This August 20, join your community in celebrating National Lemonade Day! Participating cities will have the chance to teach youth about setting up their own lemonade stand and running their own company! It’s a great way to meet people in your city, sip on a refreshing beverage, and put your money to a good cause. Since 2007, National Lemonade Day founder Michael Holthouse has been helping kids learn the benefit of best business practices, responsibility, finance education, goal creation, and teamwork through his National Lemonade Day campaign. The whole day may only last 24 hours, but the lessons these kids learn will stay with them for a lifetime —there’s nothing sour about that mission! When life hands you lemons, celebrate National Lemonade Day!
National Lemonade Day - History
The New York Times first documented use of "lemonade stand"
New York Lemons
Edward Bok launches the first lemonade stands in New York
Lemonade in Paris
Roving groups of street vendors sell lemonade from tanks strapped to their backs
Egyptians mix lemon with sugar to make qatermizat; the recipe is written down by Persian poet Nasir-I-Khusraw
National Lemonade Day Activities
1. Find your city
National Lemonade Day is in over 100 cities so there’s a chance this awesome day is already in your town! If not, no sour lemons for you! Simply contact National Lemonade Day to set up an event for your city on August 20th.
The only way National Lemonade Day can even be possible is with help from super nice and generous people who pledge to mentor and teach kids about entrepreneurialism. You can find out how to get involved on your state’s National Lemonade Day website.
3. Make (and drink) lemonade
What’s the best part of all your hard work? The sweet taste of success. Get to know people in your community over glasses of tasty and refreshing lemonade and help teach kids the importance of fiscal responsibility with their profits. For such a good cause, we’ll squeeze in time to celebrate this day.
Why We Love National Lemonade Day
A. Helping kids is awesome
It might seem really simple, but helping kids set up their very own lemonade stand is actually a very cool way to teach them about entrepreneurship, fiscal responsibility, and life goals. Since its launch in 2007, Lemonade Day has helped over 1 million children across North America. What a sweet way to use lemons!
B. Learning a skill is important
Even something as simple as learning how to make and sell lemonade is enough to make a huge difference in a child’s world. 88% of parents with children who participated in 2016’s National Lemonade Day said their children had a sense of purpose after opening their own lemonade stand and 90% said their kids had higher self-esteem. Talk about a new zest for life!
C. Knowledge is power
Teaching kids how to start, own, and operate their own business means they’re ahead of the game! Kids who participate in National Lemonade Day will have an idea of how to set goals and trust their own decisions all while they gain a sense of empowerment and self-worth! They’re just one lemonade stand away from all the tools for success.