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NATIONAL TRADESMEN DAY – Third Friday in September


On the third Friday in September, National Tradesmen Day honors the men and women whose skills and hard work build America. And, their skills keep it running strong. The day recognizes the professionals who maintain the complex infrastructure of our roads, cities, water systems, and power grids.
While these experts work day in and out maintaining skills unique to their trade, our nation continues to operate smoothly without pause. The skills and knowledge of those in the trades keep businesses, homes, and entire nations running. Whether walls go up or come down, roads cross rivers or the water flows, electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters, and everyone in between ensures the job gets done.
When is National Skilled Trades Day?
Additionally, they pass on their skills to the next generation. Even though the industry changes, the need for it does not. In fact, as the country grows and qualified workers retire, the demand for skilled workers grows. Skilled trades are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the job market today. So, not only does their know-how keep the country going, but their salaries do, too. They’re a major influence on the economy. 
Their skills and jobs are so valuable, in fact, that training is available in nearly every sector of the skilled trade job market. With their hands, skills, tools, and training, they keep America running smoothly. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTradesmenDay

Honor a tradesman you know. If you’re interested in a skilled trade, visit to learn more. Give a shout out to the tradespeople keeping businesses and homes running smoothly. 

Show your appreciation and use #NationalTradesmenDay to post on social media.


Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011 to honor the men and women who work every day with their hands to keep American running strong. Friday, September 16, 2011, was the inaugural National Tradesmen Day.



National Apple Dumpling Day on September 17th honors a sweet delight of Autumn.
With fall fast approaching, this food holiday comes at the height of apple harvests. Apple dumplings are an easy dessert to make. Simply peel and core apples, season them with cinnamon and sugar and wrap them up in a prepared pastry dough. Then bake the apple until tender. The flavor is similar to an apple pie. 

Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania.  Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item, too. However, they are also regularly eaten as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream.

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Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile. ~ John Howard Bryant

Not only do these pastries taste and smell like fall, but they look like it, too. First, the bright apples in their many colors come into our kitchens by the baskets and boxes full. Then we season them with warm-colored spices. Finally, when the pastry comes out of the oven filling our home with that delicious fragrance, it presents us with a gorgeous golden crust.

HOW TO OBSERVE #AppleDumplingDay

Celebrate the day by baking up a fresh order of apple dumplings. We even have recipes you can test. Perhaps you can enjoy eating some apple dumplings while watching the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang. Visit your local bakery and order their apple dumpling. When you do, be sure to give them a shout-out!

Try these recipes for breakfast, snack or dessert!

Mountain Dew Apple Dumpling
Apple Dumpling Cake

Use #AppleDumplingDay to post on social media.


National Day Calendar continues to seek the source of this food holiday.



Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17th commemorates the adoption of the Constitution of the United States and those who have become United States citizens. On this day, members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Constitutional Convention 

While many contributed to crafting the document known today as the U.S. Constitution, James Madison wrote the draft forming the basis for the Constitution. Those who participated in its development gathered in Independence Hall in Philadelphia that sultry summer of 1787. George Washington presided over the Convention. But many “Founding Fathers” attended to other diplomatic duties, unable to participate. Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, served overseas on behalf of his country. John Adams also served abroad. However, Patrick Henry refused to attend due to principle and preferring the Articles of Confederation. Others eventually swayed Henry when convention leaders added a Bill of Rights.

When is Bill of Rights Day?

The convention lasted from May 25 to September 17, 1787. During that time, the 55 delegates debated the duties of the government, checks, and balances, and the rights and freedoms of the people. They divided the government into three branches: the legislative branch to make the laws; the executive to execute the laws, and the judicial to interpret the laws.

The delegates suffered through rough weather, heat, and illness. Despite the conditions, they formed a Bill of Rights enumerating the rights and freedoms of the people.

Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington all signed the Constitution.

