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NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY – Fourth Thursday in July


National Refreshment Day on the fourth Thursday in July celebrates fun at the hottest time of the year. The day toasts those moments of ice, cold refreshment, especially a nice cold beer. These are the simple pleasures that we all love and cherish.

Whether you’re at the beach or wrapping up a long day of work, it’s nice to know there’s a glass waiting for you somewhere. The dog days of summer call for coolers full of ice. Long weekends and vacation days beckon, too. Take a day and celebrate.

TBC-NRD-LogoHOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRefreshmentDay

Turn the fan on high, grab your bathing suit, and ice down the beer.  Make the most of the dog days and raise a glass to Refreshment!  Give a shout-out to your favorite brewery or craft beer. You can also try something new. Have you ever tried these?

  • Mojito – This refreshing cocktail includes refreshing mint combined with rum, lime and soda water.
  • Cucumber and vodka – Cilantro and cucumber slices perk up a splash of vodka.
  • Sangria – A variety of sangria recipes offer a bright and sparkling refresher.

You can also thank a server for their dedication and buy them a refreshing beverage. Share in the holiday by using #NationalRefreshmentDay on social media.


Traveler Beer Company founded National Refreshment Day in May 2015 to highlight the refreshing flavors of summer. The Traveler Beer Company was a craft beer venture based in Burlington, Vermont. 

In 2015, the Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the celebration to be observed annually on the fourth Thursday in July.



On July 22nd, relax in the shade and enjoy National Hammock Day. These portable, comfortable slings create excellent napping spaces no matter where you are!

A hammock is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting. When suspended between two points, a hammock forms a sling used for swinging, sleeping or resting. We usually suspend a hammock between trees or posts.  

The hammock dates back thousands of years to Central America where it protected people from creatures and dirt. However, the netted bed didn’t find Europe until explorers brought it back in the 17th century. Not long after, the hammock found its way onto naval ships, providing comfort and maximizing space.

After swaying across the oceans, the hammock eventually became a more leisurely item. Made from a variety of fabrics, it is suspended between trees in backyards and at lake cabins. Easily packed into a backpack, hammocks became essential elements of survival. Hikers, campers, and mountain climbers added the light and compact sleep sling to their kits.

If the leisure of hammocks seems ho-hum to you, don’t go the relaxing route. Extreme hammocking puts the adventure into your rest and relaxation. Thrill-seekers sleep in hammocks hundreds of feet above a canyon floor.

Whether you use a hammock to take a nap or as a convenient tool in your camping kit, July 22nd second recognizes one innovative way to catch some sleep. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHammockDay

Hang up your hammock and take a nap. Use your own or borrow a hammock to celebrate. Host a hammock event, encouraging others to relax in the great outdoors. You can also conduct some research.

  • Do you sleep better in a hammock or in a bed? According to a Swiss research team at the University of Geneva, the hammock wins. Conduct your own tests to see if it’s true. 
  • Which is easier to pack, a hammock or an air mattress?
  • Sticking to our hammock vs. air mattress test, which is easier to set up?
  • Manufacturers make hammocks out of a variety of materials; Which one do you prefer?
  • Answer this question: Which is easier to get out of, a hammock or mattress?

Share photos of your hammock experience by posting on social media using #NationalHammockDay.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this relaxing holiday. In the meantime, won’t you check out these other stress-free days?

  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Cousins Day
  • Waterpark Day
  • Coloring Book Day

    National Mango Day - July 22


    Sweet, fragrant, and juicy mangoes add an abundance of flavor to beverages and meals. That’s why on July 22nd, National Mango Day recognizes all the nutritious variety this tropical fruit brings to the table!

    Originating in Bangladesh and parts of Myanmar and India, hundreds of varieties of mangoes grow around the world today.

    • Ataulfo – Also known as the Honey mango, the Ataulfo is considered the Cadillac of the fruit. With a small seed and firm, sweet flesh, the Ataulfo doesn’t become fibrous and stringy like other varieties.
    • Haden – This popular mango variety was one of the first originated in Florida. It produces large fruits with a sweet and aromatic pine scent. With only thin fibers, it doesn’t become stringy and is one of the most popular varieties.
    • Irwin – Developed from the Haden, this mild mango is fiberless and is popular for home growers.
    • Tommy Atkins – While this mango is tart and sweet, it is one of the stringiest mangoes on the market.

