September signals an increase in activities around town and the high season is rapidly approaching. We found some of the ways you can kick-start festivities with plenty of unusual things to celebrate this month.
1. September 3rd: National Skyscraper Day
You can honour the construction workers and engineers who built the world’s modern architectural wonders. One European real estate data company defines a skyscraper as at least 330 feet, while in the United States a building starts to qualify around 500 feet. But, really, any building that towers above its skyline.
2. September 4th: Eat an Extra Dessert Day
You may observe this holiday many times but go ahead and indulge those residual gluttonous impulses because this holiday gives you the green light. leftover pie isn’t going to eat itself, so really, it’s the least you can do.
3. September 8th: National Grandparents Day
The founder wanted to set aside a special day not only for the lonely elderly, but also to encourage grandchildren to “tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide.” President Jimmy Carter was so on board with this initiative, he made the first Sunday after Labor Day an official national holiday to honor grandmas and grandpas across the country. To this day, the President continues to get in on the action.
4. September 10th: TV Dinner Day
The TV Dinner was first introduced to consumers in the United States by C.A. Swanson & Sons in the early 1950s. This pre-packaged, frozen meal would not only provide you a whole dinner with the slight flick of an oven — it was also designed for ease of consumption while parked in front of a television screen. Take a stroll down your local supermarket’s frozen food aisle to truly appreciate all the TV Dinner has done for our food options.
5. September 15th: National Felt Hat Day
You may think Robin Hood, you may think 10-gallon cowboy, or you may think fedora — but whatever you think, today you have carte blanche to sport your felt-hat-of-choice with pride. Disclaimer: you may still have to remind people the holiday technically prevents them from mocking your accessory.
6. September 19th: Talk Like a Pirate Day
The establishment of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th was based on someone’s ex-wife’s birthday. While the date selection might have been arbitrary, the possibilities of TLAPD are endless. If you want to expand your pirate repertoire, the official website provides lingo in English, German, Dutch, and even a little Mandarin to provide a truly international annoyance to coworkers and family members.
7. September 21st: World Gratitude Day
In 1977, those hippies at the United Nations Meditation Group established World Gratitude Day to appreciate existence. Even the least existential among us can recognize a thing or two in our lives for which we feel grateful. For example, we feel grateful that you are still reading this article.
8. September 24th: National Punctuation Day
“A celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.” National Punctuation Day gives you the opportunity to dress up your sentences with all kinds of context and accentuation!
9. September 27th: Hug a Vegetarian Day
Vegetarians need hugs too! In previous years, hugging hotspots have been set up throughout the United States and Canada. Folks nice enough to leave those juicy steaks certainly deserve a hug, right?
10. September 28th: Museum Day
Anyone who has visited the Smithsonian Museums, knows they are especially awesome because admission is totally free. If you have visited a museum almost anywhere they will cost a penny or two. On this special Saturday, however, many museums offer free admission on what they have deemed “Museum Day.”