On December 7, 1787, Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution. So the process began, obtaining each state’s approval. Rhode Island didn’t send any delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Their headstrong character did not appreciate a powerful government and held tight to their independence as long as they could. As a result, they were the last state to ratify the Constitution on May 29, 1790.


The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution defines citizenship as “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” On July 28, 1868, Secretary of State William Seward proclaimed the amendment ratified.

While the 14th Amendment was the first step in a long line of amendments defining citizens and their rights, it took decades to enforce some of those rights.

For example, one of a citizen’s most valued powers is the power to vote. The 15th and 19th Amendments define those rights for blacks and women. However, it wasn’t until 1924 that all Native Americans were granted citizenship. Through the Indian Citizenship Act, many Native Americans were allowed to vote for the first time. Still, this legislation did not stop some states from preventing some from voting.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ConstitutionDay or #CitizenshipDay

Learn more about the U.S. Constitution and the process of becoming a citizen in the United States. Explore the history of the Constitution. Study the people who brought the Constitution to life and the road to its ratification. 

While you’re exploring, use #ConstitutionDay or #CitizenshipDay to post on social media. 

Educators, families, and students, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more ways to Celebrate Every Day!


This holiday dates all the way back to 1911 when schools in Iowa first recognized Constitution Day. Then in 1917, the society known as the Sons of the American Revolution formed a committee to promote Constitution Day. Members of that committee included Calvin Coolidge, John D. Rockefeller, and General John Pershing.

In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared “I am an American Day,” and Congress designated the third Sunday in May to celebrate it. By 1949, the governors of all 48 states had issued Constitution Day proclamations.  On February 29, 1952, Congress changed the name from “I am an American Day” to “Citizenship Day” and moved its observation to September 17.  In 2004, the day was renamed Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.



On September 17th, National Monte Cristo Day recognizes the indulgent and delicious sandwich.  

A Monte Cristo is a fried ham and cheese sandwich. The French sandwich called the croque-monsieur inspired the Monte Cristo. However, the sandwich goes by other names, too. If you find a menu with French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, or a French Toasted Cheese Sandwich, order them for a taste of Monte Cristo.

When is National Sandwich Day?

While the Monte Cristo typically offers a savory sandwich, sometimes powdered sugar and jam preserves sweeten it, too. To achieve the crispy outer coating, chefs dip the prepared sandwich in an egg batter. Then they either pan-fry or deep-fry the sandwich to perfection.

Occasionally, variations include sliced turkey and different types of cheese. Other options for serving are available, too. For example, some like to serve a grilled version. Another version may be served open-faced and heated under a grill or broiler. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #MonteCristoDay

Invite a friend or family member to join you for a Monte Cristo. Savor the delicious sandwich as an indulgent celebration and share a photo of your meal, too! Don’t forget to include your favorite versions. Do you prefer turkey over ham? Which cheese do you use? Be sure to share using #MonteCristoDay or #Bennigans on social media. 


Bennigan’s founded National Monte Cristo Day in June of 2015 to celebrate a delicious sandwich loved across the country. The restaurant is renowned across the globe for its World Famous Monte Cristo. 

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the food holiday to be observed on September 17th annually.


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In the United States, the third Friday in September honors National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Each year since 1989, a presidential proclamation brings the nation together to remember and honor the members of the Armed Forces who remain missing in action or are prisoners of war. The day serves as a call to action, reminding the nation to rededicate our efforts. We’re responsible for bringing our patriots home and for caring for our military families awaiting word of their loved ones.

The POW/MIA Flag is flown this day over significant national landmarks and government buildings across the country. Not only do the Capitol, the White House, and the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials fly the flag, but so do the offices of the secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, and of the Selective Service System. Additionally, the POW/MIA Flay flies on the grounds or in the lobbies of every major military installation, post office, and all VA Medical Centers and national cemeteries.


Around the nation, events, and ceremonies recognize POWs, MIA, and their families. Loved ones and supporters gather for candlelight vigils, walks, and other events to show honor and support of their sacrifice. Join a service near you and show your support. Visit for more information.

