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FEBRUARY 1, 2021 | NATIONAL GET UP DAY | NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY | NATIONAL SERPENT DAY | NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY | NATIONAL TEXAS DAY

NATIONAL GET UP DAY - February 1

NATIONAL GET UP DAY

National Get Up Day on February 1st offers an opportunity to share inspiring stories of perseverance. The day reminds us to pick ourselves up when we’ve fallen and given it (whatever it may be) another go!

February 1st marks the official end of National Skating Month (January) when rinks across the country bring communities together to experience skating’s joys and benefits. One of the first lessons every figure skater learns is how to fall and to get back up. This day is not just about skating, though. It is about celebrating that Get Up spirit that applies to every aspect of life. The day inspires others through stories, pictures, videos, and social media.  

More importantly, February 1st reminds all of us to Get Up when we stumble. We never know when our efforts to seek a goal or overcome an obstacle will encourage another to do the same. Whether you find inspiration on or off the ice, in a classroom, through a co-worker, or in your own neighborhood, share your Get Up story on National Get Up Day!

HOW TO OBSERVE #GETUPDAY

Encourage someone you know. Rarely does anyone celebrate the failures. Yet, every time we Get Up and try again, we stand on a mountain of failures. It is how we learn and reach for our goals. So, share the moments you Get Up and persevere. Keep moving forward and upward. What makes you Get Up? Share your inspiration by using #GetUpDay on social media.

Educators and Families, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!

NATIONAL GET UP DAY HISTORY

U.S. Figure Skating founded National Get Up Day on February 1, 2017, to provide a platform to celebrate Get Up stories in communities around the country and urge others to Get Up. As part of the inaugural celebration, the world was encouraged to share Get Up stories one week before the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

In 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed the observance to be celebrated on February 1st, annually.NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY – February 1

NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY

National Freedom Day, always observed on February 1st, celebrates freedom from slavery. It also recognizes that America is a symbol of liberty. The day honors the signing by Abraham Lincoln of a joint House and Senate resolution that later became the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. President Lincoln signed the Amendment outlawing slavery on February 1, 1865. It was not ratified by the states, however, until later on December 18, 1865.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALFREEDOMDAY

On this day many towns host festivals and celebrations. Others reflect on the freedoms that the United States honors as well as reflect on and appreciate the goodwill of the United States. For many years, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Liberty Bell traditionally marked the day. LET FREEDOM RING.

Other ways to participate include:

  • Read about or watch a documentary about the 13th Amendment.
  • Visit an art gallery or museum displaying pieces inspired by the 13th Amendment.
  • Attend a forum or lecture to discuss the 13th Amendment and its impact, then and now.
  • Read the 13th Amendment in its entirety.

Use #NationalFreedomDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY HISTORY 

A former slave by the name of Major Richard Robert Wright, Sr. created National Freedom Day. Major Wright was looked upon as a great leader in the community. It was believed by Major Wright, that this day needed to be celebrated.

February 1st holds significance because that was the date Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery in 1865. On June 30, 1948, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming February 1st as the first official National Freedom Day in the United States.

NATIONAL SERPENT DAY – February 1

NATIONAL SERPENT DAY

On February 1st, National Serpent Day gives snakes and serpents alike their slithering due. Across religions and cultures, the serpent has been used as a symbol of evil, medicine, fertility, and much more.

Over 3,000 species of snakes populate the Earth. The world’s smallest snake is the Barbados thread snake. This serpent is smaller than a nightcrawler at about 4 inches. In comparison, the longest snake is the reticulated python and the heaviest is the green anaconda. What was the first snake you ever saw?

SNAKE FACTS
  • Only 1/8 of the known species are venomous.
  • While many snakes may be small, their upper and lower jaws separate. This ability allows snakes to consume prey up to three times larger than the diameter of their head.
  • Snakes eat their prey whole.
  • Most snakes are nocturnal.
  • As creepy as their flicking tongue seems, they use it to smell the air.
  • Snakes are cold-blooded, or ectotherms, and must sun themselves to regulate their body temperatures.
  • While most snakes lay eggs, some give live birth.
  • From anti-tumor treatments to antibacterial properties, snake venom has been studied for medical purposes for many years.

HOW TO CELEBRATE #NATIONALSERPENTDAY

Do some research on snakes or go to a zoo to see some in person. You could also read up on snakes, watch a documentary or movie featuring snakes. Use #NationalSerpentDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom pages for activities surrounding National Serpent Day.

NATIONAL SERPENT DAY HISTORY

While the creator of this day has slithered away, we continue seeking the origins of this fascinating holiday.

NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY – February 1

NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY

Ice cream and cake come together on February 1st in a celebration called National Baked Alaska Day.

An elaborate dessert that is also known as “Omelette Norvegienne,” Baked Alaska is made with hard ice cream on a base of sponge cake and covered in a shell of toasted meringue.

Click play and listen to the 2-minute episode on why we celebrate National Baked Alaska Day.  Featuring the founder of National Day Calendar, Marlo Anderson.


