JULY 26, 2019 | NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLE’S DAY | NATIONAL ALL OR NOTHING DAY | NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY | NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY | NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY | NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY | NATIONAL DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE DAY
NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLE’S DAY
National Aunt and Uncle’s Day on July 26th honors a special set of relatives we look up to throughout our lives. During holidays, family events and sometimes sleepovers, aunts and uncles often hold an extraordinary place in our hearts. They fill our lives with fun, laughter, love and incredible memories.
This holiday provides an opportunity to spend time with our parents’ siblings we trusted and leaned on growing up. It would be an excellent time to get out the old photo albums. Look through the pictures, and relive the memories of earlier days around the Christmas tree or at the 4th of July picnic or maybe at the beach vacation that included those special aunts and uncles in your life. Get together with your relatives and create new memories. Remind them of all the reasons you enjoy having them in your life. Celebrate the lessons they’ve taught you and share them with the next generation.
Another way to celebrate the day is by documenting family memories and history. Aunts and uncles hold many memories of growing up with our parents annd our grandparents. Sharing their stories and recording them for future generations will be a worthwhile endeavor. One way to record those stories is through StoryCorps.org.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take the day to contact your aunts and uncles. Remember all the value they’ve added to your life and tell them about it. Share a meal, write them a note, help them the way they once supported you. Take photos with them and post them on social media using #AuntAndUnclesDay
We were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Aunt and Uncle’s Day.
NATIONAL ALL OR NOTHING DAY
Celebrated each year on July 26, National All or Nothing Day allows people to throw caution to the wind and go for broke.
We all have dreams we hold back, decisions left to make or plans uncompleted. On this day, people break free of everything holding them back. Everyone has at least one thing that they would like to overcome, need to do or want to do but might be fearful or hesitant to do so. This is the day to go ahead and do it, take that first step and go for it.
Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me. ~Carol Burnett
Whether we make a public announcement, apply for the job we’ve been eying, or mend a fence, sometimes we need to take a left turn. When other days on the calendar don’t urge us to make a decision or change, this one will. Define your goal. Enlist help from a friend or family member to encourage you. You can even choose a challenge you can do together. Whatever has been holding you back, get out there an tackle it!
Some of the biggest changes in our lives start with small steps. Often they are gut-churning decisions because we rarely know whether the outcome will be successful. But how will we ever change if we don’t reach for those dreams?
We all have something we desire to change – celebrate by marking the calendar for the first day of making that change.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make a decision. Take a step. While you’re at it, let family and friends know your choice to make some changes. Let ’em know on social media posting #NationalAllOrNothingDay to get them involved too.
We were unable to find the origin of National All or Nothing Day.
NATIONAL GET GNARLY DAY
The last Friday in July provides an opportunity to embrace new ideas and toss out old ways on National Get Gnarly Day.
The word “Gnarly” gets a bad rap. It can mean “bad” or “dangerous” but can also be exciting. Surfers often use the term to describe the waves they tackle. Much like surfers challenging the waves, Get Gnarly Day challenges us to put some gnarliness into everything we do.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Five Sure Ways to Add Gnarliness to Your Life
- Find a gnarly hobby. Hulda Crooks, born in 1896, didn’t start hiking and climbing until she was 54 years old after her husband’s death. While she was an active jogger and walker prior to his death, she was by no means a qualified mountain climber. Crooks first scaled Mount Whitney in California, the highest summit in the contiguous United States, at the age of 66. She completed a total of 23 ascents of Mount Whitney and at the age of 91 climbed Mount Fuji in Japan. Mountain climbing added gnarliness to her life.
- Meet gnarly people. Take a cooking class, volunteer for a local charity, accept those invites you’ve previously declined. Stepping out of your comfort zone from time to time will introduce you to different experiences and as a result new people. It will make for a gnarly social circle.
- Get a gnarly passport. A first-time passport costs $135 including fees and can take up to 6 weeks to process. If gnarliness is truly your new way of life, you’ll want to have a passport. Gnarly people are world travelers. Even if travel plans are not immediate, having a passport places the potential of global travel within reach and potential is pretty gnarly.
