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On May 22nd, World Paloma Day recognizes the national drink of Mexico. This refreshing cocktail made with tequila and grapefruit soda is definitely worth celebrating!

The growing reputation of the Paloma in the United States may be related to its sparkling personality. The vibrant flavor and bright citrus notes combined with a light, energetic flare make the Paloma a celebration drink.

However, where and when the Paloma began is a bit of mystery. In 1938, the first grapefruit soda came on the scene in the United States. From there, the soda made its way to Mexico in 1955. Whoever first mixed tequila, lime, and grapefruit soda brought together an undeniably beautiful and delightful beverage.

The Paloma’s shimmering character is just one reason it is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Easily mixed in large batches to serve in a pitcher for company, the Paloma complements a summer cookout, as well as a more formal affair.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPalomaDay

Order a Paloma tonight, mix one up yourself or make a pitcher to share with friends. To enjoy at home, try this recipe:

2 oz Cenote Blanco Tequila
1⁄2 oz Fresh lime juice
Grapefruit soda, to top

Garnish – lime wedge or grapefruit wedge
Add tequila and lime juice to a highball glass filled with ice.
Fill with grapefruit soda, and stir briefly.

Use #WorldPalomaDay to share on social media.

Always drink responsibly and don’t drink and drive. Designate a sober driver.


Cenote Tequila

Cenote Tequila founded World Paloma Day in 2019 to celebrate the growing popularity of Mexico’s signature drink, the Paloma.

In 2019, the Registrar of National Day Calendar proclaimed World Paloma Day to be observed on May 22nd annually.

About Stoli Group
Part of SPI Group – one of the world’s leading premium spirits businesses – Stoli Group was established in 2013 as the division responsible for the management, distribution and marketing of SPI’s global spirit portfolio.

Stolichnaya, Stoli, the bottle shape, the label/s are trademarks, depending of the country, of ZHS IP Americas Sàrl, ZHS IP Europe Sàrl or ZHS IP Worldwide Sàrl.

National Road Trip Day - Friday Before Memorial Day


The Friday before Memorial Day is declared National Road Trip Day and serves as the official kickoff of the summer road trip season. Millions of Americans hit the road each year over the long weekend, visiting friends and family while paying tribute to our American heroes.

Two-thirds of American drivers (54 percent)* report an increase in the number of trips they plan to take this summer and more than half (53%) of people plan to take a road trip. And we may see a new trend on the rise, with 52% of respondents reporting that the pandemic has made them more likely to take an outdoors-focused trip.

It’s clear that the open road calls when long weekends and Fridays roll around. We pack up, fuel up, stock up, and then crank up the tunes. In fact, 63 percent** of road trippers say that having good music, audiobooks, and/or podcasts to listen to are the most important parts of a successful road trip. Additionally, three in five road trippers (59 percent) say that having good snacks and drinks for the road, finding great places to eat on the way, and finding clean bathrooms to use while traveling are their most important parts of a successful road trip.

Whether we’re seeking adventure, visiting family and friends, or making a business connection, road trips are often a rite of passage. Sometimes we endure them, often hearing, “Are we there yet?” And other times we never want them to end; sometimes getting lost can be even more fun than the original plan.

Getting There

Road trips that begin and end with happy passengers are always the best. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  •  Plan ahead. Even a spur of the moment trip requires a little planning.
    • Two in five (42 percent) road trippers find travel apps very helpful when planning their trip, and mapping out your stops ahead of time can be a great way to save both time and money.
    • One way to do so is with the Pilot Flying J app’s enhanced trip planner feature. The trip planner helps users create their route and find Pilot and Flying J locations along the way, showcasing specific amenities, fuel prices and more.
  • Vehicle maintenance is vital to any successful road trip. Beyond the routine maintenance like oil changes and sound tires, other simple checks will keep you on the road.
    • check your wipers and wiper fluid
    • make sure your spare tire and jack are in place
    • all lights and signals are working
    • condition of your brake pads
    • registration is current or not about to expire
  • Plot your course. Consider construction, fuel and snack stops, shopping, and the interests of the other travelers.
    • Road trippers prioritize convenience and efficiency, primarily (58 percent) wanting to stop at all-in-one rest stops (offers gas, food, drinks, coffee, bathrooms, and more.).
    • Specifically, the top “road trip essential” snacks are chips and salty foods (52 percent), freshly made, grab-and-go foods (50 percent), and fast food options (49 percent).
How do you travel?

There are two kinds of people who take road trips. If you’re going together, you might want to discuss a compromise before hitting the road! The tourist takes their time getting there and doesn’t mind taking backroads to see long-forgotten ghost towns. On the other hand, the pilot enjoys seeing the country from the car, sets a course, and frowns upon unscheduled stops or side trips.

