Happy July 16th!
July 16th is a special holiday. In fact, every day’s a holiday for someone and for some reason.
Although we may not know the origins of many of these holidays, avid celebrants will participate eagerly in marking July 16th as a most special day for so many different reasons.
Here are several of the most popular holidays celebrated on July 16th (arranged alphabetically):
Fresh Spinach Day
Popeye the Sailor, the animated and humorous hero first found in a King Features comic strip, always ate spinach to increase his strength.
July 16th is Fresh Spinach Day, a midsummer occasion when anyone can participate in consuming extra helpings of the vitamin-rich leafy food staple.
International Juggling Day
Do you ever feel like a juggler, spinning plates overhead or tossing too many balls into the air at one time?
International Juggling Day is July 16th. No one can seem to get a handle on the origins of this unusual holiday, but it somehow seems well worth the challenge. Literally or figuratively, how much can you juggle at once?
National Corn Fritters Day
Baked or fried, corn fritters are a traditional starch snack in many regions of the United States. July 16th is National Corn Fritters Day in America.
Don’t fritter the day away on July 16th.
Why not share your favorite corn fritters recipe on July 16th? Better yet, bake up a batch of corn fritters, and pass them around to celebrate National Corn Fritters Day on July 16th.
National Hot Dog Day
Hot dogs may the most popular picnic treat for Americans, particularly American sports fans. July 16th is National Hot Dog Day. Boil a bunch of hot dogs, toss some frankfurters on the barbecue grill, or stick a few wieners on some skewers over an open campfire on July 16th. It’s National Hot Dog Day.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for July 16th: Ambrosio Francisco Ferro, Andre de Soveral, Athenogenes, Bartholomeo Fernandez dos Martires, Carmen, Domnio, Eustathius, Faustus, Fulrad, Generosus, Helier, Irmengard, Marie Madeline Postel, Marie Saint Henry, Martyrs of Brazil, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Reineldis, Tenenan, Valentine of Treves, Vitalian of Capua and Vitalian of Osimo.
Notable Anniversaries on July 16th:
British King Henry VI banned kissing in England on July 16, 1439, aiming to prevent the spread of a dreaded plague known as the Great Pestilence.
On July 16, 1790, the United States Congress established the District of Columbia, which became known as Washington, D.C., the nation’s Capitol.
The first automatic parking meters in America were placed on the streets of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on July 16, 1935.
Various Other July 16th Holidays
July 16th is also Atomic Bomb Day, Blooms Day (Ireland), Blueberry Festival Day, Chhelum Day (Pakistan), Fairies’ Petal-Hopping for Non-Starters Day, Feast of Our Lady of Mr. Carmel, Festival of Convivial Tools, Ice Cream Day, International Day of the African Child , La Paz Day (Bolivia), Rembrandt Day, St. Carmine’s Day (Naples, Italy), St. Eustathius’ Day, St. Helier’s Day, Ukraine Independence Day (1990) and Youth Day (South Africa).
Happy July 16th to one and all!
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