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Stay informed with fun facts and stories about what National Days we are celebrating today. Features Singer / Songwriter Anna Devere and the founder of National Day Calendar, Marlo Anderson.

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Stay informed with fun facts and stories about what National Days we are celebrating today. Features Singer / Songwriter Anna Devere and the founder of National Day Calendar, Marlo Anderson.

    July 9, 2020 – National Sugar Cookie Day | World Watercolor Month

    July 9, 2020 – National Sugar Cookie Day | World Watercolor Month

    Transcript for July 9th







    Welcome to July 9th on the National Day Calendar.  I’m John McClain sitting in for Marlo Anderson and today we celebrate a cookie for all seasons and world class doodling. More after the break from Anna Devere.







    Few desserts are as versatile as the sugar cookie with a shape and decoration that sweetens any event.  It is believed that the recipe originated in the mid-1700s in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. German Protestant settlers created a round buttery cookie that came to be known as the Nazareth Cookie.  But it's easy to see why renaming the treat after its main ingredient made the sugar cookie more popular.  Today, just about every occasion can be made more festive with a theme stamped in this delicious dough.  And frosting and decorating sugar cookies makes for a party in itself.  On National Sugar Cookie Day celebrate the joy of our favorite taste in a picture perfect bite. 







    Before the invention of the printing press, books needed to be copied by hand. Monks were responsible for much of this work, laboring day and night to replicate and preserve manuscripts. But because this was so tedious, some of the monks got bored and began to add illustrations in the page margins. The eye-catching watercolor art often had nothing to do with the text at all, but they brought the pages to life. They drew everything from simple objects like plants to fantastical things like rabbits chasing people with swords. Rather than ruin the books, the colorful, sometimes elaborate watercolors transformed the manuscripts into treasured items. July is World Watercolor Month, the perfect time to create some art of your own. We recommend painting on paper, though, not books. Unless you’re painting an animal holding a sword. Because that’s just awesome.  







    If you would like to Celebrate Every Day with us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com.

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    July 8, 2020 – National Blueberry Month | National Freezer Pop Day

    July 8, 2020 – National Blueberry Month | National Freezer Pop Day

    Transcript for July 8th







    Welcome to July 8th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate small wonders and the wonderful world of frozen pops.  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.







    They say, good things come in small packages and this is especially true of the blueberry. Not only are they a popular fruit, blueberries are one of the healthiest things you can eat. This superfood provides more antioxidants than just about any other fruit or vegetable, and has been linked to reduced cholesterol levels. And while we could go on and on about all the health benefits that come from eating blueberries, the fact is they are just plain delicious.  You don’t hear people getting excited about broccoli season so there’s a reason that these juicy berries get a whole month of celebration.  During National Blueberry Month check your local farmer’s market or better yet, find a local patch to pick you own.







    And if you’re fond of eating the rainbow, look no further than your freezer for a flavor parade that has something for everyone.  Little Orphan Orange and Sir Issac lime have been famous freezer pops since the 1990’s but when Jel Sert bought the Southern California company that made Otter Pops they soon dominated the market of the freeze at home popsicle that people have been crazy for since the 1960’s.  Whether you’re a fan of Fla-vor-Ice or the cartoon otter kind depends on if you live east or west of the Rockies, but even Canadians have “freezies” and Australians love their Zooper Doopers.  On National Freezer Pop Day enjoy this cool treat that has a way of delighting us all







    If you would like to Celebrate Every Day with us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com.

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    July 7, 2020 – National Macaroni Day | National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

    July 7, 2020 – National Macaroni Day | National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

    Transcript for July 7th







    Welcome to July 7th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate food that sticks and traditions worth keeping.  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.







    Thomas Jefferson was a true renaissance man. The third United States President completed the Louisiana Purchase, founded of the University of Virginia, and even invented the swivel chair. But something you may not know is that Jefferson introduced us to macaroni and cheese. He first tasted the dish while visiting France and experimented with his own version to get the recipe just right. Unfortunately, Jefferson’s guests at a State dinner gave the casserole mixed reviews. You can’t win them all, I guess. But mac and cheese caught on with the public and is still around to this day as a go-to for kids and those of us who are kids at heart. On National Macaroni Day serve up your own go-to recipe and stick a feather in the cap of the guy who knew how to spot a trend!







    We all know that taking a stroll is good for us; the perfect healthy way to unplug from distraction.  Couple that with time alone to listen to your daughter or dad and the opportunity could have far reaching effects that are priceless.  Nature is a great backdrop for framing your thoughts, and an easy amble will guide the conversation no matter what your age.  Start with a simple route and no particular plan, and see where the road takes you both.  On National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day celebrate the gift of spending time together.  It’s a tradition you will likely want to keep more often.







