Category: June 24

  • SUMMERSGIVING – Saturday after the Summer Solstice


    The Saturday after the Summer Solstice, gather your friends and family to celebrate Summersgiving! This day is designed to combine all the fun of summer with America’s favorite Thanksgiving food. It’s a celebration of life, rooted in gratitude, to be shared with the friends and food that make life fun.


    Everyone has a favorite holiday food or tradition, and Summersgiving provides the opportunity to bring them all together under the sun and stars for one big celebration. Make a feast and share the dishes that mean celebration with a broader crowd of friends and family. Let the joy and fun memories grow year after year!


    Grab the turkey (what Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without one) and serve it with all your favorite holiday foods and eat them in celebration of the day. Or, reinvent the holiday classics and share your Summersgiving favorites on social media with #Summersgiving. Be sure to invite all your friends and family and tell everyone it’s time to party Summersgiving style. Keep detailed notes of your festivities with this handy Summersgiving Notebook.


    Summersgiving LogoAround the year 2009, Robert Solomon created a Thanksgiving BBQ with his best friends to celebrate summer and all the food he thought he could only have at Thanksgiving. He loves turkey and all the rich side dishes that come with it. They drank cranberry martinis into the night, and Summersgiving was born from a love of great food, great drinks, and great friends.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Summersgiving to be observed on the Saturday after the Summer Solstice annually.



    On June 24 each year, North American workers celebrate National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to promote worker happiness and productivity.


    There’s been an increasing trend to take less frequent and shorter lunch breaks, affecting employee morale and well-being. According to Gallup, only one in three employees are engaging at work. Because engagement affects productivity, happiness and job satisfaction, employees and employers across North America need to step up to the plate – the lunch plate that is!

    According to a 2017 study commissioned by Tork, an Essity brand, employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs. The survey reveals that nearly 90 percent of employees consider the ability to take a lunch break critical when accepting a new job. However, once they are on the job, the average lunch break is less than 30 minutes for more than half of North American workers – barely enough time to purchase a meal, let alone enjoy it.

    That is why Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to help improve workplace morale, satisfaction, and productivity across North America.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #TakeBackLunch

    Break the cycle of skipping lunch or eating in front of a computer. Get away from your desk and enjoy some fresh air, a real lunch, and some social interaction. There are several ways to help you get away for lunch:

    • Set a reminder on your phone telling you to take lunch. Then take it.
    • Get a buddy who will take lunch with you. Then go outside, to the break area or anywhere away from your desk for lunch.
    • Pack a lunch that requires a little prep work. Whether it’s in the microwave or needs some mixing up, you’ll want to step away from your desk to do it.
    • Schedule lunches with friends or family. Go to the daycare for lunch or invite an aunt or uncle to lunch at a park.

    Use #TakeBackLunch to share your lunch break experience on social media.


    Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day in 2018 to counter the decline of the employee lunch break in today’s 24/7 work culture. According to research conducted by Tork, employees who take a lunch break score higher on a wide range of engagement metrics, including job satisfaction and productivity. The Tork Take Back the Lunch Break idea is simple: with more workers taking their lunch break, we can improve workplaces and worker happiness!

    In May of 2018, The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the celebration to be observed on the third Friday in June, annually. In June of 2022, National Take Back Lunch Day was moved to June 24 and will be celebrated as such going forward.



    On June 24th, National Pralines Day honors a confection made from nuts (whether in whole pieces or ground) and sugar syrup. Pralines may also refer to any chocolate cookie containing the ground powder of nuts.


    Around the world, candy makers create their pralines a little differently.

    • Belgian Pralines – contain a hard chocolate shell with a softer, sometimes liquid, filling.
    • French Pralines – a combination of almonds and caramelized sugar.
    • American Pralines – contain milk or cream and are softer and creamier, resembling fudge.

    At the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte during the 17th century, French sugar industrialist, Marshal du Plessis-Praslin (1598-1675), originally inspired the early pralines. These first pralines were whole almonds, individually coated in caramelized sugar.

    The powder made by grinding up sugar-coated nuts is called pralin. This is an ingredient in many types of cakes, pastries and ice creams. When this powder is mixed with chocolate, it becomes praliné in French, which gave birth to what is known in French as chocolat praliné.

    The French settlers brought their recipe into Louisiana, an area of the United States where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful. During the 19th century, New Orleans chefs substituted pecans for almonds, added cream to thicken the confection, and thus creating what is known throughout the Southern United States as the praline.


    Whether you’re a candy maker or not, you can celebrate the day. We have a recipe for you to try from All We enjoy this Louisiana tradition so much we found another recipe for pralines for you to try. Or, step away from the kitchen and head to the nearest confectionery. Pick out some pralines to take home or to share with others. Use #NationalPralinesDay on social media.


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

    June 24th Celebrated History


    Harvard University issues its first honorary degree to an African American – author, educator and orator, Booker T. Washington.


    While flying near Mt. Rainer, pilot Kenneth Arnold witnessed what is considered the first widely reported sighting of an unidentified flying object – UFO.


    Hopalong Cassidy premieres on NBC. Starring William Boyd, the show was the first western series on television.


    The BBC presents the first demonstration of a home video recorder. Created by Norman Rutherford and Michael Turner, the recording device was intended for home use.

    June 24th Celebrated Birthdays

    Jack Dempsey – 1895

    The American boxer held the title of world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. During his career, the powerful hitter won 62 of his 84 fights. Included in his wins were 51 knockouts.

    Chuck Taylor – 1901

    In 1933, the shoe salesman/basketball player helped launch the first athletic shoe craze. As a salesman for Converse, Taylor traveled around the country promoting basketball and the shoes the best players wore. The Converse shoes still bear his name today.

    Mildred Ladner Thompson – 1918

    In 1945, the American journalist became one of the Wall Street Journal‘s first female reporters.

    Carolyn S. Shoemaker – 1929

    An accomplished woman, Carolyn Shoemaker, discovered more comets than any other astronomer. In 1993, her most notable discovery was a team effort. Along with her husband and astrogeologist, Gene Shoemaker and astronomer David Levy, they discovered the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9.