SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 | NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY | NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY | NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY | NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA | NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY | NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY | SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY | NATIONAL NORTH CAROLINA DAY | NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY
National Drink Beer Day toasts that malty elixir on September 28th, annually. Just as the Oktoberfest season comes to an end, the day reminds us to enjoy the world’s most popular adult beverage.
Beer lovers have more selection than ever before in the ale and lager market. An explosion in the craft beer industry keeps the competition and the flavors robust, churning out new flavors seasonally. Beer connoisseurs quench their thirst with flavors drastically different from their grandfather’s beers. Rootbeer to raspberry, caramel, and hints of herbs all tickle the palate when it comes to artisanal beers.
Around the country, and from around the world, a wide assortment of beers offers plenty of ways to celebrate.
HOW TO OBSERVE #DrinkBeerDay
The best way to celebrate is by enjoying a glass of beer. As always, celebrations are better when surrounded by others who celebrate with you. So, invite friends, family, coworkers, too. Join them at a local pub or tavern. Or invite them to your home. No matter how you #CelebrateEveryDay, drink responsibly and use #DrinkBeerDay when posting on social media.
NATIONAL DRINK BEER DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origin of this delicious beverage holiday.
NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY
National Good Neighbor Day on September 28th creates an opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other better. This day acknowledges and celebrates the importance of a good neighbor.
It is a blessing to have a good neighbor, but it is even a greater thing to BE a good neighbor. Good neighbors often become friends. They watch out for each other, lend a helping hand, and are there for advice when asked. Neighbors offer that cup of sugar when we are short, collect our mail when we are on vacation, watch our homes, and sometimes watch our children and our pets. Simply put, being a good neighbor makes good neighbors and develops lifelong friendships.
HOW TO OBSERVE #GoodNeighborDay
Being a good neighbor isn’t all that difficult. Starting with kindness is always the first step.
- Offer a kind word. Even a small compliment goes a long way to creating a bond or breaking down barriers.
- Bring extra bounty from your garden or baked goods.
- Invite them to join an informal celebration in your home.
- Introduce them to your pets or offer a gardening tip.
- Ask who they recommend for a service such as taxes, painting, or car care. You will earn their respect, especially if the question is something they have first-hand experience with.
Use #GoodNeighborDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL GOOD NEIGHBOR DAY HISTORY
In the early 1970s, Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana created National Good Neighbor Day. In 1978, United States President Jimmy Carter issued Proclamation 4601:
“As our Nation struggles to build friendship among the peoples of this world, we are mindful that the noblest human concern is concern for others. Understanding, love and respect build cohesive families and communities. The same bonds cement our Nation and the nations of the world. For most of us, this sense of community is nurtured and expressed in our neighborhoods where we give each other an opportunity to share and feel part of a larger family…I call upon the people of the United States and interested groups and organizations to observe such day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
The date changed in 2003 from the fourth Sunday in September to an annual observance on September 28th.
NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY
For those who enjoy hunting and fishing, doing so responsibly is important. Following safety guidelines keeps them and others safes. However, they also strive to keep their hobbies alive. To do so, they follow the laws and guidelines put in place for each season.
Every year, limits fluctuate depending on the population of birds, fish, and other game. At times, the population is so high, there’s a need to reduce an invasive species. Other species require careful regulation to prevent over hunting and fishing.
While hunting or fishing, many enjoy the beauty of nature. They explore areas of the country they may not normally see. Wilderness brings families together or friends for bonding time. Hunting and fishing are about respect for the land, the habitat and each other, too.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HuntingAndFishingDay
Take the day to go out hunting or fishing. Be safe. Follow posted guidelines and hunt within the season. Use #HuntingAndFishingDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HUNTING AND FISHING DAY HISTORY
The day dates back to the 1960s. In 1972, by Senate Joint Resolution 117, Congress requested the President to declare the fourth Saturday of September 1972 as National Hunting and Fishing Day. On May 2 of the same year, President Richard Nixon signed proclamation 4128 designating the observance to occur the Fourth Saturday in September.
NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS DAY USA
The entire family gets involved with National Family Health & Fitness Day on the last Saturday in September.
The day promotes family involvement in physical activity in support of one of the goals of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. When families strive to be healthy together, the success rate increases. Incorporating exercise and a healthy diet into a family’s lifestyle takes a team effort. It’s kind of like celebrations. Who celebrates alone?
Reaching health goals as a family becomes a fun activity. Families cook together and learn which flavors fit their lifestyle best. While learning new exercise routines, families encourage each other. When one member finds success, it challenges the other family members to pick up the pace. We support each other to bike, walk, or stretch through to the next peak.
