NATIONAL PROVIDER APPRECIATION DAY
National Provider Day, also known as National Child Care Provider Day, is annually celebrated on the Friday before Mother’s Day. It is a special day set aside to recognize child care providers, teachers and other educators of young children everywhere.
Child care providers deserve a big “Thank you” for their dedication, commitment and compassion.
Less than one-third of the children in America have a full-time stay-at-home parent. The child care provider is a partner in raising one’s children. Parents carefully choose their child care provider. It may be a private home daycare, a daycare center, an in-home provider, or a live-in nanny. They put their trust in them as they share the child-rearing responsibilities with them.
National Provider Appreciation Day would be a good day to pop some popcorn, get the family together and watch Mary Poppins.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Let your child care provider know how much you appreciate all they do. Use #ProviderAppreciationDay to post on social media.
National Provider Appreciation Day, was started in 1996 by a group of volunteers in New Jersey. This group saw the need to recognize the tireless efforts of providers who care for children of working parents. Each year since momentum and support have grown, and recognition currently includes individual and government organizations throughout the United States. A proclamation is signed each year by many of the State Governors. For more information on National Provider Appreciation Day visit www.providerappreciationday.org.
NATIONAL CLEAN UP YOUR ROOM DAY
National Clean Up Your Room Day is observed annually on May 10. This is a day parents appreciate much more than do their children.
National Clean Up Your Room Day isn’t just for kids to clean their rooms. It is about picking up, straightening up and cleaning up. It is a day to do some serious spring cleaning and make your surroundings more pleasant. Clean out a cluttered closet and donate or throw away those things you are not using. Help your children make their beds, clean their rooms and eliminate the toys and clothing they have outgrown.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Spend some time getting your home looking and feeling clean and fresh for summer. Post photos on social media using #CleanUpYourRoomDay.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Clean Up Your Room Day.
NATIONAL SHRIMP DAY
Observed annually on May 10, it is National Shrimp Day. Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, and this is the day to celebrate this delicious seafood.
The word “prawn” is used loosely to describe any large shrimp, sometimes known as “jumbo shrimp.” Some countries use the word “prawn” exclusively for all shrimp.
Preparing the shrimp for consumption usually involves the removal of the head, shell, tail and “sand vein”. There are many ways to cook shrimp. Standard methods of preparation include baking, boiling, broiling, sauteing, frying and grilling. Cooking time is delicate for shrimp, and they are at their best when not overcooked.
A healthy food, shrimp is low in calories and high in levels of omega-3, calcium, iodine, and protein. Shrimp is also known to be considered good for the circulatory system.
- Seafood Gumbo: A stew or soup that probably originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century. Seafood gumbo typically consists of a strongly flavored stock, shrimp and crab meat (sometimes oysters), a thickener, and seasoning vegetables. Gumbo is often categorized by the type of thickener used: okra, the Choctaw spice, file powder (dried and ground sassafras leaves), or roux, the French base made of flour and fat.
- Shrimp Cocktail: The Golden Gate was the first to serve this .50 cent shrimp cocktail in 1959. It is now a Las Vegas cliché. Called the “Original Shrimp Cocktail” on the menu, it is a favorite among tourists as well as the locals. The original Shrimp Cocktail consists of a regular-sized sundae glass filled with small salad shrimp and topped with a dollop of cocktail sauce.
- Shrimp DeJonghe: A specialty of Chicago, it is a casserole of whole, peeled shrimp blanketed in soft, garlic, sherry-laced bread crumbs. It is served as an appetizer or a main course. It originated in the late 19th or early 20th century at the DeJonghe’s Hotel and Restaurant.
- Shrimp Scampi: This dish has its own day on April 29 and is cooked in butter, garlic, lemon juice and white wine.
Shrimp and other shellfish are among the most common of food allergens.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate this fantastic food day by making your favorite shrimp dish. Need some ideas? As Bubba Blue from the movie, Forest Gump would say, “Shrimp cocktail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, broiled shrimp, spicy shrimp…” Share your favorite shrimp dish using #NationalShrimpDay.
