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National Employee Appreciation Day - First Friday in March


National Employee Appreciation Day on the first Friday in March each year focuses attention on employees in all industries. Employers across the country in business and organizations plan employee recognition and celebrations. Employee achievement and contributions are honored.  

Employees are one of a company’s greatest assets. Recognition and appreciation are known as some of the key motivational factors in the workplace. An employer may show their gratitude for an employee’s efforts and contributions to the company’s goals in a variety of ways. Many organizations include employee appreciation as part of their business structure. It shows how much they value their employees and keeps morale high in the workplace. Employers who express employee appreciation tend to increase employee job satisfaction as well.

While showing your employees how much you appreciate them, ask them how they like to be thanked. Employers might find a consensus of three or four ways that might best serve your industry overall. It might also save some head-scratching too. Did you go over budget on an ice cream sundae bar last year when your team prefers discounted services to the local chiropractor? In the spirit of enthusiasm, consider the nature of your business and how your employees celebrate, too.

While employees’ personalities differ, most employees are goal-driven people. Earning an award, a thank you, or recognition motivates them to reach even higher goals to the benefit of any business or organization. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #EmployeeAppreciationDay

Great Ways To Show Your Employees Some Appreciation

  • Be Flexible – Flexibility goes a long way in this virtual reality world. If possible within your industry, allowing a little flexibility can reap huge benefits when you need last-minute work done.
  • A Thank You Note – Believe it or not, many employees appreciate a heartfelt, hand-written thank you more than a slap on the back or a last-minute e-mail.
  • Team Effort Celebration – If the team pulled together and made it happen, reward them with an office pizza party, casual dress day, or even close the office early so they can spend some well-earned time with family.
  • Get Caught – Ensure the employee hears you telling someone else you thought they did a great job. Give the employee the credit they deserve. If they’re the best at something, make sure a client knows it. It also sets the expectation of repeat performance. 
  • Create a Culture of Encouragement – Employees who expand their horizons bring new skills to your workforce and will encourage others to do so, too. Praise their achievements and encourage others to pursue their goals.

If you have employees, be sure to show them some appreciation and use #EmployeeAppreciationDay to post on social media.


In 1995, Bob Nelson, a founding Recognition Professional International board member, and his publishing company, Workman Publishing, created National Employee Appreciation Day.

National Dress in Blue Day - First Friday in March


In an effort to knock out one of the top cancers causing death, National Dress in Blue Day on the first Friday in March encourages everyone to learn about the causes of colon cancer and raise awareness by wearing blue.

Much like the pink ribbon represents those lost to breast cancer, a blue star honors the memory of those lost to colon cancer. Continuing the blue theme on Dress in Blue Day, awareness efforts provide support through fundraising for screening, research, and awareness education.

Screenings are vital. Colon cancer often has no symptoms until its advanced stages placing its victims at higher risk if they wait until symptoms appear. Screenings are recommended beginning at age 50 and younger if you are at high risk.


Check your closet and wear something blue. Find out more about your risk factors. Schedule a screening if you are due. Donate. Visit www.supportccalliance.org to find out more. Spread the word.  Use #DressInBlueDay to share on social media.


In 2006, Anita Mitchell, a stage IV colon cancer survivor, founder of Colon Cancer Stars helped organize a day in her child’s school to raise colon cancer awareness called Wear Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Day after losing her father and a friend to the disease. National Dress in Blue Day’s success as a local school program encouraged Anita to bring the idea to the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2009. From there, this outstanding fundraiser developed into a nationwide program.



On the first Friday in March, National Day of Unplugging, kicks off a 24 hour period from sundown to sundown, to unplug, unwind, relax and do things other than using today’s technology, electronics, and social media.

Look around the average American household. Smartphones, computers, gaming systems, and smart TVs may not fill every nook and cranny, but gradually these devices are taking up residence and bandwidth in our homes and brains. According to Pew Research, the typical American family contains approximately 5 connected devices. Media, friends, entertainment, education, work, and more are all at our fingertips. The amount of information available to us is at an all-time high and the amount of connectedness goes with us everywhere.

