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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 #NationalGetGnarlyDay
Five Sure Ways to Add Gnarliness to Your Life
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.



Ripe for the picking, add this delicious superfruit to your menu on National Avocado Day on July 31st!

While guacamole is grand, don’t settle for just the chips and dip on this food holiday. Since avocado is so versatile, clear the table for the entire meal. That includes everything from the appetizer and main dish all the way to dessert. On National Avocado Day, this tree grown fruit has them all covered!

Avocados are more than a staple food in the American diet; they are proven to be a key ingredient in recipes for both inside the body and on the body! According to the Hass Avocado Board, as of 2015, avocado consumption in the United States doubled since 2005 and quadrupled since 2000. In fact, a whopping 4.25 billion avocados were sold in the U.S. in 2015. That’s four point two five billion of this amazingly beautiful food.

Super Food

There are many reasons to celebrate National Avocado Day. For one, avocados target insulin resistance with heart-healthy fats. They also fight Alzheimer’s with its Omega 3 fatty acids. Another avocado superpower is preventing and repairing damage due to its source of Vitamins C, E and K.

One of the secret weapons in an avocado is the high oleic acid content. This moisturizing fatty acid helps keep skin soft and hydrated but also supports the regeneration of damaged skin cells reducing redness and irritation. Eat more of this superfruit or cook with avocado oil if you have this type of skin issue.


Ancient Aztecs used the avocado to beautify their skin topically with masks. Then in the early 20th century, the cosmetic industry discovered the benefits of its oil in creams, lotions, facial cleansers and other products that required a smooth application. Interestingly, the practice continues today.

As mentioned before, avocados have found their way into every meal of the day. Of course, avocados celebrate with dessert effortlessly. Additionally, the creamy texture replaces calorie-laden oils with healthful fats. That means we can indulge without the guilt. What better way to celebrate National Avocado Day than to indulge a little?


Enjoy an avocado and try a new recipe. Share your favorite avocado recipe and use #NationalAvocadoDay to post on social media.

Avocado Cupcakes from Will Cook for Smiles
Avocado Brownies from Jody Duits on Buzzfeed

Avocado deals are coming your way, too! Check them out on the Celebration Deals page. If you have an offer and want it listed, be sure to contact us and let us know!

Get your National Avocado Day socks here!




Model Meals founded National Avocado Day at the peak of California avocado season, on July 31. Model Meals is a meal delivery service established in 2015 by Camille May and professional curve model Danika Brysha. The company works with local organic growers and farmers as much as possible to create whole food-focused menus, encouraging sustainable agriculture and healthy eating.

Whole30 approved, gluten-free and Paleo-friendly, a huge part of the Model Meals lifestyle is avocados, whether that’s in a dish or to have on the go. Danika and Camille famously carry “purse avocados” for a midday dose of healthy fat and vitamins. Obviously passionate about this superfood, Model Meals wanted to celebrate it to the fullest, and the idea to create its own holiday was born. If you’re curious if Model Meals delivers in your area, click here

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NATIONAL MUTT DAY – July 31 and December 2


National Mutt Day encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs twice a year on July 31st and December 2nd.

Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs wait in shelters for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find the perfect canine companion. Despite the name, a mutt learns, obeys and trains much like purebred animals. While their lineage cannot be traced and their features a bit murky, their companionship will be faithful.  

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year. When these abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home. Whether you know it or not, their potential is limitless. Some of the benefits of adoption are often hidden. Human and canine both enjoy increased physical activity.  Another boost is social interaction through daily walks. While humans develop patience, their four-legged companion learns to trust and new limits. For example, as dogs explore the many scents of the human lifestyle,  they usually discover shoes are off-limits. 

No matter the breed, size or demeanor of the human, er, canine, the shelter will take the time to find the right home for their animals. They schedule visits and have procedures in place to promote healthy adoptions for families and individuals. While some dogs experience injury or illness, the shelters work with veterinarians to heal the animals before making them available for adoption.

Of course, shelters always welcome donations and volunteers. Dogs love walking, playing and being loved even if they haven’t found their forever home. Every moment they spend socializing increases their opportunity for adoption.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMuttDay

Visit a shelter; if you are unable to adopt a dog, you can always volunteer. Post on social media using #NationalMuttDay and encourage others to join in.


Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, founded National Mutt Day in 2005.  Celebrate the day on both December 2 and July 31 of each year. Learn more at www.nationalmuttday.com.



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 #NationalTalkInAnElevatorDay

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 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. 


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 Raspberry Cake Day is jubilantly feasted each year on July 31st. Therefore, today is the day to enjoy raspberry cake. Because it is a cool and refreshing dessert. And, is indeed a summertime favorite around the United States.

Raspberries are the edible fruit of the plant that belongs to the genus Rubus of the rose family. Raspberry plants grow on woody stems and are perennial. These amazing plants grow in all temperate regions of the world, too, making them widely available. Producers also cultivate the raspberry as a commercial crop, bringing them into groceries and other markets. The raspberry was once a midsummer crop. However, through innovation, new technology, and transportation, producers now grow them all year long. 

More interesting facts about raspberries include:

  • An individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • An individual raspberry is made up of about 100 drupelets.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year. 
  • A single raspberry has a hollow core once it is removed from the receptacle. 
  • Raspberries are a rich source of vitamin C, manganese, and dietary fiber.
  • Raspberries contain vitamin B1, vitamin B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and iron.

And since raspberries are sweet, they bring a wonderful flavor to cakes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #RaspberryCakeDay

Enjoy the following  Raspberry Cake recipe.  Above all, share it with your friends and family! it is possible you might like these recipes too:

Raspberry Buttermilk Cake

Fresh Raspberry Cake

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


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Raspberry Cake Day. 

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Recipe of the Day

Quick Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Prep:  20 minutes
Cook:  50 minutes
Total Time:  1 hr. 10 mins.
Serves 12 – 15


1 can pineapple rings
1 jar maraschino cherries
1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick butter


Preheat oven to temperature required on cake box.

Drain and save juice from canned pineapple rings.

Use pineapple juice in mixing the cake and be sure to adjust liquids accordingly.

Grease bottom and sides of 9 x 13 cake pan, melt butter and pour into pan.

Next place crumbled brown sugar into the butter.

Place pineapple rings and cherries over brown sugar in bottom of cake pan.

Pour cake mix over everything and bake according to time on cake box.

Once baked and out of oven, place on a serving plate upside down over pan and turn over both plate and pan together.

Leave pan remaining over cake to allow brown sugar mixture to drizzle over cake.

Carefully remove pan and serve your pineapple upside down cake warm.

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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