    The type of mango will help determine where to use it. Sweet, buttery mangoes make for great eating. They also taste great in salads, develop flavor in marinades and add a pop of sweetness to spicy salsas. Drop more fibrous mangoes into the blender for a refreshing smoothie.

    Mangoes also pack in the nutrients. Did you know that one mango contains almost two and a half times more vitamin C than an orange? Mangoes are also high in vitamins A, B-6 and K, antioxidants, potassium and dietary fiber.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMangoDay

    On National Mango Day, explore your produce section and discover the kinds of mangoes they offer. Celebrate the day by tasting and sampling new recipes. How about trying these ideas, too!

    • Order a mango-inspired dish at a local restaurant.
    • Try this Kiwi Mango Parfait.
    • Highlight a dish with mango.
    • Purchase different varieties of mangoes and have a mango tasting.
    • Share your favorite mango recipes.
    • If you live in a region where mangoes grow, plant a mango tree.

    What a versatile fruit! How many ways will you celebrate with mangoes? While you enjoy, Share your mango celebration using #NationalMangoDay on social media.


    National Mango Day on July 22nd originated in India but in the United States, the National Mango Board began promoting the day, too.


    National Rat Catcher’s Day on July 22nd commemorates the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. The day also provides an opportunity to thank all present-day exterminators.

    According to the folktale, residents of the German town of Hamelin hired a strangely dressed man to rid their village of rats. The Pied Piper of Hamelin did so by playing his flute. Upon finishing the task, the townsfolk refused to pay — so the Pied Piper returned. Once again, the Pied Piper played his flute while the children followed him. And with the Pied Piper, the children vanished, never to return.  

    While a harrowing tale of revenge doesn’t seem like something to celebrate, someone found a way. Depending on where you live, the day includes festivals and re-enactments. Due to differing dates in stories and poems, Hamelin, Germany, celebrates the day on June 26th. The event consists of a pied piper leading children through the city streets. There’s even Richard the Rat who gets to tell his version of the story.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRatCatchersDay

    Appreciate all rat catchers and make this their day! Read the story about the Pied Piper of Hamelin. Post on social media using #NationalRatCatchersDay.


    We were unable to find the creator of National Rat Catcher’s Day. The day is also known as Ratcatcher’s Day, Rat-catcher’s Day or Rat-Catcher’s Day and is sometimes celebrated on June 26. The confusion stems from the Brothers Grimm as they cite June 26, 1284, as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town. At the same time, the poem by Robert Browning uses the date July 22, 1376.NATIONAL PENUCHE FUDGE DAY – July 22


    National Penuche Fudge Day on July 22nd recognizes the creamy candy with an Italian name. If you like maple flavor, this nut-filled fudge is for you!

    Penuche (pə-​ˈnō-​chə) is pronounced pe-new-chee. The Italian form of the word is panucci. The fudge-like candy includes the following ingredients: brown sugar, butter, vanilla, and milk. Lighter in color than traditional fudge, penuche tastes like maple thanks to the brown sugar. If you are looking to celebrate, many shops in New England sell this fudge. There they will add pecans and other nuts, especially if making a candy form of penuche. Southerners call it brown sugar fudge candy.   

    Of course, the day provides an opportunity to test recipes, too. Add walnuts or pecans for a nutty texture to any recipe. However, if you prefer the creamier version, nuts are always purely optional. Cook the sugar mixture in a heavy saucepan. Making good candy or fudge is no time to go cheap. No matter what recipe you use, keep stirring and watch the temperature. Always use a candy thermometer. Fudge is finicky and will seize up on you.  

    Whether you taste a homemade bite, store-bought, or your first bite, be sure to savor it.  Don’t forget to share!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPenucheFudgeDay

    Make your own batch with this Penuche Fudge Recipe.  Will it be with nuts or without?  Post on social media using #NationalPenucheFudgeDay.


