August 11

It is not often that we consider our most revered leaders to be comedians. With that said, presidents are no strangers to comedy. With all of the unrest and turmoil that the nation deals with on a day to day basis, it is sometimes nice to take a break and enjoy some good humor. Whether a president has made an accidental blunder, a faux pas, or a purposeful joke, today is the day to celebrate National Presidential Joke Day.

A History of National Presidential Joke Day

The history of National Presidential Joke Day began on the day that Ronald Reagan made a joke about outlawing Russia forever and saying that they would begin bombing them in a matter of minutes. He was slated to make a state of address on NPR on August 11, 1984 regarding student religious groups in public high schools.

He was stationed at his vacation home in California with a few others present in the room. During the soundcheck, he made the Russian bombing comment without knowing that the microphone was on. While his “joke” didn’t actually air on television, the press took it and ran. There were headlines across the world the next day. The joke became one of the most controversial things that a president has ever said, although Reagan was no stranger to injecting levity into his day to day talks.

Some other funny presidents include Barack Obama, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln.

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”

  • Ronald Reagan

How To Celebrate National Presidential Joke Day

The best way to celebrate National Presidential Joke Day is to commemorate the funniest presidents throughout history. Share your favorite presidential jokes on social media. Though you may not like all of them, you’d be surprised to find out how many presidents had an immaculate sense of humor.

Make sure to hashtag #NationalPresidentialJokeDay to spread the word!

Political Humor

National Presidential Joke Day is the perfect time to push away any negative thoughts concerning the state of the government and mix some humor in your politics. Seeing presidents display a sense of humor makes them seem like regular people, which is a welcome alternative to their official roles as Commanders in Chief. Perhaps seeing a less buttoned-up side of presidents will help you relate to your president more.

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National Son’s And Daughter’s Day

Everyone has heard of Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but what about Son’s and Daughter’s Day? This less popular holiday is meant to celebrate the sons and daughters of the world. You didn’t ask to be brought into this world, right?! If you have children, today is the day to celebrate them. Spend some time together, take them out to their favorite restaurant, talk about some of your favorite memories together, or indulge them in their dreams, jokes, and stories.

National Raspberry Bombe Day

Raspberry Bombe is somewhat of a hidden gem when it comes to desserts. This summertime treat has been around for ages and is one of the best ways to top off an exciting meal. A standard bombe consists of raspberry sherbert, heavy cream, sugar, nuts, and, of course, rum. A sphere-shaped mold is then laid over the top, and it is kept in a freezer overnight. In the morning, you have a delicious, raspberry-flavored treat. Check out our favorite Raspberry Bombe recipe here!

July 26

A bagel is a canvas for endless possibilities. This kosher carbohydrate is one of the most popular breakfast items in the United States. Whether you add schmear and salmon, bacon and eggs, or anything else your heart desires, is totally up to you. The important thing is that you toast it to give it that crunchy outside and chewy center. Let’s celebrate the wide variety of bagels throughout the world on July 26, National Bagelfest Day!

A History of National Bagelfest Day

The bagel was introduced to the United States by Polish-Jewish Immigrants. This is New York is still one of the best places in the United States to get an authentic bagel. By 1907, the Local 338 Bagel Bakers Union had formed, contracting all of the bagel bakeries in the region.

It wasn’t until 1960 that famed bagel maker Daniel Thompson invented the Bagel Maker, ridding the need of bagel handcraft. Nowadays, there are thousands of bagel shops across the nation. You can find bagels in pre-sliced and frozen form in a wide variety of flavors. 

National Bagelfest Day originates from the owner of Lender’s Bagels, Murray Lender. In 1986, he decided to throw a massive festival next to the world’s largest bagel factory in Mattoon, Illinois. He was also the man who invented the pre-sliced bagel, making it far more convenient for us Americans to enjoy the tasty treat!

How To Celebrate National Bagelfest Day

Bagel Burger

Of course, the best way to celebrate National Bagelfest Day is to get your hands on some delicious bagels. Find a local bagel shop in your area and be a patron for a day. Get a variety of different bagels for the entire family! 

If you’re fond of baking or just want a fun activity for the day, you can make some bagels at home. Make sure to go on social media and use the hashtag #NationalBagelFestDay so that others know to celebrate!

“I’ve said this before and I say it again. Bagels can be an enormous power for good or evil. It is up to us to decide how we use them.”

  • Daniel Pinkwater

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National Aunts And Uncles Day

Aunts and Uncles Day

Most of us have an aunt or uncle that we’ve looked up to all of our lives. From holidays to family get-togethers, to life in general, aunts and uncles are there to show us love, teach us about life, and be role models for us. The best way to celebrate National Aunts and Uncles Day is to get in contact with your aunt and uncle. Try and make a plan to meet up with them. Take them to dinner and create some new memories to cherish forever!

