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On July 28th dive into the ever-popular National Milk Chocolate Day. When it comes to chocolate, this sweet easily pleases.

On average, we recognize three chocolate holidays a month. Interestingly, July celebrates chocolate as often as February. 

Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate. While candy bar makers use milk chocolate to make their most popular candy bars, the treat isn’t the healthiest of the chocolates. Dark chocolate takes home the honors for nutrition. With added sugar and fat, milk chocolate packs on the calories. Add to that, milk chocolate’s popularity in baked goods, and the calorie count keeps going up. Don’t forget, we add it to specialty coffee drinks and other beverages, too.

In fact, we’ve been adding milk to chocolate beverages since the mid-17th century. But, in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor. It’s been milk chocolate bliss ever since. 

Since the days are heating up, melt that chocolate down. Drizzle it on some ice cream or mix it into some popcorn. Nobody said this holiday would be difficult.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MilkChocolateDay

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate. Create a special treat with one of these recipes:

Post on social media using #MilkChocolateDay and encourage others to Celebrate Every Day®.


According to our research, the National Confectioners Association created National Milk Chocolate Day.



Buffalo Soldiers Day on July 28th commemorates the formation of the first regular Army regiments comprising African American soldiers in 1866. 

Congress established the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army after the end of the Civil War. The Buffalo Soldiers (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were the first instituted.

Since they were frontier regiments, Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries protected unsettled lands as pioneers moved westward. They also faced the hardships of the Wild West. During and after the Civil War, Army desertion rates remained high. However, among Buffalo Soldiers, low rates prevailed. They were also noted for their dedication and commitment during the Spanish-American War and other engagements during the late 1800s. 

During World War I, each unit received stateside assignments, with some exceptions. Yet, neither unit saw action during World War II. In 1944, the Army activated both regiments and transferred service members to other units, as integration in the military began. 

In honor of the first Buffalo Soldiers Day in 1992, General Colin Powell dedicated a monument to the Buffalo Soldier. It’s located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where the 10th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers were based. The Buffalo Soldier Museum is located in Houston, Texas.

On September 6, 2005, the oldest living Buffalo Soldier died. Mark Matthews lived to be 111 years old. For his dedicated services, he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BuffaloSoldiersDay

Visit Buffalo Soldier monuments across the country. Read about their history and sacrifices. Post on social media using #BuffaloSoldiersDay to encourage others to pay tribute to these heroes.


In 1992, the United States Congress passed a law designating July 28th as Buffalo Soldiers Day. Since then, commemorations honoring the Buffalo Soldiers have been held throughout the United States.  



On July 28th, laughter and fun are just a couple of the requirements on National Waterpark Day! We also recommend bathing suits!

Waterparks around the world provide thrilling, water-plunging rides for those who seek the white-knuckle hydro-power of slides. For those who prefer to relax and unwind, waterparks answer the call. Vacationers find lazy rivers, wave pools, and spas in tropical scenes quite satisfying.

With so many options to choose from, waterparks can be more than just a portion of a vacation. They can be the destination. In the United States, nearly every state has a waterpark. Impressively, the Wisconsin Dells is the Waterpark Capital of the World. However, the largest indoor park in America is currently at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania.

From the youngest family member to grandma and grandpa, there’s a splashable, relaxable experience for all. On National Waterpark Day, enjoy all the memory-making waterparks have to offer!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalWaterparkDay

Don’t wait! The water is perfect at a waterpark near you. Grab your bathing suit and make a splash. While you’re celebrating, be sure to invite others to join you. It’s also a great day to share your favorite waterparks. With so many to explore, be sure to get in on all the splashing fun! Don’t forget to use #NationalWaterparkDay to share your experiences on social media.

Kalahari Resorts and ConventionsNATIONAL WATERPARK DAY HISTORY

Kalahari Resorts and Conventions founded National Waterpark Day on July 28, 2017, to celebrate the unique attractions waterparks offer especially during the height of summer. After opening their first waterpark in July 2000 in the Wisconsin Dells, they expanded to other areas of the country. Visit the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania or Sandusky, Ohio for more waterpark fun. In March 2017, the resort opened phase two of its waterpark in the Pocono Mountains. The expansion also dethroned the Sandusky location as America’s Largest Indoor Waterpark. The resort was awarded #1 World’s Coolest Indoor Waterpark by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the observance to be celebrated on July 28th, annually.

As you celebrate, explore these other vacation holidays:

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July 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

While serving with the Indian Civil Service, Sir William James Herschel began requiring fingerprints and a signature on all contracts. This is the first documented use of the fingerprint being used as a means of identification.


Australian sailor, Wendy Tuck, winds the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the first female skipper to do so.

Recipe of the Day

Jerk Chicken Bites
Prep: 10-15 minutes
Cook: 25-30 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
Servings: 8-10

The seasoning recipe used in this recipe can be used on whole chicken, legs, thighs, wings, etc. Simply double the recipe!


4-5 Chicken breasts, thawed and diced into cubed into bite size pieces.
4 limes, quartered into wedges

Jerk seasoning:

  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 Teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons paprika
  • 1 ½ Teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Seal baggie and shake until all spices are completely blended together.


Pour seasoning over cubed chicken and coat completely.

Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. For extra flavor, prepare a day in advance and chill overnight in refrigerator.


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Using a medium to large size baking sheet, spray with cooking oil.

Give chicken and seasoning a good stir then transfer all of it to the baking sheet.

Bake for 25-30 or until chicken is thoroughly cooked, turning half way through cooking process.

When ready to remove from oven, turn your broil on to medium. Let the chicken “crisp” a little. 2-3 minutes should be good. Watch carefully though! The broil feature can burn your food quickly!

Remove from oven and serve.

Squeeze a lemon wedge over chicken to add a crisp flavor to the spice!

Serves 6-8

Use this recipe to celebrate these National Day Calendar holidays:

Recipe credit: Amy LaVallie, National Day Calendar

July 28th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthday
Earl S. Tupper – 1907

In the 1940s, the American inventor developed plastic storage containers with tight-fitting lids known as Tupperware.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – 1929

The 37th First Lady of the United States moved into the White House with her young family in 1961. On November 22, 1963, while in Dallas, Texas, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

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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