Month: February 2017

National Freedom Day – February 1

Let Freedom Ring! National Freedom Day on Feb 1. was founded to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens. It commemorates the day in 1865 when President Abraham Lincoln signed the resolution which became the 13th Amendment, effectively ending slavery in the United States. Freedom is one of the founding principles of the United States of America and this day was envisioned as a way for all citizens to take a moment to appreciate the many freedoms we are afforded as citizens of this great country.

Groundhog Day – February 2

Are we in for 6 more weeks of winter? Only a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil knows for sure. Each year on Groundhog Day, people flock to Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to await the forecast of the local rodent celebrity. Originating with German settlers, who came to Pennsylvania in the 1700s and brought their seasonal superstitions with them, legend has it that if Phil sees his shadow on Feb. 2, the winter chill will continue. Oddly, if the weather is cloudy and he doesn’t see his shadow, we can expect warmer temperatures and an early spring.

National Wear Red Day – February 3

Despite all the attention we pay to cancer rates, heart disease is still the #1 killer of women. On National Wear Red Day, held every year on the first Friday in February (Feb. 3 in 2017), women all over the country will be wearing red to help raise awareness of women’s heart health. The American Heart Association hopes by asking women (and men) to wear such a noticeable and, some would say, powerful color on this day, they can bring attention to a disease which claims the lives of almost 500,000 women each year.

World Cancer Day – February 4

Sooner or later, it seems, cancer has an impact on us all. That's why World Cancer Day on February 4th is an important day to raise awareness about prevention, detection, and treatment. Started by the Union for International Cancer Control in 2008, World Cancer Day activities seek to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer by 2020.

National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – February 4

Surprisingly, National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day was invented in New York in the middle of the winter. Created in the 1960s, the day is further proof that you can eat ice cream at any time of the year, any time of the day, and on any occasion. So on the first Saturday in February, go ahead and get your treat on. Before noon. We won't judge.

National Weatherperson’s Day – February 5

There are few things that can affect our day — or inspire small talk in an elevator —quite like the weather. But instead of getting caught in a heavy downpour without an umbrella, what if there were a group of special people who could give us a hint beforehand? That’s why we celebrate National Weatherperson’s Day every year on February 5 — on the birthday of John Jeffries, one of the first weather observers to take daily measurements (back in 1774). The day honors individuals in the fields of meteorology, weather forecasting and broadcast meteorology, as well as volunteer storm spotters and observers.
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