July 20

National Lollipop Day

Pick a flavor to savor, as July 20th is National Lollipop Day! If you’re ready to feel like a kid again, prepare your sweet tooth as we dive into the history and celebration of this wholesome holiday.

A History of National Lollipop Day

We’re not 100% sure when lollipops were invented. There are some scientists that claim there were prehistoric versions of lollipops from the Chinese and Egyptians with nuts and berries preserved on sticks with honey. More recognizable forms of lollipops began appearing in 16th century Europe as sugar became more and more popular and abundant. 

The English were known to boil sugar treats with inserted sticks that made them much easier to eat. “Lolly Pop” actually refers to “tongue slap”. The name was derived from Northern England slang. 

In the United States, however, lollipops didn’t become popular until the 1860s, when confectionaries and pharmacies began selling them. The modern lollipop was invented and patented in 1908 by a man named George Smith, who was the owner of the Bradley Smith Company. It was named after George’s favorite racing horse, Lolly Pop. 

It was then in 1916 that the Racine Confectioner’s Machinery Company created the very first automated lollipop machine. This machine could produce lollipops at 2,400 sticks every hour, providing enough lollipops in a week to provide enough for a year’s worth of national demand. These were also the same folks that coined “National Lollipop Day”.

How To Celebrate National Lollipop Day

Lollipop Day

While there is no presidential proclamation that makes this a required “holiday”, there is an agreement between sweets-lovers and confection manufacturers alike. The best way to celebrate National Lollipop Day is to buy a bag, enjoy some lollipops, and share with your friends and family.

If you’re a social media user, make sure to make a post of yourself eating a lollipop and tag it #nationallollipopday

“Sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows, everything that’s wonderful is sure to come your way…”

  • Leslie Gore

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National Moon Day

Landing on Moon

National Moon Day is celebrated every July 20th as a reminder of when men made their first steps on the moon. NASA referred to this event, which happened on July 20th, 1969, as one of the “greatest technological achievements of all time”. It was on this day that Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong, carried by the Apollo 11, took their very first steps out of a spacecraft and traveled around the surface of the moon for over two hours. 

International Chess Day

Children Playing Chess

International Chess Day falls on July 20th, the same year that the International Chess Federation was founded back in 1924. This holiday is recognized by over 605 million chess players worldwide, with similar numbers of chess players in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia.

National Fortune Cookie Day

It's your lucky day

Many sources will tell you that July 20th is National Fortune Cookie Day. It is on this day that we recognize one of the world’s wisest and least tasty cookies around. Fortune cookies, though thought to be Chinese, actually originated in Japan. The United States is currently responsible for the largest consumption of fortune cookies throughout the world. If you’re lucky enough, you may also end up winning the lottery thanks to a fortune cookie, like these players did back in 2005.

July 24th

National Drive-Thru Day

With the distinct convenience and expedited food delivery, it’s almost funny to think that we need a day to celebrate the modern drive-thru. Let’s be honest, there is no better way to buy food, pick up a prescription, or drop off a package, then with the drive-thru. Think of all the times you would have needed to find parking, get your kids out of the car, and wait in long lines, all to get what you could’ve had with the drive-thru.

Let’s take this July 24th to celebrate the invention of the drive-thru and all of the convenience it provides us!

A History of National Drive-Thru Day

The idea of the drive-thru was pioneered in the 1930s by a man named Jordan Martin. The very first drive-thru in recorded history was at the Grand National Bank in St. Louis, Missouri. It was during the 1930s that patrons could drive up to the teller and deposit their cash.

Though the idea came about in the United States, it has now spread to countries across the world. Some of the many drive-thru businesses include coffee, alcohol, banking, postal services, prescriptions, groceries, fast food, and even marriage.

As of now, there are over 500,000 fast food restaurants around the world, meaning there are lots of drive-thrus. Though there is not an exact date of inception, Jack In The Box is said to have created the holiday for people to celebrate the convenience of the wonderful drive-thru. 

How To Celebrate National Drive-Thru Day

Hundreds of fast food chains celebrate drive-thru day, meaning you can find loads of freebies and discounts at just about any drive-thru spot you can think of!

