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National Barcode Day - June 26


National Barcode Day commemorates more than 40 years of efficiency and accuracy that began on June 26, 1974, when a clerk scanned a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. On that day, the barcode system invented by George Lauer, an IBM engineer, began to change the world.

Since then, barcodes have been revolutionizing industries all over the world. Barcodes, also known as UPC, 1 Dimensional (1D) codes, contain data that help businesses and organizations do their jobs more easily. A more modern version of the barcode is called a QR code, or a 2 dimensional (2D) code. The QR code contains even more data than the 1D code.

Barcodes contain a wealth of information, including pricing, product, dates, manufacturer, and shipping. They are ideal for tracking inventory and sales, but they do so much more than that. Almost every industry uses barcodes, and they likely make your life easier without you even knowing it. Where can you find barcodes besides retail products?

  • VINs – Tracking a car’s history became easier when a barcode was added to the VIN.
  • Libraries – Barcodes track books, videos, periodicals, resources in and out of the library.
  • Logistics – Every major shipper uses barcodes to track shipments and deliver your orders.
  • Healthcare – Barcodes help keep patient care more streamlined and records at the provider’s fingertips.
  • Agriculture – Farmers use barcodes to track harvests and livestock.

Imagine how different our lives would be without these unobtrusive black and white bars and that satisfying beep every time we scan a product, delivery, or file. It is certainly a technology that will be around for a long time, simplifying our lives. That’s another reason to celebrate National Barcode Day!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBarcodeDay

Can you imagine getting through your day without using a barcode? Would you want to? Celebrate the barcode’s birthday! National Barcode Day encourages you to take notice of the barcodes that make your life easier. Host a barcode birthday party and include everyone all along your supply chain and in every industry. When you celebrate, share the history, design, and progress of the barcode, too.

Follow the celebration using #NationalBarcodeDay on social media.


Barcoding, Inc., Datalogic, and ScanSource founded National Barcode Day on June 26, 2021, to celebrate the birthday of the barcode, the innovative technology that has been transforming our world over four decades.

In 2021, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Barcode Day to be observed on June 26th, annually.

About Barcoding, Inc.

Barcoding is a supply chain automation and innovation company that helps organizations be more efficient, accurate, and connected. With extensive subject matter expertise in data capture, labeling and printing, and mobile computing, we are trusted to build and manage solutions for some of the best IT and operations teams in the world. Founded in 1998, Barcoding is headquartered in Baltimore, Md., with offices across North America (Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver). For more information, visit

About Datalogic:Datalogic

Datalogic is a global technology leader in the automatic data capture and factory automation markets specialized in the designing and production of bar code readers, mobile computers, sensors for detection, measurement and safety, RFID, vision, and laser marking systems. Closeness and timely response to every customer requirement, together with continuous innovation and high-quality offering, are the distinctive elements at the base of Datalogic success for over 40 years. Its cutting-edge solutions help to increase the efficiency and quality of processes in the Retail, Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics and Healthcare industries. Visit to learn more.

About ScanSource, Inc.

ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCSC) is at the center of the technology solution delivery channel, connecting businesses and providing solutions for their complex needs. ScanSource sells through multiple, specialized routes-to-market with digital, physical and services offerings from the world’s leading suppliers of point-of-sale (POS), payments, barcode, physical security, unified communications and collaboration, telecom and cloud services. ScanSource enables its sales partners to create, deliver and manage solutions for end-customers across almost every vertical market. Founded in 1992 and headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, ScanSource has been named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina for six consecutive years and is on FORTUNE magazine’s 2021 list of World’s Most Admired Companies. ScanSource ranks #654 on the Fortune 1000. For more information, visit

SUMMERSGIVING – Saturday after the Summer Solstice


The Saturday after the Summer Solstice, gather your friends and family to celebrate Summersgiving! This day is designed to combine all the fun of summer with America’s favorite Thanksgiving food. It’s a celebration of life, rooted in gratitude, to be shared with the friends and food that make life fun.

Everyone has a favorite holiday food or tradition, and Summersgiving provides the opportunity to bring them all together under the sun and stars for one big celebration. Make a feast and share the dishes that mean celebration with a broader crowd of friends and family. Let the joy and fun memories grow year after year!

