Saturday, May 3, 2014

Holidays and Observances for May 3 2014

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day, taking place on the first Saturday of May, is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. Retailer Joe Field of Flying Colors Comics in Concord, California brainstormed the event in his "Big Picture" column in the August 2001 issue of Comics & Games Retailer magazine. Free Comic Book Day started in 2002 and is coordinated by the industry's single large distributor, Diamond Comic Distributors.

In 2001, retailer Joe Field was writing columns for an industry magazine, and saw how successful feature films based on comic book franchises were providing the comic book industry with a positive cultural and financial turnaround from the speculator bust of the late 1990's, Field proposed Free Comic Book Day in one of his columns, and received positive reaction to it. Then-Image Comics publisher Jim Valentino suggested having the first Free Comic Book Day on the same weekend as the opening of the 2002 Spider-Man feature film, in order to take advantage of the film's heavy promotion and related press about the comic book medium, and thus the first event was held May 4, 2002, one day after the film's opening. Not all events have corresponded with the release of a film based on a comic book. In 2004 it was held in July, but it was moved back to the first Saturday in May the following year and has been held on that day ever since. On Free Comic Book Day, participating comic book store retailers give away specially printed copies of free comic books, and some offer cheaper back issues and other items to anyone who visits their establishments. However, retailers do not receive the issues for free; they pay 12–50 cents per copy for the comics they give away during the event. In addition to comic books, some stores also give away other merchandise, such as mini posters and other movie tie-in memorabilia.

Join Hands Day

JOIN HANDS DAY is a national volunteer day that brings young people and adults together to begin a year-round process of relationship building and to make great contributions to your community. Youths and adults work together on an equal basis to plan, organize and implement the day’s activities.

On the first Saturday in May, fraternalists and non-fraternalists alike come together for Join Hands Day to make a difference in their communities through helpful projects that connect youths and adults.

Join Hands Day gives fraternal benefit societies and volunteer organizations the opportunity to reach out to people they don’t know, to connect generations and to develop new relationships.

Join Hands Day is open to everyone! Fraternal benefit societies clubs, lodges, groups, congregations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to participate. We have developed a full program to help you achieve your event goals.

Take part in Join Hands Day and showcase the good work your volunteers do every day, 365 days a year.

Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, held annually in Louisville, Kentucky, United States, on the first Saturday in May, capping the two-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival. The race is one and a quarter miles (2 km) at Churchill Downs. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kilograms) and fillies 121 pounds (55 kilograms). The race is known in the United States as "The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports" or "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports" for its approximate duration, and is also called "The Run for the Roses" for the blanket of roses draped over the winner. It is the first leg of the US Triple Crown and is followed by the Preakness Stakes, then the Belmont Stakes. Unlike the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, which took hiatuses in 1891-1893 and 1911-1912, respectively, the Kentucky Derby has been run every consecutive year since 1875. A horse must win all three races to win the Triple Crown. The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first in North America and usually surpasses the attendance of all other stakes races including the Preakness Stakes, Belmont Stakes, and the Breeders' Cup.

In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark, Jr., grandson of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition, traveled to England, visiting the Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780. From there, Clark went on to Paris, France, where in 1863, a group of racing enthusiasts had formed the French Jockey Club and had organized the Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamps, which at the time was the greatest race in France.

Returning home to Kentucky, Clark organized the Louisville Jockey Club for the purpose of raising money to build quality racing facilities just outside of the city. The track would soon become known as Churchill Downs, named for John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land for the racetrack. Officially, the racetrack was incorporated as Churchill Downs in 1937.

The Kentucky Derby was first run at 1 1⁄2 miles (2.4 kilometres), the same distance as the Epsom Derby. The distance was changed in 1896 to its current 1 1⁄4 miles (2.0 kilometres). On May 17, 1875, in front of an estimated crowd of 10,000 people, a field of 15 three-year-old horses contested the first Derby. Under jockey Oliver Lewis, a colt named Aristides, who was trained by future Hall of Famer Ansel Williamson, won the inaugural Derby. Later that year, Lewis rode Aristides to a second-place finish in the Belmont Stakes.

