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National Parents Day Off - September 14


All parents deserve a day off. On September 14th, National Parents Day Off brings an opportunity for parents to recharge and get some much-deserved recognition.

Parents are the organizers, cheerleaders, teachers, and directors of the family. They wear many hats and rarely have a moment for themselves. Yet, they are dedicated to raising successful, well-adjusted children. Once school starts, parents have a window of time to take a breather. While we know carpools, after-school activities and school projects seem never-ending, taking time for yourself benefits you and the entire family.

National Parents Day Off focuses on recognizing every parent and rewarding them for their commitment to their children, no matter what stage of life they are in.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParentsDayOff

Parenting can be challenging and messy; that’s why parents should get ready for an EPIC BREAK! Epic and a mystery friend are encouraging parents to get some “me time” to take a break and celebrate. How?

  • On September 13, 2021, Epic will kick off the celebration by prompting “tell us you’re a parent without telling us you’re a parent” and asking parents to share on Instagram the funny, messy and real side of parenting with a video or image using #NationalParentsDayOff and tagging @epic4kids that shows you’re a parent without saying a word.
  • On September 14 when they’re not posting their latest parenting moment, Epic wants all parents to take time for themselves, whether it be a few hours or 15 minutes to relax.

Join the campaign by sharing your parenting moments using #NationalParentsDayOff and tagging @epic4kids on social media.


epic_logo_blue_RGB (1)Epic founded National Parents Day Off in 2021 to show their appreciation for parents and encourage them to take a much-deserved break. Designed for unlimited discovery and unmatched safety, Epic is the leading digital reading platform for kids. Built on a collection of 40,000+ popular, high-quality books, audiobooks, and videos from 250+ of the world’s best publishers – Epic reaches more than 50 million kids in homes and classrooms and safely fuels curiosity and reading confidence. In addition, Epic has made access free to educators, and more than 2 million teachers use it in the classroom. To learn more, visit

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Parents Day Off to be observed on September 14, 2021, and every year thereafter.



On September 14th, National Live Creative Day encourages us to let the world see our creativity all day long!

To Live Creative allows for the exploration of imagination.  Celebrate the day by taking the time to invent, discover, and dream. Try infusing creativity in our lives through a variety of media. Whether it’s by painting or graphic art to music and gardening, art has an impact on our lives. By expressing our passions and living creative lives, we experience the world.

Stepping into the Live Creative world includes a tremendous sense of freedom. Rules tend to fall away when we unleash our imagination. Of course, authors and artists have long suspended reality in support of their work, to the satisfaction of their vision. They live creatively.

We don’t have to be master sculptors to Live Creative. Blending a dash of creativity into moments of our everyday life can have a powerful effect. Simply being exposed to the arts inspires ideas at home and in the workplace. Renewing a hobby reduces stress just by being purely enjoyable. Teaching someone else the craft nurtures personal expression and offers an opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LiveCreativeDay

Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative. Offer classes to share your skill. Take a class to learn a new one. Teach a child how to carve, paint, or sing. Pick up a craft that once inspired you. Share your passion and post on social media using #LiveCreativeDay.


Creative Promotional Products LogoCreative Promotional Products submitted National Live Creative Day in April of 2016 to promote creative lifestyles that change the world through creativity.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it will be observed annually on September 14th.

Creative Promotional Products was founded in 1994 and started an initiative called Live Creative. They are a creative company with creative employees, and they want their lives to show that Creativity – they want everyone to show their creativity. Their tagline is Live Creative – This is the year you can change your world!



National Sober Day on September 14th encourages us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. The entire day focuses on showing support for anyone living in sobriety. Not only that, but the observance sets a standard for the whole world that being sober is okay. Show your friends and family on the road to recovery by spending the day sober as well.

Ideally scheduled during National Recovery Month, the day supports removing the stigma associated with addiction. It opens the lines of communication that lead to better understanding. The day provides an opportunity to build educated support networks. It also strengthens existing ones. Success is more likely when systems are paved with an aware, loving, and honest cheering section. If we stumble, aren’t we more likely to get back up again when we have a solid support system?

