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NATIONAL TRAILS DAY – First Saturday in June


National Trails Day on the first Saturday in June recognizes all the incredible benefits federal, state and local trails provide for recreation and exposure nature. Events held throughout the United States help promote awareness of the wide variety of services the trails systems offer. The day encourages people to discover their local trials, become active concerning trail issues, and share their excitement for the outdoors.

While hiking may be the first activity to come to mind, trails offer so much more! Trails provide access to waterways for canoeing and paddle trips. Birders find excellent opportunities for birdwatching and those seeking to test their abilities to observe and study geolocation enjoy geocaching. Others learn land navigation or use the trails for biking. Each of the pursuits creates an opportunity to spend time outdoors and generate an excellent cardiovascular workout.

National Trails Day is also an opportunity to thank the many volunteers, land agencies, trail developers, park employees, and rangers for their help in developing and maintaining the trails.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTrailsDay

Visit your local trails. When possible, take a friend and try something new. Try a new trail, an activity or introduce someone new to an activity you are skilled in to pass on the experience to. Why keep it to yourself? Also, if you pack it in, pack it out. Show your appreciation to those who make the trail system possible. Use #NationalTrailsDay to post on social media.

When you’re ready to venture out on any trail, it’s important to have the right gear. Our staff suggests a few must have items to help you celebrate National Trails Day.


The American Hiking Society sponsors National Trails Day. For more hiking celebrations, check out these events:

  • Hike With A Geek Day
  • Trail Mix Day
  • Take a Hike Day
  • Great Outdoors Month
  • Camping Month

    NATIONAL BUBBLY DAY – First Saturday in June


    Pour a glass of sparkling sunshine to celebrate National Bubbly Day every first Saturday in June!

    Bubbly, or sparkling wine, reflects the excitement associated with memorable events. Effervescent bubbles combine with the appealing flavors and aromas ranging from citrus, apple, and pear to toasted fruit, spices, and nuts. Whether paired with a full meal or light appetizers, these wines satisfy the requirement for an unforgettable celebration.

    However, different areas of the world create their own special brand of bubbly according to strict methods and select grapes which produce a sparkling wine unique to each region.

    Produced in the rolling hills of Spain, Cava fills a glass with bright citrus and fruit notes. Protected in Spain, this bubbly must meet stringent requirements to earn the name Cava. Using only the “Traditional Method” which requires a second fermentation in the bottle.

    While many people refer to bubbly as Champagne, to earn the name the wine must be made in the Champagne region of France with certain kinds of grapes and a specific method. When celebrating with Champagne, enjoy the crisp flavors of apple or a nutty, sweet finish.

    Another sparkle on the bubbly scene takes us to Italy and Prosecco. Made primarily from the Glera grape, Prosecco celebrates refreshing floral and fruit notes.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBubblyDay

    Pop the cork on a bottle of bubbly and celebrate by sharing a toast among friends! While you’re enjoying the fizz, serve up a meat and cheese tray, too. Make it a light and enjoyable evening. Use #NationalBubblyDay to share on social media.


    Freixenet Cava, known for its iconic black bottle, founded National Bubbly Day to celebrate the wine that makes celebrations extraordinary and worthy of the word! Since 1861 and for five generations, the Ferrer family continues to bring quality bubbly to your celebrations where ever you are in the world.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Bubbly Day to be celebrated annually beginning in 2017.



Every June 5th National Moonshine Day recognizes a beverage with a notorious record of blurring the lines of history and the law, turning ordinary men (and women) into criminals and common criminals into legends.

Moonshine traditionally is an illegally distilled spirit. Mostly made from a corn mash, moonshine is a distilled whiskey that is typically produced by an individual illegally without a permit. Also known as white lightning, mountain dew, homebrew, hillbilly pop, rotgut, and too many more to list here.


Distilling skills first came to the United States with the Scotch-Irish as they settled in Virginia.

Temperance laws and prohibition legislation were passed in several states before the Civil War, but it wasn’t until the turn of the century that the temperance movement picked up steam. By the time the 18th Amendment was ratified early in 1919, over half the country was dry.

Prohibition lasted 13 years. It created a demand for moonshine, unlike any that may have existed before. Moonshine became big business overnight.

Modern Moonshine

These days, moonshine in the legal sense has a following.  Small-batch distilleries are producing legal moonshine giving moonshiners a new name.  Bringing moonshine out of the woods and going up against other whiskeys for a place on the shelf.  Many are packaging their homebrews in canning jars, embracing their rich history while at the same time experimenting with flavor and branching out with food pairing similar to that of wine and beer.