Although the first race meet proved a success, the track ran into financial difficulties and in 1894 the New Louisville Jockey Club was incorporated with new capitalization and improved facilities. Despite this, the business floundered until 1902 when Col. Matt Winn of Louisville put together a syndicate of businessmen to acquire the facility. Under Winn, Churchill Downs prospered and the Kentucky Derby then became the preeminent stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses in North America.

Derby participants are limited to three-year-old horses. No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without having raced at age two.

Thoroughbred owners began sending their successful Derby horses to compete a few weeks later in the Preakness Stakes at the Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The three races offered the largest purse and in 1919 Sir Barton became the first horse to win all three races. However, the term Triple Crown didn't come into use for another eleven years. In 1930, when Gallant Fox became the second horse to win all three races, sportswriter Charles Hatton brought the phrase into American usage. Fueled by the media, public interest in the possibility of a "superhorse" that could win the Triple Crown began in the weeks leading up to the derby. Two years after the term was coined, the race, which had been run in mid-May since inception, was changed to the first Saturday in May to allow for a specific schedule for the Triple Crown races. Since 1931, the order of Triple Crown races has been the Kentucky Derby first, followed by the Preakness Stakes and then the Belmont Stakes. Prior to 1931, eleven times the Preakness was run before the Derby. On May 12, 1917 and again on May 13, 1922, the Preakness and the Derby were run on the same day. On eleven occasions the Belmont Stakes was run before the Preakness Stakes.

On May 16, 1925, the first live radio broadcast of the Kentucky Derby was originated by WHAS and was also carried by WGN in Chicago.[8] On May 7, 1949, the first television coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place, produced by WAVE TV, the NBC affiliate in Louisville. This coverage was aired live in the Louisville market and sent to NBC as a kinescope newsreel recording for national broadcast. This broadcast was the first time Zoomar lenses were used on a broadcast TV sports show. On May 3, 1952, the first national television coverage of the Kentucky Derby took place, aired from then-CBS affiliate WHAS-TV.[9] In 1954, the purse exceeded $100,000 for the first time. In 1968 Dancer's Image became the first (and to this day the only) horse to win the race and then be disqualified after traces of phenylbutazone, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug, were found in the horse's urinalysis; Forward Pass won after a protracted legal battle by the owners of Dancer's Image (which they lost). Forward Pass thus became the Eighth winner for Calumet Farm. Unexpectedly, the regulations at Kentucky thoroughbred race tracks were changed some years later, allowing horses to run on phenylbutazone. In 1970 Diane Crump became the first female jockey to ride in the Derby, finishing 15th aboard Fathom.

The fastest time ever run in the Derby (at its present distance) was set in 1973 at 1 minute 59 2/5 seconds when Secretariat broke the record set by Northern Dancer in 1964. Not only has Secretariat's record time stood for 40 years, but in the race itself, he did something unique in Triple Crown races: each successive quarter, his times were faster. Though times for non-winners were not recorded, in 1973 Sham finished second, two and a half lengths behind Secretariat in the same race. Using the thoroughbred racing convention of one length equaling one-fifth of a second to calculate Sham’s time, he also finished in under two minutes. Another sub-two-minute finish, only the third, was set in 2001 by Monarchos at 1:59.97.

The 2004 Derby marked the first time that jockeys, as a result of a court order, were allowed to wear corporate advertising logos on their clothing.
In 2005, the purse distribution for the Derby was changed, so that horses finishing fifth would henceforth receive a share of the purse; previously only the first four finishers did so.

Norman Adams has been the designer of the Kentucky Derby Logo since 2002. On February 1, 2006, the Louisville-based fast-food company Yum! Brands, Inc. announced a corporate sponsorship deal to call the race "The Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands."

