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May 4, 2021 - NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY – BIRD DAY – NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY – NATIONAL RENEWAL DAY – NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY – NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY – NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY

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MAY 4, 2021 | NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY | NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY | BIRD DAY | NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY | NATIONAL RENEWAL DAY | NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY | NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY | NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY – Tuesday of the first full week in May

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY

National Teacher Appreciation Day, also known as National Teacher Day, recognizes dedicated educators across the country. As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, the celebration takes place on the Tuesday of the first full week in May each year.

The National Education Association describes National Teacher Day “as a day for honoring teachers and recognizing the lasting contributions they make to our lives.”

Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children, the future leaders of our country. These kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated, and understanding professionals help mold our children and guide them in positive directions. We entrust our children with teachers, and they affect their lives daily.

When is National Open The Magic Day?

No matter where we are in life, a teacher influenced us. They continue to impact our lives every day, too! When we meet new employees with a wealth of skills and abilities, a teacher helped shaped them. Every new business owner, doctor, engineer, or nurse can name a teacher who inspired them. Every one of us has at least one teacher in mind who encouraged and motivated us during our education.

HOW TO OBSERVE #TeacherAppreciationDay

It is time to say “Thank You” to the exceptional teachers you know. Take a moment and reflect on the teachers in your life. Who influenced your life? Who is making an impact today? Let teachers past and present know you value them. Let them know how they helped shape your future. You can also show your gratitude for your teachers in other ways:

  • Refill their supplies. Many teachers stock their classrooms with the supplies they need to effectively teach.
  • Write a letter showing your support. Your words may encourage a teacher to continue making a difference in a child’s life.
  • Ask them what they need the most. Sometimes just being asked is the most important part.
  • Volunteer in your schools. Every day, schools rely on parent support for many programs to succeed.
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Also, visit the National Day Classroom for more ways to #CelebrateEveryDay!

You can also download and print this postcard to mail to your teachers. It can be printed double-sided on a 5.5-inch x 4.25-inch cardstock or on one side and cut out. Tell them just how much their hard work means to you.

Use #TeacherAppreciationDay or #NationalTeachersDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY HISTORY

Political and educational leaders began discussions for a day to honor teachers in 1944. In 1953, Eleanor Roosevelt persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim National Teachers’ Day. Congress declared March 7, 1980, as National Teacher Day. The National Education Association continued to observe Teacher Day on the first Tuesday in March until 1985 when the National PTA established Teacher Appreciation Week as the first full week of May. The NEA Representative Assembly then voted to make the Tuesday of that week National Teacher Day.

NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY – May 4

NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY

May the Fourth be with you each year on National Star Wars Day. Or is it, “May the force be with you?” It all depends on whether you like using puns or not.

Thousands of Star Wars enthusiasts celebrate this day each year with parties and celebrations around the nation.

Star Wars fans didn’t first introduce the often quoted phrase on May 4th. It was 1979, and Britain elected the first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. On May 4th, the day she took office, the Conservative Party placed an advertisement in The London Evening News, which read, “May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations.”

Star Wars creator, George Lucas, was asked during a 2005 interview on a German news TV channel to say the famous sentence “May the Force Be with You.”   Upon doing so, the interpreter interpreted the sentence into German as Am4 Mai sind wir bei Ihnen (On May 4 we are with you). TV Total captured this and aired it on May 18, 2005.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStarWarsDay

Wear your Wookie costume or bring your lightsaber. Then prepare for warp speed. Wherever you go, may the fourth be with you. Oh, and be sure to watch some Star Wars films or play some trivia. Make some outer space snacks to enjoy, too.  Use #NationalStarWarsDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL STAR WARS DAY HISTORY

National Star Wars Day was first organized in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Toronto Underground Cinema in 2011. Produced by Sean Ward and Alice Quinn, festivities included an Original Trilogy Trivia Game Show, a costume contest, and the web’s best tribute films, mash-ups, parodies, and remixes on the big screen. May 4th was chosen because of the play on words.

BIRD DAY – May 4BIRD DAY

We honor our feathered friends on several holidays called Bird Day in the United States. The day celebrates birds of all kinds across North America.

With over 2,000 species of birds in North America, birdwatchers and nature lovers alike will appreciate the beauty and variety these winged friends offer. From songbirds to waterfowl and domesticated birds, they come in every color of plumage and wingspan.

During the spring, migrating birds move to their summer nesting grounds. It’s an excellent time for those new to birdwatching to learn to identify birds by species. Enthusiasts also know that birds will migrate through backyards and stop for a rest, a bite to eat, and a drink if the right habitat is provided. They stand prepared by their windows with binoculars and watch as new visitors arrive daily. Whether it’s an oriole, a tree swallow, the ruby-throated hummingbird, or an American Finch, you’ll want to make sure you’ve prepared food, natural habitat, and water sources for your guests.

However, it’s not just the passersby that get birdists excited. It’s the long-term residents and those of the greater outdoors. Year after year they watch robins collect their nesting material or chickadees caring for their brood. They wander through nature preserves seeking a glimpse of a varied thrush or a prairie warbler. When they do, they are often graced with a privileged view of a bald eagle soaring above them.

