Caring for children is the bedrock foundation for building strong communities and society as a whole. National Care for Kids Day, held annually on September 20th, offers an opportunity for you to positively impact a child’s life in a variety of ways both large and small. That’s because we all know there are many ways to be a role model in a child’s life.
Every day in our communities, individuals actively provide educational and emotional care for children. For example, one person might spend hours reading to and tutoring children in need. And another may provide nutritious food for after-school programs. Or, volunteers donate their services, showing up at moments’ notice. And others look to the future, seeing opportunities to shape young lives by teaching children art and science.
National Care for Kids Day asks you to step forward—to act on your ideas, donate and share your time, creating more stories of inspiration. It’s a day to contribute to existing programs and volunteer where there is a need, giving children in your community every opportunity to grow and thrive.
HOW TO OBSERVE CARE FOR KIDS DAY
Kids are so easy to celebrate—and it’s also easy to Care for Kids, too.
Donate to your favorite children’s charity.
Volunteer with a children’s service organization.
Make an in-kind donation. This can be a service, supplies or other needs a charity requires.
Share stories about amazing service organizations, volunteers or children.
When you celebrate, be sure to use #CareforKidsDay on social media.
NATIONAL CARE FOR KIDS DAY HISTORY
In 2021, The Designetics Cares Foundation founded National Care for Kids Day as a way to give their mission of caring for their community and children a national voice.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first observance to be on September 20, 2021, and every year thereafter.
Order up a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice to celebrate National Fried Rice Day on September 20th.
During this food holiday, fried rice stars as the centerpiece of the meal. Its flavor captures the diners’ hearts and keeps them coming back for more. Together with shrimp, chicken or beef, fried rice makes a complete meal. More adventurous foodies can spice it up with Spicy Chicken Rice.
Made with a combination of long-grained rice, peas, carrots and onions, fried rice requires perfectly incorporated eggs to bring it all together.
While enjoying a meal with fried rice, remember that it compliments vegetables and protein equally well. Another great reason to celebrate is that fried rice goes well with your favorite flavors. Sweet, sour, spicy or a combination, you can’t go wrong with fried rice! When all the flavors and aromas add up to a memorable meal, the celebrating is easy.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY
The day encourages families and friends to enjoy a meal out or get your meal to go. Invite a crowd to celebrate. Order dishes to share or extra for delicious fried rice to take home. And don’t forget to share your favorites, too!
Join Benihana by celebrating the day with a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice. Share your favorite meal on social media using #NationalFriedRiceDay.
FRIED RICE DAY HISTORY
Benihana founded National Fried Rice Day in 2018 because high-quality rice isn’t just another side dish to them; it’s a foundational element of every meal they serve. Benihana has been dishing the irresistible flavor of their famous fried rice to generations of foodies for over half a century. Since their founding, they’ve served roughly 2,720,350 pounds of California-grown rice each year. Fried Rice is beloved throughout the globe and an iconic part of the Benihana experience.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Fried Rice Day to be celebrated September 20th, annually.
Fried Rice FAQ
Q. What kind of rice is best when making fried rice? A. Long-grained rice is best because it has less starch.
Q. Is fried rice cooked twice? A. Yes. It is boiled before it is fried.
September 20th Celebrated History
The Pittsburgh Steelers play their debut game in the National Football League. With a score of 23-2, the Steelers lost to the New York Giants.
The first complete International Film Festival at Cannes, France opened. Originally scheduled to open in 1939, World War II cut the event short with only one film being shown. Twenty-one countries submitted entries for the first festival. One of the winning entries included the British comedy, Brief Encounter. Best Actor went to Ray Milland for his role in The Lost Weekend and Best Animation Design was awarded to Make Mine Music.
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is unveiled from Clydebank, Scotland.
The Piano Man, Billy Joel, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Some names are more common than you think. In 2005, 164 people named Martha Stewart joined the television set of the show Martha! to break a world record for the number of people with the same first and last name gathered in the same place. Martha, Martha, Martha!
The HBO drama, Game of Thrones, runs away with record-breaking 12 Emmy wins.