  • Shepherd was Uncle Jesse’s CB handle on the Dukes of Hazzard. Sweet Tillie was the name of his Ford LTD/Galaxie in the first episode – his moonshine runner.
  • The X’s on the moonshine jugs symbol represents the number of times a batch was run through the still. If marked XXX, the moonshine is pure alcohol.
  • What do Esther Clark, Edna Giard, Stella Beloumant, Mary Wazeniak all have in common? They were all bootleggers. Bootlegging was an equal opportunity profession.
  • Lavinia Gilman was a bootlegger, too.  At 80 years old, she ran a 300 gallon still in Montana.  The judge suspected her son was the real culprit, though.
  • During prohibition, there were many ways to transport bootlegged moonshine.  Faking a funeral was a convenient ruse to move the product.  Out of respect for the dead, of course, those with the badge were reluctant to stop a funeral procession.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMoonshineDay

Share your favorite whispered histories of the white lightning and the legendary people who made it and chased it. Drink responsibly and use #NationalMoonshineDay to share on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Moonshine Day.

National Black Bear Day - First Saturday in June


On the first Saturday in June, National Black Bear Day recognizes the most commonly found bear in North America.

Also known as the American black bear, its scientific name is Ursus americanus. Despite their name, black bears can even come shades of cinnamon, blue/black, blue/grey and in rare instances, white. Found in 40 U.S. states and every Canadian province, the black bear’s enormous range is only beaten by one other four-legged mammal, the whitetail deer.

According to North Carolina Black Bear Biologist, Colleen Olfenbuttel, coastal North Carolina has the largest black bears on the planet. The current world record and the previous world record came from North Carolina. She also points out the northeastern part of the state also has the world’s highest black bear densities. In North Carolina black bears have access to high protein crops and enjoy mild winters – which is why they are so many bears and grow to be so enormous there. 

When a black bear stands on its hind legs, it has the most human-like qualities. They have a prey instead of a predator mentality, so they aren’t interested in eating you or your pets. Because they are omnivores, bears eat plants and animals. They forage for berries, roots, and insects, but will also eat small mammals, fish, and carrion. If a bear has been fed human food, it will also help himself to your picnic leftovers or camping supplies. This is where they have earned a bad reputation, but that’s why we shouldn’t feed the bears!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalBlackBearDay

Learn more about the American black bear. It’s likely you live within driving distance of a preserve where black bears can be observed in the wild. Respect their habitat, follow the park’s rules, and you’ll get to view one of North America’s most extraordinary animals. Use #NationalBlackBearDay to share on social media.


NC Black Bear Festival founded National Black Bear Day the first Saturday in June to celebrate America’s black bear while educating people about this magnificent mammal and dispelling many of the myths.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Black Bear Day to be observed annually beginning in 2018.

NATIONAL PRAIRIE DAY – First Saturday in June


On the first Saturday of June, we recognize one of the richest ecosystems on the face of the earth with National Prairie Day. In North America, the prairies are at the heart of the continent.

A wide swath of central North America comprises flat grassland running from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan down to Texas. Prairies provide homes to a wide variety of wildlife including prairie dogs, prairie chickens, buffalo, bison, elk, deer, rabbits, hawks, and foxes. They are also home to diverse native prairie plantings offering year-round food, shelter, and nesting grounds for habitat.

What took thousands of years to form approximately 170 million acres has been reduced in the last 150 years to 1 percent of habitat. Where once a vast and un-numbered variety of species thrived, the fertile soil now produces bumper crops of wheat, sorghum, flax, rye, and oats.

As a result, we’ve lost complex established ecosystems that once supported precious native birds, pollinators, insects, and other native wildlife. Habitat loss contributes to extinctions. However, what remains is still teeming with diverse flora and fauna species. Many of these species are endangered of becoming extinct and some still yet to be discovered and identified. Amazingly, original tracts of undisturbed prairie serve as living ecological and native American cultural research stations. These models of precious ecosystems with genetic resources continue to be studied, their ecological worth, and economic benefits yet to be realized.


National Prairie Day creates a chance to educate the public about preservation, conservation, and restoration. It also teaches us about the history, wildlife, and habitats of the prairie. Understanding the prairie means looking beyond what often initially appears simple and learningat each form of life that thrives within it. It also means comprehending complex systems we can learn from and ensuring our future. The natural beauty of prairies can be breathtaking, too. Today’s “amber waves of grain” were created from the fertile soil of these oceans of grasslands. They were were once tall enough to hide a man on horseback! Prairies inspired the paintings of Harvey Dunn in South Dakota, poetry from Walt Whitman, and books from authors such as Laura Ingalls Wilder in Missouri.