National All Or Nothing Day

National All Or Nothing Day

No matter how much you have accomplished in your life, there was probably a point where you held back. Whether it was because you were scared of the outcome or because you were unsure of the first step, you might regret leaving that piece of your life incomplete. National All Or Nothing Day is the day to take that step and do it! Apply for that job you’ve been after, make that delicious dinner you’ve been talking about making forever, or go on that vacation that you’ve been dreaming of. Don’t let anything hold you back on this wonderful day!

July 31st

National Avocado Day

Bust out the chips and dip, it’s time to celebrate one of the world’s most popular superfruit: the avocado. While Mexican avocado crops are fairly year-round, other places such as California, tend to have peak avocado season during the summer. This makes them ripe for the picking on this wonderful month. Let’s dig into this tree grown fruit and find out all the ways that the avocado has influenced our culture.

A History of National Avocado Day

Avocados have been around for centuries, early fruits picked by the ancient Aztecs. It wasn’t until the late 21st century that National Avocado Day was made into a national holiday. Camille May and Danika Brysha founded a company called Model Meals back in 2015. Models Meals works hand-in-hand with organic farmers and growers to curate menus that are focused on whole foods. They also help to encourage sustainable agriculture.

A large part of their menu has to do with avocados, used as toppings in larger dishes or eaten on their own. The two of them actually carry around avocados with them in their purses so they can eat them during the day for a fat and vitamin boost. They invented the holiday to celebrate a superfood that we can’t deny!

How To Celebrate National Avocado Day

National Avocado Day

One of the best ways to celebrate National Avocado Day is by eating an avocado. They are filled to the brim with healthy fats and Omega 3 fatty acids, which in combination help to fight heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and Cancer. You can either make yourself a delicious Guacamole to have with some chips, use some avocado oil as a substitute for olive oil in one of your favorite dishes, or make yourself one of these delicious dishes.

You can also make an avocado mask if you’re into natural beauty products. The Ancient Aztecs were known for using avocados pulp on their faces as a mask. It was one of the first “beauty products” around. Nowadays, many organic creams and lotions utilize the oil of avocado to reap its many benefits and provide a smooth feel. Why not go old-school and use an organic avocado as a mask? You look fresher already!

“…the avocado is a food without rival among the fruits, the veritable fruit of paradise”

  • David Fairchild

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National Mutt Day

National Mutt Day

Do you own a mixed breed dog? Have you ever thought about rescuing one? National Mutt Day lands on the calendar twice a year, once on July 31st and once on December 2nd, providing us holidays to celebrate these lovable little creatures.

There are millions of adorable mixed breed dogs that are cooped up in shelters across the nation. The best way to celebrate National Mutt Day is to go down to your local shelter. Even if you can’t adopt a dog at this time, you can always take a day and volunteer. The credit for this holiday goes to Colleen Paige, a famous animal welfare advocate.

National Raspberry Cake Day

National Raspberry Cake Day

Looking for a dessert that is both refreshing and cold? Grab yourself a slice of Raspberry Cake, as today is the day to celebrate! Raspberries are one of the most prominent commercial crops, as they are used in a variety of dishes. They can grow in temperate regions all over the Earth, each bush with the capability to yield hundreds of berries every single year.

July 30

National Whistleblowers Day

Whistleblowers are the people that put their lives on the line to protect others from fraud and abuse. They step out of bounds to report any form of corruption when they see it, and have saved the American people countless times because of it. 

Whistleblower, whether part of a public or private organization, are there to help bring those to justice who participate in heinous deeds, such as exploitation or human violation. To celebrate some of the bravest men and women among us and throughout history, this day has been decided on as a national holiday.

A History of National Whistleblowers Day

Ralph Nader, a United States civic activist of the ‘70s, is known to have coined the term “whistleblower”. He was sick of people using negative connotation words, such as “snitch” or “informer”. He pulled the word from 19th century history, when whistles were used in public situations to alert civilians of bad things that were happening. Referees also use whistles in sporting events to call a foul or illegal play.

Some of the most famous whistleblowers include Mark Felt of the Watergate Scandal, Daniel Ellsberf (the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers back in 1971), and Coleen Rowley (an FBI agent who outed non-conforming agencies after the 9/11 attacks).

The United States Senate made a unanimous decision on July 30th to commemorate a day for whistleblowers.

How To Celebrate National Whistleblowers Day

Whistleblowers Day

The best way to celebrate National Whistleblowers Day is to read about some of history’s most famous whistleblowers. See what they sacrificed to bring people to justice or serve the general public. Do you see something bad happening in an organization that you are a part of? Maybe today is the day to finally stand up and say something! You could end up being a famous whistleblower yourself, all while helping the people around you.

