Category: September 14



    All parents deserve a day off. On September 14th, National Parents Day Off brings an opportunity for parents to recharge and get some much-deserved recognition.


    Parents are the organizers, cheerleaders, teachers, and directors of the family. They wear many hats and rarely have a moment for themselves. Yet, they are dedicated to raising successful, well-adjusted children. Once school starts, parents have a window of time to take a breather. While we know carpools, after-school activities, and school projects seem never-ending, taking time for yourself benefits you and the entire family.

    National Parents Day Off focuses on recognizing every parent and rewarding them for their commitment to their children, no matter what stage of life they are in.


    Parenting can be challenging and messy; that’s why parents should get ready for an epic break! Epic (the world’s leading digital reading platform for kids) teamed up with bestselling author, TV personality and mom, Chrissy Teigen, to celebrate by bringing levity to parenting’s most challenging moments and surprising overworked caregivers with rewarding prizes.

    • On September 12, Chrissy and Epic will kick off the celebration. They want to prompt caregivers to share their demanding, chaotic and funny moments and why they are in need of an “epic break.” In other words, “tell us you’re a parent without telling us you’re a parent.” Within the post, participants will share a photo or video using the hashtag #NationalParentsDayOff, and tag @epic4kids.
    • On September 14, Epic and Chrissy will surprise 10 lucky parents and caregivers who post the most creative content with personalized gift cards. The gift card will help them tackle their biggest parenting challenges, plus give them the breaks they deserve.
    • Also on September 14, Chrissy and Epic will surprise a few deserving caregivers with an in-person epic spa evening to celebrate National Parents Day Off.
    • Join the campaign by sharing your parenting moments using #NationalParentsDayOff and tagging @epicforkids on social media!


    epic_logo_blue_RGB (1)Epic founded National Parents Day Off in 2021 to show their appreciation for parents and encourage them to take a much-deserved break. Designed for unlimited discovery and unmatched safety, Epic is the leading digital reading platform for kids. Built on a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books, audiobooks, and videos from 250+ of the world’s best publishers – Epic reaches more than 50 million kids in homes and classrooms and safely fuels curiosity and reading confidence. In addition, Epic has made access free to educators, and more than 2 million teachers use it in the classroom. To learn more, visit

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Parents Day Off to be observed on September 14, 2021, and every year thereafter.

  • NATIONAL SOBER DAY – September 14


    National Sober Day on September 14th encourages us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. The entire day focuses on showing support for anyone living in sobriety. Not only that, but the observance sets a standard for the whole world that being sober is okay. Show your friends and family on the road to recovery by spending the day sober as well.


    Ideally scheduled during National Recovery Month, the day supports removing the stigma associated with addiction. It opens the lines of communication that lead to better understanding. The day provides an opportunity to build educated support networks. It also strengthens existing ones. Success is more likely when systems are paved with an aware, loving, and honest cheering section. If we stumble, aren’t we more likely to get back up again when we have a solid support system?

    Encouragement of one day fuels more support and awareness, leading to long-term sobriety. That’s something worth celebrating! The opposite of addiction is a connection. This holiday will provide a model for future generations as well. By demonstrating how to enjoy life alcohol-free, the day will embolden future generations to say no to alcohol.


    Spend the day sober. While that may seem simple enough, it may come as a challenge to some. Start by finding recipes for delicious mocktails. Plan activities that don’t feel like they require alcohol to have fun. Enjoy the day! By all means, do things you and your friends enjoy doing. Just remove alcohol from the equation. Call, text, email a friend or family member in recovery. Let them know you support their sobriety. Share with them how you are going to spend this day alcohol-free.

    Use #NationalSoberDay to share your experiences on social media.


    Real Aligned Women founded National Sober Day in 2019 to encourage us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. You are never alone in your sobriety.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Sober Day to be observed on September 14th annually.