In the United States in 1867, an earnest debate erupted over the potential purchase of Alaska from Russia. Secretary of State William Seward agreed to a purchase price of $7 million, and Alaska became a United States territory in 1868. Those of the opinion that the purchase was a giant mistake referred to the purchase as “Seward’s Folly.”

Enter Charles Ranhofer, the chef at Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City. He was notorious for naming new and renaming old dishes after famous people and events. Capitalizing on the heated controversy surrounding the purchase in the frozen north, Baked Alaska fit the bill. It was cold, nearly frozen, and quickly toasted in a hot oven before serving.

He served as the chef at Delmonico’s from 1862 to 1896. During his tenure, he also created Lobster Newburg, another famous dish honored with a national food holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALBAKEDALASKADAY

Cake and ice cream go so well together. What better way to enjoy it than with a topping of meringue? You can also take one of your favorite recipes and name it after an epic event in your life. 

Order up some Baked Alaska or try your hand at this recipe: Baked Alaska recipe.

Use #NationalBakedAlaskaDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL BAKED ALASKA DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching this dessert holiday’s origins. However, we suspect we won’t find it anywhere near the Yukon.

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 Texas Day - February 1

NATIONAL TEXAS DAY

On February 1s, National Texas Day recognizes the Lone Star State along with its fierce record of independent people and history. The 28th state may not be the only state with a record of being a republic, but their dramatic revolution and fight for independence keep Texas history alive.

Legendary History and People

On December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state admitted to the Union, but its storied history stretched long before that date. From the dictatorship of Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna and the start of the Texas Revolution in 1835 to the Alamo in 1836, names like James Bowie, Davy Crockett, Sam Houston, and Juan Seguin echo throughout the state.

Many legends abound where Texas is concerned. According to the story, The Yellow Rose of Texas was a mulatto woman who distracted Santa Anna during the Battle of San Jacinto allowing victory for the republic. Many credit a woman by the name of Emily West, but historians find little to no evidence. A statue by Veryl Goodnight stands in Houston.

During and after the Civil War, news traveled slowly. It took the arrival of Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, and his announcement with General Orders, Number 3 that the Civil War was over and all slaves were now freedmen for life to change in Galveston, Texas.  Whether it required the military to enforce the new federal law or if the news did truly travel slowly, June 19th became a celebration of culture and freedom called Juneteenth

Technology and Landscape

Texas loves technology. Home to Johnson Space Center and more than one computer company that began as a startup, the Lone Star State wears its boots and lab coat at the same time. They’ve brought us the handheld calculator and 3-D printing as well as many medical advancements. And let’s not forget, Dr. Pepper.

Whether traveling to the Gulf Coast, staying close to the panhandle which includes a patch of Route 66, or wandering the Great Plains, there’s plenty of Texas to see. Take in some history or explore the cities. Take a hike along the Palo Duro Canyon on the Red River or in Big Bend National Park.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NATIONALTEXASDAY

Discover something new about Texas. Join National Day Calendar as we explore the 28th state’s history, people, and culture. Uncover hidden treasures and explore all Texas’ vast landscapes! Use #NationalTexasDay to share on social media.


February 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1894

The Philological Society of London and Oxford University Press publishes the first volume of the Oxford English Dictionary. A-Ant consisted of 352 pages and took 5 years to complete. Scotchman James Murray undertook the enormous task as the primary editor. He would die in 1915 before the project was complete.

1896

Giacomo Puccini’s opera La Bohème premieres in Turin, Italy. The tragic love story is one of Puccini’s greatest works.

1972

Hewlett-Packard introduced the first scientific hand-held calculator. It sold for $395 and was named the HP-35 – a nod to its 35 keys.

1982

David Letterman launches his first evening talk show, Late Night with David Letterman. His first guest on the comedy talk show was Bill Murray.

Recipe of the Day

Easy Corned Beef Hash
Prep:  15 mins
Cook:  25 mins
Servings:  3-4

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow medium onion chopped
2 cups chopped corned beef
3 cups 1/4 diced potatoes

Instructions:

Melt butter in large skillet on medium heat.

Saute onion in melted butter. About 4 or 5 minutes.

Add potatoes, corned beef and cook 10 to 12 minutes.

Stir occasionally so as not to burn potato. If desired, fry an egg or two for each serving, serve and enjoy.

February 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Hattie Caraway – 1878

In 1932, Caraway became the first woman elected to the Senate. She had been appointed the previous year to fill her husband’s seat due to his death.

John Ford – 1895

The American film director was most noted for his westerns starring John Wayne. He also adapted the John Steinbeck novel, Grapes of Wrath.

Clark Gable – 1901

One of Hollywood’s foremost leading men during the first half of the 20th century, Gable was known for films like Gone with the Wind, It Happened One Night, and The Misfits.

Langston Hughes – 1902

The American poet of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes also wrote several plays, novels, and essays. He’s most known for his poem “Harlem.”

Vivian Maier – 1926

For five decades the street photographer captured the world and then hid it away. Not until after her death was her historic collection revealed to the world.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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