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JULY 1, 2019 | NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY | NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY | NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY | NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!  July 1st marks National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, a day to sample or wonder about the odd combinations of ice cream flavors. Skip the traditional chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream when you celebrate this holiday!

Mitchell’s Ice Cream in downtown Cleveland is known to mix up some seasonal flavors that, to some might seem funky and to others are well worth the wait.  Their salted butter sweet corn layers the flavors on your tongue. It makes you wonder why you ever bothered trying to pick the perfect cob in the first place.  And their jalapeno strawberry has just the right combo of heat and sweet.  

Another great shop churning out wacky flavors is Ample Hills Creamery in New York City. With two locations plus seasonal kiosks, they are sure to satisfy some flavor-seeking tastebuds.

From the savory and smokey to the sweet and surprising, LICK Pure Cream in Seattle offers curiosity and thrill seekers a chance to test those boundaries, too. Flavors like pork-belly pecan can’t go wrong, right?

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Celebrate by venturing out to your local ice creamery and testing their many concoctions, or head down to the grocery store and get creative by finding different ingredients to make your own!  You can also try to find some crazy flavors yourself!  Here are just a few we came across – mashed potato ice cream, beer ice cream, olive oil ice cream, buffalo wing ice cream, goat cheese ice cream, and candied bacon ice cream.  Willing to try one?  Use #CreativeIceCreamFlavorsDay to share your creations on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. 

NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY

National Postal Worker Day on July 1st recognizes postal workers all across the nation. The day encourages us to show our appreciation. Thank the numerous men and women who work consistently and diligently  to deliver all of our mail. These employees suffer some of the harshest working conditions, yet continue to persevere six days a week.

Across the United States, postal workers walk an average of 4 to 8 miles carrying a full load of letters and packages. Delivering them promptly to each of our doorsteps.  There are approximately 490,000 postal workers across the United States. Regardless of the weather, postal workers deliver to businesses and homes all week long. When the temperatures fluctuate from extreme heat and cold, if it rains, in sleet and blizzards, too, the mail gets delivered.   

Besides severe weather, they have also dealt with unusual packages.  In 1913, the postal service started delivering packages up to a maximum of 11 pounds.  The most surprising package to arrive for delivery was a small child.  Barely under the weight limit, James Beagle was mailed. He was mailed at a cost of 15 cents to his grandmother just a few miles away.  This practice continued for just over a year. Then the postmaster general was able to put regulations in place prohibiting it. 

HOW TO OBSERVE 

Take time to thank your local postal worker. Encourage others to get the word out and to focus on making every postal worker’s day just a little bit better.  Post on social media using #NationalPostalWorkerDay to encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

A Seattle-area postal carrier established National Postal Worker Day in 1997 to honor fellow employees.

NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY

On July 1, National U.S. Postage Stamp Day recognizes the ease and simplicity with which we can send and receive mail.  A stamp represents payment for the delivery of a letter or a package.  

The United States issued its first postage stamp on July 1, 1847. At that time, stamps were not required.  A letter could be mailed without a stamp and delivery paid for by the recipient.  In 1855, the postage stamp became mandatory. 

Philately is the study of stamps and postal history.  Stamps often have a fascinating history.  Everything from the inspiration and the artist to the postal rate in a given year affects the value of a stamp.  Collectors look at quality and rarity as well.  

While the digital age may have slowed the flow of snail mail, it doesn’t reduce the excitement associated with receiving a letter or a card in the mail. A handwritten note in an envelope with a postage stamp in the corner holds so much more charm than most of the emails people receive. A colorful postcard from an exotic location or missive with crayon-drawn artwork improves one’s day when it comes delivered by a familiar postal worker.

Birthday wishes that come via text message or social media are one thing, but an unexpected delivery through the mail in a bright envelope brings more smiles than all the likes in the world. Put a stamp on it!

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY

To celebrate, go to http://www.eduplace.com/activity/pdf/stamp.pdf and design your own stamp. Consider writing a letter, putting it in an envelope, and putting a stamp on it. As an alternative, send a postcard! Post on social media using #USPostageStampDay.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National U.S. Postage Stamp Day.

NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

Mmmmmm, hungry?  Join in National Gingersnap Day on July 1st by enjoying this sweet and savory treat. Gingersnaps are cookies typically made from molasses, cloves, ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar.  They are a combination of sweet and spicy and have long been enjoyed for generations.

Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies since they are generally lower in calories than other cookies and have additional benefits.  For example, ginger, cinnamon, and clove all have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and may help fight heart disease. Cinnamon is known to lower the amount of glucose in the bloodstream; ginger helps aid digestion, and cloves also help prevent oral diseases and headaches.  

Around the world, gingersnaps come in different shapes and sizes.  In America, it’s much like a sugar cookie, but in Scandinavia, it’s more like a wafer.

The American version of the gingersnap is a little more like a sugar cookie, while other versions, such as the Scandinavian one, is a small, thin cookie.

HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

To enjoy this national holiday, you could make a batch yourself and savor a sweet treat while knowing that you are getting some health benefits at the same time!  Here is just one gingersnaprecipe you can try. Post on social media using #NationalGingersnapDay.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

The history of the gingersnap goes back for centuries.  Ginger dates back to the middle ages, and gingersnaps have long been created in Germany and England.  Within our research, we were unable to locate the original creator of this National Day.

On Deck for July 1, 2019

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