When we make the experience a positive one, we also improve the bonds between family members. We grow together and develop new skills that we will carry with us for a lifetime.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA
Get out and play as a family. It’s important to do something physical every day. Whether the family goes for a walk, throws a Frisbee, or plays with the dogs, get the heart rate up. Another thing to do is learn portion sizes. Then go through the house and reduce or eliminate the unhealthy snacks in the house. Replace them with fruits and vegetables. Start cooking together. Aim for at least one meal week and work up to cooking every day together.
Find events and more activities at fitnessday.com to join in the celebration and use #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA to post on social media.
NATIONAL FAMILY HEALTH AND FITNESS DAY USA HISTORY
Family Health And Fitness Day USA is organized by the Health Information Resource Center. The day was started in 1996.
NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY
On the last Saturday in September as part of the World’s Largest Ghost Hunt, National Ghost Hunting Day kicks off an annual international investigation of the paranormal.
Ghost hunting stirs up images of abandoned mansions with murderous histories. For others, ghost hunting involves specters guarding ancient crypts. Centuries-old ghost stories around the world focus on historical records or literature. Science, religion, and academia debate their existence. Even their use by Shakespeare and other playwrights is often considered a continuation of that discussion in the midst of the Renaissance stage.
However, seeking paranormal activity isn’t limited to crumbling ruins and darkened, forgotten corners of the world. Public places boast eerie tales of spectral voices or haunting mists. For example, both Ann Boylen’s ghost in the Tower of London and the White House in Washington, D.C. crackle with the electricity of paranormal activity. With regards to the White House, the stories are plentiful, too.
Enthusiasts bring attention to historical properties and have an interest in preservation as well. As part of the adventure, sleuths visit Civil War-era towns like Old-Salt Sulphur Springs, Virginia. Others join ghost walks like the one at Rohs Opera House in Kentucky. For train lovers and train-loving ghosts, hop on board in Colorado. There are many historical locations ready for sleuthing and investigation on National Ghost Hunting Day.
Perhaps it’s the anticipation for the novice. Someone yet to experience the thrill of witnessing a restless soul-making contact for the first time. It lures him into a first haunted journey. They remember the first spooky ghost story read by flashlight under the bedsheets. Or perhaps it was an unexplained blur on a snapshot. Sometimes, an investigator’s interest may be held by just the prospect of a spirit lingering nearby. Actual sightings are rare and fleeting.
Modern Ghost Hunts
With the increase of movies and television shows going on the hunt, interest grows. Societies around the world continue developing methods of proving the existence of ghosts, spirits, and other paranormal activity. Typically, a ghost hunting team attempts to collect evidence they see as supportive of paranormal activity. Devices such as an EMF meter, digital thermometer, handheld, and static digital video cameras, audio recorders and computers are all part of a team’s toolbox. However, they also employ traditional techniques like conducting interviews and researching the history of a site.
Of course, skeptics remain. Considered a pseudoscience by a majority of educators, academics and science writers, ghost hunting leads to noble acts. For example, some ghost hunts lead to the preservation of historical sites, the American Folklore Story and the integration of known scientific tools for reaching into challenging dimensional theories. It is with a tremendous sense of discovery and enthusiasm that National Ghost Hunting Day is celebrated.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGhostHuntingDay
National Ghost Hunting Day will kick off with the Shot-Gun start at The ScareFest in Lexington, KY. To join in the coast-to-coast simultaneous hunt, find a satellite team near you! National ghost hunting societies will be participating across the country investigating local venues. Use #NationalGhostHuntingDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL GHOST HUNTING DAY HISTORY
Haunted Travelsfounded National Ghost Hunting Day to kick off a season full of haunted attractions and fall festivities. They encourage enthusiasts to pursue their interests in the mysteries surrounding the supernatural and to carry on the long-held traditions of ghost hunters. One hundred percent of funds raised through ticket sales go to local non-profit pet shelters in each participating community. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in July of 2016.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands.
This fee-free day in many federally managed lands encourages visitors to volunteer conservation or enjoy hiking, exploring, fishing or camping their favorite public lands. Volunteers give back by repairing trails, collecting trash or other maintenance needed around the parks.
Our public lands offer outdoor and open spaces for us to explore all year long. Every season, they provide a beautiful bounty of wildlife and nature to explore. We hike the trails, camp, and picnic with family and friends. Some of us have lists of places to visit. There are plenty of vistas to discover all across the country.
It’s important to keep them pristine for generations to come. Whether the beach calls or the mountains, each one requires us to take care of it.