Disconnecting or unplugging from all the digital static offers us an opportunity to reset. It also allows us to make more human connections with the people around us. Digital connections lack the tactile essence of the real world such as sounds, smells, and touch. Eye contact, for example, lacks depth in the digital world. In-person, however, we gain a sense of someone even if we don’t know what it is yet.

Another benefit of unplugging is better sleep. When we push away from the computer, put down the smartphone, and turn off the computer, we’re more likely to stretch our legs. Going outdoors into the fresh air, we might actually get more natural exercise causing our bodies to sleep better.

Other things about unplugging that might surprise you are that you’ll find more time to do the things you keep saying you have no time to do. For example, reading that book or visiting with an old friend, cleaning out the closets, or hiking a trail. What’s on your list that National Day of Unplugging will help you get finished?

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDayOfUnplugging

It’s pretty simple really. Make a plan with a friend or two ahead of time. Turn off the smartphones, computers, personal assistants, gaming systems, and televisions. Start your day by singing in the shower. Read the newspaper. Meet a friend for breakfast. Go to the library and use the Dewy Decimal System. Have a conversation uninterrupted by a notification. How else will you spend the day? Make sure to sign the Unplugging Pledge, too!

Take a break from technology and use #NationalDayOfUnplugging to post on social media the day before to spread the word.


Members of the Reboot Network founded National Day of Unplugging to encourage others to have a more unplugged life. 



National Cheese Doodle Day on March 5th marks an annual celebration where fingers turn a cheesy orange as we snack on these flavorful treats! Found all across the country, these cheddar cheese coated snacks come in puffed or crunchy, fried or baked. They also come in single-serving or jumbo-sized packaging.   

The actual inventor of Cheese Doodles is under debate. Generally, the credit goes to a man named Morrie Yohai who made a variety of extruded snack foods in the 1940s for his family’s company called Old London Foods. Other sources show patents for similar products in the 1930s and still other competing accounts in Wisconsin and in New Orleans as well.

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When is National Mac and Cheese Day?

However they came to be, they are here. Their crunchy, orange deliciousness is enjoyed around the world! They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and flavors and 15 million pounds are produced annually.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCheeseDoodleDay

Celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day by adding the orange-y snack to your lunch. You can also include cheese doodles in your recipes. Crush them up and use them as breading for fried fish. Top homemade mac and cheese with crushed cheese doodles for added crunchy flavor. What recipes will you create using cheese doodles?

Grab a bag (or tub) of cheese doodles and use #NationalCheeseDoodleDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this snack food holiday.

National Absinthe Day - March 5


March 5th is also known as National Absinthe Day. This day is for those who are 21 years or older to celebrate a drink called absinthe. 

Often mistaken for a liqueur, it is truly a spirit because it isn’t sweetened. It belongs to the vodkas, gins, and whiskeys when categorizing absinthe.

The spirit is made by infusing wormwood, fennel, anise, and other herbs into alcohol through distillation. Pierre Ordinaire, a French doctor, is credited with the creation of absinthe. He developed and prescribed the elixir in the early 19th century as a cure for many illnesses.

It has a strong licorice flavor to it and has a high alcohol content. The spirit is often served with ice, a sugar cube placed on a slotted spoon over the glass, and water poured over the sugar.

Also known as the Green Fairy, the Green Goddess, or the Green Lady, the drink was popular with artists and writers. It was also once rumored to have hallucinogenic effects. Just as it was gaining popularity, as the century was coming to a close, its reputation took some severe blows.

Many blamed the Green Lady for causing madness, seizures, and low morality, among other ills of society. One of the final blows was a scandal in 1905 involving a French laborer who had spent the day drinking. His drink of choice was absinthe. Later that day, he murdered his children and pregnant wife.