In 2007, HM Queen Elizabeth II, on a visit to the United States, joined the racegoers at Churchill Downs.

In 2010 Calvin Borel set a new record, being the first jockey to win 3 out of 4 consecutive Kentucky Derbys.

National Disabled Pets Day

National Disabled Pets Day ought to be called Open Hearts Day because that’s what these furry little people do for us—especially the ones that face disabilities. And when the heart is engaged, life takes on new meaning—while priorities fall into place.

There is something about looking into the eyes of a cat or dog with an injury or frail from old age. We see a reflection of ourselves, the most vulnerable part. Our bodysuits are different, but our need for a little tenderness is the same. The Bard said it best, “The quality of mercy is not strained it droppeth as a gentle rain from heaven" which soothes both the receiver and the giver. For all the harsh judgments people wield against each other, our disabled or elderly animal friends remind us to “get over it already and get on with your life!”

A Lightness of Being
Nor do the animals perceive themselves as disabled. They're just glad to be alive and they never miss an opportunity to tell us as they jump into our arms and shower us with licks or serenade us with purring. We can learn from their perspective--a sense of values and a lightness of being.

Never Giving Up
However down you may feel, the animals "advise" by example not to give up—they certainly did not when they were abandoned on the street; or dropped off at a shelter; and/or when their time was just about up but were rescued from euthanasia. Talk about patience--the cats and dogs waiting for someone to take them home are role models for all of us. They seem to have a sixth sense about victory coming on the heels of the darkest hour.

Have Mercy Baby!
The next time you think about adopting a pet—look for the one that’s older and or has a disability. You’ll learn the most from this furry, wise one because they have the most to teach: A little mercy--it goes a long way toward healing the heart and the entire planet and it's as invigorating as a "fountain of youth."

National Homebrew Day

17th Annual National Homebrew Day. On May 3, thousand of homebrewers from around the world will be brewing the same beers simultaneously in an event known as AHA Big Brew. Each year the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) celebrates this national event on the first Saturday in May. The AHA expects more than 7,000 homebrewers across the globe to participate this year.

The recipes for this year’s AHA Big Brew are Regal Pale Ale (extract, all-grain), Split Open and Melt Imperial Stout (extract, all-grain), Black Dog Lager Shwarzbier (extract, all-grain). All recipes are gold medal winners from last year’s BJCP competition.

You can find a registered event to join in your location, or register your own. Visit AHA’s website for more information.

National Lumpy Rug Day

National Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated May 3. 

While some people think the day is all about carpet, its original tongue-in-cheek intent is more global than homey. Its purpose, according to "Chase's Calendar of Annual Events," is to tease "bigots and trigots for shoving unwelcome facts under the rug." After stowing too many cans of worms under the rug, the description of the holiday says, "defenders of the status quo obtain a new rug high enough to cover the unwanted facts."

Whether you celebrate with a new rug or new views, it's a holiday anyone can embrace.

  1. Peek under the metaphorical rug. Can of worms No. 1: How's your year going? May 3 is close enough to the midway mark to re-evaluate your New Year's resolutions. Have they become good habits by now? If not, are they ideas worth saving, or should you toss them?
  2. Examine your beliefs. Can of worms No. 2: Confront the idea of intolerance. Talk to your children about tolerance, empathy and good citizenship, and how these ideas affect their friendships. Expose them to a new food, type of music or words in another language.
  3. Shake things up. Can of worms No 3: Maybe it is all about the rug. If it's been a while since you've swept under it, lift it up, shake it out and see what lies beneath it. Maybe you'll find a silver lining if those lumps are caused by spare change.
  4. Spruce things up. Can of worms No. 4: Maybe you're happy with the status quo in your life, but your rug has lumps in it. If it's just an old, beat-up rug, Lumpy Rug Day is the perfect excuse to throw it out and shop for a beautiful replacement.
  5. Improvise. Can of worms No 5: These days, not everyone has a rug to sweep things under. If you have wall-to-wall carpet, you can shake the sofa cushions instead. Loose change is always something to celebrate.
National Raspberry Popover Day

