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National Play-Doh Day on September 16th recognizes a child’s modeling clay. However, before it found its way to the craft shelf, Play-Doh had more practical uses. 

Play-Doh inventor, Joe McVicker of Cincinnati, Ohio, sold it initially as a wallpaper cleaner. When his father died in 1949, his mother promptly hired him and his brother-in-law to help with the family business, Kutol Products Company. Right about that time, oil furnaces began replacing coal-burning furnaces. It wasn’t long before the wallpaper cleaner sales dwindled. 

In 1955, McVicker began testing the cleaner as a modeling clay in classrooms and daycares for students. Seeing the product worked, he named it Play-Doh and he went into business with his uncle under the name of the Rainbow Crafts Company, Inc.a year later. To protect their new product, McVicker filed for a patent in 1958. However, the patent wasn’t approved until January 26, 1965. By then, General Mills had purchased the company.

At first Rainbow Crafts Company offered only one color – white. But soon, red, blue and yellow followed. The company sold them by the gallon. Once again, they modified their offerings and 11-ounce sizes were offered.

Around the same time, McVicker was testing Play-Doh, a new children’s television show began broadcasting on CBS. Bob Keeshan played the role of Captain Kangaroo. While Play-Doh’s sales were nice, they weren’t spectacular. McVicker had an idea. He asked Captain Kangaroo to promote his modeling clay on his show. The children’s television show host agreed and the children’s iconic modeling clay took off!

In 1998, the Toy Hall of Fame inducted Play-Doh into its hallowed halls. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPlayDohDay

Go find a can of Play-Doh and let your imagination run wild. Use #NationalPlayDohDay to post on social media.


Since 2006, the company Hasbro has recognized National Play-Doy Day since 2006.

MAYFLOWER DAY – September 16


Mayflower Day commemorates the day the ship set sail from Plymouth, England in 1620.

On September 16 of 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England with 102 souls on board. These colonists- men, women, children, some seeking fortune, some seeking religious freedom – were later known as pilgrims.

The colonists’ intended to land at Virginia. However, after 66 days at sea, storms and winds blew them off course. After spotting modern-day Cape Cod, the members of the Mayflower intended on exploring the mouth of the Hudson River. However, rough seas continued to plague the ship. They turned back and stayed at Cape Cod.

For the next few weeks, the Pilgrims explored Cape Cod and eventually settled on Plymouth for their plantation.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MayflowerDay

Learn more about the journey of the Mayflower. Visit Plymouth Plantation and explore the history surrounding the Mayflower. Discovery more about the voyage and those who made the journey. Find out about their decisions and the making of the settlement. Read from their journals and walk in their footsteps. 

Use #MayflowerDay to post on social media.


This day commemorates the day the Mayflower set sail for the New World. At the time, William Bradford, the separatist leader whose journal is often referenced for Mayflower history, recorded dates according to the Julian calendar.  At that point in history, both the Julian and the Gregorian (the calendar most often used today) were both in use. There is a 10-day difference between the two calendars, accounting for the different dates across historical accountings of the Mayflower’s departure from Plymouth, England.



On September 16th, National Working Parents Day honors the working parent. The day pays tribute to those parents who work to provide for their family.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, around 61 percent of families with children have both parents working outside the home. That number increases to nearly 65 percent for families when the youngest child is at least six years old. However, if the youngest child is under six years old, that number drops to approximately 56 percent.

Working parents face a range of challenges. While juggling daycare and schedules top the list, they also struggle to find time with each other and their children. It’s often a balancing act that requires excellent communication skills, patience, and lots of love.

Often, working parents feel divided between home and work. Many times, parents work opposite schedules, so there’s always a parent home with kids. As a result, the adults rarely spend any time alone. Like many other working parents, they’re always on the go. Everyone has their responsibilities. Each takes turns staying home if one of the children becomes sick. School activities and other events are carefully orchestrated.

Precious family meals, bedtime stories, family movie nights, and vacations become highlights. These are the moments where working parents receive their rewards.

HOW TO OBSERVE #WorkingParentsDay

A parent’s work is never done.  Working parents, pat yourself on the back. Spend some time with your children. Before long, they’ll be grown. Your hard work will be done. For now, celebrate your tenacity and perseverance. Be sure to remember all the work parents do and use #WorkingParentsDay to share on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to research the history and source of National Working Parents Day.



