Category: September 17

  • NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANERS DAY – September 17

     

    NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANERS DAY | SEPTEMBER 17

    National Professional House Cleaners Day on September 17th recognizes Professional Cleaners for the necessary and skillful trade they provide every day. In homes and businesses across the country, Professional Cleaners create healthier environments.

    #ProfessionalHouseCleanersDay

    This day of recognition celebrates a career many overlook or take for granted. While not everyone hires a Professional Cleaner, they do impact our lives in some way. Nearly every business we frequent and apartment building rented hires professional cleaners. The industry also employs approximately 3.25 million people creating a positive economic impact on the marketplace.

    Benefits of Hiring Professional Cleaners

    Besides cleaning homes and businesses, Professional House Cleaners offer so many benefits to their clients.

    • Improved air quality – Regular professional cleaning reduces the build-up of dust. In older homes, exposure to allergins, lead, and asbestos fibers increase. A regular schedule of professional cleanings removes those contaminants from the air.
    • Longevity – Regular care of furniture, drapes, floors and homes extends their life. Over time, items look newer longer and need replacing less often. These savings add up.
    • Time – Profession Cleaners free up time for family, friends and the essential things of life.
    • Health – A sanitary cleaning in places like the kitchen and bathroom is essential. Not only do Professional Cleaners know how to achieve a hygienic clean, but they also use the right tools for the job.
    • Relaxation – Psychologically, coming home to a clean house enables us to relax because we don’t face clutter and everything is in its place.

    Exceptionally Skilled

    National Professional House Cleaners Day also praises the skills and knowledge of the people. Those in the industry have a passion for perfection, and here’s why:

    • Detail-oriented/well organized – A Professional Cleaner’s eye for detail and organizational skills make them ideal for this career. Their no-nonsense approach and thoroughness also leave behind satisfied customers.
    • Experts – Professional Cleaners are experts when it comes to protecting, cleaning, and restoring fabrics and surfaces. Not only that, but they’re also the experts when it comes to protecting you and their employees. Doing the job right without injury to an employee and maintaining a safe home is essential.
    • Leading the way – Many Professional Cleaners run their businesses. They employ specialists, balance products, schedules and training. These business owners set a standard for their employees, who in turn become leaders too.
    • Efficient – When it comes to getting a job done right quickly, Professional Cleaners are masters of efficiency. Not only do they know the most effective ways to get a home or business clean, but also the most cost-effective and healthiest ways too. This makes them a business you can trust.

    According to the United States Department of Commerce, in the next few years, 8 out of every 10 dual-income households will invest in a form of house cleaning services. This day presents an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the stellar services and value Professional Cleaners provide.

    HOW TO OBSERVE PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANERS DAY

    If you currently have a regular cleaning service and/or independent house cleaner, show your genuine appreciation for what they do! Thank them for their work. Let them know how their work impacts your family. Show them how valuable their service is to your quality of life.

    Use #ProfessionalHouseCleanersDay and TAG a housecleaner or a cleaning business you want to share with others on social media.

    Want to do more? Show your support and appreciation for all cleaners. Learn more about the movement on our website. Find out the truth about house cleaners and the stigmas still actively affecting our society’s understanding of this trade today. You can also donate or even become a member of the AHCA! Visit our website today, cleanerscomehome.org.

    PROFESSIONAL HOUSE CLEANERS DAY HISTORY

    Professional House cleaners Day logo

    The American House Cleaners Association (AHCA) founded National Professional House Cleaners Day in 2019 to raise awareness, respect, and recognition for House Cleaners and the professional house cleaning industry. The day also celebrates their necessary contributions to the health and wellbeing of our society, as one of the most skilled trades of the labor force in the United States. 

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Professional House Cleaners Day to be observed on September 17th annually.

    About the American House Cleaners Association (AHCA)

    AHCA LOGO1500The AHCA is the leading voice of the professional house cleaning industry in the United States. Our private cleaning community of 19,000 professional house cleaners is led by house cleaning industry community leaders, Kevin and Grace Reynolds and Sheryl Milligan, of Handmaid Cleaning, LLC in Walla Walla, WA. Join us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/handmaidcleaning

     

    September 17th Celebrated History

    1787

    Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA sign the U.S. Constitution.

