“Every day a holiday” in the national holiday calendar

“Every day a holiday” in the national holiday calendar

As we head into a new year, a clarification might be in order: It’s National Lima Bean Respect Day (April 20). Not actually a national holiday. Neither National Talk In An Elevator Day (July 28) nor the much-loved National Taco Day (October 4). What these so-called “National Days” really are is largely the invention of Marlo Anderson of Mandan, North Dakota. “I’ve always loved to party,” he explained. “And I’ve been digging around on where National Popcorn Day (January 19) came from and couldn’t find any real information.”

So he started running a blog called the National Day Calendar, which has since grown into something of an official decision-making tool for those often odd days when you see people partying on Facebook or hear them talking on morning TV.

“In the first month, about 1,000 people visited the site,” Anderson said. And after six months: “We had 1 million people coming to the site a month. And I’m like, ‘This is really interesting.’”

Anderson had run a video conversion and computer repair business out of a small building in Mandan, but then the calendar took off. “Actually, about two years after launch, we had a meeting about whether it should go away or continue because it was a burden on the company,” he said. “We really started to get really stressed here because of the hundreds of calls and thousands of emails for something we’re not getting paid to do.”

Anderson decided to go “all in” on the calendar and create a system for people to suggest new national holidays online, and that’s where Amy Monette and Doug Philip come in. You’re part of the National Day team that votes on what (and doesn’t) gets a spot on the calendar.

They told Burbank that really big days are National Pizza Day (Feb. 9), National Hot Dog Day (July 19), National Beer Day (April 7), and National Donut Day (Nov. 5). . “We have many food days!” said Monette.


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Burbank asked, “Are people just looking for an excuse to eat a donut?”

“I think people look for an excuse just to have fun,” Monette said.

Monette and Philip assured Burbank that they had no government authority to do so. “Absolutely not!”

The government of course has the 11 actual national holidays that we are all familiar with.

There are also “sponsored” days in the national holiday calendar, when a company pays money to have a national holiday “declared” for its product, which makes business sense for someone like Kim Francis, spokeswoman for Checkers and Rally chain restaurants.

And they take national holidays into account. “In an average year, we can sell up to 135,000 pounds of fries per restaurant,” she said. “But for National French Fry Day (July 14) we make sure to plan weeks in advance to make sure we have enough fries to meet demand… that’s how impactful it is.”

Checkers and Rally’s had actually taken their “Fry Love Express” to Mandan, ND to celebrate the amazing news: National French Fry Day has moved from a Wednesday to a Friday (of course)! Locals lined up for the free meal but seemed largely unaware that these national holidays were being decided just around the corner.

Burbank asked one woman, “Do you ever have a conversation with someone or your boyfriend or whatever, and they’re like, ‘Hey, guess what, it’s National Wine Day (May 25), let’s have some wine’?”

“Yes,” she replied, also noting the celebration of National Grandparents’ Day (September 10). “I definitely wanted to post ‘Happy Grandparents Day’ to my mom.”

That seems to be why this National Day calendar thing has really taken off, because we can all have a reason to reach out to a sibling (National Siblings Day, April 10) or eat a blueberry popsicle (National Day of blueberry popsicles, September 2nd). ) or even National Step in A Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day which is just around the corner on January 11th.

(PS: Today, January 8th, marks National Argyle Day, National Winter Skin Relief Day, World Typing Day, and Earth’s Rotation Day, among others.)

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Story produced by Julie Kracov. Publisher: Carol Ross.

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