HOW TO OBSERVE #PublicLandsDay
Visit your favorite public land and volunteer. Join an event near you and show your support.
Find out more about how you can participate by visiting neefusa.org and use #NPLD or #PublicLandsDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY HISTORY
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 and keeps the promise of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the “tree army” that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage.
SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY
Save Your Photos Day on the Saturday in September is a great day to back up those digital photos and organize all those boxes of polaroids.
Part of Save Your Photos Month, the day reminds us that these precious memories are perishable. Whether through natural disasters like floods, fires or tornados or the human ones like spilled liquids and computer viruses, photos in any form are fragile. Backing them up and preserving them is necessary for the long haul.
Some of the older photographs that have made it this far may be missing vital information. Many of our grandparents didn’t take the time to write the names of the people in the pictures, never realizing that generations later would be as fascinated by the people in the images as they were by taking them.
There are several ways to create order from the chaos. Take charge of the modern photos now. Label as you go by including names, dates, and information about the event on the picture. Backup the digital photos regularly. Share your favorites and display those that bring a smile.
When it comes to tracking down information on old family pictures, start with relatives. There may be someone who knows someone with a long memory. Take a road trip with your photographs for a visit. Connect through ancestry and family tree websites. Some of the oddest things will help connect one photo to another.
Scan, preserve, and share the photos with family members to be shared for future generations as well.
HOW TO OBSERVE #SaveYourPhotosDay
Take time to protect your photographs, whether you use your phone, a digital camera or film to take pictures. Attend workshops on how to preserve photographs. Use #SaveYourPhotosDay to share on social media.
SAVE YOUR PHOTOS DAY HISTORY
NATIONAL NORTH CAROLINA DAY
As we near the end of the original 13 colonies, National North Carolina Day recognizes the 12th state to join the Union.
They were the first state to vote for independence from the British at the first Continental Congress. Before the Civil War, North Carolina resisted secession from the Union. As a whole, the state was vehemently against dividing the nation even after other states had signed agreements to secede. Eventually, public opinion changed and the state was swayed to join the Confederacy.
The state is filled with beauty from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Cape Fear and up to Kitty Hawk. Along with the beauty, you will find mystery buried in history and nature. Explore the sites of the first powered flight, the disappearance of the Roanoke colonists and with them the first English child born in the New World.
North Carolina is also home to the 82nd Airborne, blue fireflies, and the lavish Biltmore Estate. Studios find the state ideal for filming on location, so don’t be surprised if you recognize places from TV shows or films you have seen. And don’t forget, both the Carolinas are home to NASCAR.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NorthCarolinaDay
Join National Day Calendar as we celebrate North Carolina’s mysteries and history. Explore all the epic vistas and ocean views. There is an adventure in every corner! Use #NorthCarolinaDay to share on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY
Each year on September 28 strawberry lovers get to enjoy their favorite fruit in the form of pie on National Strawberry Cream Pie Day.
Even though strawberries are out of season, the grocers always make sure to stock up on frozen and canned so we can make pies. How else do we keep making fruit pies all year long? Those of us who planned ahead preserved strawberries just for this occasion. And of course, some fresh are still available here and there.
Strawberry cream pie can be made in many different ways. Some recipes use a custard or pudding base with strawberries either folded in or on top. Others are made with cream cheese or whipped cream. Whichever you prefer, the strawberry cream pie is a delicious treat.
HOW TO OBSERVE #StrawberryCreamPieDay
Invite friends and family for a taste of sweetness. Sharing a delicious recipe is truly the only way to celebrate its goodness. And, it’s the only way to #CelebrateEveryDay, too! The more the merrier. Pick up a strawberry cream pie from your favorite bakery. Be sure to give them a shout out, too. That’s how you include them in the celebration! Or, bake your favorite recipe at home. Give these sweet ones a try:
Use #StrawberryCreamPieDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL STRAWBERRY CREAM PIE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this sweet pie holiday.
Recipe of the Day
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 50-60 minutes
Pie Crust – Homemade or bought.
3-4 cups rhubarb, chopped
3 cups strawberries, sliced
1 1⁄3 cups granulated sugar
1⁄4 cup cornstarch
1 Egg White
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Using a large mixing bowl, add chopped rhubarb, sliced strawberries, sugar, and cornstarch. Mix well.
Spoon mixture into pie pan containing pie crust.
Place top crust over mixture and pinch outer edges to seal.
Cut vent slices into top crust, brush on egg white over top and place in oven.
Bake 50 – 60 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Remove from oven and cool 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve each slice with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or whipped topping. Enjoy!
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