Looking for things to do this September? Mark your calendars, because this month’s theme is all about giving back, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to get involved.
September 7 — National Food Bank Day
Did you know 41 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger? Chances are, you know someone — a neighbor, a coworker, a classmate — who faces hunger every day. Food banks across the country play a pivotal role in providing meals to families in need, and they rely on people like you and me to help. On National Food Bank Day, do your part to help close the food gap in your community by donating food, time, or money to your local food bank. Visit FeedingAmerica.org to find a food bank near you.
September 11 — Patriot Day
One of the best ways we can honor the victims, survivors, and responders of the 9/11 attacks is by sharing kindness and spreading hope to those around us. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, join with your fellow Americans to pay it forward by taking part in a volunteer activity. Head to NationalService.gov to discover how you can get involved.
September 16 — National Working Parents Day
Along with meetings, deadlines, and navigating career growth, working parents are also tasked with being home chef, chauffeur, housekeeper, boo-boo fixer, and much more. Every day, these unsung heroes go above and beyond to provide for their families, and it goes without saying that they deserve a little recognition. Think of ways you can lighten the load for the working parents in your life, and if you’re one of them, give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work you do!
September 17 — Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and recognizes all people who were born as or have become American citizens. Think you could pass the test to become a naturalized citizen today? Take the civics practice test to check your knowledge of U.S. government and history.
September 22 — National Public Lands Day/First Day of Fall
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or not, we all benefit when our natural resources and public lands remain safe, resilient, and cared for. National Public Lands Day is the perfect opportunity to connect with your community through environmental stewardship, and it just so happens to fall on the first day of autumn! With activities such as trail refurbishing, tree planting, and trash removal, you can help keep our recreational areas, wildlife refuges, and national parks thriving for years to come. Find a volunteer opportunity at neefusa.org.
It’s hard to believe summer is drawing to a close! Soon the kids will be back to school (whew!) and your vacation will be just a memory (aww). But while we’ve still got a bit of summer left, be sure to enjoy it to the fullest with these great upcoming events!
August 9 — National Book Lovers Day
Are you always looking for an excuse to drop everything and curl up in a comfy chair with a good book? Then this day is for you! Bookworms across the country, get ready to stock up on reading material, turn off your cell phone, and settle down for a full day of page-turning indulgence!
Want to support child literacy in America? The Reading Is Fundamental charitable organization has been around since 1966. Learn more and contribute at rif.org.
August 18 — National Honey Bee Day
Bees are more than just chubby striped bugs that might sting you. In fact, the health of the entire planet may be affected by the recent drop in the bee population. One-third of the world’s food production depends on bee pollination, and the population of bees in a given area is a strong indicator of that area’s overall environmental health. Here are a few ways you can help save the honey bees:
Plant flora that bees like. Clover, flowering trees, and blue, purple, and yellow flowers are favorites.
Stop using pesticides. A survey of 800 independent scientific studies concluded that the recent alarming bee die-offs were caused, in part, by the use of chemical pesticides.
Donate to the Pollinator Partnership. This nonprofit is dedicated to protecting and supporting pollinators around the world.
August 19 — World Humanitarian Day
Every day, humanitarian aid workers help ease the suffering of millions of people around the world. The United Nations created this day to honor the humanitarian workers striving to make the world a better place and to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.
August 26 — Women’s Equality Day
Sufferin’ suffragettes! Did you know there was a time when women could not own property, sign contracts, or even cast a vote to help shape the country they lived in? Thanks to the suffragettes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, prohibiting voter discrimination on the basis of sex and giving women the right to vote.
August 27-September 9 — 50th U.S. Open
Tennis, anyone? With a new logo and a new stadium, the U.S. Open is celebrating its 50th birthday in a big way! We’re all set to watch the game we love, and it’s not our fault we couldn’t get tickets. Check out this year’s schedule so you don’t miss any of the action.
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Happy June! Are you ready for some summer fun?
Make this June one for the books with the following ideas for a fun-filled month.
June 8 — National Best Friends Day
Friends are the family we choose. Do you have a best friend who means a lot to you? Celebrate your friendship by scheduling some time to do something you both enjoy. Whether it’s an epic outdoor adventure or an evening of drinks and good conversation, time spent with your best pal is always time well spent!
June 17 — Father’s Day
Want to create a Father’s Day that dad will remember? This year, trade the cards and grill sets for experiences, like a day at the ball park or a weekend camping trip. Even something as simple as a quiet family dinner can make for meaningful memories that he’ll cherish for years to come.
June 21 — First Day of Summer
It’s officially here! Give summer a proper welcome by hosting an outdoor bash with friends and family. Think backyard barbecue, luau-themed pool party, or outdoor movie night. Don’t forget the food and libations, like this Southern BBQ Chicken and Peach Iced Tea. If you haven’t planned your summer vacation yet, now is the time to start! Get inspired with these 5 Ideas for a Memorable Summer Getaway.
June 22 — Take Your Dog to Work Day®
Did you know that bringing your four-legged friends to work can actually boost morale? According to a 2016 survey, 88% of employees agreed, and 85% said it creates a better work-life balance. Take Your Dog to Work Day (TYDTWD) is a special opportunity to celebrate your love of Fido with like-minded coworkers, while bringing awareness to pet-friendly causes. Need help convincing your employer to host a TYDTWD? Pet Sitters International offers a free toolkit filled with helpful resources.
June 28 — National Insurance Awareness Day
Raise your hand if you’ve: had a birthday in the past year, had a baby, bought a house, or you basically have anything valuable you want to protect. Sound like you? (News flash: It’s all of us.) Make sure the stuff that matters to you is properly insured. Take some time to assess your coverage and make the changes that are right for you. #Adulting
As you’re busy juggling your spring to-dos, be sure to check out what’s happening this month … and don’t forget to stop and smell the roses!
“The world’s favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”
– Edwin Way Teale
May 1 — May Day/International Workers’ Day
This twofold holiday celebrates both the spring season and the rights and achievements of working people. So whether you want to spend more time in your garden or stand in solidarity with your fellow workers, there’s no wrong way to celebrate!
If you’re not familiar with this holiday, here are some fun facts to get you up to speed:
May Day traditions can be traced back thousands of years to ancient Celtic and Roman cultures, where they held festivals to celebrate the coming of spring.
The holiday took on a different meaning in the U.S. in the late 19th century, when laborers joined forces to fight for safer working conditions and an eight-hour work day.
The distress signal “Mayday! Mayday!” has nothing to do with May Day, but is actually an adoption of the French word m’aider, meaning “help me.”
May 4 — Star Wars Day
PYou don’t have to be in a galaxy far, far away to get in the Star WarsTM spirit on May 4th. This is a day for fans everywhere to revel in all things Star Wars. From hosting a movie marathon to cosplaying your favorite character to trying weird things like this blue milk recipe, there are a million and one ways to celebrate the beloved saga. Find more ideas at starwars.com.
May 5 — Cinco de Mayo
Officially a celebration of Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla, this lively holiday has become a fun and popular way to honor Mexican culture and heritage. Take part in the fiesta by heading to your nearest Cinco de Mayo festival, where you can enjoy traditional Mexican food, dance, art, and other cultural treasures.
May 13 — Mother’s Day
Let the moms in your life know they’re loved and appreciated, not just on Mother’s Day, but every day. Whether it’s quality time, a home-cooked meal, or a day at the spa, think of ways you can give Mom a break and make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day.
May 28 — Memorial Day
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember those who bravely gave their lives for our freedom. Please join me in honoring the memory and sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes.
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