    Sober FAQ

    Q. What other sober activities can I do?
    A. Choose activities that make it difficult to drink alcohol. For example, play or learn to play an instrument. Some other ideas include:

    • Visit a museum.
    • Join a recreation league.
    • Invite friends to cook a big meal or make freezer meals.
    • Go to the library and read those books you’ve wanted to read.
    • Host a tea, coffee, or mocktail tasting party.
    • Learn a new craft and invite others to join you.
    • Travel. A day trip or one across the country – either one will do!
    • Join a band.
    • Host a book group.
    • Go hiking.
    • Volunteer.
    • Take your children or your nieces, nephews, or cousins to the park.

    You can do all these activities with others. Some of them are even better when others are involved. So call a friend and pick something new to do.

    Q. Are there other sober-related days on the calendar?
    A. Yes. National Mocktail Week and National Online Recovery Day are two days on the calendar designed to support recovery and sober living.


  • NATIONAL VIRGINIA DAY – September 14

    In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

    National Virginia Day | September 14
    National Virginia Day | September 14


    On September 14th, National Virginia Day recognizes one of the original 13 colonies and the 10th state to ratify the Constitution.


    Mountains in the west stretch south and east toward swamps and islands. The population is as varied as the scenery, too. From the picturesque small towns of the Old Dominion state to bustling cities and cavernous valleys, the state’s complex depth of history and topography creates unique and breathtaking experiences.

    Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. makes it ideal for government commuters and tourism to the U.S. Capital. Many of our nation’s headquarters can be found in Virginia including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Fish and Wild Life Service, and the Department of Defense. Many of these agencies can be found in the world’s largest office building, the Pentagon! In fact, more Virginians work for the U.S. government than any other state.

    On National Virginia Day, we explore the people, the places, and the flavors that have developed long before European settlers arrived.


    Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate Virginia’s enduring history and grand landscapes. Explore all of Virginia’s delightful towns and exciting cities! Use #NationalVirginiaDay to share on social media.

    Virginia Presidents

    Virginia Presidents

    As the earliest established colony, Virginia’s roots run deep in the political process. More Virginians have been elected president than from any other state, including the first for a total of eight in all. A Virginian hasn’t been elected since 1917 to the highest office of the United States.

    George Washington
    George Washington
    February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799
    George Washington

    As the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, George Washington’s name was fresh in the minds of the colony’s minds as a leader.  When the time came to choose a president for their young nation, Washington easily won the election with John Adams earning the vice presidential seat with the second most number of votes.  Washington served from 1789 to 1797, setting standards for many generations to come.


    Thomas Jefferson
    April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826

    The author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson served two terms from 1801 to 1809. During Jefferson’s administration, the country doubled in size with the Louisana Purchase. With his signature, Jefferson launched the Corps of Discover which charged fellow Virginian Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with charting the vast newly acquired territory to the west.

    James Madison

    James Madison
    March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836

    Considered the “Father of the Constitution,” James Madison served two terms from 1809 to 1817. During his terms, tensions between the French and British increased over trade. By 1812, the country was at war, one that destroyed the wreaked havoc on the new capital for most of Madison’s second term.

    James Monroe

    James Monroe
    April 28, 1758 – July 4, 1831

    William Henry Harrison

    William Henry Harrison
    February 9, 1773 – April 4, 1841

    William Henry Harrison served one term of his presidency from March to April of 1841 before succumbing to pneumonia. His term is the shortest in United States history.

    John Tyler

    John Tyler
    March 29, 1790 – January 18, 1862

    John Tyler assumed the remainder of William Henry Harrison’s term after his death after just one month.  Tyler was the first Vice President to take the oath office due to a vacancy in the White House. More than a decade after his term as president, the rumblings of civil war were more apparent than ever. While Tyler attempted to moderate a compromise in Washington, when war broke out, he voted for succession. He was later elected to the Confederate Senate but died before he could take office.

    Zachary Taylor

    Zachary Taylor
    November 24, 1784 – July 9, 1850

    Zachary Taylor served just over a year of his term from 1849 to 1850 before his death. While Taylor was a slave owner, his desire to keep the country whole drove him to support the admission of new free states as opposed to slave states to the union.

    Woodrow Wilson

    Woodrow Wilson
    December 28, 1856 – February 3, 1924

    Woodrow Wilson served two significant terms from 1913 to 1921. The war in Europe dominated both of Wilson’s terms. While keeping campaign promises during his first term to remain neutral, the U.S. entered the Great War during Wilson’s second administration. Domestically, Wilson’s oversaw labor reform and supported suffrage efforts gaining women the right to vote in 1920.