HOW TO OBSERVE #BirdDay

Enjoy the pleasure of viewing and listening to the birds in your neighborhood. Share your favorite birdwatching experiences. While you’re out and about, take photos. As you do, promote habitat conservation and preservation using #BirdDay to post on social media.

BIRD DAY HISTORY

Charles Almanzo Babcock, Oil City, Pennsylvania Superintendent of Schools, established the first Bird Day in 1894. It was also the first holiday in the United States dedicated to the celebration of birds. Babcock founded the day, observed annually on May 4th, to advance bird conservation as a moral value.

NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY – May 4

NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY

On May 4th National Orange Juice Day recognizes America’s most popular breakfast drink. Orange juice holds a large margin over second-place apple juice, too. People have been waking up to a glass of orange juice for many years and enjoying the health benefits it gives them.

One 8 ounce serving of orange juice has 124 mg of vitamin C and also supplies potassium, thiamine, and folate. That little bit of sunshine in the morning can add a boost to your day. Get your orange juice fresh squeezed, bottled, or in concentrated form in the freezer section. You can also enjoy orange juice blends for delicious combinations.

The United States is second only to Brazil in the production of orange juice, and they’re second only to Canada in consumption.

Another excellent way to add orange juice to your diet if you are watching your sugar intake is to include it as an ingredient in a recipe. Orange juice adds great flavor to smoothies, whole-grain waffles, or french toast.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalOrangeJuiceDay

Enjoy a nice cold glass of orange juice with your breakfast. Which do you prefer – extra pulp or no pulp versions? Orange juice producers offer both to satisfy all our needs. Share your favorite recipes using orange juice, too. Use #NationalOrangeJuiceDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL ORANGE JUICE DAY HISTORY

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

NATIONAL RENEWAL DAY – May 4

NATIONAL RENEWAL DAY

Observed annually on May 4th, National Renewal Day provides an opportunity for new beginnings.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, renewal is defined as “the state of being made new, fresh, or strong again: the state of being renewed.”

The day has been correctly placed in the spring when plants are sprouting. The day strives to reinvigorate us after a long winter.  Whether we choose to refresh our souls or replace our old rugs with new ones, we are charged with setting to work polishing up our state of being.

Where the house might need to be infused with a little fresh air, our friendships might need some reconnection to renew them.  Has the romance gone stale? Add a spark and bring some new life to it. Has the diet seen better days?  Find a little color to add to it, and you might find a little pep in your step to renew yourself.

Whatever your approach to this day is, remain confident and National Renewal Day will be a success.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRenewalDay

What will you renew? At the beginning of the year, many people made resolutions. Perhaps it renewing your commitment to those goals on Renewal Day will bring you closer to satisfying those resolutions. Other ideas for this holiday include:

  • Renewing your faith. No matter your faith, recommitting yourself to spiritual care, prayer, and mediation offer many rewards.
  • Refresh your outlook. If you find mornings to be difficult, change what makes them troublesome.
  • Change your view. Whether it’s the route you take to work or where you sit at the dining table, get a look at the world from another angle. You might discover something new or find something you lost.
  • Reconnect. Contact friends, family, and former co-workers. Strike up a conversation and catch up.
  • Revive an old hobby. While some of us may be a little rusty at first, we will be happy we took the time.

Share your ideas for renewal and use #NationalRenewalDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL RENEWAL DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator and origin of National Renewal Day.

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY - First Tuesday In may

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY

Dedicated to all the children in the U.S. foster care system, National Foster Care Day on the first Tuesday in May encourages everyone to wear blue and raise their voices to show their support for foster youth everywhere.

Kicking off Foster Care Month, National Foster Care Day provides a platform to help repair a system that is plagued with shortages nationwide. Many enter care with little to no belongings and have suffered the effects of abuse, poverty, neglect, or even the death of their loved ones. There is a nationwide shortage of foster parents and stipends that don’t cover the essentials of a growing child.

With over 400,000 children in the foster care system at any given time, and a new child placed into care every 2 minutes, the need for support services, essential items, and foster parents is high. Foster children have an uphill battle with startling statistics to overcome and need the support of our communities across the country. National Foster Care Day shines a light on these children and points us all in the direction of solutions.

Statistics

  • 250,00 children enter foster care each year
  • Only 50% of youth in foster care graduate high school
  • Foster children suffer PTSD at more than twice the rate of US war veterans
  • 1 in 5 foster children experience homelessness within 1 year of aging out of care
  • At ages 17 & 18, one-third of young women in foster care are pregnant or parenting
  • More than 70% of inmates incarcerated were at one point in the foster care system
  • Stipends don’t cover the essentials of a growing child

How to Help

  • Volunteer to become a Court-appointed special advocate (CASA) –  CASAs receive specialized training and represent the best interests of abused and neglected children.
  • Become a Foster Parent – Nationwide, there is a shortage of licensed foster homes.
  • Adopt a Foster Child – In the U.S., more than 100,000 children wait for a family to call home.
  • Volunteer through non-profits like Project Blue, Ticket to Dream Foundation and many others that provide mentoring to foster children, require staffing assistance for events and many other opportunities!
  • Share this page – Increasing awareness and interest in the solutions will help foster children heal and grow to their full potential.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FosterCareBlue

On National Foster Care Day, find out more about how you can make a difference by visiting www.tickettodream.org. Show your support for foster youth by wearing blue and post a picture on social media by using #FosterCareBlue.

