July 18 Ice Cream Day
Actually, July is Ice Cream Month, but the third Sunday of July has been designated as Ice Cream Day. My guess: the third Sunday stands for three scoops (the maximum number without running the risk of getting sick) and the Sunday stands for the popular Ice Cream Sundae. The real question of the day is dish or cone? That’s all you need to know to celebrate. Ice Cream Day honors every flavor on the menu, so be creative and enjoy the celebration.
July 19 Get Out of the Dog-house Day
This is a day for second chances. Being “in the doghouse,” means you have fallen out of favor with someone: your friend, your spouse or even your boss at work.
Getting out of the dog house involves reconciliation, seeking forgiveness, and making things right. Two tips for enjoying this day. One, if you find yourself in the dog house, take the initiative and reach out. Genuine humility and contrition are healing salves on relationship wounds. Two, if you have banned someone to the dog house, let them out and experience the blessings of pardon.
July 20 Moon Day
On July 20, 1969, I was 19 years old and I was sitting in front of our family TV set mesmerized by the first lunar landing. Fifty-two years later, this landing still stands as an epic event in modern history. July National Days – National Day Calendar summaries the detals of his day quite well, “On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 carried the first humans to the moon. Six hours after landing on the moon, American Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface. He spent two and a half hours outside the spacecraft. Buzz Aldrin soon followed, stepping onto the lunar surface. After joining Armstrong, the two men collected 47.5 pounds of lunar material. Their specimens would make the journey back to Earth to be analyzed.
In the command module, a third astronaut waited. Pilot, Michael Collins, remained alone in orbit until Armstrong and Aldrin returned.
Caught up in the thrill of the adventure, millions of Americans watched the mission from Earth. Televisions around the world tuned in to the live broadcasts. The astronauts had a worldwide audience. As a result, all witnessed as Armstrong stepped onto the moon’s surface and described the event as ‘one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind’.”
July 21 Hot Dog Day
Hot Dog Day in July celebrates a standard summertime grill offering on a bun. If you are not a vegetarian (although I think they make a vegetarian hot dog), consider paying your respects to the frankfurter, the footlong, the wienie, the wiener, or the wienerwurst. Twenty-five million hot dogs are sold at baseball stadiums each year (give or take a few hundred). We prepare them a variety of ways: grilled, toasted, boiled, pan-fried, and rotisserie-cooked. We decorate them in countless ways: ketchup, mustard, relish, onions, mayonnaise, cheese, bacon, chili and some folks dare to add sauerkraut.
July 22 Rat Catcher’s Day
July 22nd commemorates the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. According to the folktale, residents of the German town of Hamelin hired a strangely dressed man to rid their village of rats. The Pied Piper of Hamelin did so by playing his flute. Upon finishing the task, the townsfolk refused to pay — so the Pied Piper returned. Once again, the Pied Piper played his flute while the children followed him. And with the Pied Piper, the children vanished, never to return. This is also a day to cherish your children – keep your them in sight and close at hand.
Due to differing dates in stories and poems, Hamelin, Germany, celebrates the day on June 26th. The confusion stems from the Brothers Grimm as they cite June 26, 1284, as the date the Pied Piper led the children out of the town. At the same time, the poem by Robert Browning uses the date July 22, 1376. I can understand the mix up of the actual month and day, but missing the event by 92 years is a little much- it could even be consider literarily grim (Grimm).
July 23 Your Special Day
Enjoy making your own memories today. Start a family tradition. Do something special today for your own growth. Contact an old friend and reconnect. Make a new friend. Take a long enjoyable walk or stretch out in a hammock and read a good book.
July 24 Amelia Earhart Day
Amelia Mary Earhart was born on July 24, 1897. She was an American pioneer in the field of aviation. Amelia Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She also several wrote best-selling books about her flying experiences, and was instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots.
Amelia was born in Atchison, Kansas and developed a passion for adventure at a young age. In 1928, she became the first female passenger to cross the Atlantic by airplane (accompanying pilot Wilmer Stultz), for which she achieved celebrity status. Four years later, in 1932, Amelia made her nonstop solo transatlantic flight. During an attempt at becoming the first female to complete a circumnavigational flight of the globe in 1937, Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on July 2nd.
Photos: Ice Cream – Rough Collection; Dog House – Get Out of the Doghouse Day (townplanner.com); Moon Day – July 20th is Moon Day – Info Cafe (davenportlibrary.com); Hotdog – Download Hot Dog Transparent HQ PNG Image | FreePNGImg; Piped Piper – The Pied Piper is Changing His Tune! – Online Ministries (online-ministries.org); Amelia Earhart – Encyclopedia of Trivia: Amelia Earhart (encyclopaediaoftrivia.blogspot.com)