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Get one, two or three on National Taco Day. On October 4th, the day recognizes the savory tortilla stuffed with fillings. It doesn’t have to be Tuesday, so get out and enjoy your favorite.

The history of tacos predates the arrival of Europeans in Mexico. Anthropological evidence shows the native people living in the lake region of the Valley of Mexico traditionally ate tacos filled with small fish.  At the time of the Spanish conquistadors, Bernal Diaz del Castillo, documented the first taco feast enjoyed by Europeans. Hernan Cortes arranged this meal for his captains in Coyoacan. It is unclear why the Spanish used the word taco to describe this native food. One suggested origin is the word ataco, meaning stuff or to stuff.

In 1964, Roberto L. Gomez established The National Taco Council. The council sent a 55-pound taco to President Johnson in 1967.

Whether you prefer soft or hard-shelled tortillas, most agree tacos satisfy a snack craving. However, they also make delicious meals. Consider that many are filled with seasoned, lean meats and vegetables, tacos go beyond delicious. Fish tacos and shrimp tacos with grilled seafood add a whole other flavor profile. Ask for grilled chicken and hold the cheese.

Many restaurants offer specials on this food holiday, too.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTacoDay

While it may not be Tuesday (or maybe it is!) it’s time to have some tacos. Go out for tacos or make them at home. There are many traditional varieties of tacos. Try a style of taco you’ve never had before. You may be surprised by how many options there. While you’re celebrating be sure to share recipes and give a shout out to your favorite Mexican restaurants, food trucks, and taco stands. 

Taco Pizza
Skirt Steak Tacos with Roasted Tomato Salsa
Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Veggie Tacos

Use #NationalTacoDay to post on social media. Be sure to tell everyone about the Taco Day Deals found over here…


Our research found that National Taco Day began in 2009. However, National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this food holiday. 

NATIONAL CHILD HEALTH DAY – First Monday in October


In the United States, National Child Health Day occurs each year on the first Monday in October. The day recognizes the care and guidance children need to grow strong and healthy. 

Each child deserves to be the healthiest he or she can be. From the food they eat to the words they hear, children require support and opportunities to grow. Parents often worry about chronic disease, accidents or childhood illnesses. At the same time, they focus on a child’s mental health and general health. Whether it’s their environment, the food they eat or how much TV they watch, the day is an excellent opportunity to support the children in your life. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #ChildHealthDay

Go for a walk, play in a park, do some yard work or participate in activities to promote child health. Other ways to participate in the day include:

  • Schedule your child’s next routine checkup.
  • Ensure vaccinations are up to date.
  • Schedule a routine dental checkup.
  • Add new healthy activities to your children’s routine.
  • Set an example by letting your children catch you in healthy habits.
  • Inspect your child’s toys. Are they broken or age-appropriate? 
  • Share your best tips for helping your children live a healthy lifestyle.

While you’re celebrating, be sure to use #ChildHealthDay to post on social media.


Each year since 1928, under a Joint Resolution of Congress, the President of the United States proclaims Child Health Day. Originally observed on May 1st each year, in 1960 the date was changed to the first Monday in October.

In a response to a plea from both the American Federation of Labor and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs to proclaim the day, United States President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to issue a Child Health Day Proclamation while the resolution was still pending in Congress.

National Cinnamon Bun Day - October 4


National Cinnamon Bun Day on October 4th sweetens us up with a Scandinavian pastry.

This warm bun swirls together a yeasty dough in sugar and cinnamon. Served with coffee or tea and enjoyed with a good book, a friend, or a dance party (don’t judge), it comforts on chilly fall days.

Despite all the sugar in the recipes, cinnamon comes with many benefits. Since it’s loaded with antioxidants, it protects cells from the free radicals that may play a role in heart disease and cancer.

It also helps reduce inflammation. Cinnamon may lessen or help fight infections, too. These properties are also benefits of antioxidants.

Another benefit includes reducing the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and triglycerides.

