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MAY 24, 2019 | NATIONAL ROAD TRIP DAY | NATIONAL COOLER DAY | BROTHER’S DAY | NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY | AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY | NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY | NATIONAL ESCARGOT DAY | NATIONAL WYOMING DAY

National Road Trip Day - Friday Before Memorial Day
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NATIONAL ROAD TRIP DAY

The Friday before Memorial Day is declared National Road Trip Day and serves as the official kickoff of the summer road trip season. With two-thirds of leisure travelers (64 percent)* planning to take vacations this summer, 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

On National Road Trip Day, share the best snacks, drinks, books and people to take with you. Do you wander the back roads? Take a road trip and share photos of the faces you see and places you go. Check off a long-awaited adventure or share road trip memories. City or country destinations, it doesn’t matter. Fuel up, stock up and share the road using #NationalRoadTripDay on social media. To celebrate National Road Trip Day, drivers can enter the promo code “ROADTRIP” in the Pilot Flying J app starting on May 21 to save an offer for $5 off their next purchase of $10 or more***. The offer can be redeemed from May 21-27,2019****.

HISTORY

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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.

There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar®!

*According to AAA Travel survey; April 11, 2019

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

***Data rates may apply.

****Excludes fuel, alcohol, lottery and cigarettes.

National Cooler Day - Friday Before Memorial Day
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NATIONAL COOLER 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

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.

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HISTORY

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

BROTHER’S DAY

Observed every year on May 24, Brother’s Day honors the brothers in our lives.  Whether we have one or many, our brothers hold a special place in our hearts.  Even if for those who don’t have brothers, someone in their life is usually like a brother to them.  Brothers from other mothers are found in a best friend, a brother-in-law or a cousin.  They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often.  We share memories, challenges that frequently began with the phrase, “What’s this!” soon followed by a few stitches.

They are the men in our lives we count on even when we don’t talk very often.  We share memories, challenges that frequently began with the phrase, “What’s this!” soon followed by a few stitches. While minding their own business, they are also prepared to step in when necessary.  That’s what brothers do.

Of course, they’ve been known to put toads on your head or gum in your hair.  They may have been too cool for you once, too.  Brothers come in many shapes and sizes and so do their relationships.  Whatever yours is, take the time to celebrate your brother on Brother’s Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy time with brothers and reminisce.  Find time for new brother siblings to spend some fun, enjoyable time together.  Use #BrothersDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama founded Brothers Day.

NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY 

Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day.  The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is 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!

For more information see: http://skincancerprevention.org/programs/dont-fry-day

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #DontFryDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

National Don’t Fry Day was created by the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

AVIATION MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN DAY

On May 24 we honor the men and women who have worked behind the scenes making and keeping aviation possible.  It is Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.

We all know the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright, Kitty Hawk and the experiment of human flight.

How many of us know the name, Charles Edward Taylor? He came to work for the Wrights in 1902 when the research turned to powered flight.  The automobile companies couldn’t supply an engine both light enough and powerful enough for flight.

Enter Taylor.  A machinist by trade, with a metal lathe, drill press, and other hand tools, he built the 12-horsepower engine which propelled the Wright’s aeroplane 20 feet above the wind-swept North Carolina beach. The longest flight lasted 59 seconds for a distance of 852 feet.  It took Taylor 6 weeks to build the engine and yet, history books rarely mention the man who helped make the historic December 17, 1903, flight possible.

Being on the cusp of the aeronautics industry, Taylor continued to design aircraft engines for the Wright brothers as well as teaching them to build their own. When the first airport was established (by the Wrights), he was named the airport manager.

The partnership continued when the Wright brothers were awarded a military contract for the first military plane with Taylor designing and building the engine.

Taylor’s adventures continued in 1911 when William Randolph Hearst offered up a cash award to the first pilot to fly across the United States in 30 days or less. Cal Rodgers, a young pilot, accepted the challenge and hired Charles Taylor as his mechanic.