    1849 

    With the help of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman escapes to freedom. Two brothers, Ben and Henry, joined her, however, they turned back and returned to the plantation in Maryland. Harriet continued on and after 90 miles, arrived in Pennsylvania.

    1872 

    Philip Pratt receives a patent for a fire extinguisher. Patent No. 131,370 describes a sprinkler system using revolving arms to spread water over the walls, ceiling, and floor of a burning room.

    1911 

    Cal Rodgers begins a transcontinental flight that would be the first evidence that long-distance air travel is possible. Beginning in Sheepshead Bay, NY, Rodgers took off with a mailbag attached to his plane. His plane, the Vin Fiz, would make 68 different flights as they crossed the country. Like many firsts in aviation, Rodgers suffered setbacks, including crashes, storms, and technical issues. On November 5, 1911, Rodgers completed the trip when he landed in Pasadena, CA.

    1953 

    Doctors at Ochsner Foundation Hospital successfully separate conjoined twins, Carolyn and Catherine Mouton. The first successful separation of conjoined twins required eight surgeons.

    1953 

    Ernie Banks makes his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago Cubs. With his signing, Banks became the club’s first black player.

    1954 

    Faber and Faber publish Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The haunting classic pits human nature against civilization when a group of boys becomes stranded on an island.

    1983 

    Vanessa Williams is crowned Miss America and is the first African American to receive the honor.

    2006 

    Alfredo Hernandes eats 16 jalapeno chili peppers in 1 minute. The achievement, which took place at the La Costeña Feel the Heat Challenge, sets a world record.

    September 17th Celebrated Birthdays

    Nadezhda Durova – 1783 

    During the Napoleonic wars, Durova joined the Russian cavalry under the name Alexander. Disguised as a man, Durova earned the support of the Tsar, one of the few who knew her true identity. She earned distinguished recognition of her service, too.

    Guillaume-Benjamin Amand Duchenne – 1806

    The neurologist was the first to describe nervous and muscular disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He also studied facial expressions and was the first to identify differences between a faked smile and a sincere one.

    David Dunbar Buick – 1854

    The Scottish-born inventor founded the Buick Motor Company in 1903.

    John Willard Marriott – 1900

    Before becoming the founder of an international hotel chain, Marriott opened an A&W Root Beer in Washington, D.C.

    Elizabeth Enright – 1909

    As an author and illustrator, Enright published several books for children and young adults. Some of her books include Thimble Summer, The Four-Story Mistake, and Gone Away Lake.

    Hank Williams – 1923

    Considered one of the greatest country music singers, Williams wrote and sang some of the industry’s most popular songs. Some of those songs include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Honky Tonk Blues,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

    Maureen Connolly – 1934

    Known as “Little Mo, ” the talented tennis player earned notice when she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam Tournaments in a single calendar year.

    Yuji Naka – 1965

    The video game programmer is known for developing Sonic the Hedgehog.

    Joseph Bastianich – 1968

    The restaurateur and celebrity judge on Master Chef and Master Chef Junior owns several restaurants in New York.

  • NATIONAL CLEANUP DAY – Third Saturday in September

    NATIONAL CLEANUP DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER

    On the third Saturday in September, National CleanUp Day encourages all of us to take action to make the entire country a better place to live.

    #NationalCleanUpDay

    Just think, what if everyone just picked up one piece of litter? From coast to coast, organizations and individuals alike join forces to clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces.

    Outdoor spaces free of trash and litter create a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Preservation of our forefathers’ legacy is up to all of us.

    Litter, debris, and trash mar the beauty of our natural landscapes. National CleanUp Day puts litter in its place – in the trash and recycle bins. The observance provides an opportunity to make those messes right and give the landscape a fresh, clean sweep! Communities, corporations, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments, and private citizens will all be uniting together to make year’s celebration a success.

    By participating on this special day, you will be helping to send a message to your communities that you care about keeping our natural surroundings clean throughout the year. Won’t you join us to make your community beautiful?

