NATIONAL PARENTS’ DAY
National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July. No matter where our parents may be, this day serves to celebrate their important role in our lives.
In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers. It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once.
Parents play a vital role in the lives of children. From our birth, parents protect, teach, provide, and serve as role models. As part of a family, we look to them for guidance. We mirror their behavior and learn to be a core part of our communities.
Throughout our lives, our parents lead us to be independent thinking individuals. As many of us know, those efforts can be challenging. The world is changing as quickly as they grow. Often the sleepless nights and worry seem endless. On this particular Sunday, we honor all parents who do everything to raise and protect their children.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParentsDay
Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you. For those with small children, give yourself a pat on the back. Set the laundry aside and go to the park. Find a moment alone with each of your children and show them how glad you are to be their parent. Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to celebrate the day.
NATIONAL PARENT’S DAY HISTORY
President Bill Clinton established National Parents’ Day in 1994 when he signed Congressional Resolution (36 U.S.C. § 135) into law. The resolution recognized the “…uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Republican Senator Trent Lott introduced the bill.
NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY
On July 25th, 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 is 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 cheese and wine lovers to the best pairings and satisfying results.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWineAndCheeseDay
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.
NATIONAL WINE AND CHEESE DAY HISTORY
National Wine and Cheese Day has been observed since 2014.
NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY
Every day, hundreds of our military personnel leave the service in search of civilian employment. On July 25th, National Hire A Veteran Day reminds employers to consider veterans to fill their open positions. As highly trained, qualified individuals, they are ideal for numerous trades.
Legislation protects separating service members as they enter the civilian workforce. However, the best way any potential employer can honor a veteran is to hire one!
While other service members continue to serve in points unknown, the day provides their returning brothers and sisters with an opportunity. Many skills gained in the military world transfer to the civilian world. Both small and large businesses benefit from the talent of our veterans, too. Regardless of the position, find qualified candidates in a range of fields. For example:
- Information Technology
- Cyber Security
- Skilled Trades
Free training for veterans can be found at https://www.uso.org/skillsoft
HOW TO OBSERVE #HireAVeteranDay
“Hire for Attitude, Train for Skill” and do it with a Veteran!
Please take a moment to honor our men and women of the Armed Forces. Offering them your time and consideration in the civilian workforce is one of the best ways to do that. Share the story, too! Use #HireAVeteranDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL HIRE A VETERAN DAY HISTORY
Marine Corps veteran Dan Caporale, the founder of Hire Our Heroes, also founded National Hire a Veteran Day. The day serves as a call to action to hire more veterans! By spreading awareness and creating a platform with a call to action, the day has now become the connective tissue linking corporate America to our veterans.
For information on how to make an impact and join the national movement, please reach out to Dan Caporale directly on LinkedIn or by phone at 305-877-0053
In 2017, Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Hire a Veteran Day to be observed on the 25th day of July annually.
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.
While the oldest known record of an ice cream sundae is an Ithaca, NY advertisement, the originator of the dessert is still debated. The October 5, 1892 ad in the Ithaca 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.
Ithaca’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. Ithaca also has historical evidence supporting the story, including an advertisement for a Cherry Sunday.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HotFudgeSundaeDay
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.
NATIONAL HOT FUDGE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.
NATIONAL MERRY-GO-ROUND DAY
National Merry-Go-Round Day on July 25th 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. Undoubtedly, 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.
- 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 #MerryGoRoundDay
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, too. Post on social media using #MerryGoRoundDay.
NATIONAL MERRY GO ROUND DAY 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.
NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE DAY
National Thread The Needle Day is observed annually on July 25th. Since the phrase “Thread the needle” has multiple meanings, 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 right 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 #ThreadTheNeedleDay
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.
NATIONAL THREAD THE NEEDLE HISTORY
Our research was unable to identify the origin of National Thread The Needle Day.
July 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Willhelm Schneider obtained a U.S. patent for a two-story carousel.
From the Russian spacecraft Salyut 7, Cosmonaut Svetlana Savisskaya performs the first spacewalk by a woman.
The film Seabiscuit is released in U.S. theatres. Directed by Gary Ross, the film starred Tobey Maguire and Jeff Bridges, earning 7 Academy Award nominations.
California becomes the first state to ban trans fats in restaurants.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Butterscotch Pretzel Parfait
Prep time: 5 minutes + 1-hour chilling time
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total prep: 1 hour 15 minutes
1 1/2 cups whole Milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons water
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon scotch or bourbon
1 cup pretzel crumbs (about 2 cups whole pretzels)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup butterscotch chips
1/4 cup whipped cream
Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a small saucepan. Add milk and eggs and stir until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat while stirring. Stir and cook for 1-2 more minutes until the mixture thickens.
Remove saucepan from heat. Add butter and vanilla. Allow pudding to cool while stirring.
In a medium bowl, mix crumbs, butter, brown sugar, and salt. Set aside 3 tablespoons of the mixture. Divide the remaining mixture between four individual serving dishes. Press into the bottom.
Divide pudding between the four servings. Chill for 1 hour.
Add whipped cream and top with toffee bits. Sprinkle with crushed pretzels immediately before serving.
July 25th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
Anna Tuthill Symmes – 1775
The 9th First Lady of the United States is one of many firsts. She is the only First Lady to be both the wife of a president (William Henry Harrison) and the grandmother of one (Benjamin Harrison), too. She never lived in the White House, either. Exactly one month after President Harrison’s inauguration, he died making her the first First Lady to be widowed during her tenure and the one with the shortest tenure.
Rosalind Franklin – 1920
The English chemist’s work contributed to the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Ray Billingsley – 1957
The American cartoonists created the comic strip, Curtis. The comic strip was first published in 1993.
Louise Joy Brown – 1978
The British woman is the first human born who was conceived through in vitro fertilization.
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