This is my second favorite post I blog about every month. I really enjoy researching the National Days and choosing which ones for each day (there are at least three different for every day) would be good for a fun family activity or lesson.
This month did not disappoint. There are so many fun things to do in September.
I am completely in love with the first of September National Days! And here is why….
September 1st is…
National Lazy Mom’s Day!
Moms around the country view this day in different ways. The majority view the day as a holiday from laundry, dishes, car pools and bathroom cleaning. Take a break. Delegate the chores. Place a moratorium on family feuds. That’s how moms celebrate National Lazy Mom’s Day. Well, that’s how I am going to celebrate this year. Or, at least, I’m going to try.
National Blueberry Popsicle Day is observed annually on September 2nd. Whether you decide to purchase a box of blueberry-flavored Popsicles or make your own, it’s sure to be a tasty treat!
Popsicles were invented in 1905 by an 11-year old boy named Frank Epperson. One day he left a glass of a fruit-flavored drink with a stirring stick on his porch. When he woke the next morning, unusually frigid temperatures froze beverage solid – hence the beginning of the Popsicle!
Each year league bowlers across the United States recognize U.S. Bowling League Day on September 3rd.
Primarily an outdoor sport until around 1840, bowling was called the game of ninepins and popular with gamblers. To snuff out the gambling, the state of Connecticut banned the game in 1841 which led the newly indoor lane owners to add one pin to their alleys to circumvent the law.
Clubs tried organizing and creating set rules, but 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. Other rules, such as lane length, widths, and distances between pins were also determined.
Today, leagues of men, women and mixed teams of all ages play in bowling competitions around the world. Weekly league bowling is a great social outing as well as great physical activity.
National Wildlife Day is observed annually on September 4th.
National Wildlife Day is an opportunity to learn more about endangered species, preservation and conservation efforts around the world. Zoos, aviaries, and marine sanctuaries provide a variety of ways to get involved. From participating in presentations and volunteering to fundraise for rehabilitation services, these facilities have something for everyone to learn.
Colleen Paige, a Pet Lifestyle Expert, and author founded National Wildlife Day in 2005 in memory of wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin. The day serves to bring global awareness and education concerning the number of endangered animals and the need for conservation and preservation.
On September 5th, one of the most popular varieties of pizzas gets its day of honor. Hold the toppings, please. It’s National Cheese Pizza Day!
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs, and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had its beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
Order up or bake up your own cheese pizza to celebrate National Cheeze Pizza Day!
Enjoy these cheese pizza recipes:
National Read A Book Day is observed annually on September 6th. On August 9th, we all celebrated National Book Lovers Day. While these bookish days may seem similar, National Read a Book Day invites us ALL to grab a book we might enjoy and spend the day reading.
Don’t keep it to yourself. Share the experience! Read aloud either to children or to grandparents. Read to your pets or to your stuffed animals and plants.
Reading improves memory and concentration as well as reduces stress. Older adults who spend time reading show a slower cognitive decline and tend to participate in more mentally stimulating activities over their lifetime. Books are an inexpensive entertainment, education and time machine, too!
Sit back, relax and read a book.
National Acorn Squash Day is observed annually on September 7th. This day celebrates the food holiday of a winter squash that is also known to some as a pepper squash.
Even though it is considered a winter squash, acorn squash belongs to the same species as all summer squashes including zucchini and yellow crookneck squash.
The acorn squash that is dark green, often with a splotch of orange on its side or top, is the most common variety. However, there are newer varieties including the Golden Acorn and the White Acorn. They can also be variegated in color.
The shape of the squash resembles that of its name, an acorn. They usually weigh between one to two pounds and are generally between four and seven inches long. Acorn squash is a hardy squash that keeps for several months when stored in a cool, dry location.
Prepared in different ways for consumption, the acorn squash can be baked, microwaved, sautéed or steamed. It is often stuffed with rice, meat, cheeses or vegetable mixtures. The seeds of the squash can be toasted much like pumpkin seeds.
Acorn squash is a good source of dietary fiber and potassium and also has some vitamin C and B, magnesium and manganese.