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CLEANUP DAY

    Create a team or bring a friend to remove litter from your favorite outdoor spaces. Spread the word! Join in and be part of the solution. Use #NationalCleanUpDay or #SeaToShiningSea to share on social media.

    Be sure to download the flyer at https://www.nationalcleanupday.org/flyer to share with others and get the word out!

    PARTNERS 
    Earth Day Network
    World CleanUp Day
    Let’s Do It World, Estonia
    Keep America Beautiful affiliates
    United Nations Environmental Program
    Bear Grylls Survival Challenge
    YMCA
    Adventure16
    FlipRocks
    Granite Gear

    We have a Tailored CleanUp program for businesses, schools, municipalities and non-profits. There is no cost. It increases signups, promotes your organization and helps keep the outdoors clean. The program works well for small “micro” groups to large organizations with multiple locations. We customize with your images and videos. It’s FREE. Learn more at https://www.nationalcleanupday.org/tailored-cleanup-business-example

    Questions about Tailored CleanUps or sponsorship opportunities? Email us direct at info@nationalcleanupday.org

    NATIONAL CleanUp DAY HISTORY

    Supporting organizations founded National CleanUp Day to celebrate the importance of caring for our outdoor spaces. Through creating the celebration, the day reminds everyone to remove litter, so our trails, parks, and community spaces remain pleasant and unmarred by waste.

    CleanUP Day LogoDonations to National CleanUp Day may be tax-deductible through our partnership with Clean Trails, a national 501(c)3 non-profit.

    Social Media and Contact Us
    www.NationalCleanUpDay.org
    www.Facebook.com/nationalCleanUpDay
    www.instagram.com/nationalCleanUpDay
    www.twitter.com/nationalCleanUp

    Phone: 720.985.8600
    Email: info@nationalcleanupday.org

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared National CleanUp Day to be celebrated annually in 2017.

     

     

    DATES:
    17 September 2022
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029

     

  • NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY – Third Saturday in September

    NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY

    On the third Saturday in September, National Gymnastics Day focuses on a sport the Greeks developed in the 5th century B.C.

    #NationalGymnasticsDay

    That’s right. During the 5th century B.C., gymnastics first emerged as a classical sport. The Greeks developed the practice to strengthen warriors’ skills for battle. Since gymnastics focuses on all the necessary physical traits for hand-to-hand combat, it improves strength, dexterity, and concentration.
    Many of the events first exhibited during the Greek Olympics are a part of the competition in the modern Olympics today.
    The “father of modern gymnastics” is Friedrich Ludwig Jahn of Germany. In the 1700s, he perfected many of the events that leave the audiences gasping in awe. Some of those events include parallel bars, balance beam, and jumping events.
    Both an individual and team sport, gymnastics competitions are found all over the world.  Many age and skill levels compete, too. Those who compete at the Olympic level and beyond train several hours daily. To be successful, most start as a young child.

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY

    Share stories about celebrated gymnasts, or encourage a gymnast you know. Attend a gymnastic competition near you. Share your experiences in gymnastics. While you’re cheering on your favorite gymnast, be sure to take photos and video. Share them using #NationalGymnasticsDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL GYMNASTICS DAY HISTORY

    Gymnastics Day began in 1998 as a way to encourage gymnasts and bring awareness about the sport.

    Gymnastics FAQ

    Q. What events do gymnasts compete in?
    A. Women and men compete in different events when they compete. Women compete in the vault, uneven bars, balance beam, and floor exercise. Men compete in six events including floor exercise, still rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, and pommel horse.

    Q. Who are some accomplished gymnasts?
    A. Simone Biles, Paul Hamm, Kohei Uchimura, Nastia Liukin, Gabby Douglas, Nadia Comaneci, Mary Lou Retton, Valeri Liukin, are just a few.

    Q. When was gymnastics introduced as an Olympic event?
    A. Gymnastics was included as an event at the first Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens, Greece.

    DATES:
    17 September 2022
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029
    21 September 2030
    20 September 2031

     

  • NATIONAL MONTE CRISTO DAY – September 17

    NATIONAL MONTE CRISTO DAY | SEPTEMBER 17

    On September 17th, National Monte Cristo Day recognizes the indulgent and delicious sandwich.  

