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On the Friday before Labor Day, National College Colors Day encourages everyone to display their team spirit. Across the United States students, parents, family, fans, and alumni will be wearing their team colors. Be sure you’re celebrating by wearing your college team’s colors and apparel.

Team spirit has long been a foundation of cheering athletes to victory. Wearing the colors of the school as well as singing the school song goes along with the energy of the day. Not only does it bring back memories, but it carries on traditions. Sometimes, these traditions run deep, too. 

When is Labor Day?

Support your team and show your team spirit by wearing your college colors to the game or while watching it on TV. Rally the fans and show your team you know they will go for the win! Tailgating and pregame revelry are all part of the enjoyment of the season. Many alumni enjoy share memories of games from years past, especially the close ones, win or lose.

HOW TO OBSERVE #CollegeColorsDay

Wear your college colors; share your stories. Tailgate or have a party at home before the big game. Take a tour of your alma mater. Use #CollegeColorsDay to post on social media and spread the word.


The College Licensing Company founded College Colors Day in 2004

NATIONAL LAZY MOM’S DAY – First Friday in September


During the first Friday in September, National Lazy Mom’s Day delegates everyday mom jobs to someone else.

Busy moms know that the work of being a parent is never done. However, occasionally parents need to recharge. The laundry and the dishes will be there later. When possible, finding someone to watch the children for a few hours is worth it. Sometimes all a mom needs is a nap. Other times, mothers (and fathers too) seek adult conversation.

Even though moms around the country view this day in different ways, the majority see it as a day for moms to take a break. While the occasion holds no shine to Mother’s Day, may we suggest some cooperation with Mom? Allow her to take a break. Divide the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds. That’s how most celebrate this National Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLazyMomsDay

You don’t have to celebrate like most moms do, however. Maybe it is a hammock and book kind of day for your lazy afternoon. Help mom celebrate this holiday by cleaning up after yourself. Rub her feet. Walk the dog. Mow the lawn. Put the dishes away. Pick up your dirty clothes. The list goes on.

Use #NationalLazyMomsDay to post on social media.


We were unable to identify the creator of National Lazy Mom’s Day.

Lazy FAQ

Q. Is the word “lazy” a negative term.
A. No, it doesn’t have to be. The phrase “lazy river” conjures up images of a relaxing, peaceful, and slow-moving body of water. Some extremely smart and successful people were thought to be lazy as well. Ben Franklin, Albert Einstein, and a few other inventive and brilliant people were considered lazy. While we busy people were running about getting things done, they were inventing ways to be more efficient or developing theories about the universe.

Q. What other words describe laziness but sound positive?
A. A person may look lazy when in fact they are calm, at ease, relaxed, thoughtful, do things effortlessly, serene, at peace, tranquil, content, quiet, comfortable, cozy.

Q. What other lazy days are on the calendar?
A. National Lazy Day is in August.

NATIONAL FOOD BANK DAY – First Friday in September


National Food Bank Day on the first Friday in September encourages you to commit to contributing to the cause that believes no one should go to bed hungry.

Hunger may be as close as your neighbor or your coworker in the next cubical. Bare cupboards and empty stomachs look just like yours and mine behind closed doors.

Food banks across the country help some of the 42 million men, women, and children who struggle with putting food on the table. The reasons range from illness to job loss and a general change in circumstances – circumstances that can happen to anyone of us.

For parents struggling to make ends meet, the ability to look their children in their eyes over a meal instead of into hungry eyes is a difference made by supporting food banks. Food banks fill the gap for those living on a meager budget. Many food banks offer educational opportunities that help people change their situation and begin anew. Often, those who have benefited from the programs return to volunteer and contribute to the very food bank that staved off hunger to do the same for others.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFoodBankDay

Help a neighbor, a friend, coworker or a child by making a donation. Volunteer at your local food bank. Food banks take nonperishable food items and cash donations every day. Check their needs list for the fresh items they are seeking.

Use #NationalFoodBankDay to give your local food bank a shout-out and to share on social media.

Food Book 50 Logo

St. Mary’s Food Bank founded National Food Bank Day to recognize the outstanding contributions of food banks around the country and to commemorate the establishment of St. Mary’s Food Bank by its founder John van Hengel in 1967. John van Hengel came up with the idea of grocery rescue and food banking and the idea spread throughout the country making St. Mary’s Food Bank the very first in the world! In 2017, St. Mary’s celebrates its 50th anniversary!