Measurable Interrelated Benefits of Prairie Include:

Water Quality and Quantity Protection:
  • Prairies absorb up to seven inches of rain without runoff.
  • Prairie plants are adapted to drought; It’s like having drought insurance.
  • They offer watershed protection.
  • Prairies also increase water infiltration and water yield, increase water supply by reducing erosion and reservoir sedimentation.
  • Because fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides aren’t used on these natural habitats, they  increase water quality.
  • Stormwater management on the prairie acts as a sponge that curbs soil erosion and flooding.
Soil Quality and Quantity Protection:
  • Prairie soil microbes can also reduce the amount of synthetic chemicals used in agriculture.
  • The root systems of native prairie grasses firmly hold soil in place to prevent soil run-off.
  • One acre of prairie can store well over one ton of carbon per acre per year.
  • Native prairie plants with roots up to 15 feet deep act as a sponge, absorbing up to seven inches of rain without flooding.
Birds, Native Pollinators, and Wildlife Protection:
  • Native bees are found to be 40 times more efficient pollinators than honey bees.
  • Praries support pollination to adjacent farms through native pollinators.
  • They provide habitat to migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, waterbirds and songbirds.
  • Praries protect animals adapted to wide open spaces with few trees.
Energy Independence via Biofuels:
  • Prairie biomass can be harvested for renewable energy, creating natural gas.
North American Cultural and Natural Heritage Conservation:
  • Praries provide the opportunity to learn primitive skills.
  • They are rich in Native American history.
  • They are also rich in homesteading history.
Plant Biodiversity Protection:
  • Praries offer management by grazing fire disturbance.
  • Prairie plantings can be considered a form of drought insurance as they are adapted to drought, grazing, and fire.
  • Forbs (native wildflowers) are of particular importance as food sources for native insects and wildlife.
  • Endangered plant species have yet to be studied for their medicinal potential.
  • Paries are full of natural seed stores and offer propagation of endangered species.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPrairieDay

Learn about prairies by participating in a Prairie BioBlitz. National Prairie Day also includes other ways to celebrate.

  • Visit public prairies and take in the views, nature and wildlife around you.
  • Support local, state, and national organizations committed to prairie education, conservation, and restoration
  • Create your own prairie garden at home. You will see how it changes through the season while giving back to nature.

You can also learn more about prairies by visiting these websites:

The Prarie Enthusiasts
Prairie Ecologist
Land Institute
American Prarie
National Park Service

Use #NationalPrairieDay to post on social media.


In 2015, Christine Chiu of the Missouri Prairie Foundation founded National Prairie Day to educate the public about the vital ecosystem and increase prairie education, conservation, and restoration. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Prairie Day to be observed on the first Saturday in June annually. NATIONAL GINGERBREAD DAY – June 5


‘Tis the season to celebrate National Gingerbread Day. While that may sound strange, on June 5th each year, gingerbread lovers across the country celebrate by sampling their favorite recipes and gingerbread treats. Whether in the form of bread, cakes, bars, biscuits, or cookies, they’re delicious any time of year.

The term “gingerbread” originally referred to preserved ginger, later referring to a confection made up of honey and spices. 

Gingerbread is a sweet food that typically uses honey or molasses rather than just sugar and is flavored with ginger. Gingerbread foods range from a soft, moist loaf cake to something closer to a ginger biscuit.

It is believed that gingerbread was first brought to Europe in 992 by an Armenian monk. He lived there for seven years teaching gingerbread cooking to the French priests and Christians until his death in 999.

Sources indicate that in 1444, Swedish nuns were baking gingerbread to ease indigestion.

In the 17th century, gingerbread biscuits were sold in monasteries, pharmacies and town square farmers markets. During the 18th century, gingerbread became widely available.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGingerbreadDay

Break out your favorite gingerbread recipe. Another way to celebrate is by visiting your local bakery. Pick out a variety of gingerbread treats to share. Be sure to give your bakery a shout out, too! We even have a few recipes for you to try. It’s not just for cookies, you know. Here is our list of favorite ways to enjoy gingerbread.