    #MonteCristoDay

    A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. The French sandwich called the croque-monsieur inspired the Monte Cristo. However, the sandwich goes by other names, too. If you find a menu with French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, or a French Toasted Cheese Sandwich, order them for a taste of Monte Cristo.

    When is National Sandwich Day?

    While the Monte Cristo typically offers a savory sandwich, sometimes powdered sugar and jam preserves sweeten it, too. To achieve the crispy outer coating, chefs dip the prepared sandwich in an egg batter. Then they either pan-fry or deep-fry the sandwich to perfection.

    Occasionally, variations include sliced turkey and different types of cheese. Other options for serving are available, too. For example, some like to serve a grilled version. Another version may be served open-faced and heated under a grill or broiler. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE MONTE CRISTO DAY

    Invite a friend or family member to join you for a Monte Cristo. Savor the delicious sandwich as an indulgent celebration and share a photo of your meal, too! Don’t forget to include your favorite versions. Do you prefer turkey over ham? Which cheese do you use? Be sure to share using #MonteCristoDay or #Bennigans on social media. 

    MONTE CRISTO DAY HISTORY

    Bennigan’s founded National Monte Cristo Day in June of 2015 to celebrate a delicious sandwich loved across the country. The restaurant is renowned across the globe for its World Famous Monte Cristo. 

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the food holiday to be observed on September 17th annually.

    MEDIA CONTACT

    Bennigans – Ladd Biro – 972-930-9933 – lbiro@championmgt.com

     

  • RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY – Third Saturday in September

    RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY

    On the third Saturday in September, Responsible Dog Ownership Day reminds pet owners to make a promise to your furever friend. 

    #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay

    The observance encourages current and future pet owners to commit to being responsible for their loyal hound. Being responsible protects not only the dog but all those who may be affected by him, too. Dogs bring many benefits to our lives. Ensuring they remain healthy, happy, and safe is a vital part of our job as dog owners.

    The pawsabilities for excellent pet care include:

    • veterinary care
    • training
    • grooming
    • exercise
    • proper disposal of waste
    • identifying household risks and dangers
    • acceptable socialization
    • registration according to local and state ordinances

    We need to be on the lookout for their well-being and the well-being of those around them.  It may come as a surprise to many how much care dogs require. Keeping them healthy and safe includes many considerations. Their size, energy, medical care, temperament, and many other needs are the dog owner’s responsibility. Often, dogs bring unexpected expenses. We need to be prepared to make decisions regarding their care when illness or injury occurs, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY

    Dog owners know how rewarding a canine companion can be. At the same time, a responsible dog owner knows they are accountable for their dog’s behavior and health. Those rewards require effort and genuine commitment. Share your tips and suggestions for those considering adding a dog to their family. Pose questions for others regarding how they maintain a canine relationship. Give a shout out to your vet, groomer or another service for helping you to be a responsible dog owner. For more information on responsible dog ownership, visit www.akc.org. Use #ResponsibleDogOwnershipDay to post on social media.

    RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERSHIP DAY HISTORY

    The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually.  Since at least September 17, 2003, (the 119th anniversary of the AKC), the observance has been encouraging dog owners to be the most respectful, caring, and responsible companions to their canines they can be.

    DATES:
    17 September 2022
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029
    21 September 2030
    20 September 2031

     

  • PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY – Third Saturday in September

    PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY

    National Puppy Mill Awareness Day on the third day in September encourages those looking for a new dog, to adopt, not shop. 

    #PuppyMillAwarenessDay

    An observance dedicated to improving the lives of dogs, the day spreads the word about the poor conditions of puppy mills. While reputable dog breeders care for the animals they raise, a puppy mill doesn’t put the animal’s needs first. Not only do the dogs often live in poor conditions, but they’re bred T often than is healthy. Additionally, puppy mills don’t take into consideration preferred characteristics when breeding.

