National Drive-Thru Day
Jack in the Box, America's first drive-thru burger chain, created "National Drive-Thru Day" to celebrate America's love of convenience by vehicle. Today, it's possible to not only snag a burger and fries without leaving your car, you can pick up a six pack of beer, make a bank deposit, and even get married without having to take off your seat belt!
To celebrate "National Drive-Thru Day" in earnest, why not try out your nearest drive-thru library, art gallery or prayer booth? There are even drive-thru funeral parlors and strip clubs for those who are so inclined. Stanford Hospital has recently tested out a drive-thru emergency room to treat contagious patients during a pandemic or bio-terrorist attack. Maybe you should rethink those reclining seats!
National Tell an Old Joke Day
For some, every day is "Tell an Old Joke Day." But for the rest of us, we have to wait until July 24 rolls around each year. "Why did the chicken cross the road?" or "Knock, knock" Jokes play an important role in our cultural identity, not only on the surface, but some believe in our unconscious as well.
Sigmund Freud wrote an entire book - "The Joke and Its Relation to the Unconscious" - attempting to explain the role of humor in our lives, concluding that jokes satisfy our unconscious desires. I'm not sure I agree with Dr. Freud, but I do enjoy a good joke -- even if it's an oldie. I wonder what he would have to say about this one: "My psychiatrist told me I was crazy so I told him I wanted a second opinion. He said OK, you're ugly too."
National Tequila Day
On the 24th day of July each year, revelers all across the United States have an excuse to break out the shot glasses and slice up some limes, for this day is known as National Tequila Day.1 On this holiday, those of adult legal age are encouraged to show their support for this south of the border spirit by indulging in a shot (or two), or mixing up a margarita, a tequila sunrise or any other tequila spiked concoction.
National Tequila Day is also a fitting occasion to learn a new drink recipe, and expand your bartending repertoire beyond the basics. Try experimenting with fruit flavors in your margaritas, such as mango. You can also try out a more unique tequila recipe such as a michelada or a Baja fog.2
National Tequila Day History
Like the majority of food holidays, the origins of National Tequila Day are shrouded in mystery. It is likely that the holiday was created by a company that makes tequila, or even by a bar that serves up a lot of the liquor or is known for margaritas. It is also possible that tequila aficionados began celebrating tequila on this day. Although any one of these is possible, there is no official information available on the Web that can confirm the history of National Tequila Day.
"Tequila worm" myth
It is a common misconception that some tequilas contain a 'worm' in the bottle. Only certain mezcals, usually from the state of Oaxaca, are ever sold "con gusano" ("with worm"), and that only began as a marketing gimmick in the 1940s. The worm is actually the larval form of the moth Hypopta agavis, which lives on the agave plant. Finding one in the plant during processing indicates an infestation and, correspondingly, a lower-quality product. However, this misconception continues, despite effort and marketing to represent tequila as a premium liquor – similar to the way Cognac is viewed in relation to other brandies.
Amelia Earhart Day
July 24 marks the birthday of Amelia Earhart, the most famous American female aviator in history. Born in 1897, she went missing on July 2, 1937 during an attempted flight around the world. Earhart was a tireless champion for women's rights, breaking numerous records previously set by men and paving the way for future women with similar aspirations.
You can celebrate "Amelia Earhart Day" by reading one of her many biographies or watching the 2009 blockbuster, "Amelia," starring Hilary Swank.
It may seem simple enough on the surface, to celebrate a day for our aunts' and uncles' children. But what about second and third cousins … and first cousins twice removed? Do you really know what they all mean? No matter. We shouldn't let the biological mumbo-jumbo get us off track. Cousins are special, no matter what type they are.
Why not celebrate "Cousins Day" by picking up the phone and giving your cousin(s) a call? Then sit back with a bowl of popcorn and watch Elvis Presley in the 1964 film "Kissin' Cousins."
Mormon Pioneer Day/Pioneer Day (Utah)
Pioneer Day is an official holiday celebrated on July 24 in the U.S. state of Utah, with some celebrations in regions of surrounding states originally settled by Mormon pioneers. It commemorates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, where the Latter-day Saints settled after being forced from Nauvoo, Illinois, and other locations in the eastern United States. Parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities help commemorate the event. Similar to July 4, most governmental offices and many businesses are closed on Pioneer Day.
In addition to being an official holiday in Utah, Pioneer Day is considered a special occasion by many members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). On Pioneer Day, some Latter-day Saints walk portions of the Mormon Trail or reenact entering the Salt Lake Valley by handcart. Latter-day Saints throughout the United States and around the world may celebrate July 24 in remembrance of the LDS Church's pioneer era, with songs, dances, potlucks, and pioneer related activities.
While the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who emigrated to the Salt Lake Valley during the pioneer era, which is generally considered to have ended with the 1869 arrival of the transcontinental railroad. Notable non-LDS American pioneers from this period include Episcopal Bishop Daniel Tuttle, who was responsible for Utah's first non-Mormon schools (Rowland Hall-St. Mark's) and first public hospital (St. Mark's) in the late 1800s. The Intertribal Powwow at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City honors the rich cultural heritage and contributions of the area's Native Americans, helping Utahns to gain a deeper understanding of the region's history.
The holiday generates a great deal of road traffic; Utah Department of Public Safety statistics demonstrate that Pioneer Day has the second highest holiday traffic fatality rate in Utah, with the earlier July 4 Independence Day having the highest rate.