France banned the drink, and other countries soon followed. In the United States and around the world, the ban has since been lifted.

Studies have proven there is nothing hallucinogenic about the drink. Absinthe does have a higher alcohol content than other spirits, so keeping that in mind is important to drink responsibly.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAbsintheDay

Celebrate the day by learning more about absinthe. Whether you have a taste, mix up a cocktail or watch a documentary, it will be a worthy endeavor.

  • If you prefer to read up on your absinthe mixology, we found a few books you might want to page through.
    • Absinthe Cocktails: 50 Ways to Mix with the Green Fairy by Kate Simon
    • A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic & Contemporary Cocktails by James F. Thompson and R. Winston Guthrie
    • The Little Green Book of Absinthe: An Essential Companion with Lore, Trivia, and Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by Paul Owens and Paul Nathan
  • Pub owners host a cocktail tasting featuring the Green Goddess. Include history, tantalizing tidbits, and famous dancers partners of the Green Lady.
  • Try making your own absinthe cocktail to celebrate.
  • Discover more about plants that go into making spirits.

Have some absinthe (Remember to drink responsibly and never drink and drive) and use #NationalAbsintheDay to post on social media.


Why March 5th? It’s a nod to Pernod, and the day the approval of their final label for Pernod Fils Absinthe became official in 2013.

National Multiple Personality Day - March 5


National Multiple Personality Day on March 5th has two separate approaches to recognizing this day. 

The first strategy takes an inward examination of our own personalities. This approach sees the day as a way to explore personality traits and examining the roots of those traits. Each one of us shows a different side of our characters at other times and in different places. Sometimes our personalities appear to be altered, depending on whom we are with and what we are doing. With these things in mind, the day focuses our thoughts on our own personality traits. 

The other view of the observance aims to raise awareness of the disorder. Multiple Personality Disorder is better known as Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). It is characterized by at least two distinct and relatively enduring identities or dissociated personality states that alternately control a person’s behavior. Someone with DID will experience memory impairment for important information not explained by ordinary forgetfulness. While the disorder affects less than .1 to 1 percent of the population, its impact is profound for that community and their family. The continued need for treatment, support, and research remains. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #MultiplePersonalityDay

While there are two ways to approach this day, you can choose to recognize both. Start by exploring your personality traits. Take a personality test and learn more about your personality. Invite a friend to take the test with you and compare your results. Then, learn more about Dissociative Identity Disorder. Please find out how it affects a person and how it is treated. Attend a seminar or read up about the disorder. Show support for those with the disorder by sharing your new-found understanding.

Use #MultiplePersonalityDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this multi-faceted day. 



The First Friday in March is National Speech and Debate Education Day to prepare students to do more than speaking publicly. Through the support of coaches and teachers, students learn the skills vital to success in future careers and everyday decision-making. The ability to conduct thorough research, construct intelligent arguments and receive constructive criticism produces assured citizens able to collaborate and communicate their ideas ineffective, even eloquent ways.

The observance encourages communities to show the coaches and teachers support for their hard work and dedication. They spend long hours preparing and helping the students after the school day has ended. These sessions often occur after their workday has ended and before they have even been home to their families. Speech and Debate coaches spend as much time as athletic coaches preparing, studying rules, reviewing speeches, pairing teams, making changes, traveling, judges, and hosting events.

Speech and debate education prepares students for future careers as well as serving their community. It helps them with critical thinking and analysis of facts. Another quality that speech and debate instills in students is confidence. As with many school activities, speech and debate helps to inspire confidence in students one speech and debate at a time. Through research, practice, and increased difficulty, they master a variety of topics, all of which benefit them in the greater world the awaits them.

