May
28
Mon
No School • Memorial Day
May 28 all-day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. It was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11. “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed. The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

Jun
8
Fri
Best Friend Day
Jun 8 all-day

Life wouldn’t be the same without best friends. They’re the friends that can be counted on to be there at a moment’s notice. The ones who love, laugh, support, and cherish – in both good and bad times. Friends can be celebrated on any day of the year, but what better day than Best Friends Day? The day is largely unofficial, with no clear clue as to its origins, but that doesn’t stop the millions who mark the day each year from enjoying their best friends. Celebrations can be as low key or as flamboyant as desired. A picnic in the park, a get together over coffee, or a nice meal in a favourite restaurant are popular ways to celebrate a close friendship. Should distance keep best friends apart, it’s enough to pick up the phone to wish that special person a very happy Best Friends Day.

World Oceans Day
Jun 8 all-day

66% of the world is covered in a blanket of rich vibrant blue, from its depths once came all life on the Earth and it continues to house an immense amount of life. This blanket is the world’s oceans, and they serve as one of the most popular vacation spots in the world and play a vital role in the economy of countries all over the world. Across the briny deep massive amounts of cargo cross each year, and it still serves as the primary thoroughfare for trade. World Ocean’s Day celebrates the ocean and the important role it plays in our lives.

History of World Ocean’s Day
In 2008, the UN gathered and uniformly created World Ocean’s Day. First proposed in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro during the Earth Summit. The Ocean has been an incredibly important part of human history, and the holiday was established with the intent of celebrating our connection to the sea and raise awareness about the various dangers it faces. There are nearly 200,000 identified species that live in the ocean, but the number of actual species that reside there is likely in the millions.

Even with that being the case, there are still problems with over-fishing, and the subsidies that are given for fishing in countries all around the world are causing depletion of the game species. This has led to efforts to restore the fishing industry being undermined, and the industry bringing in $50 billion a year less. This is just one of the many factors that should have us all celebrating World Ocean’s Day and raising awareness about all the issues our big blue’s face.

How To Celebrate World Ocean’s Day
Start it off by a visit to your nearest ocean, and restore your own personal connection to the sea. Bring your family, and while you’re at it, bring information about the ocean and what people really need to know about it to make visiting it a joy for years to come. You may also consider organizing a fund-raiser to aid preservation and restoration efforts at your local beach. After all, with all the plastic waste coming off our beaches thanks to careless beach-goers, our ocean is awash with litter.

Jun
14
Thu
Flag Day
Jun 14 all-day

It’s time to rally round… Whether it’s a huge Stars and Stripes flapping on the porch, or just a lapel pin, find a way to mark a unique day in a unique nation.

While the Fourth of July has become an all-round celebration of US life, Flag Day has kept more of a local character, with traditions rooted in the township or the county, the city or the state capital. And much more than for family festivals, it feels right to be celebrating it with your team, club or class. Every year, millions of people discover their inner Betsy Ross and make their own versions of Old Glory, in everything from stained glass to potato prints to rows of flowers. The men who adopted the first flag, way back in 1777, could hardly have imagined it. Three cheers for all things red, white and blue!

Jun
17
Sun
Father’s Day
Jun 17 all-day

Father’s Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children’s lives. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907.

Father’s Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father’s Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.

Father’s Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the ‘father’ figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father’s Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers.

Jun
20
Wed
American Eagle Day
Jun 20 all-day

”Last night, once again, I had a dream
About an eagle in the blue,
And just like all the other dreams,
Right above my head it flew.
In every dream of it I had,
It landed somewhere close by,
And each time, I was so excited
For the beauty that caught my eye.”
~ Stacy Smith – Majestic Dreams

The Bald Eagle, also known colloquially as the American Eagle, has long stood as a symbol of freedom and liberty in a country formed in its pursuit. This creature was chosen for the strength and beauty of its form and its longevity in the wild. They are strong protectors of their nests and are native to the country it represents. American Eagle Day celebrates this majestic bird and its place in its country’s history, and how it came to be the symbol of what was once considered the greatest nation on Earth.

History of American Eagle Day
The use of the American Eagle as the bird to represent the country did have a tumultuous history. There were several seals established for the United States in 1776, but none of them were accepted by Congress. Eventually, the job of designing the seal was given to Charles Thomson, the then serving secretary of Congress, who took all the best elements of the presented designs and improved on them by adding this majestic bird to the seal.

While Benjamin Franklin was never actually recorded as lobbying for the Turkey to be the national bird, it is known that he described the Bald Eagle as being a “bird of bad moral character”. The bird was included on the seal, and soon it became one of the most recognizable icons of the American culture. Unfortunately, this majestic bird has also been threatened with extinction, and American Eagle Day reminds us of the role it has served in national pride, the pursuit of freedom and liberty, and that it must be preserved as an honor to our country.

How to celebrate American Eagle Day
The best way to celebrate American Eagle Day is to pick out a piece of clothing with this amazing animal on it and show your national pride. Then get out there and raise awareness about its endangered status and volunteer to help preserve its place in nature. It would be a tragedy to have this symbol of America lost to the past through lack of conservation and effort. So get out the today and help the American Eagle, and let freedom ring!