To celebrate National Acorn Squash Day, enjoy one of these acorn squash recipes:
Who doesn’t love the fun & functional ampersand? From jotting a shorthand “and” to branding corporate names, this curly, quirky little character is ubiquitously useful. It’s also quite aesthetic, as you’ll see at AmperArt.com, featuring “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
National Ampersand Day was founded by designer & typographer Chaz DeSimone in 2015. His monthly design project, AmperArt, features “the ampersand as fun & fabulous art.”
To acknowledge & applaud this great little glyph, National Ampersand Day is observed annually on September 8th.
DID YOU KNOW…
The ampersand used to be the last letter of the alphabet?
The ampersand is a ligature of “e” & “t”? That’s “et” in Latin, meaning “and.”
The word “ampersand” is a slurring of “real words” run together over time?
The plus sign is actually an ampersand?
Celebrate National Ampersand Day by having fun with the ampersand:
Use lots & lots of ampersands!
Substitute “&” for “and” in everything you write.
Think of syllable replacements such as &roid, c&elabra, b&.
Send friends whose names contain “and” a special note — &y, &rea, Alex&er, Gr&ma.
Design new styles of ampersands. (Remember, the ampersand represents the letters “et.”)
National Teddy Bear Day is observed annually on September 9th. We have all had a special cuddly teddy as a child. Some of us still have our teddy bear from our childhood. Whether or not you still have your childhood teddy, today is the perfect day to celebrate your childhood friend!
In 1902, American President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub while hunting in Mississippi. This incident made national news. Clifford Berryman published a cartoon of the event in the Washington Post on November 16th, 1902. The caricature became an instant classic.
The Berryman cartoon of Teddy Roosevelt and the cub inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create a new toy. Morris Michtom wrote President Roosevelt to ask permission to name the new toy a “Teddy Bear”.
National Swap Ideas Day, which is observed annually on September 10th, encourages us to share creative or helpful ideas with someone and trade them for their ideas in return.
Swapping ideas today does not have to be done on a one-on-one basis. It would be fun for a group of people to get together and share ideas. People could share their thoughts and concepts and also learn from each other, while gathered in a social grouping.
Groups of people benefit from the skills of others, and the energy of brainstorming compounds the efforts of the entire team. Often an idea shared by one person generates two or even three new concepts within the group creating opportunities for everyone.
Throughout the day, make sure to swap your ideas with others.
National Make Your Bed Day is observed annually on September 11th.
Do you want to get a better night’s sleep? According to the National Sleep Foundation, making your bed can help improve your sleep by reducing the amount of tossing, turning, and restlessness which in return, can be good for your health.
A great night’s sleep can dependon the comfort you feel in your bedroom environment. – National Sleep Foundation
At a Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program, participants learn that the sleep environment is a major component to a restful night’s sleep. In a survey conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, people who make their bed daily more often have a better night’s sleep. Fresh sheets, dark and cool rooms, and comfortable mattresses and pillows also play a factor in mastering sleep comfort.
Make your bed. If not in the routine of making your bed, use National Make Your Bed Day as an opportunity to start this healthy habit. Encourage the entire family, especially small children, as creating healthful habits early in life can last a lifetime.
The second Tuesday in September (12th) of each year is National Ants On A Log Day. This day recognizes this iconic and healthy food snack enjoyed by millions of people across the USA and around the world.
Ants on a log is a snack made by spreading peanut butter on celery and placing raisins on top. The snack name was first used in the 1950s. The typical peanut butter version of ants on a log is recommended as a healthy snack by the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Early September is a time when kids are headed back to school and more importantly, back to studying. To keep them (and their parents) fueled with brain food is an important tool for staying focused. The designation is to celebrate and encourage healthy snacking using one of the most iconic treats that both old and new generations enjoy.
National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day is observed on September 13th.
Kids and teens across the country are called to take over their kitchens on this day using their favorite recipes and make a meal for their family! (Adult supervision and assistance as required for the younger bakers and chefs in the house!)
The objective of this mission of the Young Chefs Academy (YCA) is to empower kids and teens to become more actively involved in the planning, preparation, and cooking of meals. The YCA is fostering family bonds and actively fighting the battle against the many serious health and social issues related to youth’s eating habits in today’s time.