    Virginia Flavor

    Virginia Flavor

    The farm rich land of Virginia supplies a menu full of orchard delights, delicacies from the sea and classic bbq. Virginia’s Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay makes for excellent access to fresh Rappahannock oysters and crab. Add excellent opportunities for trout fishing, anglers and seafood lovers rejoice! When in the South, BBQ is a purification ritual. Fried chicken with black-eyed peas is on the menu, too. We all know the first president was born here, so it should be no surprise that cherry pie the must have dessert – even if he didn’t chop down that tree. Make sure to enjoy some homemade apple butter. It’s an excellent spread on English muffins for breakfast or added to waffles. Sub the jelly on your PB&J at lunch; it’s divine. Makes a great snack, too!  


    Virginia State Official

    The Great Stalactite Organ – Luray Caverns Crozet Tunnel – Afton President Heads – Croaker Chapman Mill Historic Site – Broad Run

    The life story of the daughter of a Powhatan Chief has become American fairy tale legend.  The truth of Pocahontas’ life, however, is a grief stricken tragedy. Read more about her life at Indian Country Today.

    Along with William Clark, Meriwether Lewis lead the Corp of Discovery 3,700 miles from St. Louis, Missouri to the Pacific Ocean and back.The expedition mapped, explored and recorded much of the newly acquired territory of the Louisiana Purchase. They arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River near the Oregon and Washington borders on November 15, 1805.

    Born a slave, Booker T. Washington persevered after the Civil War putting himself through school. He became the first principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in 1881. Washington held this position until his death in 1915. Throughout his time at that school, (now Tuskegee University), Washington was recognized for his advancement of African American education, though he was often criticized for his public support of segregation and racial subservience.

    Edith Wilson was the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson.  Married during the course of his first term, Mrs. Wilson became indispensable during the last 18 months of his second term when the President fell ill. The First Lady reviewed all correspondence and assisted President Wilson while he recovered from what was later determined to be his second stroke. Historians today suggest Mrs. Wilson even made official decisions on behalf of the President, in effect acting in his stead.
    At the age of 9, Willa Cather moved to the prairies of Nebraska with her family. The change in landscapes and the pioneer and immigrant cultures set the backgrounds for her many of her novels.
    Born Virginia Patterson Hensley, Patsy Cline became a household name in 1957 with the song “Walking After Midnight” when she appeared on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts television show. She continued to release hit songs until her tragic death in 1963.
    At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Gabby Douglas made Olympic history by becoming the first woman of color and the first African-American gymnast to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She also won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. Douglas was the first African-American in Olympic history to take home both of these honors.




    On September 14th, National Live Creative Day encourages us to let the world see our creativity all day long!


    To Live Creative allows for the exploration of imagination.  Celebrate the day by taking the time to invent, discover, and dream. Try infusing creativity in our lives through a variety of media. Whether it’s by painting or graphic art to music and gardening, art has an impact on our lives. By expressing our passions and living creative lives, we experience the world.

    Stepping into the Live Creative world includes a tremendous sense of freedom. Rules tend to fall away when we unleash our imagination. Of course, authors and artists have long suspended reality in support of their work, to the satisfaction of their vision. They live creatively.

    We don’t have to be a master sculptors to Live Creative. Blending a dash of creativity into moments of our everyday life can have a powerful effect. Simply being exposed to the arts inspires ideas at home and in the workplace. Renewing a hobby reduces stress just by being purely enjoyable. Teaching someone else the craft nurtures personal expression and offers an opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes.


    Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative. Offer classes to share your skill. Take a class to learn a new one. Teach a child how to carve, paint, or sing. Pick up a craft that once inspired you. Share your passion and post on social media using #LiveCreativeDay.


    Creative Promotional Products submitted National Live Creative Day in April of 2016 to promote creative lifestyles that change the world through creativity.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it will be observed annually on September 14th.

    Creative Promotional Products was founded in 1994 and started an initiative called Live Creative. They are a creative company with creative employees, and they want their lives to show that Creativity – they want everyone to show their creativity. Their tagline is Live Creative – This is the year you can change your world!

