NATIONAL BIKINI DAY
Since July 5, 1946, women have been hitting the beaches and poolsides in bikinis. National Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit.
Named after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two-piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris. French designer Louis Réard wanted to name revealing bits of fabric “atom.”
By World War II, sunbathers cast aside the chaste one-piece bathing costumes for modest two-piece bathing suits. However, nothing prepared the United States for the revealing bikini when it hit the beaches on July 5, 1946. The skimpy strips of fabric were seen as less than a women’s unmentionables. While Europe enthusiastically donned the bikini after a long and arduous world war, American’s sense of decency kept them from accepting the bikini until the 1960s.
Today, the bikini comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics. Designers expanded the style to flatter more body shapes, enticing more women to wear the fashion. Throughout the summer, the beaches and pools call for swimwear. If you’re considering the bikini, perhaps the celebration is the day to pick one that fits your style.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BIKINI DAY
Wear your bikini or go shopping for a new one. Learn about the changing fashions of swimwear through the ages. Go to the local pool or beach for a swim. Use #NationalBikiniDay to post on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL BINIKI DAY
While we were unable to identify the founder of National Bikini Day, we did determine the date for the day commemorates the anniversary of the bikini bathing suit. Louis Réard, designer, presented the smallest bathing suit the world had seen calling it the bikini. The designer hoped his fashion statement would be explosive, much like the atomic tests on the Bikini Atoll. Réard sparked a firestorm of controversy with his itty bitty bikini. Many countries banned the two-piece bathing suit for several decades.
In 2017, National Day Calendar® began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods, and the people who make up the state. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore; we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!
NATIONAL HAWAII DAY
On July 5, National Hawaii Day recognizes the 50th state to be granted statehood.
Eight islands make up The Aloha State, the largest of which is named Hawaii. The islands of Maui, Oahu, and Kauai are the next in size followed by Molokai, Lanai, Nihau, and Kahoolawe.
Nearly 2,000 years ago, Polynesians navigated the Pacific ocean in double-hulled vessels from the west. Captain James Cook sailed to the islands in 1778 and would later meet his death on the big island.
For generations, Hawaii ruled by the hand of the Kamehameha dynasty. King Kamehameha is still honored in Hawaii today.
In 1874, a new king was elected to the throne. King Kalākaua was known as the Merrie Monarch. Kalākaua also developed a reputation as a diplomat as he set out to tour the globe in 1881. As a result, Kalakaua would become the first monarch to travel around the world. It would take the Hawaiin leader an entire year to complete the voyage.
While Hawaii is the 50th state to join the Union, it has long been a strategic military installation. Its location in the Pacific has been vital to U.S. Naval operations for decades. On December 7, 1941, the surprise Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor shocked the nation and propelled the United States into World War II.
The islands’ beauty and traditions consistently draw visitors for rest and relaxation. Hawaii’s pristine beaches, majestic volcanoes, and exotic atmosphere speak to a richly diverse heritage that is welcoming and fascinating. Dance, music, and song taught from one generation to the next keep traditions alive in a lush environment surrounded by ancient history.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL HAWAII DAY
Join National Day Calendar by exploring the sites, sounds, flavors, and beauty of Hawaii and use #NationalHawaiiDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL APPLE TURNOVER DAY
Enjoy a sweet, individual pie on July 5th. It’s precisely what National Apple Turnover Day is all about!
All called hand pies because their design makes them portable, apple turnovers have been around since the 17th century. Bakers fill a smaller, flaky pie crust with fruit or meat and fold it in half. Once the edges are sealed, the pie is baked or fried. For added sweetness, add a dusting of sugar or icing on top.
