Cowboys, Pioneers, Old Jokes, Amelia Earhart, Cousins, Drive-Thrus, and Tequila

July 24, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national holidays every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate. With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning my buckaroos. Today is Saturday, July 24, 2021. Today is the 205th day of the year, and 160 days remain.

National Day of the Cowboy 

National Day of the Cowboy is celebrated each year on the fourth Saturday in July. As you can readily surmise from its name, this holiday celebrates the American cowboys of yore. It was created in 2005 by the National Day of the Cowboy Organization as a way to preserve the traditions of America’s rich cowboy heritage.
The era of the cowboy began after the Civil War in Texas. Cattle were herded long before this time, but in Texas, they had grown wild and largely unchecked. As the country expanded, the demand for beef in the northern territories and states increased. With nearly 5 million head of cattle, cowboys moved the herds on long drives to where the profits were.
Since there was very little law on the frontier, cowboys established their own “Cowboys’ Code of Conduct”. The lack of any written law in the Wild West made it very important for cowboys to create their own guidelines on how to live. These rules became known as the “Code of the West” – rules that were not written statutes but were always respected on the range.
In honor of National Day of the Cowboy, try to live up to these 10 codes of conduct:

  • Live each day with honesty and courage.
  • Take pride in your work. Always do your best.
  • Stay curious. Study hard and learn all you can.
  • Do what has to be done and finish what you start.
  • Be tough, but fair.
  • When you make a promise, keep it.
  • Be clean in thought, word, deed, and dress.
  • Practice tolerance and understanding of others.
  • Be willing to stand up for what is right.
  • Be an excellent steward of the land and its animals.

Mormon Pioneer Day 

Mormon Pioneer Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. Even if you aren’t a Latter Day Saint, you should be able to glean that this holiday celebrates the date in 1847 that Brigham Young looked out over the Salt Lake Valley and proclaimed: “This is the place.” Mormon Pioneer Day is celebrated primarily in Utah, but some surrounding states with significant Mormon populations, such as Idaho, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, and California celebrate it as well, although not to the extent that Utah does. In Utah, it is an official state holiday.
After their founder, Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844, the Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, moved westward from their settlement in Nauvoo, Illinois, under the leadership of Brigham Young. Over the next two decades, thousands of Mormons followed suit, some pushing their belongings in hand carts.
The original 40-acre plot with log houses where the Mormons settled is now modern-day Salt Lake City Utah. To celebrate Mormon Pioneer Day, learn more about Mormons and the history of Utah.

National Tell an Old Joke Day 

National Tell an Old Joke Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. Contrary to what some of you might be thinking right now, this holiday does not  urge you to pass along information to our current President or the presiding Speaker of the House. Rather, it is intended to be an opportunity dust off your repertoire of old jokes to amuse your friends and family.
Reader’s Digest contends [and I concur] that, “laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter is not only fun, but many studies have shown that it’s also healthy. So, for the sake of your health and the health of your friends and family, celebrate National Tell an Old Joke Day by telling as many jokes as you can today – the older the jokes are, the better. Allow me get you started.

“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?”
“Orange.”
“Orange who?”
“Orange you glad I told you about this holiday?”

Amelia Earhart Day 

Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. You needn’t be an aviation pioneer to deduce that this holiday celebrates one of aviation’s best-known pioneers – Amelia Earhart – or, more accurately, the anniversary of her birthdate in 1897. Amelia Earhart was a famous aviation pioneer who broke many early aviation records.
Legend, mystery, and speculation surround the final flight and disappearance of Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan. They were on a record-setting attempt to fly around the world when they became lost in the Pacific Ocean. On July 2, 1937, they headed on a difficult leg of the journey towards Howell Island in the Pacific. Weather conditions were less than ideal. While still in radio communication, ships on the ground confirmed that Earhart was having difficulty finding the island. Ultimately, radio communications faded and died. The plane was never heard from again. The disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane resulted in the largest search and rescue operation to date. It also sparked rumors as to what caused the disappearance. To this day, theories and speculation still exist about the cause of the disappearance. Some theories involve conspiracies and even alien abductions.
To celebrate Amelia Earhart Day, learn more about this remarkable woman.