No matter the destination, road trips include an element of expectation, and they rarely disappoint. The best road trips bring us closer to people over a stick of beef jerky and car karaoke. They connect us to places through memories, a postcard, and the kindness of strangers.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRoadTripDay

National Day Calendar and Pilot Flying J are encouraging Americans to celebrate National Road Trip Day virtually this year. On May 18, 2020, the brand is launching the Road Trip Reimagined campaign on social media, where followers will be asked to submit images or stories of their favorite road trip memories, alternate types of road trips or future places to visit. Participants will be entered to win a daily prize of a $500 Pilot Flying J gift card to fuel their next adventure, through May 22. Follow @PilotFlyingJ on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to share your National Road Trip Day plans with the hashtags #NationalRoadTripDay and #RoadTripReimagined to enter to win.


Pilot Flying J Logo

In 2019, Pilot Flying J, the largest travel center operator in North America, founded National Road Trip Day, the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, to officially kick off the unofficial first day of the summer travel season. Pilot Flying J prepares all spring for the summer travel season and helps provide guests with the fuel, food, drinks, and travel necessities needed to make it from point A to point B as easily and conveniently as possible. With 750 travel center locations in North America, Pilot Flying J is a convenient, one-stop-shop for travelers, offering clean bathrooms and a large assortment of snacks, beverages and food options. To learn more about National Road Trip Day, visit pilotflyingj.com/nationalroadtripday.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Road Trip Day in 2019 and to be observed annually on the Friday before Memorial Day.

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*According to OnePoll study; May 18, 2020

**According to Zeno Group Research & Insights study; May 13, 2019

National Solitaire Day - May 22


On May 22, National Solitaire Day recognizes a card game that has been around for more than 200 years.

Also known as Klondike, the classic version of the game uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards. The object of the game is to clear the board by creating a stack of cards from low to high in each suit. If the player completes each suit, the player wins the game of Solitaire.

It wasn’t until 1990 when Microsoft included Solitaire in Windows 3.0 that the game truly went viral. Microsoft Solitaire successfully helped teach computer users how to use a mouse and, in the process, ended up becoming one of the most played video games in history.

“…For the past 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire has been providing great entertainment to hundreds of millions of players in every corner of the world, and we’re happy to announce that May 22 of each calendar year will officially be designated as National Solitaire Day, recognizing the day Microsoft first included Solitaire in Windows,” says Paul Jensen, Studio Manager for Microsoft Casual Games.

In 2012, Microsoft evolved Solitaire into the Microsoft Solitaire Collection. These changes feature five of the top Solitaire games in one app. Since then, the game has been played by over 242 million people.

Microsoft Solitaire Collection is available as a free download from the Windows, iPhone, and Android App Stores.


HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSolitaireDay

There’s no need to be particularly productive to celebrate the day – just play someSolitaire! Either on a computer, laptop, tablet, phone, or “go retro” and play using real cards. And use #NationalSolitaireDay to post on social media to share in the fun of this classic card game.

Anniversary Details:

May 22nd, 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire. With a worldwide appeal, Microsoft Solitaire Collection hosts tens of millions of players per month, from over 200 countries, in 65 different languages. Even after 30 years, Microsoft Solitaire remains among the most played games on the planet. Within this vast and diverse audience, players complete over 100 Million hands of Solitaire every day! Inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame in 2019, it is incredible to see what has transpired from a simple game that came with the Windows 3.0 operating system. 30 years later, Microsoft is excited to celebrate this major milestone with fans across the globe.

Players can celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Microsoft Solitaire every day in May with special surprises, exclusive events, and double XP bonuses in-game on Windows 10 & Mobile Devices (iOS & Android). Microsoft Solitaire is also honoring its fans by featuring video testimonials that share why they have loved playing for so many years. In addition to daily activities, all are invited to join the RECORD-BREAKING event, May 22nd, to help reach the most games of Microsoft Solitaire completed in one day. Visit the 30thAnniversary Eventpage for more details and extra Anniversary fun!

Social Media Links
Twitter:Anniversary Tweet
Facebook:Add 30th Anniversary Frame to your profile
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Microsoft founded National Solitaire Day on May 22, 2018, to celebrate one of the most played computer games. In 2015,Microsoft Solitairecelebrated its 25th anniversary. National Solitaire Day continues that celebration with an annual event recognizing the contributions Microsoft Solitairehas provided in the computer age of the game.

In 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on May 22nd, annually.




NATIONAL COOLER DAY – Friday Before Memorial Day


What more could you need than a cold drink for the official launch of summer? Something to keep it cold, of course! National Cooler Day, the Friday before Memorial Day, makes staying cool easy this summer.

