July 20th International Boombox Day

So I can’t find many references to the day, but it does show up on a Facebook account back in 2017. So why not..let’s reinstate and get the skateboard rolling again on this one! Ahh..the 80’s, what’s not to like….ok, well, um, yeah – a lot but it was a fun time. Summer would not have been summer without someone carrying a huge boombox around on their shoulder, blasting music that most adults did not like. The boombox was a way to unite – it was a staple for some great neighborhood competitions, form breakdancing to rap battles. Just like the jukebox, the boombox is slowly fading and being replaced by new gadgets – but it will live on in our hearts and some museum somewhere.

How to celebrate – Find a boombox on ebay and bring back the nostalgia. Have a skateboard or dance-off party. If you subscribed to our July Original Holiday Box, carry around your boombox towel and look cool at the beach!

July 16th National Atomic Veterans Day

This day was created in 1983 by President Reagan, however it was only proclaimed for the one year and not established as an ongoing national day. In 2015 it became a reoccurring yearly national day in VA, but it wasn’t until 2021, when it was officially proclaimed and written into law as part of the National Defense Authorization Act that it became a National Federally recognized holiday. Atomic Veterans had to live with many debilitating illnesses and injuries and could not get help or discuss any of them publicly due to the Nuclear Radiation and Secrecy Agreements Act. In 1966, the Act was repealed – paving the way for these great heroes to get help and be recognized for their contributions to our nation. So we proudly salute the Atomic Veterans on this day!

How to Celebrate – Learn More about the Trinity Test. Visit Oakridge, TN. Learn more about the Nuclear Radiation and Secrecy Agreements Act.

July 12th National Eat your Jell-O Day

J….E…..LL….O… if you’re as old as I am, you will remember the catchy little jingle that played on the commercials. Brightly colored, jiggly fun! Oh the thoughts of it brings back some great summer memories. Jell-O was trademarked all the way back in 1897..who knew this fun treat has been in existence that long. Well actually gelatin has been around a lot longer, and the name means “stiff” or “frozen”. I think I like the ring of Jell-O just a tad bit better. Anyway, eat some Jell-O today or prank your Office friends by putting their stapler in some.

How to celebrate: Duh…eat some Jell-O. Watch the Office. See how many edible things you can add to Jell-O.

July 8th Video Game Day

This is not National Video Games Day, celebrated in September, this is just Video Game Day. What’s the difference… who knows but if nothing else it gives us another day to celebrate one of the world’s most popular entertainment forms ever. Companies like Atari, Nintendo and X-Box certainly support the idea of video game day, they’ve made billions of dollars providing you with a source to spend your money on and now with the world of VR and AR coming into play, you can spend even more! I have to admit, there are certain video games I love, others I absolutely hate, just going to show you… there is something for everybody!

How to celebrate – Play a video game. Check out all the stuff available in VR and AR. Become a nerd so you can play these games!

July 7th Chocolate Day

Who doesn’t love chocolate, at least in one form or another? My personal favorite is white chocolate but I will settle for any chocolate normally. Dark chocolate is the healthiest, so if you feel the need for a piece of chocolate you may want to keep that in mind. The funny thing about chocolate in it’s natural form is that it is a little bitter. Columbus (Yes I know we aren’t supposed to mention him anymore) first discovered chocolate used by the natives in a drink. He sent it to Europe where it did not catch on instantly. Somewhere along the line someone thought about adding sugar to it and a new sensation was created!

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate. Try chocolate in it’s original state, no sugar added. Read about the history of chocolate.

July 2nd International Cherry Pit Spitting Day

If you ever wanted to compete in a cherry pit spitting contest, today is the day to get started. It began back in 1974 with Herb Teichman in Eau Claire, NH who created the event with contestants ending up spitting a cherry seed over 100’4″ as the world record. That’s 1/3 the length of a football field! The event is always held on the first Saturday in July. If you break the record does that make you a professional cherry spitter?

How to celebrate – Start a cherry spitting even of your own. Practice spitting cherry pits and see how you fair. Visit Eau Claire, NH on the first Saturday in July.

January 23-29 National Kiss a Shark week

We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of your getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11. Million chances. Lightening is 1- 500,000 chances. So why not learn more about sharks and kiss a shark instead of being afraid of a shark!

How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance, so maybe kiss a shark through the aquarium glass or better yet – a stuffed animal shark! Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.

August 1st Spiderman Day

Peter Parker first appeared in Marvel Comics “Amazing Fantasy #15”. Unlike other superheroes, Spiderman did not have a mentor like Batman or Captain America.

He made his way on his own via stories by Stan Lee and artwork by Steve Ditko in the Shared Universe.

He was raised by Aunt May and Uncle Ben in a fairly normal environment using his spider-sense to combat evil in the world.

How to celebrate: Buy a Spiderman comic book. Go to a Spiderman movie.  Get a Spiderman outfit for your walks around the neighborhood.

July 14th National Shark Awareness Day

We are terrorized by sharks in the water these days. Ever since Jaws we envision them attacking us for no good reason but that just isn’t true. Sharks have been around for over 230 million years and humans have never been on the top selling list for shark treats. In fact, only 7 deaths are average a year from shark attacks across the entire world. Yet we humans kill more than a million sharks every year. The odds of you getting attacked by a shark are 1 in 11 Million. You have more of a chance of being struck by lightning which is a 1in 500,000 chance.

How to celebrate – Study sharks from a safe distance. Do not challenge a shark in the water, they are a better swimmer than you. Pay attention to shark warnings at the beach.

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

July 14th National Mac and Cheese Day

Who doesn’t like mac and cheese? Kids love it, adults love it, even most dogs and some cats love it! Today we celebrate that love for our pasta and cheese products combined, normally adding either some cream or milk to make it a little more savory and creamier. There are even some restaurants that serve Mac and Cheese as a dish. It’s normally warm and creamy, filled with cheese and sometimes other spices but is always a comfort food.

How to celebrate – Fix some Mac & Cheese. Look for a restaurant that serves Mac & Cheese. Make up your own recipe for Mac and Cheese adding flavors you and your family like.