Nearly every culture has a recipe for a turnover in their repertoire. Whether the method is savory or sweet, the ingredients readily available determined how the dough was made. However, most doughs adjust to a sweet recipe with the addition of fruit and sugary additives such as sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
Restaurants, bakeries, and even food trucks offer a variety of turnovers, and they make a delicious snack or meal. Apple turnovers come in a wide range, too! Caramel apple, apple cinnamon, or apple raisin are just a few of the combinations we’ve found. Be sure to check out your local businesses or try your own recipe.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL APPLE TURNOVER DAY
We have just the recipe for you to try – Apple Turnover recipe or invite a friend to join you for an apple turnover at a business near you! Share them with your family and friends. Post on social media using #AppleTurnoverDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
HISTORY OF APPLE TURNOVER DAY
We were unable to locate the creator of National Apple Turnover Day.
NATIONAL GRAHAM CRACKER DAY
July 5th recognizes 1/3rd of the s’more. It’s National Graham Cracker Day! Hopefully, you saved a few crackers if you were busy making s’mores over the Independence Day holiday.
When Sylvester Graham first invented the slightly sweetened cracker, he intended it as a health food. In the early 1800s, the Presbyterian ministery developed the cracker as part of his “Graham Diet” program. They were made from whole wheat graham flour with added bran and wheat germs. He believed his snack would curb sinful cravings.
Today, makers use bleached white flour and blend a variety of flavors including honey, cinnamon, and chocolate. They also come in smaller bite-size snacks and fun shapes.
While a delicious snack on their own, they also make terrific ingredients for desserts. Crushed graham crackers blended with butter and pressed into pie tins, or springform pans make excellent crusts when lightly toasted. Graham crackers layered between yogurt and fruit taste delicious in a parfait. When it comes to crumb toppings, oats, brown sugar, butter, and crushed graham crackers blended together and lightly toasted will always satisfy.
Graham Cracker Sandwiches
Some of the easiest ways of using graham crackers are making a type of sandwich. Of course, one of the most popular treats made with graham crackers is the S’more. However, that’s not the only type of sandwich we can make with these sturdy crackers.
- Ice cream sandwiches – It’s summer, so head to the freezer. Just one scoop of ice cream between two crackers is all it takes. Wrap the sandwich in wax paper and place it back in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Nut butter sandwiches – Whether it’s peanut butter, hazelnut, or sun butter, spread your favorite between two crackers and enjoy.
- Fruit sandwiches – Layer banana or strawberry slices between two crackers. Add nut butter.
- Frozen fruit sandwiches – Puree your favorite fruit and then freeze slightly. Spread the pulp on the crackers and refreeze just like you did the ice cream. These sweet treats are delightfully refreshing!
During Christmastime, graham crackers go into overtime. They join forces with gingerbread and create magical houses with frosting. The edible delights may not last very long, but they make memories that last a lifetime.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL GRAHAM CRACKER DAY
Pick up some graham crackers and start making some memories. No matter how you celebrate, there are numerous, delicious ways to share. Be sure to check out the National Day Calendar recipe pages for ideas and if you have great recipes, be sure to share. Post on social media using #GrahamCrackerDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL GRAHAM CRACKER DAY
We were unable to identify the creator of National Graham Cracker Day.
NATIONAL WORKAHOLICS DAY
Each year on July 5, it is National Workaholics Day. Do you often times come in early, skip your lunch and stay late or know someone who does? This day is dedicated to them, the workaholics, the ones that love to work extra and long hours and do it all of the time.
A workaholic feels the need to be busy at all times which may cause the problem of them performing tasks that are not required or are unnecessary for project completion. This may also cause inefficiency since the focus is on being busy rather than on production. Workaholics may have trouble delegating or entrusting co-workers and struggle with organizational skills due to taking on too much work at one time. There is an answer to help with this for workaholics and that is to step back, regroup and slow down a little bit.
Workaholics may suffer from impaired brain and cognitive function due to sleep deprivation. Take a look at National Work Like A Dog Day as one outcome to being a workaholic.
A good and strong work ethic is very important to one’s career success however, a healthy balance between work and home is the key to life’s success.
How To Observe
A HEALTHY work life is vital! Today, take some time off to relax, slow down a little bit and maybe schedule a vacation for you and your family. Be sure to use #NationalWorkaholicsDay on social media to shout out to those you know who are workaholics.
History of National Workaholics Day
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Workaholics Day.
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