Category: May 26



    On May 26th each year, National Paper Airplane Day honors the simple aeronautical toy that has been around for thousands of years.


    National Paper Airplane Day provides an excuse to play! This inexpensive, healthy, and stimulating form of entertainment brings lots of joy, too. In other words, put down your smartphones and get outside for some primitive fun!

    Did you know?
    • Many believe the use of paper airplanes originated 2,000 years ago in China.
    • The earliest known date of the creation of modern paper planes was said to have been 1909.
    • The largest paper aircraft had a wingspan of 59.74 ft. Students and employees from Germany created it on 28th September 2013.
    • Joe Ayoob recorded the longest distance flown by a paper airplane in February 2012. His plane flew 226 feet, 10 inches.
    • The longest-lasting paper airplane flight flew 29.2 seconds.

    There is more than one way to fold paper for a test flight. Find tips for designs at


    You can celebrate in a variety of ways. From challenges to creating new designs, paper airplane making is for everyone! Whether you play all day or just a few minutes, invite someone to join you. It is a great way to share the fun.

    • Test your paper airplane-making skills!
    • Like the paper airplane day Facebook page to join in on the festivities.
    • Watch flights on YouTube.
    • Use #PaperAirplaneDay to share on social media.

    Educators and families, visit the National Day Classroom to discover fun ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    Q: The four forces that influence the flight of a paper airplane are thrust, lift, gravity, and drag.
    How do these forces impact your paper airplane?

    When you throw the plane forward, this is called thrust.
    Lift is a force that acts on the wings and helps the plane to move up. Big wings increase lift.
    Gravity pulls the plane down. The right materials create a lighter aircraft that stays up for longer.
    The tail of the plane causes drag. It is the opposite of thrust, and it makes the plane slow down.

    Q: Paper airplane contests compete for the top place in what two categories?

    A: Distance and Time to float.

    How did you do?


    We were unable to determine the origin of National Paper Airplane Day.

    May 26th Celebrated History


    American Civil War officially ends when General Simon Bolivar Buckner of the Army of Trans-Mississippi enters terms of surrender.


    Author Bram Stoker publishes Dracula. The book launches Gothic Fiction as a genre and stirred the world’s fascination with vampires.


    Congressman Martin Dies Jr. establishes the House Un-American Activities Committee to investigate Americans’ communist activities.


    A full supermoon and lunar eclipse displays during the early morning hours across the western United States.

    May 26th Celebrated Birthdays

    Dorothea Lange – 1895

    The American photographer and photojournalist documented The Great Depression in the United States with photography. One of her most iconic images is Migrant Mother, a photo of Florence Owens Thompson, a young mother facing a stark reality that defined the era.

    Aaron Douglas – 1899

    A prominent artist during the Harlem Renaissance, Aaron Douglas illustrated several novels, Harper’s and Vanity Fair. He also created several murals around the country including Fisk University in Nashville and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York. Visit to view Into Bondage (1936).

    Marion Mitchell Morrison – 1907

    Marion Mitchell Morrison, otherwise known as John Wayne, began his acting career under the guidance of director John Ford. Noted for his Westerns, John Wayne also took on war and political dramas. Nominated for three Academy Awards, The Duke would earn Best Actor for the Western True Grit in 1969.

    Peggy Lee – 1920

    Jazz singer, Peggy Lee, shared her Fever for music and got her big break when she began to sing for Benny Goodman. Nominated for 12 Grammys, Lee won for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for “Is That All There Is?” in 1969. In 1999, Lee was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    Miles Davis – 1926

    The award-winning American jazz musician gained recognition in the 1970s for his performances and recordings. His innovative style gained him respect, and his music still influences artists today.

    Stevie Nicks – 1948

    Solo artist, Stevie Nicks, is best known for her vocals with the band Fleetwood Mac.

    Sally Ride – 1951

    In June 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Aboard the space shuttle Challenger, Ride completed a week-long mission launching communication satellites. She later would become a champion of science education.