Try one of these kid-friendly recipes to get your children cooking!
National Live Creative Day is observed annually on September 14. Let the world see your creativity on National Live Creative Day!
To Live Creative allows for the exploration of imagination. Celebrate National Live Creative Day by taking the time to invent, discover and dream. Infusing creativity in our lives through a variety a media from painting and graphic art to music and gardening all have an impact on our lives. By expressing our passions and living creative lives, we experience the world.
Stepping into the Live Creative world includes a boundless sense of freedom. Rules tend to fall away when the imagination is unleashed. Authors and artists have long suspended reality in support of their work, to the satisfaction of their imagination. They live creative.
We don’t have to be a master sculptor to Live Creative. Blending a dash of creative into moments of our everyday life can have a powerful effect. Simply being exposed to the arts inspires ideas at home and in the workplace. Renewing a hobby reduces stress just by being purely enjoyable. Teaching someone else the craft nurtures personal expression and offers an opportunity to see the world through another’s eyes.
Challenge yourself to start your own Live Creative initiative.
National Live Creative Day was submitted by Creative Promotional Products in April of 2016. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared it will be observed annually on September 14.
Creative Promotional Products was founded in 1994 and has started an initiative called Live Creative. They are a creative company with creative employees, and they want their lives to show that Creativity – they want everyone to show their creativity. Their tagline is Live Creative – This is the year you can change your world!
Observed annually on September 15th, National Linguine Day is a favorite of young and old alike.
From the Liguria region of Italy, linguine means “little tongues” in Italian. Made from durum semolina flour, linguine is one of the world’s oldest kinds of pasta. Fettuccine and linguine developed around 400 years ago. While both are thin, flat noodles, linguine is more narrow and elliptical in shape causing it to be a more delicate pasta. As a result, linguine is paired with thinner, lighter sauces.
Enjoy these delicious linguine recipes
On the third Saturday in September (16th), National CleanUp Day encourages all of us to take action to make the entire country a better place to live. Just think, what if everyone just picked up one piece of litter?
From coast to coast, organizations and individuals alike join forces to clean up parks, trails, beaches, mountains, and open spaces.
Outdoor spaces that are free of trash and litter are a more enjoyable experience for everyone. Preservation of our forefathers’ legacy is up to all of us.
Litter, debris, and trash mar the beauty of our natural landscapes. National CleanUp Day puts litter in its place – in the trash and recycle bins. National CleanUp Day provides an opportunity to make those messes right and give the landscape a fresh, clean sweep! Communities, corporations, civic organizations, parks and recreation departments and private citizens will all be uniting together to make National CleanUp Day a success.
By participating on this special day, you will be helping to send a message to your communities that you care about keeping our natural surrounding clean throughout the year. Won’t you join us to make your community beautiful?
Create a team or just bring a friend to remove litter from your favorite outdoor spaces. Spread the word! Join in and be part of the solution. Use #NationalCleanUpDay or #SeaToShiningSea to share on social media.
National CleanUp Day was founded to celebrate the importance of uniting to care for our outdoor spaces and remove litter so our trails, parks, and community spaces remain pleasant and unmarred by waste.
Donations to National CleanUp Day may be tax deductible through our partnership with Clean Trails, a national 501(c)3 non-profit.
Apple dumplings are believed to be native to the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania. Often found among the delicious Amish recipes, it is frequently eaten as a breakfast item. However, they are also regularly eaten as a dessert and sometimes served with ice cream.
Perhaps you can enjoy eating some apple dumplings while watching the 1975 Walt Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang.
Celebrate by enjoying the following recipes for breakfast, snack or dessert!
There are many theories to the beginning of the cheeseburger dating back to the 1920s. One story suggests that Lionel Sternberger is reputed to have invented the cheeseburger in 1926 while working at his father’s Pasadena, California sandwich shop, The Rite Spot. During an experiment, he dropped a slice of American cheese on a sizzling hamburger.
There are other claims of the invention of the cheeseburger:
- A cheeseburger appeared on a 1928 menu at O’Dell’s, a Los Angeles restaurant, which listed a cheeseburger, smothered with chili, for 25 cents.