Encouragement of one day fuels more support and awareness, leading to long-term sobriety. That’s something worth celebrating! The opposite of addiction is a connection. This holiday will provide a model for future generations as well. By demonstrating how to enjoy life alcohol-free, the day will embolden future generations to say no to alcohol.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSoberDay

Spend the day sober. While that may seem simple enough, it may come as a challenge to some. Start by finding recipes for delicious mocktails. Plan activities that don’t feel like they require alcohol to have fun. Enjoy the day! By all means, do things you and your friends enjoy doing. Just remove alcohol from the equation. Call, text, email a friend or family member in recovery. Let them know you support their sobriety. Share with them how you are going to spend this day alcohol-free.

Use #NationalSoberDay to share your experiences on social media.


Real Aligned Women founded National Sober Day in 2019 to encourage us to celebrate Sober life and bring awareness to addiction. You are never alone in your sobriety.

In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Sober Day to be observed on September 14th annually.

Sober FAQ

Q. What other sober activities can I do?
A. Choose activities that make it difficult to drink alcohol. For example, play or learn to play an instrument. Some other ideas include:

  • Visit a museum.
  • Join a recreation league.
  • Invite friends to cook a big meal or make freezer meals.
  • Go to the library and read those books you’ve wanted to read.
  • Host a tea, coffee, or mocktail tasting party.
  • Learn a new craft and invite others to join you.
  • Travel. A day trip or one across the country – either one will do!
  • Join a band.
  • Host a book group.
  • Go hiking.
  • Volunteer.
  • Take your children or your nieces, nephews, or cousins to the park.

You can do all these activities with others. Some of them are even better when others are involved. So call a friend and pick something new to do.

Q. Are there other sober-related days on the calendar?
A. Yes. National Mocktail Week and National Online Recovery Day are two days on the calendar designed to support recovery and sober living.

NATIONAL ANTS ON A LOG DAY - Second Tuesday in September


The second Tuesday in September each year celebrates National Ants On A Log Day. This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.

We make this delicious snack by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top.  The snack name was first used in the 1950s.  The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How healthy is it? We’ve outlined each ingredient to give you an idea. 

Raisins add a little sweetness to snack time while also providing vitamin C, selenium, and zinc. They’re also low in sodium and are a good source of potassium, making them great for blood pressure. Another healthy benefit of raisins includes iron, copper, and magnesium. Coupled with potassium, these pH-balancing minerals help keep stomach acid in order.

The next layer, peanut butter, is an excellent source of protein. Along with that, peanut butter offers a boost of healthy fat, too.

Finally, crispy celery is low in calories. But that’s not all! In the crunch of celery, you’ll find fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamin K. Not only is it low in calories, but it doesn’t have any of the fat and cholesterol other snack foods have either.

Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused.  The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalAntsOnALogDay

No matter where you are, ants on a log makes the perfect snack. Make some for work or home. Send them to school or daycare. Make extra for an after-school, after-work treat. Prepare yours and share using #NationalAntsOnALogDay to post on social media.

National Ants On A Log Day - 2nd Tuesday in September


In 2014, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Peanut Butter & Co. submitted National Ants on a Log Day to recognize the nutritious and delicious snack. 



National Cream-Filled Donut Day on September 14th recognizes one of our favorite foods. 

Cream-filled donuts come in so many varieties. If you aren’t a fan of fillings in your pastries, consider trying some of the latest flavors. Not only have bakeries become creative with their fillings, but they’ve also branched out with their toppings, too. 

Some of the top cream-filled donuts we love (in no particular order) are:

  • Boston Cream
  • Bavarian Cream
  • Chocolate Cream
  • Lemon Cream
  • Custard
  • Caramel Cream
  • Strawberry Cream
  • Vanilla Cream
  • Peanut Buttercream
  • Holland Cream
  • Fluffernutter Cream
  • Orange Vanilla Cream
  • Nutella Cream
  • Marshmallow Cream
  • Maple Cream
  • Espresso Cream
  • Coconut Cream

Now, if this list doesn’t make you run out and fill an order for at least a dozen, keep reading. And, there’s not a sprinkle to be found.