  • NATIONAL ROAD TRIP DAY – Friday Before Memorial Day


    The Friday before Memorial Day is declared National Road Trip Day and serves as the official kickoff of the summer road trip season. Millions of Americans hit the road each year over the long weekend to visit friends and family, while paying tribute to our American heroes.


    National Day Calendar is excited to announce Pontiac, IL, as the Official Destination for National Road Trip Day 2023. This year, National Road Trip Day is celebrated on Friday, May 26. Read more…


    Americans are anxious to hit the road to kick off the summer road trip season. A recent surveys suggest an overwhelming majority prefer driving as the leading choice for reaching their summer destinations. According to The Vacationer, 80 percent of Americans are going to take a road trip this summer. In fact, most are making plans for Memorial Day weekend and plan on traveling by car.

    Whether you’re seeking adventure, visiting family and friends, or making a business connection, road trips are often a rite of passage. National Road Trip day is about making this vacation season all about the journey to the destination.

    Getting There

    Road trips that begin and end with happy passengers are always the best. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

    1. Plan ahead. Even a spur of the moment trip requires planning.
      • Two in five, or 42 percent of road trippers find travel apps very helpful when planning their trip. Mapping out your stops ahead of time can be a great way to save both time and money.
      • The Pilot Flying J’s   myRewards PlusTM app allows travelers to tailor their trip routes. In addition, the app helps travelers save on the go by showcasing specific amenities, fuel prices and more.
    2. Vehicle maintenance is vital to any successful road trip. Beyond the routine maintenance, such as oil changes and sound tires, other simple checks will keep you on the road.
      • Check your wipers and wiper fluid.
      • Make sure your spare tire and jack are in place.
      • Ensure all lights and signals are working.
      • Look at the condition of your brake pads.
      • Verify your car registration is current or not about to expire.
    3. Plot your course. Consider construction, fuel and snack stops, shopping, and the interests of the other travelers.
      • Prioritize your road trip for convenience and efficiency. About 58 percent of travelers want to stop at all-in-one rest stops that offer gas, food, drinks, coffee, bathrooms, and more.
      • Grab your “road trip essential” snacks. These can include chips and salty foods, freshly made or grab-and-go foods, and fast food options.

    How do you travel?

    There are two kinds of people who take road trips.

    1. The tourist takes their time getting there and taking the scenic routes.
    2. The pilot enjoys seeing the country from the car, sets a course, and frowns upon unscheduled stops or side trips. If you’re going together, you might want to discuss a compromise before hitting the road!

    No matter the destination, road trips include an element of expectation and rarely disappoint. The best road trips bring us closer to people over a stick of beef jerky and car karaoke. They connect us to places through memories, a postcard, and the kindness of strangers.


    It is that time of year where families and friends prepare for National Road Trip Day by hitting the road and discovering exciting new destinations. Let the Summer times roll!


    In 2019, Pilot Flying J began working together to form National Road Trip Day. Flying Pilot Jay is the largest travel center operator in North America. Each year, beginning the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, this National Day kicks off the unofficial first day of the summer travel season.

    Pilot Flying J prepares all spring for the summer travel season. They help prepare their guests by providing fuel, food, drinks, and travel necessities to help travelers make it from point A to point B as easily and conveniently as possible. With 750 travel center locations in North America, Pilot Flying J is a convenient, one-stop-shop for travelers, offering clean facilities to shop for an assortment of food and beverages. To learn more about National Road Trip Day, visit

  • NATIONAL COOLER DAY | Friday Before Memorial Day


    What more could you need than a cold drink for the official launch of summer? Something to keep it cold, of course! National Cooler Day, the Friday before Memorial Day, makes staying cool easy this summer.


    As simple as the design of a cooler may seem, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the first cooler or “portable icebox” made the scene. In fact, the material needed to make coolers didn’t even exist until 1944.

    While we rely on coolers today to keep our food and beverages cold for various outdoor activities – they do so much more. Coolers save lives during disasters by carrying food (cold or hot) to areas affected by loss of power. Sporting events, fundraisers, and parades run more smoothly when volunteers bring their coolers along. They also keep medications at the proper temperature during shipping.

