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JULY 25, 2019 | NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY | NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY | NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY | NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY | NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY | NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY | NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY

NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY – Fourth Thursday in July

NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY

National Refreshment Day on the fourth Thursday in July celebrates fun at the hottest time of the year. The 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 of 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. Take a day and celebrate.

TBC-NRD-LogoHOW TO OBSERVE

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 National Refreshment!  Use #NationalRefreshmentDay on social media.  Join Traveler Beer Company at one of the many National Refreshment Day events happening all over the country.

 For a list of locations, click here.

HISTORY

Traveler Beer Company founded National Refreshment Day in May 2015. The Traveler Beer Company is a craft beer venture based in Burlington, Vermont.  Their mission strives to perfectly combine the European shandy tradition with American ingenuity to create THE American Craft Shandy. Traveler Beer Company brews two year-round styles: Curious Traveler Shandy, an American craft wheat ale made with real lemon and a touch of lime and Illusive Traveler Shandy, an American craft wheat ale made with real grapefruit. In addition to the year-round styles, Traveler brews several seasonals: Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale, Jack-O Traveler Pumpkin Shandy, and Jolly Traveler Winter Shandy and others. Traveler beers are available in bottle and on draft throughout all 50 states.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Refreshment Day to be observed annually on the fourth Thursday in July.

NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY – Last Thursday in July

NATIONAL CHILI DOG DAY

On the last Thursday of July hot dog lovers across the United States start topping their hot dogs with delicious chili to celebrate National Chili Dog Day. 

Wrapping up National Hot Dog Month, the chili dog brings the heat. Add onions, cheese or chili sauce for more variety. With a hot dog, the condiments are endless.

Also known as a coney dog or chili con carne, the first person to make a chili dog probably tried it around the turn of the 20th century. Even then it was probably a meat and tomato sauce, not the full-on firehouse chili we know today.

Even now, the chili dog gains gourmet status depending on where you go. Add the best ingredients, all-beef franks and pretzel bun. Experiment with the sausage seasonings or the type of chili. For example, switch to a flavorful brat seasoned with chipotle and top it with buffalo chili. Let your imagination go wild. Of course, a traditional chili dog is always an option, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Following are some chili dog recipes for you to enjoy:

Post on social media using #NationalChiliDogDay and encourage others to join in.

HISTORY

We were unable to identify the origin of National Chili Dog Day.

NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY - July 25

NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY

Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25, National Hire A Veteran Day reminds employers to consider veterans to fill their open positions. As highly trained, qualified individuals, they’re ideal for numerous trades. 

Legislation protects separating servicemen and women as they enter the civilian workforce. However, the best way a potencial employer can honor a veteran is to hire one! 

While they’re serving in point unknown, provide their returning brothers and sisters with an opportunity. Skills gained in the military world transfer to the civilian world. Regardless of the position, find qualified candidates in a range of fields. For example:

  • Information Technology
  • Engineering
  • Cyber Security
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Management
  • Finance
  • Healthcare
  • Skilled Trades
HOW TO OBSERVE

“Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill” and do it with a Veteran!

Starting in July and throughout Veterans Day you can post your current job openings to Hire Our Heroes Veteran Job Board by visiting www.hireourheroes.com for a 50% discount on unlimited job postings by entering the code “Hire a Vet”.

For year-round partnerships, employers and veterans can find more assistance and free training resources at www.hireourheroes.com and search for the latest job opportunities. Please take a moment to Honor our men and women of Armed Forces by offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce. Use #HireAVeteranDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Marine Corp veteran Dan Caporale, Founder of Hire Our Heroes, also founded National Hire a Veteran Day to provide a call to action to hire more veterans! By spreading awareness and creating the #1 Veteran Job Board platform, www.hireourheroes.com has become the connective tissue that connects corporate America with our veterans, and veteran spouses looking for employment.

For information on how to make an impact and join in the national movement, please visit www.hireourheroes.com or reach out to Dan Caporale directly on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/dancaporale/ or via email dan@hireourheroes.com

In 2017, Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Hire a Veteran Day to be observed on the 25th day of July annually.

NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY – July 25

 NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY

National Thread The Needle Day is observed annually on July 25th. “Thread the needle” has multiple meanings. As a result, we recognize several ways to celebrate the day! 

Here are some of the different meanings of “Thread the Needle.”

  • Literal meaning – Taking a thread and guiding it through a sewing needle
  • Metaphorical sense – Finding a path through two opposing views (often used by politicians)
  • Game move – A type of billiards move where the ball is shot precisely through a narrow pathway
  • Yoga pose – Also known as para balasana, the pose brings the body to a kneeling position with both hands on the floor (table pose). Slide the left hand all the way to the left beneath the body. The head and shoulder should rest comfortably on the floor, creating a slight twist in the spine.
  • Sports metaphor- Often employed in sports to describe a tight space in which to move the ball 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Put on your glasses and thread a needle. Or try a fancy billiards or basketball move. Can you twist into the yoga pose? Whichever one you choose to celebrate the day, post on social media using #ThreadTheNeedleDay.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to identify the origin of National Thread The Needle Day.

NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY – July 25

NATIONAL HOT FUDGE SUNDAE DAY

On July 25th, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day takes a turn representing National Ice Cream Month in delicious style. Feast on this tasty ice cream dessert that combines hot and cold with a cherry on top.  Even more important to note, this dessert has been served since 1906

Given that the hot fudge sundae is a variation of the classic sundae making one is a cinch. Simply put a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream in a dish. Add hot fudge sauce. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream and some nuts ( if you like). Finally, add a single, bright-red, sweet, maraschino cherry.