HOW TO OBSERVE #Summersgiving

Grab the turkey (what Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without one) and serve it with all your favorite holiday foods and eat them in celebration of the day. Or, reinvent the holiday classics and share your Summersgiving favorites on social media with #Summersgiving. Be sure to invite all your friends and family and tell everyone it’s time to party Summersgiving style. Keep detailed notes of your festivities with this handy Summersgiving Notebook.


Summersgiving LogoAround the year 2009, Robert Solomon created a Thanksgiving BBQ with his best friends to celebrate summer and all the food he thought he could only have at Thanksgiving. He loves turkey and all the rich side dishes that come with it. They drank cranberry martinis into the night, and Summersgiving was born from a love of great food, great drinks, and great friends.

In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed Summersgiving to be observed on the Saturday after the Summer Solstice annually.



Each year on June 26th, National Chocolate Pudding Day gets us all excited for a serving of this creamy dessert. Children and adults alike love chocolate pudding and have done so for generations. Usually eaten as a snack or dessert, chocolate pudding is also used as a filling for chocolate creme pie.

Chocolate pudding is usually made with milk and sugar, flavored with chocolate and vanilla then thickened with flour or cornstarch. However, some recipes do use eggs when making the pudding. Historically, chocolate pudding is a variation of chocolate custard, using starch as a thickener instead of eggs. The 1903 edition of Mary Harris Frazer’s Kentucky Receipt Book and the 1918 edition of Fannie Farmer’s Boston Cooking School Cook Book, both printed recipes for the earlier version, using both eggs and flour.

In 1934, General Foods (Jello) introduced a chocolate pudding mix as “Walter Baker’s Dessert.” However, in 1936, they renamed it “Pickle’s Pudding.”

Chocolate pudding can be purchased ready-made and sold in grocery stores, convenience stores, and gas stations. The popular brands include Jell-O by the Kraft Foods Corporation and Snack Pack by Hunt’s.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChocolatePuddingDay

Enjoy some delicious Chocolate Pudding as a dessert or as a snack. Try this homemade Chocolate Cornstarch Pudding recipe. Layer it with broken cookies or candy bars, and whipped cream to create a trifle dessert. You can also use chocolate pudding to make parfaits. 

If you’re tackling homemade chocolate pudding, we have a few tips to share. Read 5 Tips to Making the Best Homemade Pudding. They also apply to other creamy desserts like mousse and custard. You’ll really be ready to Celebrate Every Day!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy chocolate pudding? Let us know using #NationalChocolatePuddingDay on social media.


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this dessert holiday. 



Summer starts in earnest on June 26th when National Coconut Day arrives! The coconut offers sweet support for our bodies in several ways.

Coconut oil alone falls into the superfood category due to its medium-chain triglyceride (MCTs) content and all that they seem to do. Whether supporting a weight loss program, moisturizing skin, and hair or metabolizing into energy, coconut oil plays a significant role in your body.

We use the whole coconut in many different forms for our bodies and everyday cooking. From shredded coconut to milk, cream, water, and oil, each provides essential nutrients and flavor. Its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties are notable as well.

Coconut is rich in fiber, Vitamin B6, iron, and minerals like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. The oil from coconut moisturizes our skin and also helps keep our skin clear and hair silky, too.

Of course, in the kitchen, we love coconut! Beyond baked goods, coconut infuses sweet flavor to our cooking, and because the MCTs in coconut oil doesn’t absorb in the body as fat, it is an ideal alternative to other oils and fats.

The flavor of coconut oil makes the best air-popped popcorn. Add coconut milk to your curry recipe and win rave reviews! Those who are lactose intolerant and craving ice cream know that coconut milk also makes an excellent substitute for creamy homemade ice cream. And of course, it’s not summer without a piña colada!