    Of course, the combination of durable portability makes the cooler an essential tool in many ways. It is our spare seat, prep station, and umbrella anchor, too. Despite the wear and tear endured, they faithfully provide us with an ice-cold drink on a hot day – until the beverages run out.


    The first part is easy. Locate your cooler. National Cooler Day reminds us that sometimes we loaned our cooler to a friend, or it might be time to get a new one – a cooler that is.

    Part two, fill it up with all your favorite beverages and food.

    The final step is to have fun with your friends and family while sharing it all using #NationalCoolerDay on social media.


    In 2019, RTIC Outdoors founded National Cooler Day to kick off the Memorial Day weekend by recognizing coolers as the Summer essential that makes getting away, helping out and celebrating so much easier.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Cooler Day in May of 2019 to be observed the Friday before Memorial Day annually.

    About RTIC Outdoors

    Entrepreneurial twin brothers, John and Jim Jacobsen gained success in the cooler industry by selling their high-end products for less. They offer high-quality coolers with all of the features customers want – at a fraction of the price you can buy in a retail outlet. How? By cutting out the big box retailers, using word of mouth, & social media to promote their coolers.
    In the three years since launching RTIC Coolers—now known as RTIC Outdoors—the duo’s ultimate goal remains the same; provide high-quality, affordable products for all.
    “It’s about the adventure, and how you can take RTIC along—spend the money on the adventure, not on the gear.” -John Jacobsen



    On May 26th, two of the calendar’s favorite foods come together on National Blueberry Cheesecake Day. We’ve scattered blueberries and cheesecakes throughout these pages in scrumptious celebration. But one day a year they join forces in perfect, delicious harmony.


    History of Blueberries and Cream Cheese

    There was a time when people only gathered blueberries from the wild. It wasn’t until the early 1900s through the observations of Elizabeth Coleman White and the research of Dr. Frederick V. Coville that successful transplanting and domestication of the blueberry became possible. It wasn’t long after that commercial production of the blueberry began. 

    Combine the history of the blueberry with the development of cream cheese, some might consider the blueberry cheesecake to be a truly American dessert. While recipes for cheesecake served athletes in ancient Greece, cream cheese has been a part of American’s dessert making since about the 1820s. However, after the advent of pasteurization, mass production became possible. One dairy farmer from Chester, New York, decided to be the first. William A. Lawrence purchased a Neufchatel factory to begin his production and in 1873 the first mass-produced cream cheese became a reality.

    Types of Cheesecakes

    Either way, this smooth dessert hits the spot when dessert time rolls around. While most cakes have a crumb, cheesecake’s texture is nothing like cake. Indeed, its creamy, thick pudding-like character comes from the soft cheese used as the main ingredient. Depending on the recipe, bakers use either cream cheese or cottage cheese. When the cheese is mixed with sugar, eggs, and other ingredients, the batter is added to a crust. Either add the blueberries now or save them for a beautifully fresh and vibrant topping.

    When making cheesecake, one of the most common crusts used is a graham cracker crust. Other options include a cookie crust, pastry or sponge cake. However, some cheesecakes are crustless. Depending on the recipe, cheesecakes may be prepared baked or unbaked. 


    Enjoy a slice of blueberry cheesecake. You can even pick one up from your favorite bakery. Be sure to give them a shout-out, too!

    Do you want to bake one at home? Try one of this delicious recipe:

    The Best Blueberry Cheesecake
    Post photos of your celebration on social media using #BlueberryCheesecakeDay.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this sweet dessert holiday. If you enjoy cheesecakes or blueberries, check out these other holidays:

  • NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY | Friday Before Memorial Day



    Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, National Don’t Fry Day aims to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.


    Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us. We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.  Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

    Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!


    Protect your skin when enjoying the outdoors. Use #DontFryDay to post on social media.


    The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention created National Don’t Fry Day to increase educational awareness regarding sun overexposure at the start of summer.