    As a result, breeding lines are not well-tracked, and genetic defects develop. The mills remove young from the mothers much too early. Sickness, malnutrition, and behavior issues are common. Often, mills skimp on vaccines, also.

    RESPONSIBLE BREEDERS

    Responsible breeders maintain thorough records. They also keep their kennels sanitary. Not only that, they expect you to care about the condition of their animals and facilities. Their animals receive quality veterinary care. Often, a breeder will not sell a dog if they don’t believe the animal will be cared for by the buyer. Also, good breeders require the buyer e returned to them should something happen that prevents you from caring for the animal.

    SHELTERS

    Shelters receive stray and surrendered animals. They update their vaccines and obtain necessary veterinary care for each animal. They also screen prospective adoptive families. Similar to breeders, they maintain their facilities. However, they retain few paid staff and rely on donations and volunteers for a bulk of their needs.

    Depending on the shelter’s mandate, animals live there until they are adopted. Other shelters allow a certain number of days for the animal to be adopted. Once the selected number of days pass, the shelter usually must destroy the dog. Many of the dogs in shelters come from animals bred in puppy mills for pet stores or sold online.

    It’s essential to know the difference and select your new fur baby responsibly. Even though you may think you’re saving the animal, purchasing a dog from a puppy mill only keeps the business thriving.

    HOW TO OBSERVE PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY

    If you are considering a new pet, consider adopting from a shelter. Even pure-bred animals find their way to the shelter. Also, evaluate your lifestyle and whether it has room for a pet. Many people adopt a dog and are unprepared for the responsibility that accompanies a puppy or adult dog. Whether the training or another reason causes the pet to end up at a shelter, an opportunity for a new home awaits them.

    Use #PuppyMillAwarenessDay to post on social media.

    PUPPY MILL AWARENESS DAY HISTORY

    National Puppy Mill Project formed the initiative for a Puppy Mill Awareness Day to spread awareness and educate the public to help end puppy mills.  

    DATES:
    17 September 2022
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029
    21 September 2030
    20 September 2031

     

  • BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB DAY FOR KIDS – Third Saturday in September

    BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ CLUB DAY FOR KIDS | Third Saturday in September

    We celebrate Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids during the third Saturday in September to get involved in meaningful activities and enjoy the wonderment of childhood activities. 

    #BoysAndGirlsClubDayForKids

    Today on Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids we encourage everyone, young and old, to create fun activities to participate in and enjoy the life of being a kid. Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, get out and spark the imagination to create lasting memories. 

    The Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day for Kids creates opportunity for an entire community to get involved with the development of kids. Simply having fun for a few hours allows kids to feel energetic and establish relationships through activity. When kids interact with other kids and adults on a positive level, they tend to think more positive of themselves. Oftentimes, that positive thinking leads making better decisions as they grow. 

    Ways to Help

    Almost every community has a Boys and Girls Club or something similar to it. The success of these programs would not be possible without the help of outside sources.

    • Donate
    • Volunteer
    • Host an event

    CLUB DAY ACTIVITIES

    • Build and then fly a kite.
    • try geocaching for an outdoor aventure.
    • Collect fallen leaves and create an artistic collage.
    • Volunteer at an animal shelter.
    • Create one-of-a-kind stepping stones with plaster of Paris and colorful beads.
    • Make paper planes and have a contest to see which ones fly the farthest.
    • Use sidewalk chalk to create artistic masterpieces.
    • Play basketball, miniature golf, sand volleyball, bowling, badminton, soccer, baseball, Wiffle ball, kickball or any number of athletic games.
    • Skip stones at a pond or river while going fishing.
    • Break out the board games and have a tournament.
    • Go for a hike.
    • Tie dye t-shirts or handkerchiefs.
    • Visit a museum and explore history.
    • Go to the library and check out a book or old movie.
    • Write a short story together.
    • Share and tag photos of your adventures on social media using #BoysAndGirlsClubDayForKids

    HISTORICAL TIDBITS

    The Boys’ and Girls’ Club of America is working to establish a day in the United States dedicated to just kids. Since the late 1800s, Boys and Girls Clubs have been providing a safe place for kids and teens after school and during the summer. With the help of caring mentors, kids and teens are given the opportunity to form friendships, learn through programs, and live healthy life-styles. 