Sundae History

While the oldest known record of an ice cream sundae is an Ithica, NY advertisement, the originator of the dessert is still debated. The October 5, 1892 ad in the Ithica Daily Journal spelled the ice cream treat with the conventional day of the week spelling – Sunday.

However, Two Rivers, Wisconsin claims Druggist Edward Berners served the first ice cream sundae in 1881. According to the story, customer George Hallauer ordered an ice cream soda on a Sunday. Ordinances at the time prohibited the sale of ice cream sodas on the Sabbath. Even so, Berners came up with a compromise. He served the ice cream in a dish minus the soda.

Additionally, he topped it with chocolate syrup. Given the day, he called it a Sundae. One interesting catch – Berners was 18 at the time the story takes place.

Ithica’s claim to the ice cream sundae takes place at Platt & Colt Pharmacy in 1892 where Reverend John M. Scott stops to order a bowl of ice cream. When Chester Platt, proprietor, began preparing the ice cream for his customer, he didn’t stop at just a couple of scoops of vanilla. Platt drizzled cherry syrup over the ice cream and topped them with a bright red, candied cherry. The dessert looked and tasted so delightful it required its own name. Since the day was Sunday, it was named for the day it was created. Ithica also has historical evidence supporting the story, including an advertisement for a Cherry Sunday.

HOW TO OBSERVE

While out with friends, enjoy a Hot Fudge Sundae.  Give a shout out to your favorite ice cream shop.  Post on social media using #HotFudgeSundaeDay.

HISTORY

We were unable to find the creator of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY _ July 25

NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY

On July 25, we celebrate the ultimate pairing of wine and cheese. National Wine and Cheese Day provides an opportunity to sample some of our favorites.

The pairing of wines and cheese has been a regionalized tradition.  Across wine-producing cultures, many pair their regional wines with local cheeses. For example, the French Brie region noted for its tannic wine varietals. Their Beaujolais goes well with the Brie produced in the area. However, that doesn’t stop a sommelier or cheesemonger from making other recommendations to their clientele.  

Although regional preferences may take precedence in distinct areas, don’t hesitate to accept a sommelier’s suggestion. Sommeliers understand a developing palate. Through experience and skill, they guide those new to wine tasting through the basics. In addition, sommeliers keep sophisticated wine lovers abridged of the latest varietals.

Equally important is the knowledge of the cheesemonger. They’ve developed a knowledge base beyond mold and yeast. Because cheese tops more than a burger or a salad, cheesemongers stay updated on the latest cooking and wine trends. Their highly developed palate leads to cheese and wine lovers to the best pairings and satisfying results.

HOW TO OBSERVE

The day encourages us to try wines and cheese in combinations we’ve never tried before. That is, step away from our ordinary bottle and learn something new. Sampling the complexities in sweetness and acidity and comparing them at a tasting makes for an enjoyable experience. When we add friends to the adventure, the day becomes a celebration, too! Find a favorite wine and sample it with some of your favorite cheeses. Post photos of your favorite pairings on social media.

Use #NationalWineAndCheeseDay when posting on social media. To learn more about Wine and Cheese pairing, visit WineFolly.

HISTORY

National Wine and Cheese Day has been observed since 2014.

NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY – July 25

NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY

National Merry-Go-Round Day on July 25 recognizes the amusement ride associated with carnival music. Invite a friend. Pick your horse or tiger take one for a spin!

Along with the roller coaster, the merry-go-round is one of the oldest amusement rides. Also known as the carousel, the merry-go-round rotates on a circular platform around a pole. The platform holds seats for riders.  A motor spins the platform around the large central pole. Between rows of seats, passengers ride wooden horses and other animals. Poles anchor the animals in place.  Once in a while, the colorful animals move up and down. The movement simulates galloping. Meanwhile, calliope music plays, adding a light-hearted atmosphere.

Often, carousels name their horses. The names add personality to the horses and bring them to life. Undeniably, names like Galloper, Jumper, and Roundabout became favorites among riders. While horses dominate the carousel world, lions, tigers, and many other exotic animals fill the platforms, too.

Not only are carousels fun to ride, but each one is unique. Artists carve each animal, bench or car passenger ride. Ornately detailed elements decorate the poles and canopy of every carousel.  What’s more, there was no limit to their imaginations! Ferocious tigers and docile lambs carry riders around. All the while the music plays its lilting tune. Undeniably, no two carousels are alike.

Besides carousels, any rotating platform may also be called a merry-go-round. By comparison, children power the playground merry-go-round. They push off using the bars or handles. The riders cling to the same bars as the platform spins. Since the riders determine the speed, the harder they push, the faster they go. Not surprisingly, one of the thrills of riding the merry-go-round included becoming dizzy. 

Carousel Facts
  • The earliest known depiction of the merry-go-round is in 500 A.D. The Byzantine Empire’s ride depicts baskets carrying riders suspended from a central pole.
  • In the 1840s, Franz Wiesenoffer created the first merry-go-round in the United States in Hessville, Ohio. 
  • July 25, 1871 – The first carousel patent.
HOW TO OBSERVE

Go find a merry-go-round and have fun. Visit your favorite carousel and take a spin. Of course, you can always introduce the next generation to carousels. Post on social media using #MerryGoRoundDay.

HISTORY

In 2014, Bette Largent, President of the National Carousel Association, and carousel historian, Ronald Hopkins founded National Merry-Go-Round Day. They created the day to shine a spotlight on these beautiful, historical creations. The date commemorates the first U.S. patent issued in 1871 to William Schneider of Davenport, Iowa for the modern carousel. 

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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