Coast Guard, Single Working Women, Kids, White Wine, and Chocolate Chip Cookies

August 4, 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 fans of coastal defense. Today is Wednesday, August 4, 2021. Today is the 216th day of the year, and 149 days remain.
Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

Coast Guard Day 

Coast Guard Day is celebrated annually on August 4. As you can easily infer, this holiday commemorates the U. S. Coast Guard – or more precisely, the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on 4 August 1790, by then-Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. On that date, Congress, guided by Hamilton, authorized the building of a fleet of the first ten Revenue Service cutters, whose responsibility would be the enforcement of the first tariff laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution.
The Coast Guard received its current name through an act of Congress signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on 28 January 1915 that merged the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, and provided the nation with a single maritime service dedicated to saving lives at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.
The Coast Guard began to maintain the country’s maritime aids to navigation, including operating the nation’s lighthouses, when President Franklin Roosevelt announced plans to transfer of the U.S. Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in May 1939. Congress approved the plan effective 1 July 1939. On 16 July 1946, Congress permanently transferred the Department of Commerce Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under Coast Guard regulation.
After 177 years in the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the newly formed Department of Transportation effective 1 April 1967. As a result of the events of 11 September 2001, the Coast Guard was transferred to the new Department of Homeland Security effective 1 March 2002.
Today, the Coast Guard, on average, launches on over 6500 missions a year, and have saved over 134,000 lives since their founding.  When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives, an estimated 24,000 of these were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.
The motto of the Coast Guard is “Semper Paratus” (always prepared).
To celebrate Coast Guard Day, learn more about the role the Coast Guard plays in coastal defense, and about their mission in rescues at sea.

Single Working Women’s Day 

As of the 2020 census, excluding farm workers and the self employed, women make up more than 50% of America’s workforce – and of those women nearly 45% are single. Single Working Women’s Day is celebrated annually on August 4th. You don’t need to be a radical feminist to ascertain that this holiday celebrates single working women – especially single working moms.
Regardless of how you feel about single parents, the sanctity of marriage, blah, blah, blah, single mothers are a fact of life in today’s society. They have to do it all, often without support from others. They not only bring home the bacon, they fry it, then clean up the mess afterward. They earn the money, buy the groceries, feed, nurture, and clean up after their children. They make the modern world a better place, and often somehow find the money, time and energy to lovingly support others.
If you know a single mother, celebrate Single Working Women’s Day, by doing something to alleviate the stress in her life. Offer to run some errands for her; or, better yet, offer to babysit her kids for a while and buy her a gift certificate to a day spa so she can be pampered for once. Or, offer to pay for a babysitter and take her out for a night on the town.

Hooray for Kids Day 

Hooray for Kids Day is celebrated annually on August 4th. It doesn’t require a vivid imagination to discern that this holiday celebrates kids – and since you’re only as young as you feel, everyone should be able to celebrate this holiday. No one seems to know the actual origins of Hooray for Kids Day, but since everyone has been a kid (at least once), I can understand why it exists.
To celebrate Hooray for Kids Day, act like a child. Skip a rope, toss a ball or ride a bike – or anything else you used to enjoy as a kid.

National White Wine Day 

National White Wine Day is celebrated annually on August 4th. You needn’t be a sommelier to deduce that this holiday celebrates white wine – a world-renowned adult beverage.
White wine is derived from the skin and juice of specific varieties of grapes. White wines are actually not white, but range in a color spectrum from light yellow to a golden hue. It is usually served chilled and is available in many tasty varietals. Whether you prefer a light-bodied or full-bodied wine, dry, sweet or sparkling, with brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert or out on the deck, there is probably a variety of white wine to suit your taste.
To celebrate National White Wine Day, have a glass or two of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or one of your local favorite white wines with dinner tonight. Or, invite a few of your favorite BFFs over for a wine-tasting party.
Author’s Note:
Always drink adult beverages responsibly. 

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is celebrated annually on August 4th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates chocolate chip cookies. this holiday also pays homage to the saintly Ruth Graves Wakefield (1903-1977), a 1930s-era Massachusetts innkeeper at the Toll House Inn. While there, she created the quintessential recipe for chocolate chip cookies – chopping up a chocolate bar into little morsels and putting them in a batch of cookie dough. It may well be one of the best ideas – ever.
One day in 1937, while preparing a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, a colonial brown sugar cookie recipe, Ruth found that she did not have the baker’s chocolate required, and instead chopped a bar of Nestlé Semi-Sweet Chocolate into tiny pieces. She added them to the dough, expecting them to melt during baking; instead, the chocolate held its shape and softened to a creamy texture. The new cookies became very popular at the Toll House Inn where she was employed. Ruth’s recipe was then published in newspapers throughout New England, and sales of Nestlé’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar skyrocketed. Ruth eventually approached Nestlé and reached an agreement that allowed Nestlé to print what would become known as the Toll House Cookie recipe on the wrapper of the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar (part of the agreement included supplying Ruth with all of the chocolate she could use for the rest of her life). As the recipe continued to grow in popularity, Nestlé began to score the chocolate bar and packaged it with a special chopper for easy cutting into small morsels. In 1939, they introduced Nestlé Toll House Real Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels. And the rest, as they say, is history.
You really shouldn’t need any guidance from me regarding how to celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day.

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

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