Happy July 5th!
July 5th is a special holiday. In fact, every day’s a holiday for someone and for some reason.
Although we may not know the origins of many of these holidays, avid celebrants will participate eagerly in marking July 5th as a most special day for so many different reasons.
Here are several of the most popular holidays celebrated on July 5th (arranged alphabetically):
Apple Turnover Day
July 5th is Apple Turnover Day. Cut up your favorite apples (Granny Smith, Jonathan, Red Delicious or others), and fill up a phyllo. Or make your own flaky fruit turnover pastries.
These tangy tarts are just the ticket for dessert on a sunny summer day. You may even find local bakeries offering apple turnovers as specials on this day.
Happy Apple Turnover Day on July 5th.
Graham Cracker Day
Originally made with unsifted wheat flour, the sweet and crunchy graham cracker is saluted on July 5th. It’s Graham Cracker Day.
Actually, this fun food holiday honors the inventor of this super snack. Sylvester Graham, American Presbyterian clergyman, dietician and inventor of the Graham Cracker, was born on July 5, 1794. Graham developed the healthy cookies as part of his prescribed dietary regimen, which was intended to suppress impure carnal urges.
Today, graham crackers are generally produced from bleached white flour, and they probably have little to do with carnal appetites. (One might safely assume that taking a cold shower could be much more effective in this area than binging on graham crackers.)
However, stacked with chocolate and toasted marshmallows or simply eaten directly from the box, graham crackers are a tasty treat. July 5th, Graham Cracker Day, everyone will clamor for some more.
July 5th is Create-a-Tornado Day, right in the middle of the summer storm season.
This unusual holiday has historical origins. The first tornado ever recorded in the United States touched down in Essex County, MA, on July 5, 1643.
July 5th offers the ideal opportunity for creating a do-it-yourself meteorological lesson for children of all ages. You can make your own tornado in a bottle. Grab an empty two-liter plastic beverage bottle. Fill the bottle about two-thirds full with water. Add a few drops of food coloring, if you wish. Replace the cap, invert the bottle, and swirl it until a twister forms.
For extra fun, drop a few tiny toys into the bottle. Monopoly houses work well. Watch your twister spin those houses around, just like Dorothy’s farmhouse in The Wizard of Oz.
What an entertaining way to learn about weather, especially on July 5th, while developing a safe respect for the environment.
July 5th is Workaholics Day, recognizing those who persistently keep their noses to the grindstone, their shoulders to the wheel, and their pencils pushing across their pages.
If you are working on July 5th, you may be a workaholic. After all, everyone else seems to be stretching the summer weekend as long as possible.
If you are a workaholic, addicted to your laboring and toiling, then July 5this your day. You can officially give yourself permission to slack off a bit, just for today. It’s Workaholics Day, and you have surely earned it.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for July 5th: Agatho, Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Athanasius the Athonite, Athanasius of Jerusalem, Cyrilla of Cyrene, Domitius of Phrygia, Edana, Elias of Bourdeilles, Erfyl, Fragan, Grace, Gwen, Marinus, Modwenna, Numerian of Treves, Philomena, Probus, Sedolpha, Stephen of Reggio, Theodotus, Triphina, Triphina and Zoe of Rome.
Notable Anniversaries on July 5th:
Dolly, the first cloned animal was born on July 5, 1996. The sheep arrived at Scotland’s Roslin Institute, but her birth was not announced for a year.
Various Other July 5th Holidays
July 5th is also Algerian Independence Day, Anxiety Day, Fiesta do Tapuleiros (Portugal), Cape Verde Independence Day, Caribbean Day, Festival of Cargo Cults, Fighter’s Day (former Yugoslavia), Indonesian Constitutional Restoration Day (1959), Firma Acta de Independencia (Venezuela), Ma’at Day (Egypt), Mongolian Constitution Day (1960), Peace and Unity Day (Rwanda), Poplifugia Day (Ancient Rome), Saints Cyril and Methodius Day (Czech Republic), St. Rosalia’s Day, Sub-Genius X-Day, Taholah Days (Washington), Togoland Day (1884), Tynwald Day (Isle of Man) and Venezuelan Independence Day (1811).
Happy July 5thto one and all!
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