September 20th Celebrated Birthdays
Carleton Ellis – 1875
The prolific inventor patented more than 700 inventions and is credited with a long list of successful creations. As a chemist, plastic and petroleum became his medium. One of his most notable contributions was the development of margarine.
Upton Sinclair – 1878
Best known for his novel The Jungle, Sinclair would later earn a Pulitzer Prize for his work, Dragon’s Teeth.
Jay Ward – 1920
Ward is best known for producing animated series featuring Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody and Sherman among others.
Dorothy Johnson Vaughan – 1910
The mathematician is best known for her work on the SCOUT Launch Vehicle Program for NASA. The film Hidden Figures features Vaughn along with several other African American Women who worked for NASA.
Ruth Richard – 1928
The left-hander played eight seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The stellar catcher also played in exhibition games in South and Central America.
Kristen Johnston – 1967
The actress is best known for her role as Sally Solomon in the television sitcom Third Rock From the Sun.
On September 20th, Pepperoni Pizza Day recognizes the most popular pizza ever created. The day celebrates the pizza enjoyed by young and old alike.
While pizza comes with many different toppings, pepperoni is the single most popular pizza. Whether you like your pizza Chicago Style or New York Style, thin and crispy or deep dish, top it with pepperoni!
According to legend, Raffaele Esposito created the first pizza in June of 1889. The Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, inspired the pizza maker so much, he created the pie-shaped delicacy. In the queen’s honor, he named it Pizza Margherita and topped the pizza with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. The colors represent the Italian flag.
Since then, pizza has evolved. It includes a multitude of toppings from anchovies and pineapple to sausage and bacon. However, pepperoni remains the most popular.
Italian-Americans developed the ever-popular topping through time-honored sausage-making techniques. Seasoned pork and beef sausage are smoked and cured. Once the product is ready to be sliced, it’s placed on a delicious pie and baked.
HOW TO OBSERVE PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY
Enjoy a slice of Pepperoni Pizza at your favorite pizzeria. Invite friends and family to share their recipes and make your own at home. Either way, the meal will be fantastic! Don’t forget, take a photo and post to social media using #PepperoniPizzaDay. You can also give a shout-out to your favorite pizzeria or buy a gift card for another pizza celebration. And who doesn’t like breaking world records, especially when it involves pizza? Check out these 5 Amazing Pizza Records! Can you break one of them?
NATIONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the source of this delicious food holiday. However, don’t hesitate to explore other food holidays. May we recommend these?
It’s time for America to stand together in support of our love for String Cheese. Join us as we celebrate National String Cheese Day on September 20. Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks…there’s no denying that you call it delicious!
Pack it for a picnic or a hike. Pass it out for a team snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without this tasty treat. You’ve got to hand it to String Cheese—it’s the fun, easy and protein-packed food that goes wherever you do! It’s no wonder String Cheese has so much “a-peel” with both kids and adults alike. Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (After all, it is kind of fun to play with your food!) Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. (Why wait to get that delicious cheese into your belly?) However, you choose to eat it, get your hands on some every September 20th!
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY
What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese? Be sure to pick up extras of your favorite to share with others. Pack it in your lunch or enjoy it as a delicious snack. Share on social media with #NationalStringCheeseDay.
NATIONAL STRING CHEESE DAY HISTORY
Galbani Cheese founded National String Cheese Day in 2017 to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese. You can follow Galbani Cheese on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest for great snacking recipes and tips.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated annually on September 20th.
Annually on the third Tuesday in September, National IT Professionals Day honors the venerable geeks of the world we all rely on to keep us connected.
The IT (information technology) professional is the unsung hero of modern business. These under-appreciated wizzes tackle the obstacles that leave the rest of us scratching our heads. Whether it be desktops, laptops, mobile devices, applications, servers, networks, databases or cybersecurity, IT professionals keep business humming. However, there is often a lack of understanding by business leaders and end-users of the important role they play and the difficulties and complexities associated with modern IT.
