The Smithsonian, Lazy Days, Lions, Dogs, Skyscrapers, Connecticut, and S’mores

August 10, 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 museum fans. Today is Tuesday, August 10, 2021. Today is the 222nd day of the year, and 143 days remain.

Smithsonian Day

Smithsonian Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. You needn’t be a historian to ascertain that this holiday celebrates the closest thing that America has to a National Museum – the Smithsonian Institution. This holiday marks the anniversary of the date in 1846 when the Smithsonian Institution was chartered by the U.S. Congress, thanks to a $500,000 donation by an obscure English chemist and mineralogist, James Smithson. According to the Smithsonian’s website, Smithson’s bequest was specifically intended to “found in Washington D.C., under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”
Today, the Smithsonian is comprised of 19 museums and galleries including the recently announced National Museum of African-American History and Culture, nine research facilities throughout the United States and the world, and the national zoo.
Even if, for some unforeseen reason, you can’t visit all of the Smithsonian museums today, do not despair. You can still celebrate Smithsonian Day by trying to increase and/or expand your knowledge of some subject about which you’ve always been curious.

National Lazy Day

National Lazy Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. Even if you have a ‘black belt’ in procrastination, you should still be able to deduce that this holiday seeks to put to rest the old adage that; “there are no lazy days, just lazy people” once and for all.
If those summer chores aren’t done yet, they will have to wait one more day. National Lazy Day is set aside to try to avoid physical exertion whenever possible. Try to make ‘going to the refrigerator for another cold drink’ the most strenuous thing you do all day.
To celebrate National Lazy Day, go outside and relax in the hammock under a shade tree. Go for a leisurely walk. Only eat “delivery food”. And, of course, you should also listen to this classic 1967 song by Spanky and Our Gang.
Remember the words of Jules Renard: “Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.”

World Lion Day

World Lion Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. As you can easily infer from its name, this holiday celebrates and aims to raise awareness of the majestic hunter, the ultimate feline, and the undisputed “king of beasts” – lions. It was founded by Big Cat Rescue, the world’s largest accredited sanctuary dedicated to big cats.
Lions have guarded temples, adorned flags, decorated coins, and have been used in other forms of heraldry, both religious and pagan, by almost every great civilization in the world. Alas, like many of their big cat brethren, the number of lions in the wild are dwindling and soon they will need the intervention of man to survive in the wild – which is ironic since the encroachment of man on their habitat is the main reason that their numbers have been steadily declining.
To celebrate World Lion Day, learn more about these majestic felines.

National Spoil Your Dog Day

National Spoil Your Dog Day is celebrated  annually on August 10th. You don’t need to be a ‘dog whisperer’ to conclude that this holiday urges you to loosen up on the leash and pamper your pooch today.
The month of August falls right in the middle of what is often referred to as “the dog days of summer“, so what better time to show a little extra love and affection for your beloved canine companion.
Listed below are a few ways to celebrate National Spoil Your Dog Day.

  1. Dish out the “treats” – Prepare a special meal for your pooch. Just remember to keep the meal healthy. There are plenty of healthy dog meals you can prepare for your pooch pal available online. “Nothin’ says lovin’ like somthin’ from the oven.”
  2. Create a doggie adventure – Some dogs don’t get out much, so try taking your furry friend out for a car ride. Put your windows down, and watch the jubilation on their faces as the wind blows through their hair. Make that car ride extra special by heading to the dog park and let him or her socialize and play with other dogs. Simple social interaction can be important for the development of your dog, not to mention a great deal of fun for them.
  3. Give you fur baby some new toys or fashion accessories or some new chew bones or some of their favorite treats.
  4. Pamper them with a trip to the groomers.
  5. Get wet! Dogs instinctively like water. If you don’t live near a beach, river, stream, etc., buy a cheap kiddie pool and let them splash around in the backyard.

Skyscraper Appreciation Day

Skyscraper Appreciation Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. Even if you aren’t an architect, you should be able to deduce that this holiday celebrates those iconic buildings that adorn the skyline of most major cities – skyscrapers. This holiday marks the anniversary of the birth of William Van Alen in 1883. Van Alen was the primary architect behind the construction of the Chrysler Building, arguably the most popular skyscraper in New York City. This holiday was created in 2009 by Dr. Tom Stevens, the founder of the Objectivist Party. It was created so people can appreciate the engineering and architectural marvels we know as skyscrapers, which represent the triumph of reason and of man’s industrial nature.
Celebrate Skyscraper Appreciation Day by visiting an interesting skyscraper near your home or researching the history of skyscrapers.

National Connecticut Day

National Connecticut Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. You needn’t be an expert in geography to discern that this holiday recognizes the contributions of the fifth state to be admitted to the Union – Connecticut.
Like many of the original colonies, the Dutch were the first to explore and found trading posts in Connecticut. In 1633, Puritans from Massachusetts established the first permanent settlement. From the outset, industry established a means to prosperity in Connecticut. The production of munitions placed the colony in a position to later supply the Revolutionary Army.
All three Connecticut delegates to the first Continental Congress continued their representation of the colony at the Second Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence. In fact, one of Connecticut’s delegates, Roger Sherman, is the only person to have signed the Continental Association, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.
Along with another Connecticut native, Benedict Arnold, Silas Deane served as a spy for the British during the Revolutionary War and was for a time branded a traitor.  He died in destitution, but decades later, in 1840, his granddaughter petitioned Congress to review his records and his name was eventually cleared.
Connecticut’s landscape is full of countless revolutionary stories and adventures.  Through every season and every era, there’s something for every generation to enjoy in Connecticut.
To celebrate National Connecticut Day, learn more about the history of this great state.

National S’mores Day

National S’mores Day is celebrated annually on August 10th. As you might suspect, this holiday celebrates S’mores – that popular American campfire treat. The first recipe for S’mores was published in the 1927 edition of the Girl Scout Handbook. Since then, they have become an American tradition.
To make S’mores all you need are three basic ingredients – graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Oh yeah, you’ll also need an open flame source and some skewers to toast the marshmallows.
And, in case you were wondering, the name S’mores is derived from everyone’s reaction when the first taste this scrumptious treat: ”Give me S’more.” So, to celebrate National S’mores Day, simply enjoy some S’mores today.

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

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