One of the most essential benefits of cinnamon, though, is how affects blood sugar. It may help improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin, assisting people with diabetes to treat their condition.

So while we don’t recommend getting all your cinnamon solely through cinnamon buns, it’s nice to know it’s available.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CinnamonBunDay

Make some delicious cinnamon buns. Or visit your favorite coffee shop and order one. You can even share. It’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay. When you do, be sure to use #CinnamonBunDay to post on social media, too!


In 1999, the Home Baking Council in Sweden celebrated its 40th Anniversary with the first Cinnamon Bun Day. Since then, the observance has spread around the world. It is now observed annually on October 4th.

Cinnamon Bun FAQ

Q. What other types of cinnamon pastries are there?
A. Cinnamon complements baked goods in so many ways. Check out these delicious cinnamon pastries:

  • Bearclaws
  • Buns
  • Pies
  • Torts
  • Donuts
  • Bread
  • Coffee cake
  • Cake

Q. Where is cinnamon grown?
A. Cinnamon is primarily grown in Indonesia and South America.

Q. Are there different kinds of cinnamon?
A. Yes. Cinnamon tree varieties produce different types of cinnamon. Some are sweeter while others are spicier.

  • Ceylon cinnamon grows in Sri Lanka, Southern India, Mexico, and East Africa. It has an almost floral flavor.
  • Saigon or cassia cinnamon is the most common cinnamon found on grocery store shelves. This mild cinnamon compliments many baked goods.
  • Korintje cinnamon is a strong, sweet cinnamon and is grown in Vietnam. It is also a common cinnamon found in the grocery store.
  • Royal cinnamon is another grown in Vietnam. While this cinnamon is a little less common, its sweet spiciness appeals to many cooks.NATIONAL VODKA DAY – October 4


    National Vodka Day recognizes a popular beverage used in a variety of cocktails and mixed drinks. Explore your options on October 4th and raise a toast to the celebration. 

    Makers distill a variety of substances to make vodka. As a result, diverse types of vodka fill the shelves at the liquor store. Grain, potatoes, fruits, and sugar vodkas fit a variety of mixing needs behind the bar or in the kitchen, too.  

    Traditionally, prepared vodkas had an alcoholic content of percent by volume. In the United States, products sold as vodka must have an alcoholic content of 30 percent or more.

    Enjoy vodka on the rocks or in cocktails and mixed drinks. There are so many to choose from as the list below suggests: 

    • Caesar
    • Bloody Mary
    • Screwdriver
    • Sex on the Beach
    • Moscow Mule
    • White Russian
    • Black Russian
    • Tonic
    • Vodka Martini

    Makers have expanded the variety of flavors making endless possibilities when it comes to cocktails, mixed drinks, and other beverages the whole year-round.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVodkaDay

    Mix up your favorite vodka cocktail and share while you savor an autumn afternoon. Remember always to drink responsibly and never drink and drive. Use #NationalVodkaDay when using social media.


    Celebrated since at least 2009, National Vodka Day has been mentioned by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has also been noted on news websites such as CBS. Meanwhile, National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this beverage celebration. 

    Vodka FAQ

    Q. Is vodka odorless and tasteless?
    A. All alcohols have a flavor and odor. However some are more neutral than others, and that’s one of the reasons vodka lends itself so well to mixed drinks.

    Q. Is vodka gluten-free?
    A. Vodka is only gluten-free if it is made from potatoes. If it’s made with wheat, it will include gluten.

    Q. Is vodka low calorie?
    A. Ounce for ounce, vodka contains fewer calories than most distilled liquors. That said, vodka is usually mixed with other ingredients that increase the calorie count, though so do other distilled liquors. When added to other low-calorie ingredients, vodka is a winner when you’re counting calories.NATIONAL GOLF LOVER’S DAY – October 4


    National Golf Lover’s Day on October 4th provides an opportunity for golf enthusiasts to swing down the fairway at least one more time during the season.   