They distribute 250,000 meals on a daily basis through the efforts of dedicated staff, partner agencies, and volunteers. Their mission is to alleviate hunger through the gathering and distribution of food while encouraging self-sufficiency, collaboration, advocacy, and education.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Food Bank Day to be observed annually on the first Friday of September beginning in 2017.

National Chianti Day - First Friday in September


The first Friday in September each year ushers in a celebration worthy of a toast. National Chianti Day recognizes the most-recognized red wines from the Tuscany region of Italy.

Always leading with the Sangiovese grape, the ruby red wine is famous worldwide. The iconic Gallo Nero log and a black rooster inside a red circle represent Chianti Classico. While Chianti is most associated with Tuscany, the smaller Chianti Classico region, located between Florence in the north and Siena in the south, is the historical heartland and most-respected area for red wines.

As essential to Italian cuisine as olive oil, Chianti Classico is a dry red wine that is medium to full-bodied. It shows red cherry and herbaceous notes, making it flexible with many cuisines and pairing particularly well with robust dishes like barbeque and grilled meats. And because Chianti Classico is the authentic taste of Tuscany and the ultimate expression of the region, the wines have a natural affinity to Italian dishes like pasta, carbonara, or pizza.

For a more savory and earthy expression, look for the word Riserva. Chianti Classico Riserva demands that the wine be aged an additional two years and will develop subtle balsamic and espresso notes during that time. These hedonistic wines work brilliantly with stews and braised dishes.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChiantiDay

Pick up a bottle of Chianti Classico to serve with dinner. To elevate your meal, consider an aged bottle of Chianti Classico Riserva. While exploring the wine aisle, be sure to plan your meal. May we suggest a charcuterie board with a selection of Italian meats and cheeses? Chianti Classico will also go well with a thick-cut porterhouse steak. But don’t stop there. The tangy acidity of Chianti Classico cuts through the richness on your plate, so explore all the ways this Italian wine complements a meal.

While you enjoy your wine, be sure to share your favorite pairings by using #NationalChiantiDay on social media.


Santa Margherita USA founded National Chianti Day to honor our Chianti Classico Riserva, a wine that embodies the traditions of Tuscany and the Chianti Classico region. Our Santa Margherita Chianti Classico Riserva is from a single vineyard called Salcentino located just outside of the town of Panzano. Dry, rich, and rewarding, the wine has complex aromas of red cherries and plums with a palate that unfolds to berry fruits and licorice, framed by light toasty notes of oak and finishes with a firm structure.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Chianti Day to be observed on the first Friday in September, annually.

About Santa Margherita USA

Santa Margherita USA is a fine wine import company representing premium and ultra-premium wine estates from Italy. Since our founding in 1935, Count Gaetano Marzotto dedicated his life to establishing Santa Margherita and its estates as one of the leading ambassadors of Italian wine excellence worldwide. With the establishment of Santa Margherita USA in 2016, we proudly carry on his vision in the United States.

Chianti FAQ

Q. What does it mean to let a wine breathe?
A. Letting wine breathe exposes the wine to the air after opening the bottle and before enjoying it. Exposure to the air enhances the wine’s qualities. The type of wine will determine how long you should let it breathe, too. If you’re in a hurry, a decanter speeds up the process by aerating the wine. Decanting is probably more beneficial than just opening the bottle and letting it sit.

Q. Do I need to let Chianti breathe?
A. Yes, Chianti is a wine that benefits from aeration.

Q. Does chianti need to be served chilled?
A. Yes, but only slightly. Serve Chianti at slightly below room temperature – between 60-65°F.



On September 3rd, National Welsh Rarebit Day whips up a tasty and satisfying snack. What is a rarebit? The term means “rabbit” in the Welsh language. Similar to mock turtle soup having no turtle in it, Welsh rarebit does not contain rabbit. Instead, this dish is made with toast that has hot cheese poured over it.

In the eighteenth century, Welsh Rarebit was served as a delicious supper. Taverns served it with ale. While fondue might come to mind, Welsh Rarebit more commonly uses wheat bread and cheddar cheese. A typical European fondue would start with Swiss cheeses. As with any dish, there are variations of Welsh Rarebit. Some of the recipes call for cayenne pepper, mustard, Worcestershire, or paprika. 

