch choice, too. Turkey adds to the fast and fresh convenience for consumers who love the option for its healthy lean protein and tasty flavor.


    Enjoy your favorite form of turkey today. Invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and make some turkey burgers and turkey dogs. Host a turkey cookoff and challenge your friends to bring their best turkey recipes. Whether they grill, add it to salads or sandwiches, or even soups, the results will be amazing! Make it an annual event and keep the flavors coming. Be sure to share the best by posting photos on social media using #TurkeyLoversDay or #NationalTurkeyLoversDay.


    In April of 2016, the National Turkey Federation founded National Turkey Lovers’ Day to celebrate the flavor and recipes turkey offers.

    Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day in 2016 to be observed on the third Sunday in June, annually.

  • FATHER’S DAY – Third Sunday in June


    On the third Sunday in June, Father’s Day honors the role fathers play in the family structure and society. The day recognizes not just fathers, but the father figures in our lives. These are the men we look up to who set solid examples for us and guide us throughout our lives.


    Many families dedicate the day to their fathers and grandfathers. Whether they are first-time fathers just learning to change a diaper, or experienced fathers offering sage advice, the day celebrates everything a father is. Fathers from family to family play a variety of roles. They may be a caregiver, provider, or advisor. Some fathers are the strong, silent types. And yet others tell us stories for days. Fathers teach, guiding small hands as they hammer a nail or sail a kite.

    We only look up to our fathers for so long. At some point, we begin to see things a little differently. But that’s not when we stop looking up to them. It’s at that point, we turn and look forward together.  


    Celebrate your father. Explore his favorite hobbies or encourage him to share a story or two. Play a game or take him to one. Enjoy your time with your father and celebrate him. Share images of you with your father on social media and be sure to use #FathersDay too!

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    After the success of Mother’s Day, this special day and its observances began to appear around the United States and the world. However, the road to this national observance was not an easy one.

    First Recorded Father’s Day

    The first recorded celebration of Father’s Day happened after the Monograph Mining Disaster in West Virginia. The disaster killed 361 men and left around 1,000 children fatherless in December of 1907. Grace Golden Clayton suggested a day honoring all those fathers to her pastor, Robert Thomas Webb. On July 5th, 1908, the community gathered in honor of the men lost in the mining accident. They assembled at Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as Central United Methodist Church, in Fairmont, West Virginia.

    Other Claims about Father’s Day

    In 1910, the YMCA in Spokane, Washington recruited several clergymen with the help of Sonora Smart Dodd to honor fathers throughout the city. The date was set for June 5th but was later changed to June 19th (the 3rd Sunday in June), as many clergymen needed more time to prepare.

    Harry C. Meek, a member of Lions Clubs International, claimed that he first had the idea for Father’s Day in 1915. Meek argued that the third Sunday of June was chosen because it was his birthday. The Lions Club has named him “Originator of Father’s Day.” Meek made many efforts to promote Father’s Day and make it an official holiday.

    Presidential Intervention

    After a visit to Spokane, WA in 1916 to speak at a Father’s Day celebration, President Woodrow Wilson wanted to make the day official, but Congress resisted fearing that the observance would become too commercialized. Once again, a president nearly intervened, but President Calvin Coolidge stopped short of issuing a national proclamation in 1924.

    Sonora Smart Dodd continued to work to make Father’s Day a national observance. In 1938, she collaborated with the Father’s Day Council, a group of New York Men’s Wear Retailers, for the commercial promotion of the observance. Many Americans resisted the holiday for decades because of these attempts to commercialize the day.

    It wasn’t until 1966, that President Lyndon B. Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers on the third Sunday in June. The holiday wasn’t made an annual event until President Richard Nixon signed it into law, making it a permanent national holiday in 1972 over 50 years after Mother’s Day came into existence.



    National Splurge Day on June 18th encourages us to break out the rainy day funds and spend a little.


    Splurge, (as defined at is: to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure.

    Splurging doesn’t require wiping out the savings account, especially if it’s only an occasional event. Of course, splurging comes in many forms. To some, it can mean saying yes to whipped cream on your latte or that bracelet you’ve been eyeing. To others, it might mean booking that vacation you’ve been dreaming about taking or replacing your clunker of a car. However you celebrate the day, savor the indulgence.

    If you splurge on a day off to play golf, enjoy each moment of the 18 holes regardless of the score. Maybe the splurge is for a bottle of expensive wine. Select a good friend who will enjoy the vino, too.

    Whatever it is, the day is about celebrating you and doing something you may not usually take the time or money to do.


    Now, go ahead and learn how to S P L U R G E on yourself and look expensive without breaking the bank account. But, remember to be wise and do not spend more money than your budget allows.

    Great Ways to Splurge
    • Visit your favorite restaurant.
    • Get a mani and a pedi.
    • Take an art or cooking class.
    • Update your wardrobe, at least a little.
    • Take a nap.
    • Get a massage.
    • Wash the car.

    Do you want more fun ways to splurge? Check out these 9 Budget Friendly Ways to Splurge and you will really be celebrating. Use #NationalSplurgeDay to share on social media.


    In 1994, Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith created National Splurge Day as a way to encourage consumers to go out and indulge a little with the hopes of adding a little boost to the economy.




    National Go Fishing Day on June 18th each year encourages us to drop a line – in the nearest stream, pond, lake, or river. Taking a break from our daily routine to bait a hook and catch some fish can be a relaxing endeavor. 


    In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime for many. Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions, and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught. A rod, reel, line, and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.

    The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling. Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is often the expectation or requirement by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing. 

    Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior, and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen continue to follow fishing folklore by claiming the sun and the moon influence fish feeding patterns.

    The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496. 

    During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity. In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.


    Grab your rod and reel, some bait, and go fishing! Take a selfie while wearing this funny fishing t-shirt. Share it with your co-workers stuck back at the office.

    Whether it’s your favorite river or lake, or out on the ocean, from the shore or from a watercraft, drop a line in the water and see what you can catch. Bring a friend or teach someone else how to reel them in. 

    Share your whopper using #NationalGoFishingDay on social media. Enjoy your fresh fillets using this Easy Fried Fish Fillet recipe.


    National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this angling holiday.

    June 18th Celebrated History


    The United States declared war against Great Britain.


    Judge Hunt orders a jury of twelve men to find Susan B. Anthony guilty. Anthony was charged with illegally voting in a New York election in April of that year. When Anthony’s counsel requested the jury polled, the request was denied. Anthony was fined $100 plus court costs. In a separate hearing, the poll workers who accepted her vote were fined $25 plus court fees.


    NASA launches the first American woman into space. Twenty-two years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, Sally Ride took her turn aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

    June 18th Celebrated Birthdays

    George Mallory – 1886

    The British mountaineer who led teams up Mount Everest, died in 1924 while ascending the mountain once again.

    Robert Mondovi – 1913

    Robert Mondavi dedicated his career to creating wines that competed with the best in the world. He built his business in the Northern California Napa Valley where vineyards flourish today.

    Sylvia Porter – 1913

    The American journalist is best known for her nationally syndicated finance column.

    Paul McCartney – 1942

    The British singer/songwriter and musician gained fame as one of the original Beatles. He developed an award-winning solo career.