Jun
26
Tue
Beautician’s Day
Jun 26 all-day

We all need a little help looking our best now and then, and Beautician’s Day celebrates those cosmetological experts who can help hide our flaws and bring out the absolute best of our beauty. There are multiple disciplines within the realm of cosmetology, including such areas as skin care, manicures, electrology, hair care, and cosmetic application. When it’s a special day for you, it’s always good to remember that without these, we could be locked in a perpetual bad hair day. The world of fashion and style is in constant flux, evolving with the changing of the seasons, and these wonderful navigators of the beauty world will see you through.

Cosmetics is one of the foundations of the beauticians art, with the knowledge of how colors, skin tones, and hair color all come together to create the unique pallete that is your skin. Cosmetics have to be carefully selected to enhance your natural features, with considerations needing to be taken for dry skin, oily skin, and the always tricky combination skin. While most people think merely of the colorants that are standard ‘make-up’, cosmetics actually include those products used for treating the various issues tied into the nature of your skin.

Skin care is done through a variety of methods, and Beautician’s Day is a great time to check in with your cosmetologist to help you adjust for your new look. There are several processes involved in properly caring with your skin, including regular cleansings, masks (such as clay-based, peel masks, sheet masks, and others). Exfoliation helps to get rid of dead skin to help the fresh new skin underneath truly shine, or to even out rough spots on your skin. Combining these habits with Toning, moisturizing, and products to protect your skin from skin and wind damage.

But what is perfect skin without the glowing, healthy hair to back it up? Just like your skin, hair has different characteristics, some is naturally curly, or long and straight, some is fine, and others thick, and just like face, hair can suffer from being oily or dry. There’s so much that can be done with hair, with coloring being one of the most popular options, serving to perfectly compliment your natural coloration. There are hundreds of different hair styles, each one serving to compliment your face in a different way. Beautician’s Day is a great opportunity to consult them on what styles would look best on you.

Another great way to celebrate is to get together with your friends, men and women alike, and head on down to your local nail salon or spa for a relaxing mani-pedi. Men rarely take an opportunity for this level of pampering, and that’s a terrible shame. Convince your friends to come on down with you, and you can guarantee they’ll keep coming back for more. For bonus points, try to convince them to get their nails not just shaped, but to get at least a clear-coat, if not a full colored coat!

Beautician’s Day can also be an opportunity for you to take the plunge and get rid of those unsightly and bothersome areas of body hair. Electrology is another element of the beautician’s art, allowing you to take control of your appearance by permanently removing unwanted hair in troublesome areas. Never worry about shaving your armpits, or having an unsightly bikini lines at the beach or pool. With the application of electrolisis, you’ll be free from these concerns forever! So pop in to see your Beautician, and bring them cards or flowers, or even treat them to a day at the spa with a gift certificate!

Jun
28
Thu
Insurance Awareness Day
Jun 28 all-day

There’s something that most people don’t talk about, don’t think about, and when the end comes it snaps right around and hits them square in the face. Their homes and cars remain unprotected, and there’s nothing to save them when the hammers comes down. Insurance Awareness Day reminds you that taking the time to talk to an insurance agent and get a policy on your life, car, or home can save you and your family at the worst times the future holds.

History of Insurance Awareness Day
Insurance is an incredibly interesting topic, especially when you realize just how old this form of protection really is. We had thought it wasn’t any older than a couple of hundred years, but we couldn’t be more wrong. It actually has a history stretching back far into the past, with the earliest known versions of it being found in 3000-2000 BC. Insurance has been around so long it’s even found inscribed on the Code of Hammurabi, the first written laws. Imagine that! It even predated what was considered the official foundation of law, that’s some history.

Insurance, as we think of it in the modern age, came into existence sometime around the Great Fire of London, where the devastation that took place brought about the idea of property insurance. While insurance had up to this point had been considered some kind of convenience, it was now clear to the inhabitants of London that insurance was something that could protect a family fortune, and indeed an entire estate in the event of disaster.
From there sprang all the forms of insurance we know today, including underwriting ventures in the event of failure (common in the age of sailing ships and questionable seas), to car insurance and life insurance. Insurance Awareness Day celebrates the history and necessity of this fantastic invention, and encourages people to understand the important role it can play in their lives.

How to Celebrate Insurance Awareness Day
The best way to celebrate the auspicious Insurance Awareness Day is to get in and talk to an insurance agent that can discuss all the various types of insurance that can protect you and your family. Car insurance ensures that when your vehicle gets crumpled in a wreck, it can easily put you back on the road and able to get to work. Supplemental insurance (like the one advertised by that duck) makes sure that injuries and the like are covered, and home insurance protects you (even if you rent) from the damages of fire and accident. These are just the tip of the iceberg!

Jul
4
Wed
No School • Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire. The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2.

Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

Jul
22
Sun
Parent’s Day
Jul 22 all-day

Let’s face it, the most important people in many people’s lives tend to be their parents. Parents’ Day, then, is far from the horror of Parents’ Evening, and is actually a chance to say ‘thank you’, and to show how appreciative you are of the time, effort and love poured into your (assumable) successful upbringing and induction into normal society. Good work, parents.