On September 16th, National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day warms the home and the heart with delicious goodness. In bakeries across the country, we request cinnamon raisin bread more often than many others.  Naturally sweet, the aroma created from baking this bread will make anyone’s mouth water.

Cinnamon raisin bread toasts nicely and pairs well with several toppings. Homemade apple butter, cream cheese or sliced pears bring this baked good to a whole new level. Eat it for breakfast or snack.

Quote mark“Have you tried the cinnamon things?” Poppet asks.
“They’re rather new. What are they called, Widge?”
“Fantastically delicious cinnamon things?”
from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another delicious way to use cinnamon raisin bread is by making French toast. Wisk up eggs, milk, vanilla and nutmeg in a bowl. Dip the bread in the batter and let it soak up the egg mixture. Fry each piece on a hot griddle. Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup and your morning will start off amazingly!

The same idea can be applied to an egg bake, too. When prepared ahead, egg bakes made with cinnamon raisin bread easily feed a large family or guests for the weekend. You’ll impress everyone with a cinnamony sweet dish like that.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CinnamonRaisinBreadDay

Stop at a local bakery or make some homemade. Either way, be sure to share with someone you care hen about. That’s the best way to #CelebrateEveryDay! Use #CinnamonRaisinBreadDay when posting on social media.


National Day Calendar’s research is still seeking the source of this food holiday.



National Step Family Day on September 16th recognizes all the blended families making it work. 

In the USA, over 30% of the under 18 population live in a stepfamily environment.  Also known as a blended family, parents, siblings and extended family members work together to create happy, functional environments. Circumstances vary. Whether divorce, a death in the family or other event created the stepfamily, the important thing is that they chose to be family

Keep a few things in mind when starting a new relationship. 
  • Professional advice
    • Self-help books by professionals will guide you through each phase. While some people scoff at this approach, professional guidance and research offer a wealth of information. Pick what works for your family dynamic.
    • Family therapy also offers intermittent support. Many employers include assistance programs that provide the service free.
  • Take it slow
    • Rushing into a relationship is risky when children aren’t involved. Parents with successful stepfamilies take their time and introduce the new person in their life slowly.
    • Allow time for the children to adjust to the transition.
    • Keep it light
      • Everyone will need to get to know each other, their likes and dislikes.
      • Play easy games that bring out each other’s personalities.
      • Try one on one time doing something your child enjoys.
    • Level the playing field
      • Choose activities everyone involved will enjoy and are capable of participating. If even one member of the group is left out, someone will feel like an outsider. For example, a boating adventure will go badly if one family member gets seasick easily. The outing will be a disaster with one member feeling miserable and the rest of the crew blaming them for ruining the day.
    • Give children permission to be loyal
      • A child’s dad or mom is their dad or mom.
      • The new person coming into their life is your new spouse. They are a step-parent. Their role is different from your child’s parent.
      • Children carry overwhelming guilt for being nice, kind or even liking your new spouse. Let them know they are allowed to be loyal, but not rude or disrespectful.
    • Negative words and former spouses
      • Children develop a sense of our character over time. How we speak of our children’s other parent reflects on us. Try not to use negative words about the absent parent. It’s possible for former spouses to join in on family activities such as birthdays.  However, if a child’s other parent is not in the child’s life the custodial parent can explain when the child is old enough to understand in simple terms without using disparaging terms.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStepfamilyDay

    Share your tips for successful stepfamilies. Share photos of your family using #NationalStepfamilyDay to post on social media.


    In 1997, Cristy Borgeld founded National Stepfamily Day.


    Recipe of the Day

    Carrot and Pear Soup

    Prep: 15 minutes
    Cook: 40 minutes
    Total Prep: 55 minutes
    Servings:  6


    2 tablespoons butter
    1 large onion, chopped
    4 cups diced carrots
    2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
    1 tablespoon minced ginger
    4 1/2 cups chicken broth
    2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
    salt and pepper to taste
    sour cream for garnish
    3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled


    In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

    Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

    Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

    Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

    Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

    Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

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