Recognize the men and women who are POW and MIA. Remember them and bring them home. Use #POWMIARecognitionDay to post on social media.


Congress established National POW/MIA Recognition Day with the passage of Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act.  This day is one of the six days that Federal Law requires government facilities to fly the POW/MIA Flag. The U.S, Secretary of Defense lists all places designated to fly the POW/MIA Flag. 




National Professional House Cleaners Day on September 17th recognizes Professional Cleaners for the necessary and skillful trade they provide every day. In homes and businesses across the country, Professional Cleaners create healthier environments.

This day of recognition celebrates a career many overlook or take for granted. While not everyone hires a Professional Cleaner, they do impact our lives in some way. Nearly every business we frequent and apartment building rented hires professional cleaners. The industry also employs approximately 3.25 million people creating a positive economic impact on the marketplace.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Cleaners

Besides cleaning homes and businesses, Professional House Cleaners offer so many benefits to their clients.

  • Improved air quality – Regular professional cleaning reduces the build-up of dust. In older homes, exposure to allergins, lead, and asbestos fibers increase. A regular schedule of professional cleanings removes those contaminants from the air.
  • Longevity – Regular care of furniture, drapes, floors and homes extends their life. Over time, items look newer longer and need replacing less often. These savings add up.
  • Time – Profession Cleaners free up time for family, friends and the essential things of life.
  • Health – A sanitary cleaning in places like the kitchen and bathroom is essential. Not only do Professional Cleaners know how to achieve a hygienic clean, but they also use the right tools for the job.
  • Relaxation – Psychologically, coming home to a clean house enables us to relax because we don’t face clutter and everything is in its place.

Exceptionally Skilled

National Professional House Cleaners Day also praises the skills and knowledge of the people. Those in the industry have a passion for perfection, and here’s why:

  • Detail-oriented/well organized – A Professional Cleaner’s eye for detail and organizational skills make them ideal for this career. Their no-nonsense approach and thoroughness also leave behind satisfied customers.
  • Experts – Professional Cleaners are experts when it comes to protecting, cleaning, and restoring fabrics and surfaces. Not only that, but they’re also the experts when it comes to protecting you and their employees. Doing the job right without injury to an employee and maintaining a safe home is essential.
  • Leading the way – Many Professional Cleaners run their businesses. They employ specialists, balance products, schedules and training. These business owners set a standard for their employees, who in turn become leaders too.
  • Efficient – When it comes to getting a job done right quickly, Professional Cleaners are masters of efficiency. Not only do they know the most effective ways to get a home or business clean, but also the most cost-effective and healthiest ways too. This makes them a business you can trust.

According to the United States Department of Commerce, in the next few years, 8 out of every 10 dual-income households will invest in a form of house cleaning services. This day presents an excellent opportunity to acknowledge the stellar services and value Professional Cleaners provide.

HOW TO OBSERVE #ProfessionalHouseCleanersDay

If you currently have a regular cleaning service and/or independent house cleaner, show your genuine appreciation for what they do! Thank them for their work. Let them know how their work impacts your family. Show them how valuable their service is to your quality of life.

Use #ProfessionalHouseCleanersDay and TAG a housecleaner or a cleaning business you want to share with others on social media.

Want to do more? Show your support and appreciation for all cleaners. Learn more about the movement on our website. Find out the truth about house cleaners and the stigmas still actively affecting our society’s understanding of this trade today. You can also donate or even become a member of the AHCA! Visit our website today,


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The American House Cleaners Association (AHCA) founded National Professional House Cleaners Day in 2019 to raise awareness, respect, and recognition for House Cleaners and the professional house cleaning industry. The day also celebrates their necessary contributions to the health and wellbeing of our society, as one of the most skilled trades of the labor force in the United States. 

In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Professional House Cleaners Day to be observed on September 17th annually.

