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 ADA 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 but it also serves several other purposes. First, the law first broke down barriers individuals with disabilities faced every day. It also marked a timeline of change that soon developed. Over time, common barriers such as narrow doors and small bathroom stalls became accessible to wheelchairs. Other examples include braille signs and crosswalks for the vision impaired. The changes improved 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 freedom the ADA inspires with forward-thinking design and technology.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DisabilityIndependenceDay
If you are an 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, too. Give shout outs to accessible businesses and organizations.
Get inspired, too! Read the story of Ed Roberts, a pioneer and leader in disabilities rights.
On July 26th, unite with them and use #DisabilityIndependenceDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE DAY HISTORY
National Disability Independence Day recognizes the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990.
NATIONAL ALL OR NOTHING DAY
Celebrated each year on July 26th, 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 different path. 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-wrenching decisions because we rarely know whether the outcome will be successful. But how will we ever grow 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 #NationalAllOrNothingDay
Make a decision. Take a step. While you’re at it, let family and friends know about your determination to make some changes. Let ’em know on social media posting #NationalAllOrNothingDay to get them involved too.
NATIONAL ALL OR NOTHING DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the origin of National All or Nothing 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 diverse 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 bagel 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 Lender. Their pioneering efforts led to the automated production and distribution of frozen bagels in the 1960s. Murray also invented pre-slicing the bagel.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBagelfestDay
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.
NATIONAL BAGELFEST DAY HISTORY
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 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, those people 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 the beach vacation including 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 and 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 #AuntAndUnclesDay
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
NATIONAL AUNT AND UNCLE’S DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator or the origin of National Aunt and Uncle’s 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 #CoffeeMilkshakeDay
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.
NATIONAL COFFEE MILKSHAKE DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the origin of National Coffee Milkshake Day.
July 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Harry S. Truman creates the Central Intelligence Agency, Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force, National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff when he signs the National Security Act of 1947.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the use of aspartame as an artificial sweetener. However, the approval is short-lived, as objections are raised. The administration will once more approve the sweetener in 1981.
President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.
The Democratic party nominated Hillary Clinton for president. She is the first woman nominated for president on a major party ticket in the United States.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Fresh Herb Simple Syrup
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Fresh herb of choice
1 part sugar
1 part water
Pinch of salt
Fennel, basil, mint, lavender, sage, stevia, rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, lemongrass, ginger or cilantro work well. You will need more of a mild herb and less of a potent herb. Herbs like fennel and ginger are more potent than rosemary and lavender.
Prepare the herb by washing, removing stems. For some herbs such as fennel, you can use either the fronds or the bulb. The bulb will need to be chopped. The same applies to ginger. With lemongrass, the blades will need to be crushed.
In a medium saucepan heat, sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
Add the herb and salt. Simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain through a fine-meshed sieve or cheesecloth. Discard herbs. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Use to flavor teas, cocktails, an ice cream topping or make a homemade ice cream using the syrup to flavor and sweeten it. The possibilities are endless!
Michele S. – North Dakota
July 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Beatrix Potter – 1866
The English author, illustrator and scientist is best known for her children’s book The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Carl Jung – 1875
During his career, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst developed analytical psychology.
Aldous Huxley – 1894
The English writer is best known for his novel Brave New World.
Edwin Albert Link – 1904
In 1929, the aviation pioneer invented the first flight simulator.
Joseph F. Engelberger – 1926
Inventing the first industrial robot in the United States earned him the nickname, “Father of Robotics.”
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