It’s also a great day for IT professionals to showcase their expertise. While they’re often solving computer and network issues, they also have a knack for developing and creating. Their insight into the technical universe brings numerous opportunities to individuals and businesses alike. If you tap into all their innovative knowledge, you might be surprised where it takes you.
HOW TO OBSERVE IT PRO DAY
If you’re an end-user, simply say thank you to the IT professionals that make your life easier. You can also give them a shout out on social media.
If you’re a business leader, in addition to saying thank you, also recognize and seek out the unique insight your IT professionals can provide in today’s always-on, always-connected world to help you make smart strategic business decisions. Recognizing the value of an IT professional will lead to a greater competitive advantage. Highlight their accomplishments, too. You might discover untapped potential if you do.
IT professionals, share why you love what you do. Encourage others interested in the field. While you celebrate the day, include other IT professions. Host competition or propose a challenge. The winners get bragging rights until next year.
Also, share #ITProDay on Social Media to increase awareness of just how important our IT professionals are.
NATIONAL IT PROFESSIONALS DAY HISTORY
Solarwinds, a provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, created National IT Professionals Day in March 2015.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the technology day to be observed on the third Tuesday in September, annually.
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On September 20th, National Punch Day goes in several directions.
While one perspective suggests honoring tools used to make holes, another points to a day created to throw a few punches at a punching bag. However, we will direct you toward the thirst-quenching version instead. Besides, this delicious, refreshing drink sparkles with celebration.
A wide assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fall into the category of punch. A combination of fruit juice and a carbonated beverage, the colorful, bubbly drink sparkles with party personality. In fact, parties, weddings, and other celebrations serve punch as part of the centerpiece at the beverage table. Large wide bowls known as punch bowls provide a beautiful vessel for serving punch.
In the early 17th century, punch made its appearance. It’s believed sailors en route to England via India created the drink. Punch quickly grew in popularity and soon spread to other countries.
The word punch is a loanword from Hindi panch (meaning five). Originally, punch was made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. It was called paantsch.
Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages. Most punch mixes are red in color. However, despite the name, they contain a small fraction of fruit juice. Sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors make up the main ingredients.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL PUNCH DAY
Make some punch and make a toast! Thousands of punch recipes make the beverage versatile and easy to make. Check recipe books and online. Be sure to share your favorites, too! Use #NationalPunchDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PUNCH DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues seeking the source or founder of this beverage holiday.
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY | CHANGES ANNUALLY
National Voter Registration Day in September urges citizens to register to vote. Make your vote count!
More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote on the inaugural day of the observance in 2012. That number jumped to 800,000 in 2018. The day helps to ensure eligible voters register in their districts each year. The awareness campaign provides valuable information for each state, too. Timed ideally a few months before some of the bigger elections of the year, the day places information in the hands of the voters at the right time.
There are hundreds of local, state, and national organizations driving the day and bringing it to you, too. Partner organizations help also by coordinating thousands of public events to bring awareness about ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration.
HOW TO OBSERVE VOTER REGISTRATION DAY
If your right to vote means anything to you, make sure you are registered. While registration isn’t required in every state, every state has minimum requirements. Knowing what they are and being prepared to vote is an important part of a democracy.
Learn about your voter rights and requirements. Be informed by checking where your polling place is. You can also learn more about mail-in voting. If you have any questions about voter registration, all the answers are conveniently located in one place. Each state has different requirements. So, if you’ve moved recently, be sure to know the requirements where you live. Make your vote count. Visit www.nationalvoterregistrationday.org to learn more.
Register to vote and use #VoterRegistrationDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY HISTORY
The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012. In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day.
Q. How do I find out if I’m registered to vote? A. Visit vote.org and fill out this online form to find out if you’re registered.
Q. I don’t have a driver’s license. Can I still register to vote? A. Yes! You can use one of the following:
Register with your state-issued non-driver ID.
If you don’t have either a driver’s license or non-driver ID, some states allow registration using the last four digits.
Other states require the entire social security number for registration.
Q. Which states do not require voter registration? A. North Dakota is the only state that does not require voter registration.
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