NATIONAL FOSTER CARE DAY HISTORY

Ticket to Dream Foundation in partnership with Project Blue founded National Foster Care Day to increase awareness surrounding the needs of children in foster care, the opportunities for volunteers, and the benefits of improving the system.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be observed annually beginning in 2017.

NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY – May 4

NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY

National Weather Observers Day on May 4th provides a day for the people who enjoy watching and observing the weather.

Weather observers often assist the National Weather Service as Storm Spotters. These hobbyists are valuable resources for communities.  This day is also an opportunity to get out and learn about a variety of weather phenomena, the history of weather tracking, and find about meteorological instruments.

When is Skywarn Recognition Day?

Around the world, weather stations and weather spotters contribute to hundreds of thousands of observations a day. From land, sea, and sky, these observations provide valuable information that helps predict weather and warn of impending storms. They also contribute to historical data that is studied and may help to better understand weather phenomena.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WeatherObserversDay

While you’re exploring the weather, sign up for a weather spotters course. Learn how to identify different types of clouds, shifting weather, and prepare for types of weather in your climate. Use #WeatherObserversDay to post on social media.

You can also learn how to make your own barometer. It is easy to do with only a few items you likely have at home. We also created this weather chart you can download and print. Will you begin tracking the weather near you?

Visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for more ways to help your students to #CelebrateEveryDay!

NATIONAL WEATHER OBSERVERS DAY HISTORY

In 1989, Alan Brue, who was a psychology major at State University of New York, founded National Weather Observers Day on May 4th. The New York college senior created the day for weather enthusiasts and professionals to celebrate their love of weather.

NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY – May 4

NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY

National Candied Orange Peel Day is observed annually on May 4th. Candied Orange Peels are a boiled, sliced, and sugared treat.

Chefs and bakers like using them to add bright flavor to dishes as well as beautiful garnishes. Often used in holiday baking such as cookies and fruitcakes, they also add flavor to other foods as well. Add them to granola, tarts, and other pastries. You can also enjoy them as a snack on their own.

Dip the candied orange peel in milk or dark chocolate for a decadent candy. Not only is it delicious but it’s also a fanciful gift anyone would appreciate.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CandiedOrangePeelDay

Have you ever enjoyed candied orange peel? Pick up some fresh oranges and reserve the rinds to make this treat at home. There are so many ways to use it and it can be frozen to save any extra.

Enjoy this tried and true DIY Candied Orange Peel recipe.

Use #CandiedOrangePeelDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CANDIED ORANGE PEEL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to locate the creator of National Candied Peel Day.


May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
1869

T.F. Rowland received U.S. Patent No. 89,794 for the first offshore oil-drill rig.

1904

Construction begins on the Panama Canal.

1959

The first-ever Grammy Awards ceremonies took place bi-coastally. The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and the Park Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York co-hosted the events. Winners included Ella Fitzgerald, David Seville and the Chipmunks, Frank Sinatra, and the Kingston Trio.

1973

At 1,451 feet, the Sears Tower in Chicago becomes the world’s tallest building.

Recipe of the Day

APPLE BUTTER MEATBALL SUBS

This tangy recipe hits the spot for summer cookouts or midweek meals.

Apple Butter Meatball Subs

Ingredients

1 cup apple butter
1 cup BBQ sauce
16 ounces of frozen meatballs
6 hoagie rolls
12-18 slices of provolone cheese
butter
1/4 cup chopped green onions

Instructions

Mix apple butter (we used a homemade spicey apple butter) and BBQ sauce together. Add meatballs to crockpot and pour the sauce over top, coating all the meatballs well. Slow cook on high for 4 hours.

Lightly butter and toast the hoagie rolls. Divide the meatballs evenly between the rolls. Top with cheese. Garnish with green onions.

Serves 6

May 4th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Julia Gardiner Tyler – 1820

The “Rose of Long Island” became the 11th First Lady of the United States when she wed President John Tyler in a private ceremony in New York on Jun 26, 1844. President Tyler’s first wife, Lady Letitia Tyler had died in September 1841.

Frank Conrad – 1874

With over 200 patents to his name and an insatiable interest in the radio, “The Father of Radio Broadcasting” paved the way for the first commercial radio station.

Audrey Hepburn – 1929

The award-winning British actress created a lasting impact around the world in classic roles such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Roman Holiday, and Sabrina.

Keith Haring – 1958

The American pop artist’s colorful graffiti panels gained prominence in the 1980s. Haring also used his art as social activism, conveying political and social themes.

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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