Add bacon crumbles to the maple cream. If you order an espresso cream, ask for a hazelnut drizzle. Of course, if you’re in an autumn frame of mind, sprinkle it with pumpkin spice and sugar. Orange vanilla cream makes an excellent dessert when topped with vanilla ice cream. Serve the caramel cream with coffee and cozy up with a good book. When it comes to marshmallow cream, the obvious toppings are chocolate and graham cracker crumbs.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CreamFilledDonutDay

Go out and enjoy a Cream-Filled Donut or make some of your own. Here is a Cream-Filled Donut recipe.  Of course, you can always bring some to work. Sharing with your co-workers garners unknown benefits. Surprise a neighbor or your spouse. Visit your favorite bakery and be sure to give them a shout-out, too! The rewards are endless where Cream-Filled Donuts are concerned.

Use #CreamFilledDonutDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar research did not uncover the source of this food holiday.


National Eat a Hoagie Day on September 14th promotes a sandwich which is also known as a grinder, sub or hero. You can also order a po’boy, torpedo or an Italian sandwich to celebrate!

The hoagie consists of meats, cheeses, vegetables, sauces, and seasonings on a long roll of Italian or French bread.

However, the origin of this giant sandwich is a bit of a mystery. The epicenter of the controversy seems to be eastern Pennsylvania between the DiCostanzas and DePalma’s. Both lay claim to being the first to make the hoagie. One family claims to have been making the sandwich since 1923 and the other since 1925. But who has the proof?

Another story from the Philadelphia area takes place during World War I. It describes shipyard workers bringing large Italian sandwiches to work wrapped in newspaper. The large sandwiches helped the workers through their long, grueling workdays. In fact, the workers nicknamed the massive sandwiches “hoggies” because anyone eating them at one sitting would have to be a hog. The Philadelphia accent explains the transformation of the word. The dialect often exaggerates the vowel sounds changing “hoggies” to “hoagies” quite easily.

One story talks out of school – almost literally. At one time, if a kid skipped school it was called being “on the hook” or “playing hokey.”  A “hokey” sandwich could be bought for a price a kid on the lam could afford. Eventually “hokey” became “hoagie” especially if the kids were skipping school.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalHoagieDay

Make your favorite hoagie combination. It’s also ok to take a picture of your masterpiece and share it with all the world. Hoagies are colorful, beautiful meals and should be documented for posterity. Hoagie lovers live on the wild side. Add jalapeno to your sandwich and post your “HOT” new trend. Call it “Hoagies Gone Wild!” or “Hottie Hoagies!” And for the love of photography, send those food selfies to us. It might just grace our Facebook banner! Who knows, we might even send a free gift to the person who sends us the best glamor shot or video of that hot jalapeno hoagie. Don’t doubt. It could happen.

And, if you didn’t make it but your favorite sandwich shop did, be sure to give them a shout-out full of all the wonderful hashtags that go with it. Like this one >>>> #NationalHoagieDay.


The origins of National Hoagie Day are unknown. But that won’t stop us from enjoying the best hoagie we can find!

Hoagie FAQ

Q. What’s the difference between a hoagie and a sub sandwich?
A. It’s mostly about the bread. The hoagie is made using a sturdier, hard roll and is cut only part of the way through – like a hot dog bun. The sub sandwich uses a softer bun (like a hot dog bun) but is sliced all the way through.

Q. Are there other sandwich holidays on the calendar?
A. Betcha a hoagie there is! Here’s a short list of the many sandwich days on the calendar:

Cuban Sandwich Day
Monte Cristo Day
Kraut Sandwich Week
Sandwich Day
French Dip Day
Cheesesteak 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!



On September 14th, National Virginia Day recognizes one of the original 13 colonies and the 10th state to ratify the Constitution.