Cousin’s Day 

Cousin’s Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates cousins – your aunt’s and uncle’s children – many of whom are probably close to your own age.
Cousins are the ones who made those family reunions, holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get togethers somewhat tolerable. Your cousins were the ones you played with and bonded with, while adults were busy doing whatever adults do at these get togethers. Often, your cousins end up being lifelong friends.
There are different types of cousins. There are first cousins, first cousins once or twice removed, second cousins, second cousins once or twice removed, and on and on and on. To help you climb through the different branches of your family tree, here’s a handy cousins tree graph showing most of the different relationships.
To celebrate Cousin’s Day, organize a cousin’s reunion of your own and get together with as many of your cousins as possible today. When you greet them, don’t forget to say, ” What’s buzzin’ cuzzin’?”

National Drive-Thru Day 

National Drive-Thru Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. You doesn’t require a vivid imagination to ascertain that this holiday celebrates one of the best customer access concepts of all time – the drive-thru window.
The original concept of “drive-thru” was pioneered by the banking industry as a convenience to their customers in the 1930s. It wasn’t long after that drive-in restaurants began offering the service as well.
After WWII, the sunshine and a love affair with automobiles spurred the growth of many roadside businesses in California catering specifically to motorists. They made getting lunch “on the go” easy and sometimes fun. America’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain, In ‘n Out Burger was founded in 1948 and helped pave the way for this new dining experience. Conversely, McDonald’s was a latecomer to the “drive-thru” craze and didn’t open their first “drive-thru” until 1975 in their Sierra Vista, AZ location to serve the needs of the large military population in nearby Ft. Huachuca who couldn’t, by military regulation, wear their fatigues inside their restaurant. Below are a few more “drive-thru” factoids:

  • There are more than 211,000 fast food restaurants in the United States that offer “drive-thru” service.
  • Hamburgers sold for just 15¢ or less at most of the first drive-thru restaurants.
  • Today, restaurants, coffee shops, liquor stores, pharmacies and many more businesses use the “drive-thru” concept for quick service.

No special skills are needed to celebrate National Drive-Thru Day – save for the ability to drive, or access to someone who has the ability to drive. Simply patronize a business that offers “drive-thru” service and utilize it.

National Tequila Day 

National Tequila Day is celebrated annually on July 24th. You don’t need to be a master mixologist yo conclude that this holiday celebrates one of America’s most popular adult beverages – tequila.
Tequila is North America’s first indigenous distilled drink or spirit – a strong distilled alcoholic liquor made from the sweet juice of the blue agave plant. Tequila is produced via double-distillation in the area around the city of Tequila, located in the western Mexico state of Jalisco. Mexican law dictates that tequila can only be produced in Jalisco. Mezcal, the precursor of tequila, is a less refined spirit that can be made from any of five different varieties of agave plants. It is single-distilled and is made mostly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. The first recorded cultivation of the blue agave dates to 1224 A.D. It is also recorded that in 1239, a very strong beverage called pulque was fermented from it. So, logically, before there was tequila or mezcal, there was pulque. Pulque, also called octli (“nectar of the gods”) was made by the Nahuatl Aztec tribe that migrated into the region. It is still made today.
The agave plant grows exceptionally well in the volcanic soil of the region. [Contrary to what many people believe, the agave plant is not a cactus, but rather a succulent in the Agavaceae family, more closely related to the lily family].
I hope you’re well stocked with salt and limes (or Margarita mix). You’ll need them if you truly want to celebrate National Tequila Day. Cheers!
Author’s Note: 
Always drink responsibly! 

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that deserve mention. 

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