Favorite Old Fashioned Gingerbread
Gingerbread Pancakes with Fruit Topping
Gingerbread-Cupcakes-Holiday Gingerbread Cupcakes

Use #NationalGingerbreadDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this baked-good holiday. In the meantime, don’t forget these other gingerbread holidays:

  • National Gingerbread Cookie Day
  • National Gingerbread House Day



    When it comes to combining flavor and plant power, National Veggie Burger Day on June 5th proclaims it can be done!

    Packed with flavor, protein, and nutrients, veggie burgers show up at backyard barbecues, tailgate parties, and on the menus of high-class restaurants. Grill them, fry them or bake them. Layer all your favorite toppings like onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, and mustard between crusty roll or bun and take a big juicy bite. That’s one way to celebrate this flavorful day.

    Don’t hesitate to add your favorite side dishes, too. For example, grilled cauliflower or broccoli, a zucchini noodle salad, or roasted vegetable salad with quinoa. Other options include grilled corn on the cob and sweet potatoes. Round out the meal with a crisp, cool beverage to complement your veggie burger.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #VeggieBurgerDay

    Celebrate the day with a satisfying meal surrounded by sunshine and friendship. Give a veggie burger a taste. Have a veggie burger cook-off.  Invite your friends and family to grill up and stack up their favorite burger combos and share! Share your favorites using #VeggieBurgerDay on social media.


    Amy’s Kitchen founded National Veggie Burger Day in 2017 to encourage everyone to eat a veggie burger and celebrate the positive impact plant-based veggie burgers have on us and the planet.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed on June 5th, annually.

    Check out these other fun food holidays:

June 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

The Orient Express departs from Paris on its first regularly scheduled service.


Elvis Presley appears on The Milton Berle Show and performs his new single, “Hound Dog.” His gyrations prove to be scandalous but propel him into Rock and Roll history.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the first five cases of AIDS. At the time, the five patients located in Los Angeles, California, were reported as having a rare strain of pneumonia only found in those with weakened immune systems.

Recipe of the Day

Beans ‘n Franks

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 2 hours
Total Prep: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Servings:  12


1 teaspoon butter
1 small onion, chopped
3 slices bacon
1 16 ounce can pork and beans
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 teaspoon mustard
1 tablespoon of Louisiana hot sauce (optional)
1 16 ounce package frankfurters


Cut bacon into squares and fry in a large skillet.

Add onion and saute’ until translucent.

Remove from heat. Drain excess fat.

Mix beans, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and hot sauce in a 2-quart casserole dish.

Add bacon and onion and mix well.

Slice frankfurters and stir into beans.

Bake at 300 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Next Week

National Weeks

National Flag Football Week - First Full Week in June


National Flag Football Week during the first week in June celebrates a game that offers an alternative to traditional tackle football.

For generations, fans and players alike have been gearing up for a sport that builds skills for the youth players and offers leagues and tournaments for every age. Men, women, and children have been playing flag football for years all across the country. YES, you read that right! Women can play football too!

National Flag Football Week encourages everyone to find a league near you. Whether you play or are a fan, come out and join your community and find out what all the excitement is about. Flag football is an integral part of the gridiron, and you don’t want to be left out of the basics, the plays, or the amazing scores!

Join us as we celebrate this week by offering leagues and tournaments this first week of June. Please help us celebrate a game that offers an alternative to the traditional style of tackle football and puts a smile on the faces of millions of participants week after week.


TX GRIDIRON founded National Flag Football Week in 2021 to encourage participation in flag football while recognizing the sport’s integral role in a community’s life. It brings family’s and neighbors together, Gridiron logosupporting their youth and bringing families together.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Flag Football Week to be observed the first week in June of 2021, annually.

Av Ron Trabue officially found TX GRIDIRON in January of 2016. In addition to encouraging adults to remain active through sport, one of TX GRIDIRON’s fundamental beliefs is that people should get back to “knowing their neighbors.”

Read more…

In the Classroom

June 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Pancho Villa – 1878

The Mexican revolutionary general became a notorious bandit who joined an uprising against Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz. In the U.S., he became known for his battles with U.S. troops and a 1916 attack on Columbus, New Mexico.

Ruth Benedict – 1887

The American anthropologist who studied Southwest Native American cultures is best known for interpreter ability.

Bill Moyers – 1934

The American Journalist served as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s press secretary. His career has spanned more than 55 years including commentating and hosting several television news shows and publishing
numerous books.

Ken Follett – 1949

The Welsh author has published several thrillers and historical novels including The Pillars of the Earth.

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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