Strange and Unusual Holidays: July Through December
The Second Half of the Year
From July through December, there is no shortage of silly holidays no one has ever heard of. Either someone had too much time on their hands, too many corporate interests invented ‘days’ to promote their products, some group had an agenda to promote, or a combination of all the above.
In any case, let’s get started on the silly, funny, and weird holidays that populate the summer and fall calendar pages.
- July 1st: If you are among our neighbors to the north, or are yourself of Canadian heritage, it’s Canada Day.
- July 2nd: Ah, here’s a useful one—it’s “I Forgot” Day. A good excuse for anything you may have forgotten to do. This is followed on . . .
- July 3rd . . . with, Compliment Your Mirror Day. Okay; I suppose that’s good for an ego boost.
And of course, we can’t forget:
- July 4th: Independence Day . . . a.k.a. ‘the Fourth of July.’ Though why anyone would need to point out that it is the 4th of July on that day itself is rather a mystery.
- July 7th: Another one I can get on board with, it’s Chocolate Day!
- July 10th: Teddy Bear Picnic Day. Any youngsters in your life will surely enjoy this one.
There's Even Music for the Occasion!
- July 17th: National Ice Cream Day. Oh, good! Another commercial promotion. But, I do like ice cream.
- July 22nd: Not to be outdone by the weirdness of other days in the year, the 22nd is proclaimed to be ‘Rat-Catcher’s Day.’ Are they referring to people chasing down rats and escorting them, in handcuffs, errrr . . . rat cuffs, into miniature paddy wagons? Or are they referring to cats? It bears pondering.
- July 24th: Cousins Day. Of course! There’s a Siblings Day, so why shouldn’t cousins have their turn to get together?
- July 25th: Thread the Needle Day. Hmmm…I’m at a loss, here. Are we talking about sewing? Some kind of game? Dangerous driving practices? Haystacks?
- July 27th: Okay, the weirdness is coming on hot and fast here, with Take Your Plants for a Walk Day! Do they need leashes? Licenses? Hand-held or on a cart?
- July 28th, 29th, and 30th: The month is finished off with these three holidays, respectively: National Milk Chocolate Day; National Lasagna Day; and finally, National Cheesecake Day! A yummy finish, indeed!
- August 3rd: National Watermelon Day. Good for picnics, I suppose, or as props for shows like the Mythbusters . . .
- August 7th: National Lighthouse Day. (My mother would have loved this one—Maybe she knew of it instinctively, for she loved lighthouses, and had quite a collection of miniature replicas of US lights.)
- August 10th: National S’mores Day! Ooooh, la la! I didn’t know they had their own special day! I don’t need it, for I’ll eat these gooey treats any time of year. Too cold to be outdoors? Raining? No worries. You can toast the marshmallows over a gas flame on the stove, or put them atop a cracker half in the microwave for barely 10 seconds!
- August 13th: International Lefthander’s Day. Ok, all you lefties: come on out and play!
- August 15th: National Relaxation Day. Well, of course. Isn’t relaxing what we do in the midst of summer’s heat?
- August 16th through 19th, are, respectively, Joke Day; National Thrift Shop Day; Bad Poetry Day; and National Womens’ Day. Hmmm…Is someone joking here? What a combination of successive days!
- August 25th: Kiss and Make Up Day. Well, there you go! Did you have an argument? No hurry to say ‘sorry.’ Just have them wait for this date! HA!
- August 30th: National Toasted Marshmallow Day. Wait just a minute, here! How can you have S’mores Day before the toasted marshmallows? Shouldn’t they be on the same day??
- September 4th (2017): Labor Day. We all know this one. Intended originally to honor workers, and be grateful for their skills, it has instead become more associated with the ‘official end of summer,’ at least as far as vacation time goes. When I was a child, it also marked only a few days left until school began again. This is a moveable holiday; officially, the first Monday in September, so the actual date will change from year to year.
- If you want more to it than that, you’ll be relieved to know that it’s also Newspaper Carrier Day.
- September 7th: Neither Rain nor Snow Day. Hmmm . . . this one’s a real puzzler. Since the weather is obviously not within our control, I wonder who came up with this gem?