The popover is believed to be an American derivative of the English Yorkshire Pudding.  Popovers are light, puffy, breads that fill with air and rise as they bake.  Causing them to ‘popover’ the tops of the baking dish.  The primary ingredients are eggs, flour, and milk.  Flavors (such as raspberries) can be added.  Popovers are a light breakfast food, in my opinions a sort of cross between muffins and pancakes.  They’re light little bit sized muffins, that are eggy and light cooked with steam giving them the taste of a pancake… or even choux pastry.

Last time I tried to make popovers with fruit in them I over cooked them.  This time I baked them a little less, and they came out better, but still not perfect.  I think putting in whole berries ruins the delicate nature of the pastry, so wholes form in the walls of the popover allowing air in and hollowing out the pastry leaving you with a dry, over cooked, crust.   Perhaps a liquid puree or juice added to the batter would be a better flavoring alternative.

National Raspberry Tart Day

Similar to pies, tarts consist of a crust and fruit filling.  They are generally thinner than pies, and have a fluted side crust.

Tart’s were introduced in Medieval Times, and can be savory or sweet.

Fruit Tarts were very popular in 17th century England.

I found very little information on the history of tarts.  I was surprised I thought it would be rich in history.  If anyone knows anything please let me know, I’m curious!
I’m going to assume they are a descendant of pies.  They just don’t have the top peice of crust, so relative that came along well down the road.  Perhaps something deviated during the 14th century creating a difference between tarts and pies.

The Rockland Bakery has a delicious-looking Raspberry Tart I’ve always wanted to try, but it wasn’t in stock today.  So I gave a whirl and quickly making my own Raspberry Tart.  I made it free form.  Not as aesthetically pleasing as the one in the bakery, but it was delicious!

National Scrapbooking Day

Since 1994, the first Saturday in May has been creatively celebrated as “National Scrapbook Day.” There are so many ways to take part in this special day. You can start by visiting our Pinterest Scrapbooking Board for inspiration. Next, find an activity from the “Top Ten Scrapping Activities” listed below from BellaOnline - be sure to visit their site for more info, too! Finally, stop over at our Facebook page and leave us a comment about how you celebrated National Scrapbook Day…we’d love to hear your story!
  1. Attend a crop or scrapbooking party!
  2. Go shopping! There is no better reason to treat yourself to a few new scrapbooking goodies!
  3. Learn a new technique! Sign up for a class at your local scrapbook store or turn to the internet.
  4. Join the BellaOnline Newsletter list! Share it with friends so they can learn more about scrapbooking as well!
  5. Submit your best layouts to magazines! 
  6. Have to be at ball games or other events during National Scrapbook Day? It’s ok, grab some scrapbook idea books or magazines and take them along.
  7. Share your passion for preserving family memories with a non-scrapper!
  8. Try something different! Is there a technique that you have been itching to try? Do all your pages look alike. Get out of the rut and add something new! 
  9. If there aren’t any National Scrapbook Day crops going on close to you consider inviting some friends over to scrap! 
  10. Organize your stash!
Whatever you decide to do today, we hope your day is inspirational, creative and full of fun…..enjoy National Scrapbooking Day!

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day

It’s National Two Different Colored Shoes Day! For 364 days a year, most people wear matching footwear, but today is your excuse to step outside the box.

Dr. Arlene Kaiser created National Two Different Colored Shoes Day to recognize and celebrate human diversity. According to Dr. Kaiser, the simple act of wearing two different colored shoes proclaims your individuality. By taking this “positive risk,” you can demonstrate your willingness to be different, and show your appreciation for the unique people in your life.