    While celebrating the day, you might notice it is sometimes also referred to as National Golf Day. Since 1952, the PGA has held a charity event each year for National Golf Day, which is held on different days each year.

    The modern game of golf may have originated in 15th century Scotland. However, it is unclear and very much debated as to its ancient origins. 

    The world’s oldest golf tournament is The Open Championship. Its first tournament played on October 17, 1860, at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland.Golf in the United States:
    • 1779 – The Royal Gazette of New York City posted an advertisement for golf clubs and golf balls.
    • 1796 – The Georgia Gazette publishes notice of an annual general meeting for a golf club in Savannah. 
    • Golf became firmly established in the late 19th century.
    • 1894 – Delegates from the Newport Country Club, Saint Andrew’s Golf Club, Yonkers, New York, The Country Club, Chicago Golf Club, and Shinnecock Hills Golf Club met in New York City to form what became the United States Golf Association (USGA)
    • 1910 – There were 267 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 1922 – Walter Hagen became the first native-born American to win the British Open Championship,
    • 1932 – There were more than 1,100 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 1980 – Over 5,908 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.
    • 2013 – Over 10,600 Clubs affiliated to the USGA.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #GolfLoversDay

    In many parts of the country, golfers hit the links all year long. However, in the more northern regions, courses will close due to cooler temperatures preventing golfers from chasing the elusive hole-in-one. While you can, get out and golf a round or two. Invite friends to join you. Visit a course you’ve never been to before. Challenge yourself to a more difficult course. Improve your handicap or offer to teach someone the game. 

    No matter what you do, include someone else in your endeavors. When we #CelebrateEveryDay, it’s important to include others in those moments. Gather your friends and enjoy a round of golf. While you’re celebrating, be sure to give your favorite courses a shout out. They may be the most challenging or the ones where you’ve made outstanding memories. Share a video of your best shot and final score.

    You can also explore Golf History. Use #GolfLoversDay to post on social media.

    Educators and families, visit us in the classroom for project ideas designed to Celebrate Every Day!


    National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sports holiday. However, it’s interesting to note that the first U.S. Men’s Open Golf Championship was held on this day in 1895.

    National Consignment Day - First Monday In October (1)


    As the seasons change and our lives evolve, so do our styles and budgets. On the first Monday in October, National Consignment Day offers a way to elevate both. The holiday celebrates consignment as the smart, sustainable way to shop, earn money, and extend the lifecycle of your items.

    Check your overstuffed closet and what will you find? In everything from designer clothes to evening gowns and fine jewelry, last year’s blue jeans and the never-worn is the opportunity for cash in your pocket. Conversely, is your wardrobe looking a little thin? Update it by shopping consignment, which offers new and gently used, name-brand items for a fraction of the retail price.

    Another bonus: nothing ends up in the landfill. That’s right! Exchanging someone else’s fashion sense for your own keeps the cycle of good taste going.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalConsignmentDay

    How much money is lingering in your closet or garage? National Consignment Day offers an excellent way to reap some reward while clearing out space. It also gives your gently used items a second life!

    The RealReal is introducing the #NeverThrowAway movement urging consumers to either consign or donate items they no longer want. While you go through your closets, storage rooms and garages, consider these ways to celebrate the day:

    • Consign – Set up a free consultation and in-home consignment appointment. Get started here.

    • Donate – Send your items to GOOD+ Foundation to help break the cycle of poverty. Learn more here.

    • Valuations – Office or facetime appointments with one of The RealReal’s experts to receive a free price quote, or drop off your items at one of our Luxury Consignment Offices. Get started here.

    • Share –  Demonstrate your commitment to sustainable living and conscious consumption by posting your consignments and donations on Instagram this week using the hashtags #NeverThrowAway and #NationalConsignmentDay.

    Use #NationalConsignmentDay to share on social media.