Top the cheese with a poached egg, and the dish becomes a Golden Buck. Add bacon, and some call the meal a Yorkshire Buck. It also seems that humor goes well with Welsh Rarebit. Or at least it once did back when humor was tossed back and forth across the pond. In any case, the creamy, cheesy, and toasty dish deserves a taste and a smile, too. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #WelshRarebitDay

Whip up some Welsh Rarebit. You can top it with an egg or bacon or both. And don’t forget the spice. We recommend the crustiest toast and the sharpest cheddar cheese. Real butter will make your sauce creamy.  What’s a celebration if you go light? We even have a recipe you can try. Share your versions and let us know what you think. Use #WelshRarebitDay to post on social media.  


Our research was unable to find the creator of National Welsh Rarebit Day.

Welsh Rarebit FAQ

Q. Does Welsh rarebit give you bad dreams?
A. Some folklore does suggest this cheesy dish disturbs our sleep with bad dreams. However, it may be related to the time of day this particular meal is traditionally eaten – after a night of drinking. While the alcohol-absorbing bread and fatty cheese might be good for the on-coming hangover, it’s not so good for the digestion, which might lead to a night of restless sleep and dreams.

Q. What does “fourth meal” mean?
A. In the United States, people traditionally eat three main meals a day – breakfast, lunch, and supper. However, in other cultures, another meal is tucked between lunch and supper. It can also be a late-night meal (see the question above) after a night of fun. Of course, if you’re a Hobbit, throw all those schedules out the window.



Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling League Day on September 3rd.

Primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840, the game was called ninepins and was popular with gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned the game in 1841. As a result, indoor lane owners added one pin to their alleys to circumvent the law. 

Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules. However, it wasn’t until 1895 when the American Bowling Congress came together at Beethoven Hall in New York City. The American Bowling Congress established a maximum score of 300 which still stands today. They also determined other rules, such as lane length, widths, and distances between pins. 


The term “turkey” describes when a bowler successfully throws three strikes in a row. Before the lanes became as slick and beautiful as they are today, getting consecutive strikes was difficult. Around the late 1800s, at Thanksgiving time, alleys and clubs would offer turkeys to players who bowled three strikes in a row. As the holiday neared, taking home a prize turkey after a fun night of bowling would sure top off the evening. It seems this may be the source of the term for achieving three strikes in the game.

When is National Sports Day?

In one particularly rousing account from the 30th of November 1894, The Standard Union out of Brooklyn, New York, suggested that the Lobster Bowling Club could have been mistaken for a “college football game” they had made such a ruckus. The two teams celebrated so much during their turkey contest that it carried into the street. In the wee hours of the morning, two teammates carried the turkey dangling from a pole up the street as they all sang. The story never reported who won the turkey. 

Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling provides a fun time as well as great physical activity.

HOW TO OBSERVE #USBowlingLeagueDay

Gather your league and go bowling. If you are not a member of a league, just invite some friends. Let us know if you get a turkey. Use #USBowlingLeagueDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator and origin of U.S. Bowling League Day. 

Bowling FAQ

Q. What are 12 strikes in a row called?
A. Bowling has many terms to describe consecutive strikes. Like the term “turkey” for 3 strikes, when a bowler achieves a perfect game by bowling 12 strikes in a row it is called the “Thanksgiving turkey.”

Q. What other terms do bowlers use to describe strikes?
A. While many of the terms surround holiday food like turkey and ham, not all of them do. For example, 5 consecutive strikes might be called a Yatzee, hambone, brat, front string (for 5 consecutive strikes at the beginning of the game), sombrero or high ball.

Q. Is bowling in decline?
A. It depends on where you look. While league and alley numbers are declining, the sport is always evolving. Bowling alleys that keep pace with trends and the demands of their community continue to survive and thrive. And yet, more than 67 million people bowl in the United States every year according to

On Deck For September 4, 2021

National Days

International Days

September 3rd Celebrated (and not so celebrated) History

September 3rd – 12th didn’t exist for Britain. Many countries had begun adopting the Gregorian calendar. Those still on the Julian calendar were finding their calenders to be out of alignment with the solar cycle. On September 2nd, 1752, Britain and the American Colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar and skipped ahead to September 13th.


Author, abolitionist, and orator Frederick Douglas escapes from slavery. He fled Baltimore to freedom in Philadelphia. Douglas would write about his journey to freedom in the book My Escape from Slavery.


John Brallier accepts $10 and expenses from David Berry of the Latrobe YMCA to play football. While other football players had contracts, Brallier is the first to openly go professional.