- September 10th: Swap Ideas Day. Okay . . . good ones, bad ones, silly ones? Any kind of ideas? Your guess is as good as mine.
- September 15th: Felt Hat Day. They’re getting stranger and stranger…
- September 16th: Mayflower Day. I guess those of us having ancestors on the Mayflower are entitled to celebrate this one.
- September 17th: National Eat an Apple/Apple Dumpling Day. Do I detect a dessert-heavy theme so far in this half of the year?
- September 19th: International Talk Like a Pirate Day. This is more my speed! "Ahoy, ye scurvy dogs! Swab the decks, or ye'll be walkin' the plank! Avast there! Don't be puttin' the lamps atop the powder kegs! Does ye want to send us all to see Davy Jones? "
- September 22nd: Elephant Appreciation Day. Considering the damage done by illegal poaching of these massive animals, I can appreciate their having a day to call attention to this travesty.
- September 26th: Johnny Appleseed Day. See? I told you there was an alternate celebration of the famous planter of apple orchards.
- September 28th: National Good Neighbor Day. Good idea! We should all be good neighbors. I’ve no quarrel with this special day.
- October 1st: National Vegetarian Day. Ah, they’ve made a special day for those of us who shun meat for any of many reasons!
- October 6th: Mad Hatter Day. Oh, so we all get to wear goofy hats? Even to work? Hahaha. I’d love to see it!
- October 12th: International Moment of Frustration Day. Wow! This takes some explaining, if not to say some very complicated time zone coordination! At which moment, exactly, does everyone stop what they’re doing to express frustration?
- October 14th: Be Bald and Be Free Day. So—those who have gone bald, whether by age, heredity, or by choice, don’t have to wear a hat or toupee? Just let the shiny pate reflect the sunshine.
- October 16th: Dictionary Day! Oh, boy!! A great day for me, and other word geeks. My mother would have loved this one. But really, who needs a special day for getting lost in the dictionary, and finding new words, or new (maybe even archaic) meanings of standard words?
- October 30th: National Candy Corn Day. Hmm . . . coming as it does, the day before Halloween, I suspect this is another commercial push. Eh—I never cared much for this candy; to me, it has no flavor, but tastes more like wax. (Don’t ask.)
- October 31st: Okay, anyone who does not recognize this one as Halloween, or Samhain, for some of us, line up for your 50 lashes with a wet noodle. Everyone loves this excuse to dress up in silly costumes and not be thought of as weird.
- November 3rd: Sandwich Day. Now, is this a day to make, or eat sandwiches? Or are we supposed to visit Sandwich, Massachusetts, and ooo and ahh over all the lovelies in the glass museum? Or perhaps, we’re supposed to study about the Earl of Sandwich, who supposedly gave his titular name to this portable meal?
- November 6th: Saxophone Day. Well, I don’t play, and I don’t know anyone who does, so I’m not at all sure what to do with this one. Maybe composers should write a piece for saxophones only?
- November 7th: Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day. Okay; anything to do with chocolate, I can get behind, although almonds are not my favorite of nuts, they’ll do as long as they are disguised by chocolate, the darker, the better, so this works. :-)
- November 10th: Veterans’ Day. This is another of those national holidays where time off from work is allowed—at least if you are a federal employee. We have to get serious for a moment here, as this is a day to honor and remember the sacrifices made by those who were sent off to wars.
- November 17th: Homemade Bread Day. Okay, this could be fun. I just might drag out the old bread machine. Oh, wait—you say that’s cheating? I suppose it is, in a way. But it still fills the house with that yummy aroma!
- November 19th: Have a Bad Day, Day. Well! How rude! No, thank you, I don’t believe I will.
- November 23rd (2017): Thanksgiving Day—a.k.a. “Eat until swear you’ll never eat another bite,” day. Then eat the rest of it for the rest of the week. At any rate, this is another non-predictable date day; being only the 4th Thursday in November each year.
- However, it’s also National Cashew Day, so just add a few more nuts to the appetizer tray. I love cashews; but they are so expensive as to be only a holiday treat.