    The RealReal founded National Consignment Day in 2017 to celebrate consignment as the smart, sustainable way to shop, earn money and extend the lifecycle of luxury items.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Consignment Day to be observed on the first Monday of every October.


    The RealReal is the leader in authenticated luxury consignments with a certified expert inspecting every single item. The company has reinvented luxury resale and has changed how people think about and consume luxury goods. The RealReal provides the largest selection of pre-owned, authenticated luxury items including women’s and men’s fashion, fine jewelry & watches, and fine art & home decor. Consignors earn up to 70% of the sale price and items sell quickly. The company operates Luxury Consignment Offices in seven US cities that offer free fine jewelry and watch valuations from certified gemologists, as well as white glove consignment service.

    The RealReal is a member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100. The RealReal has successfully disrupted the old consignment model by bringing the experience into a digital marketplace that focuses on trust, fast sell-through, and great service. Founded in 2011, The RealReal has 6 million buyers and consignors with 5 million items sold across all luxury categories and is a leader in the circular economy.

On Deck for October 5, 2021

National Days

International Days

October 4th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

In Newport, Rhode Island, Horace Rawlins won the first U.S. Open Men’s Golf Championship.


Edwin Hubble discovers the first Cepheid variable star in the Andromeda nebula.


In the Black Hills of South Dakota, artist Gutzon Borglum begins sculpting Mount Rushmore.


The Soviet Union launches Sputnik into orbit ushering in the Space Age. Sputnik is the first artificial satellite launched into space.


Richard Stallman founded the Free Software Foundation in support of the free software movement.


Chris Kent of Sevierville, TN grew the world’s largest watermelon. The green giant weighed in at 350.5 pounds (159 kg).

Recipe of the Day

Apple Strudel recipe

Name: Apple Strudel
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Total Prep: 1 hour
Servings: 12 


5 cups sliced apples
1 cup raisins
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tablespoon flour

3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1 egg yolk and white, divided
1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup powdered sugar


In a medium bowl, mix apples, raisin, sugar, cinnamon, and flour. Set aside.

Cream together flour and shortening. Mix in the milk and egg yolk. Divide dough in half and roll out the first layer to fit into the bottom of jelly roll pan.

Add filling evenly to the pan. Roll out the remaining dough and cover the filling.

Bake at 375° for 45 minutes.

Dust with powdered sugar. Serve with vanilla ice cream if desired.

October 4th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Rutherford B. Hayes – 1822

The 19th president of the United States hailed from Ohio. During his term in office, Hayes oversaw the end of reconstruction of the South. Before his role as president, Hayes served in the Civil War and was elected to Congress.

Damon Runyon – 1880

The writer and journalist is best known for his collection of short stories published in the book Guys and Dolls. The book was made into a Broadway musical in 1950.

Lucy Tayiah Eads – 1888

As the first woman named as chief of the Kanza, also known as the Kaw Nation, Eads served from 1908 to 1934.

Alice Stewart – 1906

The British epidemiologist is one of the first physicians to recognize the effects of radiation from x-rays.

Charlton Heston – 1923

The actor’s phenomenal career brought the motion picture world such epic films as Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments and The Planet of the Apes.

Senaida Wirth – 1926

The shortstop played five seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. She made five championship playoffs during her career.

Dick Tracy – 1931

Chester Gould created the crime-fighting comic strip character Dick Tracy which debuted on October 4, 1931, in the Detroit Mirror.

Anne Rice – 1941

The American author is best known for her vampire novels. Her novel Interview with a Vampire was made into a film starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Slater, Thandie Newton, and Antonio Banderas.

Tony La Russa – 1944

Following his 10 years as an MLB player, Larussa took on the challenge as coach and manager with the Chicago White Sox. He led the Oakland A’s to a World Series title in 1989. While with the St. Louis Cardinals, he led the team to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After leaving the Cardinals, he returned to the White Sox.

Russell Simmons – 1957

In 1984, Simmons co-founded Def Jam Records. He is also an entrepreneur and film producer.

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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