- Find a gnarly new style. Redecorate a room in the house or find a fresh new hairstyle. Both can revitalize an attitude and an outlook on life. Gather a group of friends and take turns helping paint a room in each other’s home a gnarly color. The gnarly part? The homeowner doesn’t get to pick the color. Be kind, though. Turn around is fair play. Apply the same idea to hairstyles or makeovers.
- Throw a gnarly party. Celebrate all this gnarliness! It’s something to share, so be sure to let the enthusiasm show. Invite those new friends to fully incorporate them into your gnarly social circle. Show off the stamps in your gnarly passport and take lots of pictures to document for National Get Gnarly Day!
Use #NationalGetGnarlyDay to share on social media.
In 2016, Whirlpool Corporation launched a campaign to put some “gNARliness” into everything they did as a way to encourage their employees to get excited about reaching goals and satisfying customers. The “NAR” in “gNARliness” had special meaning, representing their North American Region. When the campaign kicked off, the employees’ response was overwhelming. As a result, Whirlpool Corporation wanted to share this gnarliness by creating National Get Gnarly Day.
NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY
National Bagelfest Day on July 26th recognizes the kosher carbohydrate. Toast one and add a schmear or two. If you don’t, you’re not really celebrating.
North Americans love this crunchy on the outside and chewy in the middle bread. Served with a variety of toppings, bagels also come in a variety of flavors. In most communities, bagel shops are a staple across the country.
U.S. Bagel History
Polish-Jewish immigrants introduced the bagel to the United States. Throughout New York City and the surrounding boroughs, they grew thriving businesses. Of course, it didn’t take long for the bakers to organize. In 1907, they created the International Beigel Bakers’ Union. For decades, Bagel Bakers Local 338 held contracts with nearly all bagel bakeries in and around the city for its workers.
Until the 1960s, bakeries made bagels by hand. Then Daniel Thompson invented the bagel maker and along came a heated debate of man versus the machine. Thereafter, the question of the better bagel dangled before customers. Was it the handcrafted beigel or the manufactured bagel?
The bagel became more common throughout North America during the last quarter of the 20th century. Credit for the bagels’ spread across the country goes in part to the efforts of bagel baker Harry Lender, his son, Murray Lender, and Florence Sender. Their pioneering efforts led to automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel.
HOW TO OBSERVE
The day allows us to explore the history behind the bagel and savor the varied flavors. Grab some bagels and your favorite toppings. Post on social media using #NationalBagelfestDay.
Murray Lender, the owner of Lenders Bagels, founded National Bagelfest Day. In 1986, Murray started the festival in Mattoon, Illinois, home of the world’s largest bagel factory.
NATIONAL SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY
National System Administrator Appreciation Day on the last Friday in July recognizes the IT professionals who keep organizations of all sizes up and running. This day is also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD.
Around the office, if technical issues arise, the system administrator answers the call. When the company needs to upgrade, they turn to the IT professionals to log long hours to test and complete it. Even in small offices, one or two people handle system updates and troubleshooting. These are the system administrators and IT professionals.
Not only do they keep our hardware and software running smoothly, but system administrators keep our networks secure. They stay informed of the latest technology, too. When we go home at night, they often work around the clock to make our systems available the next day.
Some geek and Internet culture businesses, like ThinkGeek and CafePress, honor the holiday with unique product offerings, discounts, and contests. Since system administrators love being serenaded, various folk songs dedicated to the IT specialist commemorate the day. Comparatively, e-cards are also available to send to your favorite administrator.
Many IT professional organizations recognize and promote the day, including the League of Professional System Administrators and Sage/Usenix.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Thank a system administrator who has helped you out. While you’re sending them a well-worded thank you, buy them a cup of coffee. Show your appreciation by making sure others know how outstanding their work is. When technology runs smoothly, be sure to let the IT specialist know. They certainly hear about it when it doesn’t.
Post on social media using #SysAdminDay and encourage others to join in the celebration.
Ted Kekatos created National System Administrator Appreciation Day. A Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement inspired Kekatos to launch the day. The advertisement showed grateful co-workers giving their systems administrator flowers and a fruit basket for installing a new printer. Just days before, Kekatos had installed several of the same models of printers at his place of work. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000.