From Arbys, to Del Taco, to Sonic, to Wendy’s, there is no shortage of drive-thru convenience out there. Remember to hashtag #NationalDriveThruDay to share this convenient holiday with your friends and family.

“Everything is a drive-thru, you just have to aim really fast”

  • Josh Stern

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National Tequila Day

National Tequila Day

Grab yourself a Margarita or a Mamasita, as July 24th is also National Tequila Day! Tequila has been around since the 16th century, when Conquistadors arrived on the American continent. They weren’t big fans of the Mezcal wine that the indigenous had, so they decided to provide them with copper stills to distill it into tequila like we know today. Just make sure not to celebrate both National Tequila Day and National Drive-Thru Day!

National Thermal Engineer Day

National Thermal Engineer Day

National Thermal Engineer Day is a day to commemorate the men and women in the Thermal Management realm. Thermal Engineers can range from consumer electronics manufacturers to aerospace and biomedical engineers. Regardless, modern society isn’t able to function without them. We rely on them to keep our world running, so it makes sense that we celebrate them on this day. If you know a thermal engineer, buy them a drink and thank them for their work!

National Cousins Day

National Cousins Day

For those of you who have cousins, you know how important those lifelong relationships can be. Your cousins can play an important role in your life, from playing in your youth to hanging out in your adulthood. What better way to celebrate these relationships than National Cousins Day? Call your cousins or get together with them for a celebration today!

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 25

National Hire A Veteran Day

Just last year, there was an upwards of 326,000 unemployed veterans in the United States alone. These are the same men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us, yet they struggle to look for employment when they leave the service. July 25th is around to remind employers to hire veterans for any positions that need to be filled.

Let’s take this day to celebrate those brave, qualified men and women as they come back to enter the American workforce.

A History of National Hire A Veteran Day

While there has been legislation in place for quite a while to help servicemen and women entering the workforce, the programs have never been perfect. This is why the holiday came about.

Dan Caporale, a Marine Corp veteran from Leesburg, Virginia, is the founder of National Hire a Veteran Day. He is also the founder of Hire our Heroes, which is the number one Veteran Job Platform in the United States. The program is in place to help military, veterans, and spouses of military men and women, to get free training and access to high-quality career development programs.

How To Celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day

veteran

The best way that you can celebrate National Hire a Veteran Day is by considering a veteran for an open position! You can visit https://hireourheroes.com/ to post any job openings you might have so that veterans can apply. The website is even providing a 50% discount on postings throughout the month of July, using “Hire A Vet” as a code.

Skills that these men and women gain in the military world are easily transferable to the civilian workforce. These skills include engineering, cyber security, marketing, finance, and skilled trades. Hashtag #NationalHireAVeteranDay to help spread awareness.

“The best way to honor a veteran is to hire one!”

  • Dan Caporale

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National Wine and Cheese Day

National Wine and Cheese Day

National Wine and Cheese Day has been around for a few years now and was made to encourage us to partake in a delicious spread of cheeses and wines. Go wine and cheese tasting with your friends or family. Try something that is a bit out of your comfort zone. You might find something sweet or savory that you had never known before! The pairing of wine and cheese goes back centuries and is based off of particular regions.

National Merry-Go-Round Day

National Merry-Go-Round Day

Bette Largen, the National Carousel Association president, is the founder of National Merry-Go-Round Day. She, alongside professional Carousel historian Ronald Hopkins, helped to create this day to commemorate these historical round-abouts. Take this day to find a merry-go-round in your area and go for a ride! Did you know that the first merry-go-rounds date back to the 12th century?

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

The “Hot Fudge Sundae” as we know it has been around since 1906, though some say it dates back to the late 1800s. On a warm Sunday in 1892, a man by the name of Reverend John M. Scott stopped in for an ice cream at Platt & Colt Pharmacy in New York. When Platt finished his delicious creation of vanilla ice cream, cherry syrup, hot fudge, and candied cherries, Scott said that it was so pretty and tasty that it needed a name separate from other ice cream. Therein came the name Sundae.

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.