    We have been unable to identify the origins of National Penuche Fudge Day.

    National Fragile X Awareness Day - July 22


    Each year on July 22nd, National Fragile X Awareness Day celebrates those impacted by Fragile X syndrome. The day also raises support for research, education and awareness.

    Fragile X syndrome is a mutation of the FMR1 gene and is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability. It impacts men more than women, and while a person may have the gene mutation, sometimes they do not have any apparent signs. Those who do show signs may have mild or severe symptoms. Physical, intellectual and behavioral symptoms may appear, and they vary between males and females. Women tend to have similar but milder symptoms or none at all.

    • Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, autism, anxiety, poor eye contact, sensory disorders, hand-biting or flapping, aggression.
    • Learning disabilities
    • Elongated face and ears
    • Soft skin
    • Macroorchidism or large testicles
    • Connective tissue problems impacting ears, feet, joints and palate
    • Very social

    Testing and treatment are available, but because there is no cure, more research is needed. Through raising awareness, the day hope to further the search for a cure. National Fragile X Awareness Day takes place during National Fragile X Awareness Month to further highlight the importance of supporting families and finding a cure.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFragileXAwarenessDay

    Celebrate the families impacted by Fragile X. Show your support by learning more about Fragile X. Other ways to participate include:

    • Families, download and print Fragile X awareness cards.
    • Donate to support research.
    • Attend webinars or seminars about Fragile X.
    • Host an event on social media.
    • Organize a fundraiser.
    • Join a support group.
    • Share your experiences.
    • Add a frame to your social media profile.

    While you are participating, be sure to share #FragileXAwarenessDay on social media.


    In 2000, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution naming July 22nd National Fragile X Awareness Day. The following year, the U.S. House passed a resolution also in support of the day. Both resolutions urged the day. National Institutes of Health, the CDC and researchers around the country and world to join the efforts to find a cure.

On Deck for July 23, 2021

National Days

International Days

July 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Inspired by the view from atop Pikes Peak, American author and professor Katharine Lee Bates writes the lyrics to “America the Beautiful.”


After 19 months of pursuit, federal agent Melvin Purvis and his team meet gangster and bank robber, John Dillinger outside the Biograph Theater. The resulting shootout between the agents and Dillinger ended in the gangster’s death.


Australian pilot Dick Smith completed the first solo circumnavigation of the Earth. He took his time, though. He departed on August 5, 1982, in his Bell Jetranger III from Bell Helicopter Hurst Heliport in Hurst, Texas. Fifty years before, Wiley Post became the first person to fly solo around the world when he landed his Lockheed Vega named Winnie May when he landed at Floyd Bennet Field in New York. His flight took just under 8 days to complete.


Though never released in U.S. theatres, the action movie Captain America starring Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox and Ned Beatty is released to video.

Recipe of the Day

Peanut Butter Fudge recipe

Peanut Butter Fudge
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 3 – 4 dozen


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1 1/3 cup peanut butter
7-ounce jar marshmallow creme


Butter an 8-inch square pan and set it aside.

In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and milk to a boil; boil for 3 minutes.

Stir in peanut butter and marshmallow creme.

Pour into prepared pan.

Let set until firm.

Cut into squares.

July 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Ruthie Tompson – 1910

The American animator and artist worked nearly 40 years with the Walt Disney Company. Some of the animated films she worked on include Mary Poppins, Robin Hood, and Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too. In 2010, she became one of America’s supercentenarians.

Pancho Barnes – 1922

Not only was Pancho Barnes an aviation pioneer, but she also paved the way for stuntwomen in Hollywood. She also built her own airstrip and training program.

Dorcas Reilly – 1926

When you’re preparing your Thanksgiving meal, raise a toast to Dorcas Reilly. During her time working for Campbell’s Test Kitchen, she created the green bean casserole, a staple of an American Thanksgiving feast.

Alex Trebek – 1940

The popular Canadian American game show host is best known for hosting the game show Jeopardy! He hosted the show for 37 seasons.

John Leguizamo – 1964

The American actor is known for both his serious and comedic roles. His filmography includes John Wick, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Ice Age animated franchise and many more.

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