About the American House Cleaners Association (AHCA)

AHCA LOGO1500The AHCA is the leading voice of the professional house cleaning industry in the United States. Our private cleaning community of 19,000 professional house cleaners is led by house cleaning industry community leaders, Kevin and Grace Reynolds and Sheryl Milligan, of Handmaid Cleaning, LLC in Walla Walla, WA. Join us on Facebook:

On Deck for September 18, 2021

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September 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

Delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, PA sign the U.S. Constitution.


With the help of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman escapes to freedom. Two brothers, Ben and Henry, joined her, however, they turned back and returned to the plantation in Maryland. Harriet continued on and after 90 miles, arrived in Pennsylvania.


Philip Pratt receives a patent for a fire extinguisher. Patent No. 131,370 describes a sprinkler system using revolving arms to spread water over the walls, ceiling, and floor of a burning room.


Cal Rodgers begins a transcontinental flight that would be the first evidence that long-distance air travel is possible. Beginning in Sheepshead Bay, NY, Rodgers took off with a mailbag attached to his plane. His plane, the Vin Fiz, would make 68 different flights as they crossed the country. Like many firsts in aviation, Rodgers suffered setbacks, including crashes, storms, and technical issues. On November 5, 1911, Rodgers completed the trip when he landed in Pasadena, CA.


Doctors at Ochsner Foundation Hospital successfully separate conjoined twins, Carolyn and Catherine Mouton. The first successful separation of conjoined twins required eight surgeons.


Ernie Banks makes his Major League Baseball debut with the Chicago Cubs. With his signing, Banks became the club’s first black player.


Faber and Faber publish Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The haunting classic pits human nature against civilization when a group of boys becomes stranded on an island.


Vanessa Williams is crowned Miss America and is the first African American to receive the honor.


Alfredo Hernandes eats 16 jalapeno chili peppers in 1 minute. The achievement, which took place at the La Costeña Feel the Heat Challenge, sets a world record.

Recipe of the Day

Really Easy Frittata

Really Easy Frittata
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Serves: 4


1/2 cup tomato, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
6 large eggs
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled bacon, divided
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup feta cheese
1 cup grated parmesan


Heat oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.

Layer the tomatoes and peppers on the bottom of the pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, heavy cream, and salt together. Reserve half the bacon and stir the other half into the eggs. Add the spinach. Pour the egg mixture over the top of the vegetables. Add cheese evenly over the top of the eggs.
Bake for 10 minutes and then add the remaining bacon. Bake an additional 5-7 minutes or until the eggs are set and the cheese is lightly browned.

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September 17th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Nadezhda Durova – 1783 

During the Napoleonic wars, Durova joined the Russian cavalry under the name Alexander. Disguised as a man, Durova earned the support of the Tsar, one of the few who knew her true identity. She earned distinguished recognition of her service, too.

Guillaume-Benjamin Amand Duchenne – 1806

The neurologist was the first to describe nervous and muscular disorders such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy. He also studied facial expressions and was the first to identify differences between a faked smile and a sincere one.

David Dunbar Buick – 1854

The Scottish-born inventor founded the Buick Motor Company in 1903.

John Willard Marriott – 1900

Before becoming the founder of an international hotel chain, Marriott opened an A&W Root Beer in Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Enright – 1909

As an author and illustrator, Enright published several books for children and young adults. Some of her books include Thimble Summer, The Four-Story Mistake, and Gone Away Lake.

Hank Williams – 1923

Considered one of the greatest country music singers, Williams wrote and sang some of the industry’s most popular songs. Some of those songs include “A Country Boy Can Survive,” “Honky Tonk Blues,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart.”

Maureen Connolly – 1934

Known as “Little Mo, ” the talented tennis player earned notice when she became the first woman to win all four Grand Slam Tournaments in a single calendar year.

Yuji Naka – 1965

The video game programmer is known for developing Sonic the Hedgehog.

Joseph Bastianich – 1968

The restaurateur and celebrity judge on Master Chef and Master Chef Junior owns several restaurants in New York.

About National Day Calendar

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