As simple as the design of a cooler may seem, it wasn’t until the 1950s that the first cooler or “portable icebox” made the scene. In fact, the material needed to make coolers didn’t even exist until 1944.

While we rely on coolers today to keep our food and beverages cold for various outdoor activities – they do so much more. Coolers save lives during disasters by carrying food (cold or hot) to areas affected by loss of power. Sporting events, fundraisers, and parades run more smoothly when volunteers bring their coolers along. They also keep medications at the proper temperature during shipping.

Of course, the combination of durable portability makes the cooler an essential tool in many ways. It is our spare seat, prep station, and umbrella anchor, too. Despite the wear and tear endured, they faithfully provide us with an ice-cold drink on a hot day – until the beverages run out.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCoolerDay

The first part is easy. Locate your cooler. National Cooler Day reminds us that sometimes we loaned our cooler to a friend, or it might be time to get a new one – a cooler that is.

Part two, fill it up with all your favorite beverages and food.

The final step is to have fun with your friends and family while sharing it all using #NationalCoolerDay on social media.


In 2019, RTIC Outdoors founded National Cooler Day to kick off the Memorial Day weekend by recognizing coolers as the Summer essential that makes getting away, helping out and celebrating so much easier.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Cooler Day in May of 2019 to be observed the Friday before Memorial Day annually.

About RTIC Outdoors

Entrepreneurial twin brothers, John and Jim Jacobsen, gained success in the cooler industry by selling their high-end products for less. They offer high-quality coolers with all of the features customers want – at a fraction of the price you can buy in a retail outlet. How? By cutting out the big box retailers, using word of mouth, & social media to promote their coolers.
In the three years since launching RTIC Coolers—now known as RTIC Outdoors—the duo’s ultimate goal remains the same; provide high-quality, affordable products for all.
“It’s about the adventure, and how you can take RTIC along—spend the money on the adventure, not on the gear.” -John Jacobsen



On May 22nd, National Craft Distillery Day adds spirits to the small-batch revolution. Recognizing the diversity of distilled spirits, the industry followed in the footsteps of the craft brewers and began creating a market for themselves.

History of Distilling

Spirit distillation has a long and influential history going back to the Greeks. Some scholars have traced the earliest recorded wine distilling recipes back to Anaxilaus of Thessaly. Despite this, Rome expelled him for practicing magic in 28 B.C. The Greeks also took this idea and learned if they boiled wine in an open container, the hot alcohol vapor escaped first. Next, they captured the alcohol vapor.

When the slowly heated wine was in a vessel with a small mouth covered by a bowl, the alcohol collected as a condensed vapor inside the bowl. Then the Greeks discovered with the addition of a downward-slanted tube the vapor cooled and collected in the receiving vessel. Thus, the word “distill” comes from the Latin verb destillare, meaning “to drip down.”

Craft Distilleries

Years of invention and discovery led to the spirits we drink today. Much like the boom of craft breweries in the 90s, today’s small craft distilleries bring an artisan-crafted spirit alternative to the products of large commercial distilleries. From gin and whiskey to bourbon, rum, and vodka, craft distillers infuse unique qualities into their products with locally sourced ingredients. Focusing on their craft and bringing a subtle character to their final spirit, distilleries set themselves apart from the competition. And the competition grows!

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCraftDistilleryDay

Celebrate National Craft Distillery Day with a glass of handcrafted spirits and support your local craft distillery by using #NationalCraftDistilleryDay. Visit a local distillery and enjoy your favorite spirit. Also, take home your favorite and one for a friend. Use #NationalCraftDistilleryDay to share your favorites on social media.


N. Scott Distillery LogoDistiller Nicholas Strauser, Connie Strauser, and Brandy Strauser-Sobanski of N Scott Distillery founded National Craft Distillery Day on May 22, 2019, in recognition of the growing movement of craft distilleries and the introduction of their signature recipe, that starts with a unique Bourbon mash, Gentleman’s 1864. The first drop of handcrafted spirits flowed off the artisan still at N. Scott Distillery on May 22, 2017. This marked the day that Las Vegas’s first family-owned and operated distillery, N Scott Distillery, joined America’s other craft distilleries producing fine handcrafted spirits.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Craft Distillery Day be observed annually on May 22 beginning in 2019.





NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY – Friday before Memorial Day


Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, National Don’t Fry Day aims to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun.  It is important for everyone to remember to use sun protection and sun safety practices.

Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States, and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer.  The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage to the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us. We need to take precautions when we are outside in the sun.  Using a good sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher, wearing sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat are a few ways to get started with sun safety.

Skin cancer is curable if it is found early.  Be aware of changes on your skin with growths and in moles.  See your doctor if you have any concerns.  Be safe!