    Creative FAQ

    Q. Can anyone be creative?
    A. Yes, anyone can be creative in their own way. Some people put forth more effort into their creativity than others do, but that doesn’t mean only certain people have the potential. Creativity also comes in many forms. It doesn’t always involve paint, color, or storytelling, but it can. Anyone with an interest can be creative. Their ideas develop businesses, ways to organize a home, improve designs, advance technology and so much more!

    Q. Why is being creative important?
    A. Being creative is more than making new things and designs. It’s about problem-solving, learning new perspectives, and adapting old ideas into new ones. Creativity benefits the world with beauty, innovation and solutions.


  • NATIONAL EAT A HOAGIE DAY – September 14


    National Eat a Hoagie Day on September 14th promotes a sandwich which is also known as a grinder, sub or hero. You can also order a po’boy, torpedo or an Italian sandwich to celebrate!


    The hoagie consists of meats, cheeses, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings on a long roll of Italian or French bread.

    However, the origin of this giant sandwich is a bit of a mystery. The epicenter of the controversy seems to be eastern Pennsylvania between the DiCostanzas and DePalma’s. Both lay claim to being the first to make the hoagie. One family claims to have been making the sandwich since 1923 and the other since 1925. But who has the proof?

    Another story from the Philadelphia area takes place during World War I. It describes shipyard workers bringing large Italian sandwiches to work wrapped in newspaper. The large sandwiches helped the workers through their long, grueling workdays. In fact, the workers nicknamed the massive sandwiches “hoggies” because anyone eating them at one sitting would have to be a hog. The Philadelphia accent explains the transformation of the word. The dialect often exaggerates the vowel sounds changing “hoggies” to “hoagies” quite easily.

    One story talks out of school – almost literally. At one time, if a kid skipped school it was called being “on the hook” or “playing hokey.”  A “hokey” sandwich could be bought for a price a kid on the lam could afford. Eventually “hokey” became “hoagie” especially if the kids were skipping school.


    Make your favorite hoagie combination. It’s also ok to take a picture of your masterpiece and share it with all the world. Hoagies are colorful, beautiful meals and should be documented for posterity. Hoagie lovers live on the wild side. Add jalapeno to your sandwich and post your “HOT” new trend. Call it “Hoagies Gone Wild!” or “Hottie Hoagies!” And for the love of photography, send those food selfies to us. It might just grace our Facebook banner! Who knows, we might even send a free gift to the person who sends us the best glamor shot or video of that hot jalapeno hoagie. Don’t doubt. It could happen.

    And, if you didn’t make it but your favorite sandwich shop did, be sure to give them a shout-out full of all the wonderful hashtags that go with it. Like this one >>>> #NationalHoagieDay.


    The origins of National Hoagie Day are unknown. But that won’t stop us from enjoying the best hoagie we can find!

    Hoagie FAQ

    Q. What’s the difference between a hoagie and a sub sandwich?
    A. It’s mostly about the bread. The hoagie is made using a sturdier, hard roll and is cut only part of the way through – like a hot dog bun. The sub sandwich uses a softer bun (like a hot dog bun) but is sliced all the way through.

    Q. Are there other sandwich holidays on the calendar?
    A. Betcha a hoagie there is! Here’s a short list of the many sandwich days on the calendar:

    Cuban Sandwich Day
    Monte Cristo Day
    Kraut Sandwich Week
    Sandwich Day
    French Dip Day
    Cheesesteak Day


    September 14th Celebrated History


    Boston Light, the first lighthouse in the United States shined its light from Little Brewster Island in Boston. While the original lighthouse was destroyed by the British during the Revolutionary War, the lighthouse was rebuilt and is currently the second oldest functioning lighthouse in the United States.


    While anchored on a British ship off the coast of Baltimore, MD, Francis Scott Key writes the poem that becomes the National Anthem of the United States.


    President William McKinley dies after an assassin shoots him at point-blank range. His vice president, Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in and becomes the youngest man to hold the office.