- Kaelin’s Restaurant – Louisville, Kentucky says it invented the cheeseburger in 1934.
- Denver, Colorado – 1935 – A trademark for the name “cheeseburger” was awarded to Louis Ballast of the Humpty Dumpty Drive-In.
- According to its archives, Gus Belt, founder of Steak n’ Shake, applied for a trademark on the word “cheeseburger” in the 1930s.
To celebrate National Cheeseburger Day, gather some friends together, and grill up some burgers – with cheese, of course!
Enjoy one of these tasty recipes:
Talk Like A Pirate Day sails away annually on September 19th.
All you bilge rats, Aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrrgh! As you are out and about on September 19th, don’t be surprised if people are saying, “Ahoy Matie,” “Avast,” “Aye, Aye Capt’n,” “Land Ho!” “Hornpipe,” and many other pirate-like phrases, because it’s International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Anchor’s away! Get your sea legs and a barrel o’ rum. Feel free to join in anytime with your own version of Pirate-ese. Learn more on how to talk like a pirate here.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day was founded by John Baur and Mark Summers (aka Ol’ Chumbucket and Cap’n Slappy) in 1995. Click here for the entire story!
It’s time for America to stand together in support of our love for String Cheese. Join us as we celebrate National String Cheese Day on September 20th. Whether you call it String Cheese, Snack Cheese or Cheese Sticks…there’s no denying that you call it delicious!
Pack it for a picnic. Have it on a hike. Pass it out for a family snack. And of course, no lunch is complete without this tasty treat. You’ve got to hand it to String Cheese—it’s the fun, easy and protein-packed food that is portable and mess free, Usually made with mozzarella, String Cheese melts easily when heated making it an excellent addition to recipes, too.
Perhaps the most enjoyable part of String Cheese is deciding how to eat it. Most people go for the classic “peel down and chow down” method—separating each stick into thin strands. (After all, it is kind of fun to play with your food!) Others prefer the “get down to business” approach of removing the wrapper and biting into the stick. (Why wait to get that delicious cheese into your belly?) However, you choose to eat it, get your hands on some every September 20th!
What is your favorite way of snacking on string cheese?
Galbani Cheese founded National String Cheese Day in 2017 to celebrate America’s love of String Cheese.
Each year on September 21, people across the United States celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day.
This delicious cookie can be eaten and enjoyed the morning, noon and night by hungry snackers everywhere. Another pecan related celebration is National Pecan Day on April 14. Pecan is an Algonquian word, meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack”. A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States.
To celebrate National Pecan Cookie Day, try one of the following”tried and true” Pecan Cookie recipes:
National Ice Cream Cone Day is observed annually on September 22nd.
While there is some controversy as to who invented the ice cream cone, one of the earliest mentions of them showed up in French cookbooks around 1825. Originally referred to as “little waffles”, ice cream cones were waffles rolled into the shape of a cone.
Ice cream cones first became popular in the United States in the late 1800s. Confectioners turned the first cones by hand. The ice cream cone made its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. In 1912, an inventor from Oregon obtained a patent for a machine to make them. He sold his company to Nabisco in 1928, and they still make ice cream cones today.
The ice cream cone continues to be a popular treat for children and adults alike as more flavors of ice cream continue to be made available to please our palates.
Grab an ice cream cone
The filling of a pot pie varies from many different ingredients, some of which are beef, chicken, turkey, gravy, and seafood. Many vegetables like potatoes, carrots, green beans, and peas are also popular choices.
To celebrate National Great American Pot Pie Day, enjoy a delicious pot pie. Use #GreatAmericanPotPieDay to post on social media.
National Great American Pot Pie Day was created in 2002 by the pot pie and frozen food company Marie Callender’s.
Enjoy this Cherries Jubilee recipe.
Every year on September 25, comic book readers, collectors, lovers, and fans participate in National Comic Book Day.