Over 16,000 fans witness the Philadelphia Giants win the International League championship and the Freihofer Cup. Members of one of the earliest professional Black baseball leagues defeated the Cuban X-Giants in a two-game contest for the honors. In the first game, the final score was 3 to 1 cinched Philadephia’s win. However, in a second exhibition game, the Philadelphia players proved their abilities once again with a 4 to 1 win. The exciting game was a nail-biter with great saves in bases full situations.


Andrew Varipapa sets world record bowling knocking down 2562 pins across 10 games. His best score was  299.


Riding Spring Violet, jockey Johnny Longden becomes the winningest rider in thoroughbred racing.


Wilber Hardee begins selling burgers, fries and milkshakes when he opens the first Hardee’s restaurant in Greenville, NC.


President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Wilderness Act into law. The law paved the way for the conservation and preservation of wilderness areas across the country through the National Wilderness Preservation System.


In a country where 90 percent of the drivers owned left driver-side cars, Sweden switches to driving on the right side of the road. The change required the reconfiguration of turning lanes, signs and more.


Viking II lands on the Mars surface 6 weeks after its counterpart space orbiter, Viking I, made its landing.


Chris Evert wins her 101st and last open singles victory by beating 15-year-old Monica Seles.


Coca-Cola organizes the world’s largest online bingo game with 493,824 players.


Microsoft purchases the telecommunications company, Nokia.

Recipe Of The Day
Nutty Coffee

Name: Nutty Coffee
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total Prep: 12 minutes
Servings: 3


4 cups brewed coffee
2 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
2 Tbsp hazelnut spread (Nutella)
Whipped cream
Cocoa powder for dusting


Combine coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and hazelnut spread into a medium saucepan. Heat over medium heat while stirring until all ingredients are combined and thoroughly heated. Do not boil.

Pour into cups. Top with whipped cream and dust with cocoa powder.

Recipe credit:

Michele S. – North Dakota

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In the Classroom

September 3rd Celebrated (and not so celebrated) Birthdays
Prudence Crandall – 1803

In 1833, the Quaker abolitionist and educator opened one of the first schools for Black girls. Located in Connecticut, the legislature that same year passed a Black Law making it illegal for Crandall to run a school for Black students. She was even arrested and convicted of breaking the law. However, a higher court overturned the decision. Even so, Crandall was forced to close the school in 1934.

George Hearst – 1820

The businessman served as a United States Senator from California. He is also the father of William Randolph Hearst.

Louis Sullivan – 1856

Architect Louis Sullivan gained recognition for his work in the late 1800s for his skyscraper designs. He along with Dankmar Adler are known for the Auditorium Building in Chicago, the Wainwright building in St. Louis, among others.

Ferdinand Porsche – 1875

The engineer and businessman developed the first Volkswagen Beetle designs and founded the Porsche company producing sports cars.

Harold DeForest Arnold – 1883

The inventor and scientist is responsible for making live radio broadcasting possible.

Charles Hamilton Houston – 1895

Through his work as a civil rights attorney, Houston was a civil rights attorney. He served as Dean of Howard University Law School and on led the Legal Defense Committee of the NAACP.

Carl David Anderson – 1905

As a physicist, his discovery of the positron earned him the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Dorothy Maynor – 1910

Maynor pursued a career in music and became an internationally renowned concert soprano. A woman of many firsts, on January 20, 1949, she sang at Harry S. Truman’s presidential inauguration on January 20, 1949. Her performance was the first by an African American at a U.S. presidential inauguration. Among her many accomplishments, she is also the founder of the Harlem School of Arts.

Marguerite Higgins – 1920

The American journalist and war correspondent covered three wars during her career. In 1951, she won The Pulitzer Prize for her “fine front line reporting showing enterprise and courage.”

Mort Walker – 1923

The comic strip artist is best known for his comic strip characters. He created Beatle Bailey in 1950. Then in 1954 he teamed up with Dik Browne and created Hi and Lois.

Glen Bell – 1923

The founder of Taco Bell opened his first restaurant in 1954. The first Bell’s Drive-In and Taco Tia was located in San Bernardino. Then in 1962, Bell opens the first Taco Bell. The business grew and by 1970 the franchise went public.

Bill Flemming – 1926

The sports broadcaster was one of the first hosts of The Wide World of Sports. The show aired on ABC from 1961-1998.

Malcolm Gladwell – 1963

Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is also the author of several books including What the Dog Saw and Talking to Strangers.

Shaun White – 1986

As an accomplished snowboarder and skateboarder, White holds more X-Games and Olympic gold medals than any other snowboarder.

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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