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Shrimp Day.
NATIONAL LIPID DAY
National Lipid Day is observed annually on May 10th. The purpose of the day is to bring awareness to Dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia is an abnormal amount of lipids (e.g. cholesterol and/or fat) in the blood. In developed countries, most dyslipidemias are hyperlipidemias; that is, an elevation of lipids in the blood. This is often due to diet and lifestyle. Prolonged elevation of insulin levels can also lead to dyslipidemia. Likewise, increased levels of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) may cause dyslipidemia. Dyslipidemia and is the major cause of Cardio Vascular Disease worldwide. Preventative measures including health education, emphasis on the role of physical activity, diet, and timely visits to a doctor all aid in living a healthy life.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Take a walk, educate yourself on preventative measures and inform others. Share this by using #NationalLipidDay on social media.
National Lipid Day was submitted by Kunjan Singh and Sanjay Suri on behalf of Zydus Cadila and proclaimed by the Registrar of National Day Calendar in April 2015.
In 2017, National Day Calendar began celebrating each state in the order they entered the union starting the week of Independence Day and ending with Hawaii. We highlight a small part of each states’ history, foods and the people who make up the state. There’s so much more to explore! This week…
NATIONAL WASHINGTON DAY
On May 10, National Washington Day recognizes The Evergreen State.
In a ten-day period, President Benjamin Harrison signed legislation growing the nation by four new states. Washington would become the fourth of those and the 42nd state. During his tenure, two more would join the union.
The state’s history is filled with battles for possession over land. Some between countries and others for between individuals. The history of San Juan Island and the battle for its possession started over the death of a pig. While still a territory, Washington came to near blows over an eager settler, a boundary and a potato-rooting English boar. Today it is known as the Pig War of 1859.
Obscure wars aside, Washington’s northwest beauty is dominated by other more earthshattering events and views. Volcanic mountains and rainforests fill the landscape. The Evergreen State’s views of the Pacific Ocean do not disappoint. From whale watching and city life, there is plenty to see and do in every corner of the state.
Some of the most peaceful and quiet places in the United States are found in Olympic National Park. One Square Inch of Silence helps to preserve and hopefully expand these naturally silent spaces on Earth. One location is marked by a single red stone along the Hoh River Trail.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate National Washington Day. We’ll seek solitude and the best cup of joe. Discover the snowiest mountain peaks and visit the best music spots. Explore Washington’s history and find an adventure. Use #NationalWashingtonDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL MILITARY SPOUSE APPRECIATION DAY
Always the Friday before Mother’s Day, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is an important day when the citizens of the United States acknowledge the significant contributions, support and sacrifices of the spouses of the Armed Forces along with the tremendous strength and patriotism that they have.
National Military Spouse Appreciation Day is also sometimes known as Military Spouse Day.
Each year, by Presidential Proclamation, National Military Spouse Appreciation Day has been declared, then observed and celebrated across the country on the Friday preceding Mother’s Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #MilitarySpouseAppreciationDay to post on social media.
May 23, 1984, was declared the first Military Spouse Day with Proclamation 5184, dated April 17, 1984, as President Ronald Reagan recognized the profound importance of spouse commitment to the readiness and well-being of military members. Caspar Weinberger, US Secretary of Defense, standardized the date by declaring the Friday preceding Mother’s Day as Military Spouse Day. Each year, the United States President regularly commemorates this day with a formal speech and proclamation.
On Deck for May 11, 2019
- National Eat What You Want Day
- National Foam Rolling Day
- National Twilight Zone Day
- National Birth Mother’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
- National Babysitter’s Day – Saturday before Mother’s Day
- National Dog Mom’s Day – Second Saturday in May
- National Train Day – Saturday Closest to May 10
- National Archery Day – Second Saturday in May
- National Miniature Golf Day – Second Saturday in May
- Cornelia De Lange Syndrome Awareness Day – Second Saturday in May
- Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day – Second Saturday in May
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