    If you would like to Celebrate Every Day with us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com.

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    July 6, 2020 – National Fried Chicken Day | National Hand Roll Day

    July 6, 2020 – National Fried Chicken Day | National Hand Roll Day

    Transcript for July 6th







    Welcome to July 6th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate Great Scots and dinner on a roll.  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.







    When you think of fried chicken you probably think of the American South.  Or maybe a certain Colonel whose eleven herbs and spices are hard to beat.  But I bet you didn’t know that this dish first came over with Scottish immigrants, who knew a thing or two about deep frying chicken in fat.  As they settled in the South, the Scots secured this culinary tradition and a regional specialty was born.







    Anna: Does the clan McClain know how to fry up chicken?







    Marlo: On National Fried Chicken Day hunt down your recipe or put your feet up and let the Colonel do the cooking.







    Before it became a delicacy, sushi was a staple in the diets of poor fishermen. In the days before refrigeration, people figured out that they could preserve fish by packing it in fermented rice. But unlike modern sushi, the rice wasn’t eaten, as it was only meant to keep the fish from spoiling. Fermentation was eventually phased out and replaced with rice vinegar as a preservative. Sushi has since transformed into delicacy, with many variations, but none has the unique flair of the hand roll. It’s similar to other rolls in regards to the ingredients, but it’s not cut into pieces and is intended to be eaten as soon as it’s served. Celebrate National Hand Roll Day by visiting your local sushi restaurant, taking a prime seat at the sushi bar, and trying one with some sake. Kanpai!







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    July 5, 2020 – National Graham Cracker Day | National Bikini Day

    July 5, 2020 – National Graham Cracker Day | National Bikini Day

    Transcript for July 5th







    Welcome to July 5th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate small things with big impact .  More after the break from Marlo Anderson.







    If the graham cracker strikes you as being a bit plain, that’s the whole point. In the 1800s, reverend Sylvester Graham taught people that a bland, vegetarian diet was the best way to stay healthy and to avoid sinful urges. One of his followers invented a cracker in Graham’s honor which was exactly what the preacher would’ve wanted…dull. While graham crackers haven’t changed much over the years, they have certainly rounded out the edges of our most decadent desserts.  After all, what would cheesecakes and tarts be without the graham cracker crust? On National Graham Cracker Day, celebrate with s’mores and other treats with the wholesome balance of sinfully rich and sensibly plain. 







    When the “atomic impact” of a revealing two piece bathing suit hit the fashion scene on July 5th 1946 it was banned in many places for the next few decades. French designer Louis Réard named his fashion statement after the Bikini Atoll where the United States was conducting atomic testing and it sent a shock wave that wouldn’t be embraced on American beaches until the early 1960’s.  But when Ursula Andress emerged from the sea in the iconic attire as the original Bond girl in “Dr. No,” few could argue that two well placed strips of fabric had a dangerous allure that was well worth the risk. On National Bikini Day go as bare as you dare without causing too much of a stir.







    If you would like to Celebrate Every Day with us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com.

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    July 4, 2020 – Independence Day | National Barbecued Spareribs Day

    July 4, 2020 – Independence Day | National Barbecued Spareribs Day

    Transcript from July 4th







    Welcome to July 4th, 2020 on the National Day Calendar.  Today we celebrate the spirit of freedom and picking up the spare.  More after the break from Anna Devere.







    While most Americans gather to enjoy great food and fireworks and some form of party decked in out in red, white and blue, it’s interesting to know that this holiday has been celebrated in much the same way for nearly 250 years. The first anniversary of our adopting the Declaration of Independence included a 13-gun salute, one for each State of the Union, along with parades, fireworks, speeches and prayers.  The next year George Washington issued double rations of rum and Benjamin Franklin and John Adams hosted a party in Paris with fellow Americans. But the most unusual celebration included a mock-funeral for George the III, symbolizing the end of the monarch’s hold on America.  No matter how you celebrate Independence Day remember you are in good company and a long line of revelers who continue to believe in the Spirit of Freedom. 







    Today we also celebrate the food that makes grownups reach for a little kid cover up - the barbecued spare rib. While everyone has their own take on sauces and rubs, Kansas City, Missouri, is considered the BBQ capital of the world, with restaurants like Arthur Bryant’s and Jack Stack drawing visitors from around the globe. And if you can’t make it there, don’t stress.  Plenty of us boast our own secret sauce that makes wearing a bib worth all the “ribbing.” On National Barbecued Spareribs Day celebrate the freedom of the finger food that makes a beautiful mess. 







    If you would like to Celebrate Every Day with us, be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website TheNationalDailyShow.com.

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