HOW TO OBSERVE #SpeechAndDebateEducationDay

Find out more by visiting SpeechandDebate.org. Explore the opportunities for Speech and Debate in your school. Students who participate in Speech and Debate inspire others to confidently present their ideas. While motivating others, they find the confidence to be leaders and support each other to engage in a contest of words and thoughts. They won’t regret it! Support your local school’s Speech and Debate teams and use #SpeechAndDebateEducationDay and #WeAreSpeechAndDebate to share on social media.

Educators and Family, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for projects and ideas to help you Celebrate Every Day!


The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) founded National Speech and Debate Education Day to recognize and celebrate the positive impact speech and debate activities have on schools, students, organizations, and their communities.  In 2016, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring March 15, 2016, to be National Speech and Debate Education Day.  In 2017, the Senate passed the resolution declaring the day to March 3, 2017. Both resolutions were co-sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Chris Coons. In 2018, the date was set for Friday, March 2nd. The latest resolution declares the first Friday in March as the celebration date.

March 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


An incident involving British troops firing into a gathering mob in Boston kills five Americans including Crispus Attucks. Known as the Boston Massacre, the event would raise tensions among colonists and increase resistance to the Crown. Five years later, the Revolutionary War began.


The U.S. Patent Office issued patent no.124,405 to George Westinghouse Jr. for his “Improvement in Steam-Air Brakes” for use on steam-powered locomotives.


Test pilot Captain Joseph Summers flies the Supermarine Spitfire on its maiden flight. Reginald J. Mitchell designed the British propeller aircraft.


The Piper PA-24 Comanche aircraft carrying country singers Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and pilot Randy Hughes crashed 90 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee, killing all on board.

Recipe of the Day

New York Cheesecake
Prep:  25 minutes
Cook:  45 minutes
Total Prep:  70 minutes
Servings:  6-8



1 – 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar

8 ounces cream cheese
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup sour cream

1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup sugar


First Prepare Crust:

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, and 1/4 cup powdered sugar.

Press into a well greased, 9-inch springform pan.

Spread up the side and along the bottom of the pan.

Place in freezer and chill for 5 to 10 minutes.

Next prepare filling:

Heat oven to 400°.

In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth.

Add eggs, vanilla, and cornstarch and mix well.

Stir in  1 cup sour cream.

Pour the mixture into the cooled crust and bake for 45 minutes.

Turn off the oven and let cool 3 hours with the door slightly ajar.

Refrigerate overnight.

Prepare topping (before serving):

Combine 1 cup sour cream and 3/4 cup sugar.

Pour over chilled cheesecake before serving.

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March 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Étienne-Jules Marey – 1830

The French scientist studied human and natural movement. He made many developments in photography to capture movement including a sphygmograph and chronophotograph that were predecessors to the motion picture camera.

Emmett Culligan – 1893

In 1936, Emmett Joseph Culligan and his brothers John and Leo Culligan founded Culligan Zeolite Company.

Momofuku Ando – 1910

In 1958, the Taiwanese-Japanese inventor founded Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. He is the inventor of Chicken Ramen, the first instant ramen.

Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb – 1931

At 16-years-old, Jerrie Cobb earned her pilot’s license. By the age of 21, she was flying internationally. In 1959, she was one of thirteen women selected to complete Mercury astronaut training. Cobb completed all three phases, however, all 13 women would be denied any opportunity to fly as part of a NASA mission.

Lynn Margulis – 1938

The evolutionary biologist is best known for her symbiotic theory of evolution. She published the theory in Origin of Eukaryotic Cells and in Symbiosis in Cell Evolution.

Leslie Marmon Silko – 1948

In 1980, the Laguna Pueblo author earned the American Book Award for her novel Ceremony. Some of her other works include Storyteller, Almanac of the Dead, Gardens in the Dunes and Yellow Woman.

Penn Jillette – 1955

The American magician, illusionist, and comedian has been performing since 1975 with his silent partner, Teller.

Notable Mentions

Howard Pyle – 1853
Eliza Blaker – 1854
Rosa Luxemburg – 1871
Michael Warren – 1946
Andy Gibb – 1958

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