    Before 80 thousand fans, Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Angel Firpo in the second round. Firpo (known as The Bull of the Pampas) was the first Latin American fighter to challenge a world heavyweight titleholder. At the time of the fight, Dempsey had held the title for 4 years. He would maintain the title for 2 more years before losing it to Jess Willard.


    Igor Sikorsky flies the first practical helicopter. The tethered flight took place in Stratford, CT.


    The Soviet spacecraft, Luna 2, impacts the moon. It was the first spacecraft to strike the moon or any other body in the solar system.


    The first surviving quintuplets in America are born. The doctor informed the parents only days before the delivery that Mary Ann Fischer would deliver five babies.


    The Video of the Year goes to The Cars for “You Might Think” during the very first MTV Video Music Awards.


    Covering 3,543 miles, Jo Kittinger completes the first solo transatlantic flight in a gas balloon. The trip took him 86 hours.


    The television sitcom, The Golden Girls, debuted on NBC.

    The Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA, hosted 902 balloon tossers to break a world record.

    September 14th Celebrated Birthdays

    Charles Dana Gibson – 1867

    The artist and illustrator is best known for his Gibson Girls drawings which were modeled after his wife.

    Alice Tully – 1902

    Following her classical singing career, Tully flew scouting missions during World War II. She would pursue philanthropic service in the world of arts and finance Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

    Mae Boren Axton – 1914

    The publicist and songwriter co-wrote the chart-making song “Heartbreak Hotel” which made Elvis Presley a household name.

    Joyce Chen – 1917

    The Chinese-American chef made a name for herself as she taught Americans to appreciate Chinese cuisine. Through her PBS television show, restaurant and cookbooks, Chen brought delicious sauces, spices and cooking techniques to the American public.

    Constance Baker Motley – 1921

    Motley was a woman of many firsts – the first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate, the first woman and African-American chosen as Manhattan Borough President, and the first African-American woman nominated to Federal Court judge.

    Jo Ann Boyce – 1941

    The civil rights activist was one of 12 black teenagers who integrated Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee in 1956.



    National Cream-Filled Donut Day on September 14th recognizes one of our favorite foods. 


    Cream-filled donuts come in so many varieties. If you aren’t a fan of fillings in your pastries, consider trying some of the latest flavors. Not only have bakeries become creative with their fillings, but they’ve also branched out with their toppings, too. 

    Some of the top cream-filled donuts we love (in no particular order) are:

    • Boston Cream
    • Bavarian Cream
    • Chocolate Cream
    • Lemon Cream
    • Custard
    • Caramel Cream
    • Strawberry Cream
    • Vanilla Cream
    • Peanut Buttercream
    • Holland Cream
    • Fluffernutter Cream
    • Orange Vanilla Cream
    • Nutella Cream
    • Marshmallow Cream
    • Maple Cream
    • Espresso Cream
    • Coconut Cream

    Now, if this list doesn’t make you run out and fill an order for at least a dozen, keep reading. And, there’s not a sprinkle to be found.

    Add bacon crumbles to the maple cream. If you order an espresso cream, ask for a hazelnut drizzle. Of course, if you’re in an autumn frame of mind, sprinkle it with pumpkin spice and sugar. Orange vanilla cream makes an excellent dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream. Serve the caramel cream with coffee and cozy up with a good book. When it comes to marshmallow cream, the obvious toppings are chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.


    Go out and enjoy a Cream-Filled Donut or make some of your own. Here is a Cream-Filled Donut recipe.  Of course, you can always bring some to work. Sharing with your co-workers garners unknown benefits. Surprise a neighbor or your spouse. Visit your favorite bakery and be sure to give them a shout-out, too! The rewards are endless where Cream-Filled Donuts are concerned.

    Use #CreamFilledDonutDay to post on social media.


    National Day Calendar research did not uncover the source of this food holiday.

    Cream-Filled Donut FAQ

    Q. What other kinds of filled donuts can I try?
    A. Jelly-filled donuts are made much like cream-filled donuts. And they also come with a variety of names such as the Bismarck (named after the German statesman, Otto von Bismarck) and the paczki.

    Q. How many calories are in a cream-filled donut?
    A. Depending on the size and specific ingredients of the cream-filled donut can contain between 230-450 calories.