    Nearly 4.3 million kids and teens are enrolled in a Boys and Girls Club throughout the United States, serving anyone who walks through their door. Every club provides a safe place for kids to be themselves, learn in a supportive environment, explore new things, and grow emotionally and mentally. Nearly 90% of all kids and teens who attend a club graduate from high school. The Boys and Girls Club prepares all of it’s kids and teens an opportunity to succeed by providing direction to navigate to their future. 

    DATES:
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029
    21 September 2030
    20 September 2031

  • NATIONAL APPLE DUMPLING DAY – September 17

    NATIONAL APPLE DUMPLING DAY | SEPTEMBER 17

    National Apple Dumpling Day on September 17th honors a sweet delight of Autumn.

    #AppleDumplingDay

    With fall fast approaching, this food holiday comes at the height of apple harvests. Apple dumplings are an easy dessert to make. Simply peel and core apples, season them with cinnamon and sugar and wrap them up in a prepared pastry dough. Then bake the apple until tender. The flavor is similar to an apple pie. 

    Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania.  Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item, too. However, they are also regularly eaten as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream.

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    Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ John Howard Bryant

    Not only do these pastries taste and smell like fall, but they look like it, too. First, the bright apples in their many colors come into our kitchens by the baskets and boxes full. Then we season them with warm-colored spices. Finally, when the pastry comes out of the oven filling our home with that delicious fragrance, it presents us with a gorgeous golden crust.

    HOW TO OBSERVE APPLE DUMPLING DAY

    Celebrate the day by baking up a fresh order of apple dumplings. We even have recipes you can test. Perhaps you can enjoy eating some apple dumplings while watching the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang. Visit your local bakery and order their apple dumpling. When you do, be sure to give them a shout-out!

    Try these recipes for breakfast, snack or dessert!

    Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling
    Apple Dumpling Cake

    Use #AppleDumplingDay to post on social media.

    NATIONAL APPLE DUMPLING DAY HISTORY

    National Day Calendar continues to seek the source of this food holiday.

    Apple Dumpling FAQ

    Q. Are apple dumplings served with ice cream?
    A. Yes! Apple dumplings are similar to apple pie since they are composed of a crust, spices, and apples. Adding ice cream increases the enjoyment of this fall dessert.

    Q. What toppings can I put on apple dumplings?
    A. Since cheddar and apples go so well together, you can top your dumpling with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese, too. You can also try caramel sauce, cinnamon sugar, or toasted walnuts, pecans, or almonds.

     

  • CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY – September 17

    CONSTITUTION DAY AND CITIZENSHIP DAY | SEPTEMBER 17

    Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17th commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens. On this day, members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

    #ConstitutionDay or #CitizenshipDay

    Constitutional Convention 

    While many contributed to crafting the document known today as the U.S. Constitution, James Madison wrote the draft forming the basis for the Constitution. Those who participated in its development gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia that sultry summer of 1787. George Washington presided over the Convention. But many “Founding Fathers” attended to other diplomatic duties, unable to participate. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, served overseas on behalf of his country. John Adams also served abroad. However, Patrick Henry refused to attend due to principle and preferring the Articles of Confederation. Others eventually swayed Henry when convention leaders added a Bill of Rights.

    When is Bill of Rights Day?

    The convention lasted from May 25 to September 17, 1787. During that time, the 55 delegates debated the duties of the government, checks, and balances, and the rights and freedoms of the people. They divided the government into three branches: the legislative branch to make the laws; the executive to execute the laws, and the judicial to interpret the laws.

    The delegates suffered through rough weather, heat, and illness. Despite the conditions, they formed a Bill of Rights enumerating the rights and freedoms of the people.

    Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington all signed the Constitution.

    On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution. So the process began, obtaining each state’s approval. Rhode Island didn’t send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Their headstrong character did not appreciate a powerful government and held tight to their independence as long as they could. As a result, they were the last state to ratify the Constitution on May 29, 1790.

    Citizenship

    The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defines citizenship as “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed the amendment ratified.

