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National Care for Kids Day - September 20


Caring for children is the bedrock foundation for building strong communities and society as a whole. National Care for Kids Day, held annually on September 20th, offers an opportunity for you to positively impact a child’s life in a variety of ways both large and small. That’s because we all know there are many ways to be a role model in a child’s life.

Every day in our communities, individuals actively provide educational and emotional care for children. For example, one person might spend hours reading to and tutoring children in need. And another may provide nutritious food for after-school programs. Or, volunteers donate their services, showing up at moments’ notice. And others look to the future, seeing opportunities to shape young lives by teaching children art and science.

National Care for Kids Day asks you to step forward—to act on your ideas, donate and share your time, creating more stories of inspiration. It’s a day to contribute to existing programs and volunteer where there is a need, giving children in your community every opportunity to grow and thrive.


Kids are so easy to celebrate—and it’s also easy to Care for Kids, too.

  • Donate to your favorite children’s charity.
  • Volunteer with a children’s service organization.
  • Make an in-kind donation. This can be a service, supplies or other needs a charity requires.
  • Share stories about amazing service organizations, volunteers or children.

When you celebrate, be sure to use #CareforKidsDay on social media.


In 2021, The Designetics Cares Foundation founded National Care for Kids Day as a way to give their mission of caring for their community and children a national voice.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first observance to be on September 20, 2021, and every year thereafter.



On September 20th, Pepperoni Pizza Day recognizes the most popular pizza ever created. The day celebrates the pizza enjoyed by young and old alike.

While pizza comes with many different toppings, pepperoni is the single most popular pizza. Whether you like your pizza Chicago Style or New York Style, thin and crispy or deep dish, top it with pepperoni!

According to legend, Raffaele Esposito created the first pizza in June of 1889. The Queen of Italy, Margherita of Savoy, inspired the pizza maker so much, he created the pie-shaped delicacy. In the queen’s honor, he named it Pizza Margherita and topped the pizza with tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella. The colors represent the Italian flag.

When is National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day?

Since then, pizza has evolved. It includes a multitude of toppings from anchovies and pineapple to sausage and bacon. However, pepperoni remains the most popular.

Italian-Americans developed the ever-popular topping through time-honored sausage-making techniques. Seasoned pork and beef sausage are smoked and cured. Once the product is ready to be sliced, it’s placed on a delicious pie and baked.

HOW TO OBSERVE #PepperoniPizzaDay

Enjoy a slice of Pepperoni Pizza at your favorite pizzeria. Invite friends and family to share their recipes and make your own at home. Either way, the meal will be fantastic! Don’t forget, take a photo and post to social media using #PepperoniPizzaDay. You can also give a shout-out to your favorite pizzeria or buy a gift card for another pizza celebration. And who doesn’t like breaking world records, especially when it involves pizza? Check out these 5 Amazing Pizza Records! Can you break one of them?


National Day Calendar continues researching the source of this delicious food holiday. However, don’t hesitate to explore other food holidays. May we recommend these?

  • National Italian Cheese Month
  • National Goat Cheese Month
  • Guinness World Records DayNATIONAL PUNCH DAY – September 20


    On September 20th, National Punch Day goes in several directions.
    While one perspective suggests honoring tools used to make holes, another points to a day created to throw a few punches at a punching bag. However, we will direct you toward the thirst-quenching version instead. Besides, this delicious, refreshing drink sparkles with celebration. 

    A wide assortment of drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, fall into the category of punch.  A combination of fruit juice and a carbonated beverage, the colorful, bubbly drink sparkles with party personality. In fact, parties, weddings, and other celebrations serve punch as part of the centerpiece at the beverage table. Large wide bowls known as punch bowls provide a beautiful vessel for serving punch. 

    In the early 17th century, punch made its appearance. It’s believed sailors en route to England via India created the drink.  Punch quickly grew in popularity and soon spread to other countries.

    The word punch is a loanword from Hindi panch (meaning five). Originally, punch was made with five ingredients: alcohol, sugar, lemon, water, and tea or spices. It was called paantsch.

    Soft drink manufacturers today distribute many types of “fruit punch” beverages. Most punch mixes are red in color. However, despite the name, they contain a small fraction of fruit juice. Sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, and artificial flavors make up the main ingredients. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPunchDay

    Make some punch and make a toast! Thousands of punch recipes make the beverage versatile and easy to make. Check recipe books and online. Be sure to share your favorites, too! Use #NationalPunchDay to post on social media.  


    National Day Calendar continues seeking the source or founder of this beverage holiday.



    It’s time for America to stand together in support of our love for String Cheese. Join us as we celebrate National String Cheese Day on September 20. Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks…there’s no denying that you call it delicious!   

    Pack it for a picnic or a hike. Pass it out for a team snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without this tasty treat. You’ve got to hand it to String Cheese—it’s the fun, easy and protein-packed food that goes wherever you do! It’s no wonder String Cheese has so much “a-peel” with both kids and adults alike. Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.

    Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (After all, it is kind of fun to play with your food!) Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. (Why wait to get that delicious cheese into your belly?) However, you choose to eat it, get your hands on some every September 20th!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalStringCheeseDay

    What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?  Be sure to pick up extras of your favorite to share with others. Pack it in your lunch or enjoy it as a delicious snack. Share on social media with #NationalStringCheeseDay.


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    Galbani Cheese founded National String Cheese Day in 2017 to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese.  You can follow Galbani Cheese on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest for great snacking recipes and tips.  

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared the day to be celebrated annually on September 20th. 

    NATIONAL FRIED RICE DAY - September 20


    Order up a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice to celebrate National Fried Rice Day on September 20th.

    During this food holiday, fried rice stars as the centerpiece of the meal. Its flavor captures the diners’ hearts and keeps them coming back for more. Together with shrimp, chicken or beef, fried rice makes a complete meal. More adventurous foodies can spice it up with Spicy Chicken Rice.

    Made with a combination of long-grained rice, peas, carrots and onions, fried rice requires perfectly incorporated eggs to bring it all together.

    While enjoying a meal with fried rice, remember that it compliments vegetables and protein equally well. Another great reason to celebrate is that fried rice goes well with your favorite flavors. Sweet, sour, spicy or a combination, you can’t go wrong with fried rice! When all the flavors and aromas add up to a memorable meal, the celebrating is easy.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFriedRiceDay

    The day encourages families and friends to enjoy a meal out or get your meal to go. Invite a crowd to celebrate. Order dishes to share or extra for delicious fried rice to take home. And don’t forget to share your favorites, too!

    Join Benihana by celebrating the day with a side of Hibachi Chicken Rice. Share your favorite meal on social media using #NationalFriedRiceDay.


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    Benihana founded National Fried Rice Day in 2018 because high-quality rice isn’t just another side dish to them; it’s a foundational element of every meal they serve. Benihana has been dishing the irresistible flavor of their famous fried rice to generations of foodies for over half a century. Since their founding, they’ve served roughly 2,720,350 pounds of California-grown rice each year. Fried Rice is beloved throughout the globe and an iconic part of the Benihana experience.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Fried Rice Day to be celebrated September 20th, annually.

    Fried Rice FAQ

    Q. What kind of rice is best when making fried rice?
    A. Long-grained rice is best because it has less starch.

    Q. Is fried rice cooked twice?
    A. Yes. It is boiled before it is fried.

On Deck for September 21, 2021

National Days

International Days

September 20th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History

The Pittsburgh Steelers play their debut game in the National Football League. With a score of 23-2, the Steelers lost to the New York Giants.


The first complete International Film Festival at Cannes, France opened. Originally scheduled to open in 1939, World War II cut the event short with only one film being shown. Twenty-one countries submitted entries for the first festival. One of the winning entries included the British comedy, Brief Encounter. Best Actor went to Ray Milland for his role in The Lost Weekend and Best Animation Design was awarded to Make Mine Music.


RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is unveiled from Clydebank, Scotland.


The Piano Man, Billy Joel, receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Some names are more common than you think. In 2005, 164 people named Martha Stewart joined the television set of the show Martha! to break a world record for the number of people with the same first and last name gathered in the same place. Martha, Martha, Martha! 


The HBO drama, Game of Thrones, runs away with record-breaking 12 Emmy wins.

Recipe of the Day

Raisin Spice Bar Recipe

Spiced Raisin Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:  20 minutes
Total Prep:  35 minutes
Servings:  80 servings


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 – 1/2 cups golden raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Glaze (optional):

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons rum
2 teaspoons water


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan by greasing bottom the bottom and sides.

Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Sift all ingredients together twice.

Cream together shortening and sugar.

Add molasses, egg, rum extract, water, and vinegar.

Pour batter into baking pan evenly.

Bake 17-20 minutes until bars turn light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 minutes.

Turn the pan onto a cooling rack to cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Place on a cutting board.

Glaze (optional):

Combine confectioners’ sugar, rum, and water in a small bowl.

Brush glaze over the bars and allow to harden.

Cut bars into desired serving sizes.

September 20th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Carleton Ellis – 1875

The prolific inventor patented more than 700 inventions and is credited with a long list of successful creations. As a chemist, plastic and petroleum became his medium. One of his most notable contributions was the development of margarine.

Upton Sinclair – 1878

Best known for his novel The Jungle, Sinclair would later earn a Pulitzer Prize for his work, Dragon’s Teeth.

Jay Ward – 1920

Ward is best known for producing animated series featuring Rocky & Bullwinkle, Dudley Do-Right, Peabody and Sherman among others.

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan – 1910

The mathematician is best known for her work on the SCOUT Launch Vehicle Program for NASA. The film Hidden Figures features Vaughn along with several other African American Women who worked for NASA.

Ruth Richard – 1928

The left-hander played eight seasons in the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The stellar catcher also played in exhibition games in South and Central America.

Kristen Johnston – 1967

The actress is best known for her role as Sally Solomon in the television sitcom Third Rock From the Sun.

About National Day Calendar

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