NATIONAL WANNA GET AWAY DAY
With the summer travel season upon us, National Wanna Get Away Day celebrates our freedom to get away on June 18th.
Planning memorable trips and get-aways brings out the adventurer in all of us! These get-aways take us to family we long to see and historic places. We seek the sun, sand, big cities and the countryside, too. It is a national pastime with deep roots – one that connects all of us to the people and places most important in our lives. National Wanna Get Away Day is the perfect day for celebrating, dreaming, and planning all the adventures you will take this year and every year after!
HOW TO OBSERVE #WannaGetAwayDay
On June 18th, celebrate the freedom to travel with National Wanna Get Away Day! With so many places to go and people to see, the day gives you the opportunity to spark your travel adventures.
- Plan a dream vacation.
- Visit loved ones near and far.
- Book one, two or three mini-adventures.
- Discover faraway places.
- Invite someone to visit you.
- Book a trip somewhere new at Southwest.com.
- Share past adventures – they’ll inspire new ones!
Where do you want to travel? Share your adventures using #WannaGetAwayDay on social media.
NATIONAL WANNA GET AWAY DAY HISTORY
In 2021, Southwest Airlines® founded National Wanna Get Away to commemorate the airline’s 50th Anniversary. At Southwest, they have spent half a century making everything seem a little bit closer and giving people the freedom to get away, wherever and whenever. In 1996, Southwest coined the phrase “Wanna Get Away®” to highlight the Company’s expansion. The phrase also creates humorous moments relevant to its Customers within its marketing. As “Wanna Get Away” has become an iconic and recognized expression for the brand, Southwest took it a step further to celebrate its 50th Anniversary by announcing this new annual day.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Wanna Get Away to be observed on June 18, 2021, and every year after.
WEAR BLUE DAY
Men’s health is the focus of Wear BLUE Day on June 14th. By wearing blue, you are saying you support the men in your life to lead a healthy lifestyle, and you care about their well-being.
As part of the campaign that includes Men’s Health Month and Men’s Health Week in June, Wear BLUE Day encourages us to take stock of our health choices and become more aware of health risks. Men are more likely to skip health checkups than women. At the same time, they are more likely to take chances with their health choices. The three leading causes of death for mean according to the Centers for Disease Control are cancer, heart disease, and accidents.
The Wear BLUE Campaign provides an opportunity for employers, communities, and other organizations to hold events to raise awareness about concerns surrounding men’s health and how they can take charge. The day is also a way for loved ones to show their encouragement for the men in their lives.
Sponsor a Wear BLUE fundraiser to raise money for prostate cancer or to provide education about diabetes, heart disease, or stroke. To find out more, visit www.menshealthnetwork.org. When it comes to getting healthy or staying there, sometimes a checklist helps. We created a list of 7 Simple Ways to Improve Health that will put you in the mood to wear blue.
As you take part, be sure to use #WearBlueDay to share on social media.
WEAR BLUE DAY HISTORY
NATIONAL GO FISHING DAY
National Go Fishing Day on June 18th each year encourages us to drop a line – in the nearest stream, pond, lake, or river. Taking a break from our daily routine to bait a hook and catch some fish can be a relaxing endeavor.
In addition to providing food, fishing is a recreational pastime for many. Recreational fishing includes conventions, rules, licensing restrictions, and laws that limit the way in which fish may be caught. A rod, reel, line, and hooks with any one of the different forms of bait or lures, are the most common form of recreational fishing.
The practice of catching (or attempting to catch) fish with a hook is known as angling. Catch and release (returning the fish to the water to continue its life) is often the expectation or requirement by law. For others, this is a preferred form of fishing.
Hobbyists with knowledge of habitat, foraging behavior, and migration hone their fishing techniques for a successful fishing adventure. Some fishermen continue to follow fishing folklore by claiming the sun and the moon influence fish feeding patterns.
The earliest known English essay on recreational fishing was published in 1496.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, recreational fishing began to gain popularity. In 1653, Izaak Walton published a book titled, The Compleat Angler or Contemplative Man’s Recreation. Walton’s book is the definitive work championing the position of the angler who loves fishing just for the sake of it.
Grab your rod and reel, some bait, and go fishing! Take a selfie while wearing this funny fishing t-shirt. Share it with your co-workers stuck back at the office.
Whether it’s your favorite river or lake, or out on the ocean, from the shore or from a watercraft, drop a line in the water and see what you can catch. Bring a friend or teach someone else how to reel them in.
Share your whopper using #NationalGoFishingDay on social media. Enjoy your fresh fillets using this Easy Fried Fish Fillet recipe.
NATIONAL GO FISHING DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this angling holiday.
NATIONAL TAKE BACK THE LUNCH BREAK DAY
On the third Friday in June, North American workers celebrate National Take Back the Lunch Break Day.
Why? Because there’s been an increasing trend to take less frequent and shorter lunch breaks, affecting employee morale and well-being. According to Gallup, only one in three employees are engaging at work. Because engagement affects productivity, happiness and job satisfaction, employees and employers across North America need to step up to the plate – the lunch plate that is!
According to a 2017 study commissioned by Tork, an Essity brand, employees who take lunch breaks are more likely to report being efficient at work and satisfied with their jobs. The survey reveals that nearly 90 percent of employees consider the ability to take a lunch break critical when accepting a new job. However, once they are on the job, the average lunch break is less than 30 minutes for more than half of North American workers – barely enough time to purchase a meal, let alone enjoy it.
That is why Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day to help improve workplace morale, satisfaction, and productivity across North America.