Protect your skin when enjoying the outdoors. Use #DontFryDay to post on social media.


The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention created National Don’t Fry Day to increase educational awareness regarding sun overexposure at the start of summer.



Each year on May 22nd, National Maritime Day recognizes the launch of the maritime industry in the United States. The celebration also honors America’s Merchant Marines for their contributions and sacrifices for our country. Special acknowledgment is given to ships and seafarers that have held a prominent place in our nation’s history.

As one of the oldest industries, its time-honored traditions compose a full and rich history. Celebrations and ceremonies around the country recognize the people our maritime nation depends on. Each year the Department of Transporation holds a national ceremony in Washinton D.C. at the Department of Transportation headquarters.

While the holiday commemorates a transatlantic event, U.S. maritime industry encompasses nearly every state in the nation with workers transporting vessels on lakes, rivers, and oceans. Employment opportunities aren’t limited to shipyards either. The maritime industry also calls for workers with expertise in fishing, aquaculture, processing, diving, and transportation, just to name a few.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMaritimeDay

Join a celebration near you. Learn more about maritime history and the people who work in the industry. Share your knowledge and experiences, too. Give a shoutout to someone you know in the maritime industry using #NationalMaritimeDay to post on social media.


On May 20, 1933, Congress approved Public Resolution No. 7 designating May 22, 1933, as National Maritime Day commemorating the first successful transoceanic voyage from the United States. On May 22, 1819, the steamship The Savannah set sail from Savannah, Georgia to England. For more information on the observance, events visit www.marad.dot.gov.



May 22nd is the day we recognize National Vanilla Pudding Day. Enjoy it with a delicious dish of cold, creamy vanilla pudding.

The puddings we enjoy as desserts today are not what was commonly known as pudding at ancient dinner tables. Most medieval puddings were meat-based and seasoned with herbs and spices. Even sweetened, they were usually served hot. Toward the end of the 18th century, puddings were more likely made from a grains or day-old bread with nuts, fruit, or meats. These puddings were used to stretch meals for a large family.

The creamy pudding we are more familiar with today is related to the custard, minus the eggs.

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but spouses who are chemists are the inventors. When you are Alfred Bird and your wife is allergic to eggs, that is very true. In 1837, Bird invented an egg-free custard powder using flavored cornstarch.

My-T-Fine produced the earliest packaged pudding in the United States in 1918. This and other puddings like them still required cooking on the stove. The instant version came along in the mid-1940s.  On its own or as an ingredient in a larger recipe, pudding can be enjoyed in a variety of flavors.

HOW TO OBSERVE #VanillaPuddingDay

You can celebrate by enjoying vanilla pudding on its own or making another dessert. A few suggestions include:

  • Layer fresh fruit and pound cake to make a trifle.
  • Poke holes in a cake and pour the pudding over the top to make a poke cake.
  • Use vanilla pudding to make a parfait.
  • Make a pudding pie.

We even have a few recipes for you to try.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
Moms Chocolate Chip Cookies
Strawberry Delight Cake
Dessert Pizza

What are your favorite ways to use vanilla pudding? Share your recipes using #VanillaPuddingDay to post on social media.


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



Each year on May 22nd we observe National Buy a Musical Instrument Day.  The day is all about playing music.  If you are a musician, it might be time for a new instrument.  Maybe you can learn to play a second or third one.  If you have never played an instrument before, this celebration may be the motivation you need.

Wander into any music shop and the person behind the counter will be passionate about the instruments. It will not matter if the instrument is brass, strung, percussion, or a woodwind. Their enthusiasm for any patron’s interest in music will show. And no matter your age, a musical instrument will bring joy to your life. String together a few notes on a keyboard or take some music lessons. Add a new instrument to your repertoire.

Make it a family affair, too. Grandpa can play his ukelele while the grandkids play the drums, trombone, and flute. Together they can all make terrific music!

HOW TO OBSERVE #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay

Explore your way to a new musical instrument. No matter your age or musical experience, May 22nd is the day to go instrument shopping. While you’re shopping, give a shout out to your favorite music shop using #BuyAMusicalInstrumentDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this musical holiday.

We were unable to find any information supporting National Buy a Musical Instrument Day was originally May 18th in honor of Meredith Willson, the writer, and composer of The Music Man. While the plot of The Music Man and Willson’s hometown inspiration for the book, musical, and film has a delightful kinship to this day, at this time we are unable to confirm the origin of this day.

Recipe of the Day

Shrimp Fettucini
Prep:  5 minutes
Cook:  15 minutes
Total Prep:
 20 minutes
Serves 4


8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley


Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.

Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.

Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.

Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.

Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.

Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.

Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.

Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)

Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.

Add Parmesan cheese.

Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.

Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.

(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)


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