- November 25th: Parfait Day. Oh, yummy; a taste treat, and a change from all the leftovers from T-Day.
- November 29th: Well—we have a 3-in-one, here. This date is simultaneously Square Dance Day, E-Greetings Day, and National Day of Listening. So, I guess you can send someone an e-vite to a square dance where you have to listen carefully to the caller! (In any case, it's my daughter's birthday! ;-) )
- The month closes out on November 30th, with Stay at Home Because You Are Well, Day. Hmm . . . Okay, so does that mean, “Come to work if you’re sick and spread it around” on all the other days?
- December 1st: Eat a Red Apple Day. Well, Mr. John Champan, a.k.a. Johnny Appleseed, is still exerting his influence at this end of the year. Apples can still be had in late fall and early winter; my personal favorite is the Macintosh apple, which is a nice fall and winter variety. Nicely tart and so juicy!
- December 2nd: National Fritter Day. What kind of fritters? If they’re apple fritters, I’m on board for breakfast. If they’re corn fritters, fry me up some for dinner!
- December 4th: National Cookie Day. Well, well, well . . . shouldn’t this be in February and early March, when the Girl Scouts are out peddling their cookies?
- December 5th: Bathtub Day. Hmmm . . . wasn’t there one of these earlier in the year? Or maybe this one is for making bathtub gin? Or maybe it’s for having a bathtub race? No, I’ve got it: It’s surely for remodeling your bathroom to fit in a nice, new, soaker tub!
- December 7th: National Cotton Candy Day. Strange, but this seems misplaced in the year as well. Isn’t this a treat we usually associate with summer and county fairs and carnivals?
- December 12th: Poinsettia Day. Late November and all through December is when you see these bright red plants for sale virtually everywhere. But, just for your information, and a bit of trivia, those bright red splashes are not flowers! Nope! They’re actually a type of leaf called a bract. The flowers of the Poinsettia are just the tiny, on short stems seen in the center of the red leaves. (See photo, below.)
(A warning, though, to pet owners: these plants are somewhat toxic to cats, dogs, birds, ferrets, rabbits, and many other animals people may keep as pets. While the degree of toxicity may be mild, it is still a good idea to discourage pets from nibbling on plants of any kind, just to be safe.)
- December 16th: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! Alrighty, then! More chocolate! (However, I will have to draw the line at some things that get covered in chocolate, including any kind of bug!)
- December 17th: National Maple Syrup Day. Oh, how I do love real Vermont Maple Syrup! So yummy. But, oh, so expensive! Part of the reason is that it is a 40:1 ratio, meaning, it takes 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. Plus, it is a laborious process that cannot be hurried along with modern technology. The sap runs when and how it runs; Mother Nature can’t be rushed. But; this is a bit misplaced as well; the trees are tapped when the sap starts to run, usually in February and March.
- December 23rd: Festivus. Famously seen in a Seinfeld episode, the pseudo-holiday was actually created by the father of one of the screenwriters, and celebrated in their family. The word itself is valid enough; it comes from Latin, where it means, ‘excellent, agreeable,’ or other terms along those lines. The root is ‘festus,’ which denotes a celebration of joyousness. It is the root of our English words, Festival, and the related Festivities.
- In keeping with the rest of the year, I’m skipping over all holidays based on religion. No one can accuse me of a ‘war’ on anything; I’m an equal opportunity holdout. ;-) So, we’ll zip right on to the very end of the year, where, on . . .
- December 31st: we have, Make Up Your Mind Day. I’m not sure if this refers to deciding where or whether to party, or whether or not to make any resolutions.
That's All, Folks!
And there we have it: a riotous rundown of the weird, ridiculous, and strange days of celebration throughout the year. I hope you’ve enjoyed a good chuckle. And thus we come to the end of the year's worth of crazy, silly, and "what the heck?!" unofficial holidays. I hope you got as many laughs reading as I did researching and compiling. Of course, there are tons more that I didn't include; but that would have been to copy an entire chart that included all 365 days!
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Thanks very much for visiting, and don't forget to mark these marvels of whimsy onto your calendars!