June 24th World UFO Day
Well, we all know what a UFO is, an unidentified flying object. What apparently is not known is what day to celebrate the subject matter. Some people place it on today when Aviator Kenneth Arnold first reported seeing a UFO which got out to the public and started a whole new craze. Others think today should be on July 2nd, the day a UFO crashed at Roswell in 1947. It really is your choice since no one knows whether UFO’s exist or not. The idea of today is really all about you investigating UFOs and determining whether you think they are real or not.
How to celebrate – Read about UFOs sightings. Visit Roswell. Spend tonight looking for UFOs.
June 24th Swim A Lap Day
Its summer, what’s more natural than jumping in the pool and swimming a few laps! Of course, your rewards may depend on whether you have a real pool or a kiddie pool and if your pool is the ocean, good luck with that lap. Swimming is good for you, it tones muscles and actually helps you lose weight while not sweating. If you are sweating you need to turn down the heater in your pool. It is great exercise, fun to do and is a great reason to throw a party. The more laps you can do the better but remember it’s not about the speed unless you are practicing for the Olympics.
How to celebrate – Get in the pool! If you don’t have a pool, build one. At last resort, use your bathtub.
June 23rd National Pink Day
For some reason, not officially recognized, women love the color pink. I am sure it has something to do with being soothing and yet still bright and cheerful. Men generally think a little less of it, I don’t think so much for the actual color but because it shows dirt so easily. Today, whether you are a man or a woman, is the day to wear pink and show your support for the color. It’s halfway between red, a color of deep passion, and white, a color of innocence. I expected to find some great cause for today and was surprised I did not find one. Pink is an anti-bullying color but has it’s own day so I guess today we just celebrate the color pink, why not? We also celebrate Pink Flamingo Day.
How to celebrate – Wear pink. Dye your hair pink. Wash your whites with reds and get an entire new pink wardrobe.
June 23rd Pink Flamingo Day
The Pink Flamingo was invented by Don Featherstone back in 1957. Yes, pink flamingos do exist in the world because they eat shrimp and that dyes their feathers pink, but that’s not what today is all about. It’s about that pink plastic flamingo created at the Union Products plants and sold from Leominster, Mass. Now Union Products has gone out of business and the rights to make pink flamingos sold to several other companies since then, but the city of Leominster created today to celebrate it’s claim to fame, created by Donald Featherstone. What a legacy!
How to celebrate – Buy a pink flamingo for your yard. Dress like a pink flamingo (since today is also National Pink day you can kill two birds with one stone!) Find some use for that plastic pink flamingo. Hold a Pink Flamingo Flocking Fundraiser.
Rainforests are found all over the world, even in Canada! They are essential to our environment for many, many reasons but if you want to focus on just one… they provide 20% of the oxygen on earth. That sort of makes you think twice about allowing groups that destroy the forests for no real good reason. The animals that live there, the chemicals in our air that the trees are able to absorb, and so much more, are all a win-win for all of us. The day was founded in 2017 by “Rainforest Partnership” in Austin, Texas.
How to celebrate – Visit a rainforest. Research all the rainforests of the world. Research all the products that come from a rainforest.
The 3rd Sunday of June is reserved for Father’s Day. Probably the only person in the world that needs to be reminded of this day is… your father! It was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington on May 18th, 1910. I am not sure how it ended up in June but it did so just deal with it, that is sort of like being a dad. We think of Mother’s Day as probably being more important and most fathers would agree with that. Being a father is often more about being there than making a statement about it. A father protects his family, tries to provide for it and just wants to be there without getting in the way. We may not always understand why our fathers do what they do but we generally remember that they did it. Thank your father for just doing it, whatever it is.
How to celebrate – Remind your father that today is father’s day. Think of all the good things your father has done for you. Plan something special for your dad realizing that they do not want you to go out of your way.
June 20th – International Surfing Day
This day was created in 1993 by Surfing Magazine and the Surfrider Foundation. It honors all those dudes, and dudettes, that hang ten on those gnarly waves that crash ashore from the sea. It always falls on the third Saturday in June. There is an entire culture that lives the surfing lifestyle. They are normally found on the beach, both morning and night. We associate bonfires and bottles of beer, long haired dudes, and wet suits with surfing, but that is not the case – surfers come from all walks of life. Normally surfers are found on the coasts,for example, Iowa, isn’t called home to too many surfers. Oddly, this carefree lifestyle is not cheap, with the average surfboard costing $300.00 going up into the thousands.
How to celebrate – Start surfing. Just hang out at the beach and pretend you are a surfer. Go to a Beach Boys concert.
June 20th National Smoothie Day
I don’t really know how long smoothies have been around. It seems like forever but I don’t think Wild Bill Hickock was enjoying a smoothie on his buffalo hunts. Smoothies are a healthy drink, normally. They contain vitamins and minerals that we might not digest daily otherwise. We can sip on them or gulp them down (brain freeze warning!) and it doesn’t matter. We are satisfying our taste buds while getting those healthy boosts at the same time. That’s a win-win.
How to celebrate – Have a smoothie today. Make up your own new smoothie. Buy a blender.
June 19th National Flip Flop Day
If you visit the beach a Flip Flop is a necessity! They are easy to wear, keep your feet cool, and make a fashion statement. They can also provide assistance to sick children… the day was created by Tropical Smoothie Café in 2007 to support Camp Sunshine where sick children can have some fun while still being monitored from whatever illness they suffer from. The day has already raised millions of dollars for Camp Sunshine and is always held on the 3rd Friday in June.
How to celebrate – Wear flip flops and donate to Camp Sunshine. Visit a Tropical Smoothie Café. Locate Camp Sunshine a volunteer to help.
Today is all about just getting in your car and hitting the road. It has nothing to do with planning anything or even picking a destination to go to. It’s just about going somewhere, anywhere and letting your heart guide you where you end up. It’s actually not about where you end up, it’s about the getting there, if you even choose to really go anyway. You are not supposed to plan this but you’ll have to remember it falls on the 3rd Friday of June. That hurts the idea of just getting in the car and going. So I guess you have to plan that you are not planning today. The day was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2019.
How to celebrate – Go somewhere, even if you don’t know where you’re going. Make sure to keep your gas tank in your car filled up. Never plan a trip today, just go.