JUNE 21, 2018 | NATIONAL SELFIE DAY | NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY | NATIONAL ARIZONA DAY | SUMMER BEGINS | NATIONAL SEASHELL DAY | NATIONAL DAY OF THE GONG | NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY | GO SKATEBOARDING DAY | NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY
NATIONAL SELFIE DAY
Thanks to social media and the smartphone, June 21st recognizes a form of self-portrait that couldn’t exist without them. It’s National Selfie Day!
On National Selfie Day, we are encouraged to take creative (appropriate) selfies and share them on social media.
While the act of taking a selfie may predate social media, smartphones and the word which is now in the Oxford dictionary, the popularity of taking these self-portraits and the ability to do so has never been easier. Selfie sticks and multi-functional camera phones make it all too easy to take these kinds of photographs as well as group selfies (aka groupies).
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalSelfieDay to share on social media and visit www.nationalselfieday.net.
Founded by DJ Rick McNeely in 2014. For more information visit National Selfie Day.
NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY
On the third Thursday in June, National Dump the Pump encourages people to ride public transportation instead of driving and save money.
When gas prices are high and the economy is tight, riding public transportation is a good alternative and an economical way to save money. Many Americans use local public transportation to commute to and from work, school, for shopping and errands, and even to make family visits. This can save you money on fuel along with wear and tear on your car. It can also possibly reduce your commute time and help reduce road congestion.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalDumpThePumpDay on social media.
NATIONAL DUMP THE PUMP DAY HISTORY
National Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and public transportation systems across the country.
NATIONAL ARIZONA DAY
On June 21, National Arizona Day recognizes the state that joined 48 states into a contiguous unit.
Arizona is home to the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America. Established around 1000 A.D., the village of Old Oraibi is located on the Hopi Indian Reservation in Navajo county.
The Grand Canyon State brings the wilderness to you. The breathtaking views of the Colorado Plateau that took over 70 million years to form into towering stone precipices are now one of nature’s grand centerpieces.
Carved into the limestone cliffs along Beaver Creek, a well-preserved abode towers above the scrubland below. Home to the Sinagua Indians around 1500 AD, the Aztecs mistakenly named it Montezuma Castle.
Like many of the Western states, Arizona Easterners came with the prospect of land, gold, and adventure. Cowtowns were born, and battle lines were drawn between those who wanted the territory and those who were already there.
Find your way to the Saguaro National Park to see the mighty cacti of the west. These majestic plants of the desert can grow up to 50 feet tall and under the right conditions can live to over 150 years old.
If you’re not buying the line “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” and the soaring daytime summer temperatures of Arizona get to you, Lake Mead may be the cure. With hiking, watersport, camping, and beaches, there’s plenty of ways to relax, have fun and cool off.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we explore Arizona’s rich history and remarkable landscapes. Get to know their people, culture and uncover the hidden places of Arizona! Use #NationalArizonaDay to share on social media.
Each week following the week of Independence Day 2017, National Day Calendar will be announcing a National Day in honor of each state in the order they entered the union. We start with Delaware on July 13 and will complete the celebrations with Hawaii on July 5, 2018, allowing for some time off for the holidays.
The longest day of the year marks the Beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere which starts on June 20th, 21st or 22nd. It is also known as the Summer Solstice.
Summer Begins on different dates depending on times zones, the latest start date occurring on June 22nd.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy the first day of summer! Use #SummerBegins to share on social media.
Since ancient times, the summer solstice has been marked on calendars with celebrations honoring the sun and as a way to mark the seasons.
NATIONAL SEASHELL DAY
On the first day of summer, National Seashell Day reminds us to put our toes in the sand and admire the beauty of seashells.
Shellers get ready to shellebrate and start shelling! To those not in the know, shellers are beachcombers who collect seashells by scouring the beaches for the gems left behind by snails and mollusks. National Seashell Day is here to tell you all about it and make sure you check out your local beaches during the prime shelling season.
For a sheller, the true tulip or lettered olive is almost more mesmerizing than the ocean sunset. Or maybe it’s the hunt for the rare or the unique specimen. These jewels of the sandy beaches, the kings crown conch, the apple murex, or even a pear whelk dazzle beachcombers. Their names are as musical and colorful as your adventure will be, so grab your bucket and head out around sunrise or sunset. Seashells are waiting for you!
Tips for Shellers:
- Never collect live shells. When in doubt, always put them gently back in the water.
- Check local ordinances. Only take a small number. Shells are part of the ecosystem helping to preserve and create the beaches we enjoy visiting.
- The best time for shelling is one hour before and one hour after low tide.
- Follow the high tide shell line where the largest waves stop.