If you use social media, remember to hashtag #NationalWhistleblowersDay to spread awareness and get others to join in the cause.

“Every country needs its whistleblowers. They are crucial to a healthy society. The employee who, in the public interest, has the independence of judgement and the personal courage to challenge malpractice or illegality is a kind of public hero.”

  • Fuad Alakbarov

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National Cheesecake Day

National Cheesecake Day

Cheesecake is said to have been around since Ancient Greece and it is one of the most favored desserts in the world. Whether baked or unbaked, you can cover this creamy, delicious cake with an array of toppings, including strawberry, chocolate, key lime, and more! Philadelphia Cream Cheese is one of the most used cheesecake ingredients and has been around since 1928. Take this day to head out to your favorite restaurant and grab a slice of cheesecake. Try some interesting kinds if you can, such as Chicago Style Cheesecake or Farmer Cheese Cheesecake.

National Father-In-Law Day

National Father-In-Law Day

Father-in-laws become one of the best family additions when you get married. Whether full of humor or stubborn as a mule, they are the foundation of the shelter in your family tree. The best way to spend National Father-In-Law Day is to go and spend some quality time with your father in law. Take him hiking or sit in the backyard and enjoy some brews. If your father-in-law is not around anymore, take some time to remember him in whatever way you see best.

July 29

National Chicken Wing Day

Chicken wings come in a wide variety of flavors. Whether you like your chicken wings hot as hell of sweet and savory, there is a type of chicken wing out there for you! We’d be pressed to say that chicken wings are one of the most versatile forms of the meat in the world. Over 27 billion wings were consumed in 2013, 1.2 billion of them during the super bowl alone.

Grab your ranch or your blue cheese and take a seat as we go through the history of the most finger lickin’ holiday around: National Chicken Wing Day. 

A History Of National Chicken Wing Day

The chicken wing came into fruition in Buffalo, New York. This is why we often refer to chicken wings as “Buffalo Wings”. Teresa Bellissimo, owner of the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY back in the 1960s, created the legendary chicken wing when her son and his college friends came by the bar seeking out a good, late night bite. 

She took some chicken wings, which were then used primarily in soup stock, deep fried them, and rolled them around in butter and hot sauce. Her son and his friends went absolutely mad. Only a few years later, there were multiple Buffalo Wing establishments throughout the reason, each with their own special wings. It was in 1977 when the city of Buffalo made a declaration that July 29th would be known as National Chicken Wing Day.

How To Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day

Chicken Wing Day

The best way to celebrate National Chicken Wing Day is to head out to your favorite bar or restaurant and order yourself some delicious chicken wings. If you want to make some classic chicken wings at home, you can also follow this recipe. Invite some friends over for a BBQ and throw some cold beers in the mix too!

Don’t forget to hashtag #NationalChickenWingDay if you use social media!

“I have the right to life, liberty, and chicken wings”

  • Mindy Kaling

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National Lipstick Day

Lipstick Day

Ancient Sumerian men and women were likely the very first humans to use lipstick over 5,000 years ago, crushing up gemstones to decorate their lips. In 1770, lipstick was banned in Britain, as the parliament saw it as a type of witchcraft for women to seduce men into marrying them. It has been seen as a positive, mood booster and a devilish weapon. 

Whatever you see it as, National Lipstick Day has been around since 2016 thanks to beauty blogger Huda Beauty and we don’t see it going anywhere soon. Bust out your favorite color and celebrate your style!

National Lasagna Day

National Lasagna Day

Lasagna is one of the best kinds of pasta around. Just ask Garfield the Cat. This flat, layered pasta dish has been around for centuries. It can be made with a variety of ingredients, typically containing vegetables, cheese, and red sauce, though the recipes can stretch far and beyond.

The world “lasagna” actually comes from the dish that the pasta was cooked in, not the pasta itself. The best way to celebrate National Lasagna Day is to stuff your face full of it! Consider some delicious lasagna recipes, such as seafood lasagna or portabello mushroom lasagna.

July 28

Buffalo Soldiers Day

We’ve all heard the Bob Marley song, though most people don’t know where the Buffalo Soldier name originates from. This day celebrates the very first African-American soldiers that came into formation in 1866. Of course it is something pretty grand to celebrate, though just how did this holiday come to be?

A History of Buffalo Soldiers Day

There were a few different African-American regiments during the civil war, the Buffalo Soldiers being one of the most prominent. Congress established them as the very first all-black peacetime regiments of the United States army. Some of the main tasks of the Buffalo Soldiers included protecting the national parks, managing the Native Americans on the plains, and protecting settlers, railroad crews, and stagecoaches along the western front.