NATIONAL TALK IN AN ELEVATOR DAY
On the last Friday in July, National Talk In An Elevator Day encourages us to strike up a conversation with someone in an elevator.
While most of us use this time to check our smart devices, this day points us in another direction. Whether we ride with a stranger or someone familiar to us, start a discussion. You might meet someone new. If you’re riding with someone you know, try to learn something new about them.
Riding in an elevator can be a short, mundane experience inside a box. From another perspective, the short vertical trip could be a laughter break. Try out your stand-up comedy. Share your udderly moo-tivational cow puns you’ve been saving up.
If comedy isn’t your style, break the silence with a miniature spelling bee. For example, see if you can get a consensus on how to spell consensus. Does everyone spell it with the correct number of Ss?
However, the best way to strike up a conversation in an elevator is to mention the national day. While you’re discussing that, you can add all the other great ways to Celebrate Every Day®, too!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Introduce yourself and share a conversation with fellow elevator passengers. Post your experience on social media using #TalkInAnElevatorDay and encourage others to join in.
We were unable to identify the origin of National Talk in an Elevator Day.
NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY
Add National Coffee Milkshake Day on July 26th and coffee lovers to those who participate in National Ice Cream Month. The day whips up a caffeinated way to celebrate one of the hottest times of the year.
While a milkshake sounds refreshing at the end of July, a coffee milkshake sounds even better. The combination of creamy ice cream blended with coffee perks up even the most extended workday. Add chocolate, and this treat becomes a mocha, too!
For those of you dreaming of autumn, you’re allowed to mix up a pumpkin spice latte version, too. However, you’re not allowed to tell anyone we gave you permission. And those dreaming of Christmas in July, go ahead mix up a peppermint mocha milkshake. Again, you didn’t hear it from us. It is July after all.
If you’re going to go for a flavored coffee milkshake, may we make a suggestion? Since it’s summer, the s’more is an iconic summer coffee flavor.
While we’re flexible, let’s also be generous and invite others to your milkshake-making party. We Celebrate Every Day® this way, sharing all the best coffee-blends from espresso and caramel to dark chocolate and toffee.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Invite some friends to mix up coffee milkshakes in every flavor. Gather around the pool or take a walk while you enjoy your frozen pick-me-ups. Rather than staying up all night, make up decaf versions. These treats also make excellent substitutes for hot coffee at book clubs and other gatherings where beverages are served. Try a cafe latte milkshake or a caramel coffee milkshake. Use #CoffeeMilkshakeDay to post on social media.
We were unable to identify the origin of National Coffee Milkshake Day.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE DAY
National Disability Independence Day on July 26th commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26th, 1990.
The Americans with Disabilities Act provides protection from employment discrimination as well as better access to goods, services, and communications for people with disabilities.
The day not only celebrates the anniversary of the ADA. It also serves several other purposes, too. First, the law first broke down barriers individuals with disabilities faced every day. It also became a timeline of change that developed. Over time, common barriers such as narrow doors and small bathroom stalls became wheelchair accessible buildings and bathrooms. Other examples include braille signs and crosswalks for the vision impaired improving mobility and safety.
Beyond structural changes, the act motivated designers to enhanced technology. Often, physical limitations restrict a person’s ability to access legal or health information. New assistive technologies make it possible to obtain the necessary information.
As accessibility improves, the world continues to change in other ways. For example, many of today’s brick and mortar businesses are ADA compliant. However, more and more businesses switch to online versions. Those websites need to meet the needs to be accessible, too.
With each advancement in technology, designers need to incorporate multifunctional approaches to fit every ability. Celebrate the independence of the ADA with forward-thinking design and technology.
HOW TO OBSERVE
If you’re employer or designer, consider how accessible your business is to people with disabilities. The ADA empowers people with disabilities to stand up for their rights. Give shout outs to accessible businesses and organizations. On July 26th, unite with them and use #DisabilityIndependenceDay to share on social media.
National Disability Independence Day recognizes the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.
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