Break the cycle of skipping lunch or eating in front of a computer. Get away from your desk and enjoy some fresh air, a real lunch, and some social interaction. There are several ways to help you get away for lunch:
- Set a reminder on your phone telling you to take lunch. Then take it.
- Get a buddy who will take lunch with you. Then go outside, to the break area or anywhere away from your desk for lunch.
- Pack a lunch that requires a little prep work. Whether it’s in the microwave or needs some mixing up, you’ll want to step away from your desk to do it.
- Schedule lunches with friends or family. Go to the daycare for lunch or invite an aunt or uncle to lunch at a park.
Use #TakeBackLunch to share your lunch break experience on social media.
NATIONAL TAKE BACK THE LUNCH BREAK DAY HISTORY
Tork created National Take Back the Lunch Break Day in 2018 to counter the decline of the employee lunch break in today’s 24/7 work culture. According to research conducted by Tork, employees who take a lunch break score higher on a wide range of engagement metrics, including job satisfaction and productivity. The Tork Take Back the Lunch Break idea is simple: with more workers taking their lunch break, we can improve workplaces and worker happiness!
NATIONAL SPLURGE DAY
National Splurge Day on June 18th encourages us to break out the rainy day funds and spend a little.
Splurge, (as defined at Dictionary.com) is: to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure.
Splurging doesn’t require wiping out the savings account, especially if it’s only an occasional event. Of course, splurging comes in many forms. To some, it can mean saying yes to whipped cream on your latte or that bracelet you’ve been eyeing. To others, it might mean booking that vacation you’ve been dreaming about taking or replacing your clunker of a car. However you celebrate the day, savor the indulgence.
If you splurge on a day off to play golf, enjoy each moment of the 18 holes regardless of the score. Maybe the splurge is for a bottle of expensive wine. Select a good friend who will enjoy the vino, too.
Whatever it is, the day is about celebrating you and doing something you may not usually take the time or money to do.
Now, go ahead and learn how to S P L U R G E on yourself and look expensive without breaking the bank account. But, remember to be wise and do not spend more money than your budget allows.
Great Ways to Splurge
- Visit your favorite restaurant.
- Get a mani and a pedi.
- Take an art or cooking class.
- Update your wardrobe, at least a little.
- Take a nap.
- Get a massage.
- Wash the car.
Do you want more fun ways to splurge? Check out these 9 Budget Friendly Ways to Splurge and you will really be celebrating. Use #NationalSplurgeDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL SPLURGE DAY HISTORY
In 1994, Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith created National Splurge Day as a way to encourage consumers to go out and indulge a little with the hopes of adding a little boost to the economy.
NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY
Each year on the third Friday in June, National Flip Flop Day encourages us to wear our favorite flip flops and show them off!
Thong-style sandals are by no means new to footwear. They’ve been around for thousands of years. However, the term “flip flop” has applied to flat-soled sandals with straps between the first and second toes and across the top of the foot since the 1960s. The term also describes someone who changes their mind or an electronic component.
This day strictly recognizes the footwear that makes a flip-flopping sound as we walk, slapping the back of our feet as we head to the beach or make way for the pool. They come in all shades and colors, beaded, bejeweled, and bedazzled. Some are made of leather and cork.
The lightweight footwear is designed to protect our tender feet from the hot ground and sand. They’re also easy to remove and put on quickly. Many flip flops go from the beach to semi-formal dining in an instant, too!
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFlipFlopDay
Flip Flop Day is the perfect time to go shopping for a new pair of flip flops. While you’re out and about, get a manicure, so you can show off your toes in your flip flops. Wear your favorite flip flops and use #NationalFlipFlopDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL FLIP FLOP DAY HISTORY HISTORY
In 2007, Tropical Smoothie Cafe created National Flip Flop Day to celebrate its 10th anniversary. Every year on this date, customers who come into participating Cafes across the nation wearing flip-flops receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie. Tropical Smoothie then gives proceeds of a $1 paper flip flop from customers to send ill children and their families to Camp Sunshine.
Camp Sunshine is based in Casco, Maine, whose mission focuses solely on addressing the effects of a life-threatening illness on every member of the immediate family — the child, the parents, and the siblings. This year-round program is free of charge to families.
In 2015, $1 million was raised by Tropical Smoothie Cafe for Camp Sunshine. The total amount raised since the beginning in 2007 is over $3.7 million, making National Flip Flop Day a successful fundraiser for Camp Sunshine.
On Deck for June 19, 2021
June 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
The United States declared war against Great Britain.
Judge Hunt orders a jury of twelve men to find Susan B. Anthony guilty. Anthony was charged with illegally voting in a New York election in April of that year. When Anthony’s counsel requested the jury polled, the request was denied. Anthony was fined $100 plus court costs. In a separate hearing, the poll workers who accepted her vote were fined $25 plus court fees.
NASA launches the first American woman into space. Twenty-two years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, Sally Ride took her turn aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
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.
- Animal Rights Awareness Week – Third Week in June
- National Play Catch Week – Third Full Week
- Men’s Health Week – (Always ends on Father’s Day)
- Universal Father’s Week – Third Week
- Lightning Safety Awareness Week – Last Full Week
In the Classroom
June 18th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
George Mallory – 1886
The British mountaineer who led teams up Mount Everest, died in 1924 while ascending the mountain once again.
Robert Mondovi – 1913
Robert Mondavi dedicated his career to creating wines that competed with the best in the world. He built his business in the Northern California Napa Valley where vineyards flourish today.
Sylvia Porter – 1913
The American journalist is best known for her nationally syndicated finance column.
Paul McCartney – 1942
The British singer/songwriter and musician gained fame as one of the original Beatles. He developed an award-winning solo career.
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