Rodgers made it, landing and crashing from New York to Pasadena, with Taylor trailing along in a car.

Charles Taylor continued in the field of aviation maintenance for more than 60 years. Like Taylor, aviation maintenance technicians around the world work in the background, keeping civilian and military aircraft safe. On May 24th, we recognize their achievements and humble history.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #AviationMaintenaceTechnicianDay to share on social media.

HISTORY

Through the efforts of Richard Dilbeck, in 2001, the FAA created the prestigious Charles E. Taylor Master Mechanic Award to honor AMTs, who had served at least 50 years in aircraft maintenance.  The following year, California Senator Knight introduced a resolution honoring Aviation Maintenance Technicians annually in honor of Charles Taylor’s birthday.

NATIONAL SCAVENGER HUNT DAY

Marked annually on May 24, National Scavenger Hunt Day is set aside as a day to enjoy the good ol’ fashioned fun of a scavenger hunt.

American gossip columnist, author, songwriter and professional hostess Elsa Maxwell (May 24, 1883 – November 1, 1963) is credited with the introduction of the scavenger hunt for use as a party game in the modern era.

A scavenger hunt is a game where teams are challenged to “scavenge” for a list of odd items. Participants are not allowed to buy the objects and depending on where the hunt takes place may have to beg, barter or work for them.  Some scavenger hunts add riddles to each item increasing the difficulty of the game.  The team with the most items, or the first to complete the list, wins.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Scavenger hunts have become popular at weekend get-togethers, parties, family gatherings and holidays. However, this would be a great day to have a scavenger hunt at the office or put one together for the neighborhood kids and let the fun begin. Use #ScavengerHuntDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Scavenger Hunt Day.

National Escargot Day is observed each year on May 24th.  This day is in honor of the famous French dish of cooked land snails. Escargot is enjoyed by many. However, it is an acquired taste.  It is usually served as an appetizer in French restaurants.
 Escargot {es.kar.go} is the French word for snail.

The dish of Escargot is usually prepared by removing the land snails from their shells, cooking them with garlic, butter and wine. They are then placed back into their shells with the sauce for serving.    The dish is served with a special fork and tong for easier dining.

                                                Escargot are high in protein and low in fat (without the butter).

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy this Escargot in Wine recipe. Use #NationalEscargotDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Escargot Day.

 

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. Many states have their own state celebrations, and National Day Calendar’s observances in no way replace them. There’s so much more to explore, we can’t help but celebrate our beautiful country even more!

National Wyoming Day
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NATIONAL WYOMING DAY

On May 24, National Wyoming Day recognizes the 44th state to join the union.

Also known as The Equality State, Wyoming territory led the nation and the world in granting women the right to vote. In 1869, the Wyoming territorial legislature passed a bill allowing women the right and the governor signed the bill on December 10, 1869. Twenty years later, Wyoming would approve the first state constitution including women’s suffrage. They would be granted statehood in 1870.

In a vast open country where homesteaders had to rely on one another, man or woman, equality had real meaning, true grit.

It’s also a country where massive towers seem to rise out of nowhere mysteriously. Devil’s Tower stands starkly against brilliant blue skies or disappears into the fog. Depending on the day or its mood it can do either, or both. Explore the Native American legends surrounding the creation of the monolith, hike its trails and wonder at its existence.

From Fossil Butte National Monument to Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming retells history. The state thrills and challenges visitors with its spectacular views in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park.

In The Cowboy State, rodeos provide opportunities to flex skill in the arena and amaze audiences in the stands. Whether they compete indoors or out, boots, jeans, and hat are recommended.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Join National Day Calendar as we explore The Equality State. Visit the towering Grand Tetons and learn about the resilient people who live in Wyoming. Follow the trails of dinosaurs and cowboys! Use #NationalWyomingDay to share on social media.

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.
 
Whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake or enjoy popcorn (our office favorite) on National Popcorn Day, stay in-the-know by signing-up for our e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t find yourself unprepared on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day – join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!

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