- Watch for the full and new moons. They have a higher gravitation pull on the tide and reveal more seashells.
- Storms churn up the ocean floor sending more shells to the surface and the shore for collection.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make your way to your favorite beach to collect your treasures or schedule a shoreside vacation to start your seashell collection. Use #NationalSeashellDay to share on social media.
The Beaches of Ft. Myers & Sanibel founded National Seashell Day on the first day of summer in 2016 to celebrate seashells and the extraordinary shelling found in Southwest Florida.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Seashell Day to be observed annually in 2017.
National Day of the Gong on June 21 honors and celebrates the Gong’s unique history and capacities among instruments of sound, music, creativity and healing.
Mighty and gentle; earthy and celestial, the Gong is an extraordinary instrument and conduit of Creation. With an extensive international cultural history, the Gong is versatile and engaging. It sounds super-sensory and multi-dimensional. Gongs come in an array of sizes, designs and origins, thanks to skilled artisans all over the World.
Expanding beyond typical applications, the Gong has become a profound presence within a delightful diversity of performances, ceremonies and events, as well as modalities for the Mind-Body-Spirit. Traditional and contemporary musicians, artists and facilitators play and incorporate the Gong into imaginative and effective spectrums of expression,
experience and purpose.
HOW TO OBSERVE
EnJoy, Explore, Create, Collaborate on this powerful and playful day of celebrating the Gong, its fascinating Sounds, Vibrations and Work in the World! Use #DayOfTheGong to share your experiences on social media.
HISTORYGongtoGo.com founded National Day of the Gong to celebrate the extraordinary ways the Gong can impact the Mind, Body and Spirit.
Since 2009, GongtoGo.com has been taking the Gong where no Gong has gone before. Dedicated to expanding the outreach and applications of the Gong, Anne Marie enthusiastically shares her Gong in unique, engaging, accessible and transformational ways. Her tagline for GongtoGo.com is: The Gong is more than a dramatic effect: the effects are dramatic~!
Anne Marie Dorsa
Central Texas…and Beyond~!
The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the National Day of the Gong to be observed annually on June 21 in 2017.
NATIONAL DAYLIGHT APPRECIATION DAY
National Daylight Appreciation Day is observed each year on June 21. This day recognizes summer solstice (the longest day of daylight in the northern hemisphere) and encourages people to celebrate the many benefits of the sun.
National Daylight Appreciation Day is also a day to learn more about the importance of daylighting. Daylighting is using skylights, windows and other architectural openings to natural light interior spaces. Doing so helps not only to reduce energy consumption but may also have health benefits.
Some areas are designed with automatic dimming systems when natural light is present, which reduces the amount of artificial light required. The process is known as daylight harvesting.
Daylight has positive psychological effects; it can boost your mental health and help to lower depression as well as help with increased energy levels. The Vitamin D that we naturally get from the sun has many health benefits for us.
Enjoy the summer solstice, enjoy the sunshine and let the sunshine into your home! And enjoy #DaylightAppreciationDay all day!
National Daylight Appreciation Day is sponsored by Solatube International, Inc., a manufacturer of Tubular Daylighting Devices.
Inspired skaters carve a space on their calendar on June 21st. It’s Go Skateboarding Day!
Retailers, sponsors, parks and individuals around the world host events showcasing this rebellious and creative culture. A combination of athleticism, dance, and art that has grown up in an urban world, skateboarding has crossed multicultural divides and speaks to a diverse population. Both thrilling and exciting to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist.
Both thrilling and stimulating to watch whether the skater is testing the laws of gravity with an aerial or a McTwist. Since the 1940s skateboarding has been changing and advancing equipment, tricks, and techniques.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Go skateboarding. Register or find events near you by visiting the website. Use #GoSkateboardingDay to share on social media.
Founded in 2004 by the International Association of Skateboard Companies in California, this day has grown into a worldwide celebration of the sport.
NATIONAL PEACHES ‘N’ CREAM DAY
Observed annually on June 21, it is National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day. Peaches ‘n’ Cream sounds like a perfect way to start summer solstice. Actually, it sounds like the perfect way to end summer solstice as well!
(See National Daylight Appreciation Day for the meaning of summer solstice.)
Peaches ‘n’ Cream is a simple, traditional and delicious summertime dessert. Of course, the Georgia peach is in season during the month of June, as are those grown in Florida, California and South Carolina. Make some homemade vanilla ice cream to sweeten the deal and your peaches ‘n’ cream will be all the cooler.
It’s interesting to note that doctors theorize Typhoid Mary may have spread the bacteria through cut up raw peaches in frozen ice cream. So, wash those hands vigorously!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Give these peachy recipes a whirl:
Use #NationalPeachesnCreamDay to share on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day.
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