Celebrate the Fourth and nine other holidays in July

We all know about the Fourth of July, but did you know that this is a month chock full of other festive events? Photo: Cellebrating the Fourth Photo: funnar.com

CHARLOTTEJuly 3, 2013 — While America celebrates birthday number 237, we should be aware of several other important dates in the month of July, which we may or may not want to observe. For people looking for any excuse to party, here is a list to fill out the remainder of your July calendar.

July 4: United States Independence Day – This one is a given. Break out the American flags, the hot dogs, parades and fireworks. We have been a free nation for well over two centuries, but for the purposes of this column the Fourth of July is only the beginning.

July 6: International Kissing Day – Don’t put the fireworks away yet, we are just warming up. International Kissing Day is guaranteed to set off plenty of pyrotechnics for the pucker people around the globe. It used to be a national event in the United Kingdom but the concept has gone global. It was created to remind us all of joys of kissing, but there is also a downside. Some say the celebration became the catalyst in Great Britain for National Mononucleosis Day.

July 8: International Town Criers Day – Who needs Twitter or Facebook when there is a good old fashioned town crier around? Hundreds of years before there were newsreels at the movies, or even newspapers, locals got regular updates from the always reliable town crier. Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye!

July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic Day – It was former President Theodore Roosevelt who gave his name to the Teddy Bear in 1902 following a hunting incident near Rolling Fork, Miss. Today, the Teddy Bear is the Mississippi state toy. Soon afterwards, John Walter Bratton composed a song called “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic.” By the end of the 1980s, collectibles dealer Royal Selangor came up with the idea of a national holiday honoring the picnic activities of the world’s most beloved stuffed animal. The event is still popular in Europe and Australia.

July 13: National French Fries Day – Pommes frites anyone? Actually French fries are not French at all. They were first created in Belgium in the late 17th century and eventually became popular within French speaking countries. No matter, the deep-fried potato concoction is as much a favorite in the U.S. as it is in Europe. After all, where would McDonald’s be without them?

July 14: Bastille Day – We remain in France to honor the storming of the Bastille in 1788. The holiday is not only a major French event, it is celebrated in more than 50 cities throughout the United States. After all, it’s July so why shouldn’t we have another day for fireworks and French fries?

July 14: National Nude Day – Strangely enough, July 14 also lays claim to being National Nude Day for anyone wishing to strut their stuff. The idea came from New Zealand but the concept is now “streaking” its way around the world. One suggestion if you plan to participate. Check the local  regulations on public nudity before buffing your way through town or storming the Bastille.

July 26: National Talk In An Elevator Day – It had to happen eventually but at least you have a couple of weeks to recover from your birthday suit adventure. This is the day you stop pretending there is no one else in the up-and-down box with you and speak up. Who knows you might meet your new BFF.

July 27: Bagpipe Appreciation Day – For those who think bagpipes are the musical equivalent of dragging your fingernails down a chalkboard this may be the worst holiday ever. Bagpipes are to music what haggis is to food. Love the Scots but shortbread is a far better culinary invention and the cardboard box they package it in would make a better instrument.

July 29: National Lasagna Day – We have been around the world in the month of July so why not finish in Italy with a huge plate of pasta. What better way to wrap up a month of holidays than ciaoing down (that’s “chowing” down for non-Italians) on this Bolognese treat and a glass of Chianti.

Start the month off with a rousing Fourth and finish it with a plate of lasagna and French fries while sitting nude in an elevator with your Teddy Bear and listening to the greatest bagpipe hits of all time. When the door opens the town crier will announce you and kiss you off to jail.

Thank goodness for the Dog Days of August.

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Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com) and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.


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