First popularized in the United States, comic books are also called comic magazines. Published in the form of sequential, juxtaposed panels that represent individual scenes, comic books often include descriptive prose and written narratives. From the earliest comic strips that later gave birth to comic books, dialogue displayed in bubbles or balloons above characters’ heads. The art form weaves intricate designs using all the elements of text, dialogue, personalities, color and imagery to form storylines that over time have distinguished eras, artists, genres, and themes.
In 1933, a comic book, Famous Funnies, appeared in the United States and is believed to be the first real comic book. It was a reprinting of earlier newspaper comic strips which established many of the story-telling devices used in comics.
The term “comic book” comes from the first book sold as a book reprinted of humor comic strips.
Despite their name, comic books are not all humorous in tone and feature stories in all genres.
The table is set, the batter is mixed, the griddle is hot, and the butter and syrup are ready. This means you are prepared for National Pancake Day. This food holiday is observed each year on September 26th.
You may not have time to make a pancake breakfast, but that is okay, pancakes make a great dinner as well. Pancakes can be served at any time and with a variety of toppings or fillings from sweet jams and syrups to savory meats and sauces.
There is archaeological evidence suggesting pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread breakfast food eaten in prehistoric societies.
Pancakes are also known as flapjacks or hot cakes.
To celebrate National Pancake Day, enjoy one of the following pancake recipes:
National Pancake Day’s humble beginnings in 2005, originally started as Lumberjack Day. Marianne Ways and Collen AF Venable sought an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles with friends and as it was one week after “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and that theme had been worn out, eating lots of pancakes like a lumberjack seemed a better holiday than ever.
Across the country, folks enjoy a tall, frosty glass on National Chocolate Milk Day which is observed annually on September 27th.
Invented by Hans Sloane in the late 1680s, today chocolate milk can be purchased premixed or it can be made at home with either cocoa powder and a sweetener or with melted chocolate, chocolate syrup or chocolate milk mix.
While Sloane was in Jamaica, he encountered a beverage the locals drank made with cocoa mixed with water. After trying it, he reported the flavor to be nauseating. After some experimentation, Sloane found a way to mix the cocoa with milk to make it more pleasant tasting. He brought the chocolate recipe back with him upon his return to England. Now people enjoy this delicious drink every day.
Mix up some chocolate milk to drink
National Good Neighbor Day is observed annually on September 28th. This day was created to acknowledge and celebrate 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.
To celebrate National Good Neighbor Day, do something nice for your neighbor today.
National Good Neighbor Day was created in the early 1970s by Becky Mattson of Lakeside, Montana. 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.”
Whether getting one to go or lingering over a second cup, on September 29th be sure to observe National Coffee Day!
Ah, the perfect cup of java. According to an expert cupper (a professional coffee taster), there are four components of a perfect cup: aroma, body, acidity, and flavor.
From the moment the average coffee lover opens a fresh bag of coffee beans, the aroma beckons, percolating the senses. Even those who don’t drink coffee tend to enjoy the fragrance a roasted bean casts.
When determining the body of a coffee, the bean, the roast, and the brew are all factors. The bean affects the texture of the coffee, whether it’s silky, creamy, thick or thin on the tongue and throat. However, the darker the roast and how it is brewed will alter the feel of a coffee’s body, too. Grandpa’s motor oil blend versus the coffee shop around the corner’s silky smooth, well-practiced grind have entirely different bodies.
The region a coffee is grown determines its acidity. The higher the elevation the coffee grows, the higher the quality and the acidity. These coffees are considered brighter, dryer, even sparkling by cuppers.
When it comes down to it, coffee lovers cherish the flavor as well as the caffeinated boost this roasted bean gives morning or night, black or with cream and sugar. Hot or cold it provides enjoyment even when decaffeinated!
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore. It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country followed by Colombia. More than 50 countries around the world grow coffee, providing a delicious variety for the indulgence of steamy cups of the black drink for connoisseurs to consume.
National Family Health & Fitness Day is observed annually on the last Saturday in September (30th).
National Family Health & Fitness Day USA 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.
Find events and activities at fitnessday.com to join in the celebration and use #FamilyHealthAndFitnessDayUSA to post on social media.
Family Health And Fitness Day USA is organized by the Health Information Resource Center. The day was started in 1996.