NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY
National Postal Worker Day on July 1st recognizes postal workers all across the nation and 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. Approximately 490,000 postal workers across the United States head out each day to our residences and businesses. Regardless of the weather, postal workers deliver all week long. Even when temperatures fluctuate from extreme heat and cold, the mail arrives. In the rain, sleet and blizzards, too, the mail gets delivered.
Besides severe weather, dealing with unusual packages is also part of the job. 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. For a cost of 15 cents, a postal worker delivered young Beagle to his grandmother just a few miles away. This practice continued for just over a year. By then, the postmaster general put regulations in place prohibiting it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPostalWorkerDay
While celebrating the day, 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. You might even consider giving your carrier a gift card as one way to say thank you.
On social media, use #NationalPostalWorkerDay to give a shout out to your favorite postal worker. Whether they deliver, sort, or keep things organized, July 1st is their day.
NATIONAL POSTAL WORKER DAY HISTORY
A Seattle-area postal carriers established National Postal Worker Day in 1997 to honor fellow employees.
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 #CreativeIceCreamFlavorsDay
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! Start with one of these staff chosen ice cream makers. 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.
NATIONAL CREATIVE ICE CREAM FLAVORS DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this frozen treat holiday.
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 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGingersnapDay
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. But don’t be stingy – make them to share! Here is just one gingersnap recipe you can try. You might also enjoy these easy to buy Gingersnaps instead. Post on social media using #NationalGingersnapDay.
NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY HISTORY
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.
NATIONAL U.S. POSTAGE STAMP DAY
On July 1st, National US 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.
HOW TO OBSERVE #USPostageStampDay
Put a stamp on it! Celebrate the day by mailing a letter or postcard to someone you know. Visit the Classroom Pages for a variety of postcards you can download and print. You can also start a stamp collection. If you’re creative, design your own stamp. Post your designs and collections on social media using #USPostageStampDay.
If you mail or ship packages frequently these Digital Scales can help you with more accurate shipping costs.
NATIONAL US POSTAGE STAMP DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National U.S. Postage Stamp Day.
Recipe of the Day
Delicious Filet Mignon
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 6 TO 12 minutes
Total Prep: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
6 – 1/2 pound slices Filet Mignon, cut around 1 1/2 inches thick.
Salt and pepper
1 clove fresh garlic – sliced
6 tablespoons – butter
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Rub both sides of each Filet with salt and pepper. Heat the oil, butter and garlic in a saute pan. Once the butter has melted, add the beef. For rare Fillets, sear each side around 3 minutes. Or, cook additional time for other preferred taste. Serve on a warm platter with garnish of choice.
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!
Our Ambassador Program is another way #CelebrateEveryDay®! Whether you become an ambassador or follow one of the savvy ambassadors, their fun videos and posts will keep you prepared for every holiday.