Beyond the fruit and water of the coconut that we consume as food, consumers also use the husk and shells as a potting medium, carbon filtration, charcoal, bio-fuel, and even organic cat litter. Another use for the husks is the production of coir, which manufacturers use in making mattresses, doormats, and more.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoconutDay

Enjoy the benefits of coconut, and share your favorite ways to use it. Whether it’s a recipe to taste or one to make our skin or hair shine, we want to know. To get you started, here are a few recipes from the Coconut Coalition of the Americas and their members:

Other recipe sources:

Learn about the benefits of coconut by visiting the Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA). And use #NationalCoconutDay to share on social media.


Coconut Coalition of the Americas Logotransparent@2xThe Coconut Coalition of the Americas (CCA) was founded in 2017 when coconut industry stakeholders realized there needed to be one unified voice for the North American coconut trade. Industry members came together to steward the category and promote the facts about coconut oil and coconut products. Follow National Coconut Day by using #NationalCoconutDay on social media.

In 2019, the Coconut Coalition of the Americas founded National Coconut Day to celebrate the mighty coconut and increase awareness of its benefits. It’s more than just a baking staple.

On June 24, 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Coconut Day to be observed on June 26th annually.



For the sheer love of all things hair, style and wisdom, June 26th is National Beautician’s Day.  Also known as stylists and cosmetologists, these men and women make us look our best every day.

Cosmetology is the study and application of a beauty treatment. The branches of cosmetology include hairstyling, skin care, cosmetics, manicures, pedicures, and electrology. This means they buff, polish, trim, pluck, perk, brighten, lighten, plump, and mostly make our finest features shine. They continually train in all the ways to keep us looking our best while keeping up with the latest styles, the most reliable products, treatments, and techniques.  

Many also become close confidants. Over many years of caring for our hair and skin, they come to know our families and watch them grow, experiencing our ups and downs with us. As a result, we tend to develop a strong bond with our beautician. For all these reasons, they deserve to be appreciated on National Beautician’s Day.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBeauticiansDay

Whether your beautician is new or the relationship has grown over the years, be sure to share your appreciation with a token of gratitude. Consider giving your beautician flowers, a card, or a cup of coffee. One of the best ways to show your appreciation is by giving them your recommendation on their social media channels. Glowing praise goes a long way toward building their clientele. While you’re at it, use #NationalBeauticiansDay to give them a shout-out on your social media, too!


National Day Calendar is researching the origins of this beautiful celebration.

June 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Coney Island opens its first roller coaster.


The New Yorker publishes the short story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.


Researchers release the first draft of the human genome.


In the landmark case The United States vs. Windsor, the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional.

Recipe of the Day

Fresh Black Bean Dip

Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: None
Total Prep: 20 minutes


1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
1 can of corn, drained
1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1 jalapeno, finely chopped (removing seeds is optional)
4 Roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup of red onion, finely chopped
3 tablespoons of cilantro
½ garlic clove, finely chopped
½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper (1 teaspoon for additional heat)
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup of light zesty Italian dressing


In a small mixing bowl, add dressing, cayenne pepper and garlic together and mix well. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add the peppers, onion, jalapeno, corn tomatoes and black beans. stir gently until combined.

Drizzle Italian dressing mixture over ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Stir until all ingredients is thoroughly combined.

Chill for 1 hour to allow ingredients to absorb flavor.

Serve with tortilla chips.

Recipe credit: Amy LaVallie, National Day Calendar

June 26th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Abner Doubleday – 1819

Though mistakenly credited with inventing baseball, the Union major general served the entirety of the American Civil War. By the end of the war, Doubleday was promoted to the rank of colonel.

Pearl S. Buck – 1892

Pearl S. Buck became the first American woman to earn a Nobel Prize in literature for her novel The Good Earth. The prolific author wrote stories with a voice toward human and women’s rights.

Babe Didrikson Zaharias – 1911

The multi-sport athlete earned two medals at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The first was for the javelin throw. She set a new world record in the 80-meter hurdles when Didrikson won her second gold medal. In 1947, Didrikson set her sights on professional golf. During her career, she would win 10 LPGA championships.

Dr. Bernard Harris – 1956

In 1995, the doctor of internal medicine became the first African American in space. He would fly a total of two missions during his career.

Derek Jeter – 1974

The 14-time All-Star played 20 seasons with the New York Yankees at shortstop. During his career, Jeter brought home 5 World Series Championships.

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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