    While the 14th Amendment was the first step in a long line of amendments defining citizens and their rights, it took decades to enforce some of those rights.

    For example, one of a citizen’s most valued powers is the power to vote. The 15th and 19th Amendments define those rights for blacks and women. However, it wasn’t until 1924 that all Native Americans were granted citizenship. Through the Indian Citizenship Act, many Native Americans were allowed to vote for the first time. Still, this legislation did not stop some states from preventing some from voting.

    HOW TO OBSERVE CONSTITUTION DAY

    Learn more about the U.S. Constitution and the process of becoming a citizen in the United States. Explore the history of the Constitution. Study the people who brought the Constitution to life and the road to its ratification. 

    While you’re exploring, use #ConstitutionDay or #CitizenshipDay to post on social media. 

    Educators, families, and students, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!

    CONSTITUTION DAY HISTORY

    This holiday dates all the way back to 1911 when schools in Iowa first recognized Constitution Day. Then in 1917, the society known as the Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day. Members of that committee included Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.

    In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “I am an American Day,” and Congress designated the third Sunday in May to celebrate it. By 1949, the governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.  On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved its observation to September 17.  In 2004, the day was renamed Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.

    Constitution Day FAQ

    Q. How many amendments have been made to the U.S. Constitution?
    A. There have been 27 amendments to the constitution. The first ten amendments comprise the Bill of Rights. One amendment, the 21st Amendment, repeals the 18th Amendment.

    Q. How many original copies of the U.S. Constitution were there?
    A. When the U.S. Constitution was signed, 13 additional copies were hand-copied so that each of the 13 original states would have a copy. Over the centuries, some of the original copies have been lost. However, the original document can be viewed at the National Archives Museum.

    Q. What other U.S. documents does the National Archives Museum hold?
    A. The National Archives Museum also houses the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and many other documents within its vaults.

     

  • NATIONAL DANCE DAY – Third Saturday in September

    NATIONAL DANCE DAY | THIRD SATURDAY IN SEPTEMBER

    Break out into a twirl or two-step on National Dance Day on the third Saturday in September. The day focuses on raising awareness about dance. It also encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and combat obesity.

    #NationalDanceDay

    Did you know it’s also National Square Dance Month?

    As a cardiovascular exercise, dancing offers numerous benefits. The activity may be low or high impact. However, either one will increase aerobic fitness. Other benefits of dancing include:

    • improved muscle tone
    • weight management
    • flexibility and strength
    • strong bones and reduced risk of osteoporosis
    • improved balance
    • increased cardiovascular health
    • enhanced opportunity for social interaction
    • helps boost mood

    Also, age doesn’t matter. Your dancing partner may be a child or someone 20 years your senior. No matter how skilled you are, there’s always a new step to learn, too. Grab a partner and get dancing!

    HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL DANCE DAY

    Turn on a favorite song and dance. Enroll children in dance classes. While you’re at it, sign yourself and a partner up for them, too. You’ll improve your health and your social life while engaging with someone you care about. Invite friends to join you and learn as a group. What better way to #CelebrateEveryDay than to start out dancing?

    Types of Dances to Learn:

    • Ballroom
    • Jazz
    • Tap
    • Ballet
    • Country Western
    • Hip Hop
    • Contemporary
    • Square Dance
    • Line Dance
    • Latin

    You can also take dance classes to improve your skills. Those who already sport some mad moves should offer to teach others. Watch your favorite dancers and try to keep step. Play dance video games and share your scores! While you’re teaching, learning, or just improvising, share your dance moves. Take a video while you’re having all this fun. Post on social media using #NationalDanceDay to encourage others to do so as well.

    NATIONAL DANCE DAY HISTORY

    “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe founded National Dance Day in 2010. When the observance achieved national recognition in 2010, a long-time proponent of healthy lifestyles, American Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton stepped up. She introduced a resolution to promote a national day for dance education and physical fitness.

    DATES:
    17 September 2022
    16 September 2023
    21 September 2024
    20 September 2025
    19 September 2026
    18 September 2027
    16 September 2028
    15 September 2029
    21 September 2030
    20 September 2031