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Observed each year on July 9th, National Sugar Cookie Day honors the ever-popular and delicious sugar cookie.

A holiday favorite and very easy to make, sugar cookies disappear quickly once they come out of the oven. Most sugar cookies include sugar, flour, butter, eggs, vanilla, and either baking powder or baking soda. While most people have the ingredients on hand at all times, some of the ingredients should be fresh for the best outcome. Children enjoy baking and decorating anytime someone makes a batch of sugar cookies.

The sugar cookie is believed to have originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. German Protestant settlers created a round, crumbly and buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.

Today, sugar cookie making and decorating has become an art form for kids and adults alike. Starting with the shape of the cookie, the dough is formed with either a cookie cutter or other methods of cutting and shaping the dough. Once the cookie is baked, the cookie artist adds colored frosting or icing. Sprinkles, edible glitter, colored sugars, and additional details may be added. Some cookies receive so much detail, it’s almost a shame to eat them. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSugarCookieDay

While making some delicious and beautiful sugar cookies, marvel at the skill of bakers who have mastered the skill. Learn some of their tips and tricks, or share your own. We even have a delicious sugar cookie recipe for you to try. For more recipes, be sure to visit the National Day Calendar® recipe pages or share one of your own. Don’t forget to give a shout-out to your favorite baker and let them know you appreciate their delicious cookies. Post on social media using #NationalSugarCookieDay.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this cookie holiday. However, the calendar is full of cookie celebrations! Won’t you check them out?

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
  • Pecan Cookie Day
  • Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
  • Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • Oreo Cookie Day
  • Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Peanut Butter Cookie DayCOLLECTOR CAR APPRECIATION DAY - Changes Annually


    Each year in July we celebrate Collector Car Appreciation Day. This day recognizes the vital role automotive restoration and collection plays in American society. 

    Americans have had a fascination with automobiles since the first U.S. horseless carriage was demonstrated in 1893 by the Duryea Motor Wagon Company. The romance of the motor took us from rough country roads to iconic highways and byways. We were also able to stretch our legs and cross the country more independently than ever before. The urge to go faster, fleeter and finer were inspirations for design and ingenuity. Additionally, assembly lines made cars more affordable.

    The appeal of the automobile influenced the American sense of adventure. Nostalgia, perseverance, and exploration are the topics of the day. Surprisingly, the automobile and the horse shared the road for a time causing much confusion. Stop signs and signal lights were non-existent. Rules of the road were not yet established. Still, motor companies began to tailor their designs to a public demanding a particular style.

    Today, the collectors of these bygone eras keep history and memories alive. They restore and maintain old metal, engines, and blinkers. Crank, push-button, or throttle starters once rusting in a barn rev to life. Specialists take great care to find the right part or color, and skilled artists put their hard labor to work restoring a single collector car. They spend hours on end painting, repairing, rebuilding, and welding to recreate the final result of a pristine collector car.

    This day recognizes those individuals dedicated to preserving a piece of American history. We associate each era with a certain car. Whether we ride in a Prohibition-era Cadillac Sedan, a 1950s era muscle car, or in our grandfather’s pickup truck, they take us back.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CarCollectorAppreciationDay

    Give a shout out to a dedicated restorer you know. Recognize their talent and knowledge. Attend a collector car event or show. Share your tips and videos. While you’re celebrating, take a ride in your classic car. Post photos of your collector car on social media using #CollectorCarAppreciationDay.


    Since 2009, SEMA Action Network (SAN) has sponsored Collector Car Appreciation Day. Per the request of The SEMA Action Network (SAN), each year the U.S. Senate has passed a Resolution helping to launch the day. For more information visit

On Deck for July 10, 2021

Recipe of the Day

Orange Pineapple Slushy Recipe

Name: Orange Pineapple Slushy
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total Prep: 10 minutes + freezing time
Servings: 25


2 cups granular sugar
1 package orange gelatin
1 package pineapple gelatin
4 cups boiling water
12 ounce can frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed)
12 ounce can frozen pineapple juice (thawed)
10 cups of cold water
2 liters ginger ale, chilled


In an empty ice cream pail or similar container, mix sugar, gelatins, and boiling water until the sugar and gelatins dissolve. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. (For an adult beverage, add 1 liter of lemon vodka.) Cover and place in the freezer, stirring occasionally.

One hour before serving, remove the mixture from the freezer. Stir until it becomes slushy. Serve in glasses or from a punch bowl.

July 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


Why do doughnuts have holes in the center? According to lore, a sea captain by the name of Hanson Gregory originally cut holes in the dough using a tin pepperbox top. Cutting out the hole allowed for more even frying of the dough. In 1872, another sea captain received a patent No. 128,783 for a doughnut cutter that not only cut the holes but it also released the punched-out dough from the cutter.


Bell Telephone Company is founded. That same year, the company installed telephone lines from Boston to Sommerville, Massachusetts.


Satchel Paige made his major league baseball debut with the Cleveland Indians.

About National Day Calendar

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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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July 9th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Elias Howe – 1819

In 1851, the American inventor received a patent for the “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” similar to the zipper, today. However, Howe never marketed his invention and missed the recognition he may have received. Five years before in 1846, he received Patent No. 4,750 for a lockstitch sewing machine. He would go to court to protect his patent, including another inventor well-known today in the sewing machine business – Isaac Singer.

Peggy Braithwaite – 1919

In 1975, Peggy Braithwait became the only woman lighthouse keeper in the United Kingdom. She followed in her father’s footsteps and maintained the Walney-Island lighthouse.

Jimmy Smits – 1955

The award-winning American actor gained prominence during the 1980s in the crime drama L.A. Law. He’s also played prominent roles in NYPD Blue, Sons of Anarchy, and Dexter.

Tom Hanks – 1956

The versatile American actor began his notable career on the sitcom of Bosom Buddies. Since then, Hanks’ steady career has included two Academy Awards (Philadelphia and Forrest Gump), several Emmy Awards (Band of Brothers, Olive Kitteridge),
and multiple Golden Globes (Big, Saving Private Ryan).

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