It is still unknown why they were referred to as “buffalo soldiers”, though many believe that it had to do with their thick, dark hair that resembled buffalo fur. As 1950 rolled around, the United States army began de-segregating, therefore disbanding the buffalo soldiers. In 1992, the very first Buffalo Soldiers Day was celebrated with a Buffalo Soldier monument that was erected at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. From that day forward, there have been buffalo soldier celebrations all across the nation. There is likely one in your hometown. 

The very last of the buffalo soldiers, Mark Matthews, died in 2005 at 111 years old.

How To Celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Day

celebrating buffalo soldiers day

The best way to celebrate Buffalo Soldiers Day is to find ways to pay tribute to these African-American heroes. Research and spread the word so that the legacy continues. There are a few museums with buffalo soldier exhibits around the United States as well, including the Buffalo Soldiers Museum in Tacoma, WA, the Buffalo Soldier Museum in Houston, TX, and the Autry Museum of the American West in Los Angeles, CA.

If you know that you’ll be around California that time of year, Yosemite has a wonderful Living History program, where park rangers band together to present the tale of the buffalo soldiers as it once was.

“There was a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America, stolen from Africa, brought to America, fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.”

  • Bob Marley

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National Milk Chocolate Day

National Milk Chocolate Day

The most popular chocolate bar in the world is Snickers, which just so happens to be made with creamy milk chocolate. Milk chocolate has been around since the mid-17th century when confectionists added milk to their chocolate drinks. Eventually, in 1887, milk chocolate settled its place in history thanks to a man by the name of Daniel Peter. The best way to celebrate this delicious day is by enjoying your favorite milk chocolate candy bar!

National Waterpark Day

National Waterpark Day

If you live in the northern hemisphere, you probably know that July is the hottest month. Luckily, most places have a waterpark that is somewhere nearby. Waterparks provide kids and adults a place to seek out plunging thrills or kick back in lazy rivers. It is no wonder why they are one of the most popular vacation ideas. While there is probably a waterpark near you, you might want to explore the best of the best. Just make sure to make a splash on this wet and wild holiday!

July 27

National Love Is Kind Day

Love is one of the greatest things that we can show another human being. It is a force of nature that can motivate us, inspire us, and help us to grow. National Love Is Kind Day is all about celebrating individuals who have broken free from abuse of any kind, though it is most geared towards victims of domestic abuse.

If you or someone you know have escaped from the clutches of domestic abuse or violence, July 27th is the day to celebrate these triumphant victories and pass on the love and awareness.

A History of National Love Is Kind Day

Sunny and Rosie Aiello, mother and daughter founders of the Love Is Kind Network, founded this national holiday in 2018 to help the millions of women and children of the world who suffer from domestic abuse and violence. Their goal is to spread kind and healthy messages of love to the world, in the hopes that the message will create strength in families without violence of any kind.

The exact date was the date that Sunny and Rosie found freedom from their abusive relationship that they had dealt with for years. Rosie was in an abusive relationship for almost 30 years before she decided to take Sunny and escape from the Middle East to find a new life. She finally arrived in California, where she would settle in with her daughter, become an international speaker, and create a network where victims of abuse could share their stories and find help.

How To Celebrate National Love Is Kind Day

Love is Kind

The Love Is Kind Network have outlined a number of ways that people can celebrate this holiday. If you have ever been the victim of abuse or assault, make sure to repeat this mantra: “I Deserve to be treated with kindness.” Be positive on this day in your actions by using kind words and gestures. Share in the celebration with those who have escaped from domestic abuse and violence. 

If you are on social media, make sure to hashtag the phrase #LoveIsKindNotTerrorizing to help spread the word. 

“Love Is Kind, Not Terrorizing”

  • Sunny Aiello

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National Scotch Day

National Scotch Day

Scotch is one of the classiest drinks around, a delicious, brown whisky that has been distilled from malted barley. Scotch is only legitimate if it has been made in Scotland, has less than 94.8% ABV, and it must have been in an oak barrel for a minimum of three years. The best way to celebrate is by drinking some great Scotch with some friends of course! Here are some of the 5 best scotches you can try.

National Creme Brulee Day

Creme brulee

This delectable dessert is one of the top custard-style treats in the world. It only makes sense that we have a day to celebrate the layers of caramelized sugar, crema Catalana, and rich custard. Creme Brulee was first recorded in a popular French cookbook of the 17th century. It is now available in a wide variety of flavors from coffee to vanilla. You can either celebrate this day by making creme brulee at home with the family or going out with some friends to enjoy some authentic creme brulee at a local restaurant.