Mountains in the west stretch south and east toward swamps and islands. The population is as varied as the scenery, too. From the picturesque small towns of the Old Dominion state to bustling cities and cavernous valleys, the state’s complex depth of history and topography creates unique and breathtaking experiences.

Virginia’s proximity to Washington D.C. makes it ideal for government commuters and tourism to the U.S. Capital. Many of our nation’s headquarters can be found in Virginia including the Central Intelligence Agency, National Fish and Wild Life Service, and the Department of Defense. Many of these agencies can be found in the world’s largest office building, the Pentagon! In fact, more Virginians work for the U.S. government than any other state.

On National Virginia Day, we explore the people, the places, and the flavors that have developed long before European settlers arrived.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalVirginiaDay

Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate Virginia’s enduring history and grand landscapes. Explore all of Virginia’s delightful towns and exciting cities! Use #NationalVirginiaDay to share on social media.

September 14th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Boston Light, the first lighthouse in the United States shined its light from Little Brewster Island in Boston. While the original lighthouse was destroyed by the British during the Revolutionary War, the lighthouse was rebuilt and is currently the second oldest functioning lighthouse in the United States.


While anchored on a British ship off the coast of Baltimore, MD, Francis Scott Key writes the poem that becomes the National Anthem of the United States.


President William McKinley dies after an assassin shoots him at point-blank range. His vice president, Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in and becomes the youngest man to hold the office.


Before 80 thousand fans, Jack Dempsey knocks out Luis Angel Firpo in the second round. Firpo (known as The Bull of the Pampas) was the first Latin American fighter to challenge a world heavyweight titleholder. At the time of the fight, Dempsey had held the title for 4 years. He would maintain the title for 2 more years before losing it to Jess Willard.


Igor Sikorsky flies the first practical helicopter. The tethered flight took place in Stratford, CT.


The Soviet spacecraft, Luna 2, impacts the moon. It was the first spacecraft to strike the moon or any other body in the solar system.


The first surviving quintuplets in America are born. The doctor informed the parents only days before the delivery that Mary Ann Fischer would deliver five babies.


The Video of the Year goes to The Cars for “You Might Think” during the very first MTV Video Music Awards.


Covering 3,543 miles, Jo Kittinger completes the first solo transatlantic flight in a gas balloon. The trip took him 86 hours.


The television sitcom, The Golden Girls, debuted on NBC.

Recipe of the Day

Name: Cheese Monkey

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10-15 minutes
Total Prep: 25-30 minutes
Servings: 4

This version of Welsh Rarebit is an excellent way to use up the ends of a loaf of bread or serve with crackers as a snack.


1 cup milk, evaporated milk or light cream
1 cup dry bread crumbs
1 cup grated Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
Crisp toast or crackers
1/4 cup diced tomatoes


In a double boiler, melt cheese together with the milk and bread crumbs.

Once melted, stir in the spices and Worcestershire sauce.

Add the slightly beaten egg and stir well. Cook about one minute, stirring continuously.

Pour immediately over toast or crackers. Garnish with diced tomatoes. For added flavor, add corn beef slices, too.

Serve hot.

September 14th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Charles Dana Gibson – 1867

The artist and illustrator is best known for his Gibson Girls drawings which were modeled after his wife.

Alice Tully – 1902

Following her classical singing career, Tully flew scouting missions during World War II. She would pursue philanthropic service in the world of arts and finance Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Mae Boren Axton – 1914

The publicist and songwriter co-wrote the chart-making song “Heartbreak Hotel” which made Elvis Presley a household name.

Joyce Chen – 1917

The Chinese-American chef made a name for herself as she taught Americans to appreciate Chinese cuisine. Through her PBS television show, restaurant and cookbooks, Chen brought delicious sauces, spices and cooking techniques to the American public.

Constance Baker Motley – 1921

Motley was a woman of many firsts – the first African American woman elected to the New York State Senate, the first woman and African-American chosen as Manhattan Borough President, and the first African-American woman nominated to Federal Court judge.

Jo Ann Boyce – 1941

The civil rights activist was one of 12 black teenagers who integrated Clinton High School in Clinton, Tennessee in 1956.

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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