Wearing two different colored shoes can be as simple as wearing a black shoe and a brown shoe, or as outrageous as wearing a flip-flop and a boot. However you decide to express yourself today, do so with pride! Happy National Two Different Colored Shoes Day!

Paranormal Day

There are lots of strange holidays and observances and every single day of our year seems to have at least one, maybe more. Paranormal enthusiasts everywhere will have to mark their calendars so they don't forget Paranormal Day this weekend.

Paranormal Day falls on May 3, the 123rd day of the year, which this year happens to be on a Saturday. Celebrate Paranormal Day this weekend by sharing stories with other paranormal enthusiasts. Watch a scary movie or read about your area's haunted history. Go for a drive and explore a location that is rumored to have paranormal activity.

What does paranormal really mean though? The word paranormal is a general term that was first used in 1915. It is used to describe an experience that is outside the range of a normal experience. It is generally used to describe phenomena that science cannot easily explain or measure.

Do you believe in paranormal activity? Have you ever had an experience? Feel free to share a story in the comment section below.

Please remember that many locations require permission to visit or investigate. Most of these places are patrolled by the authorities and trespassers could face fines or possibly even be arrested. Be respectful and always get proper permission when exploring.

Public Radio Day

Thirty-six years ago today, radio listeners nationwide heard the debut of “All Things Considered,” the daily news show that still airs on National Public Radio stations, and is now the third most listened-to radio program in the United States.

NPR itself was less than a month old at the time, having kicked off in April, 1971, with coverage of the Senate hearings on the Vietnam War. 

Since then, the independent, non-profit organization has had its ups and downs, but it’s been up enough to garner its very own day of recognition, National Public Radio Day – which is, of course, today.

NPR was actually created by the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, and went into operation in 1970 with 90 member stations. NPR is owned by member stations, and about a third of the funding for those stations comes from on-air pledge drives. Another third is provided by corporate underwriters, and the rest from government and university grants.

NPR almost went bankrupt in 1983, but a loan from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helped pay off its $7 million debt, and a reorganization that was part of the loan agreement allowed programming that wasn’t actually produced by NPR to use the network for national distribution, increasing the variety in member stations’ programming.

Member stations must be noncommercial or educational, have at least five full-time employees, and operate at least 18 hours a day.

According to the Washington Monthly, about 20 million people (with an average age of 50) now listen to NPR stations every week. 

Ironically, NPR listenership increased from 1999 through 2004 by two-thirds – at the same time commercial radio was losing its audience.

One of those NPR listeners, Matt Perkins, said it was actually commercial radio that drove him to NPR.

“I hate commercials, and NPR doesn’t have any,” said Perkins. “They have underwriters that might get mentioned occasionally by an announcer, but they don’t spend a majority of their time trying to get you to buy something.”

Perkins, who listens to NPR on member station KUAF out of Fayetteville, also appreciates the low-key demeanor of NPR commentators – even though that quality is a source of humor for some who consider the straight-forward NPR speaking style to be a little dry.

“[NPR commentators] aren’t yelling at you all the time,” Perkins said. “You’re not going to hear [NPR host] Diane Rehm broadcasting from a car lot, trying to yell you into buying one.”

Perkins said that with the advent of CD players for vehicles, he doesn’t really listen to the radio very often for musical entertainment. But even when he does, it’s usually on an NPR station.

“A lot of really good folk music shows are on NPR,” he said. “They have nationally touring acts and local acts, so you can actually hear people you know on the air; it’s not all just crappy classical music.”

Mary Kremmer listens to NPR not just for the lack of commercialism, but for the news programming.

“It seems like the most unbiased news you can get, with the possible exception of [British Broadcasting Network],” she said. “And NPR carries BBC, too.”

Dave Rogers is drawn to the left end of the radio dial (which is where most NPR stations are located) because of the repetition he kept running into with commercial radio.

“Listening to commercial radio, you’ll hear the same song three, four times a day, and it gets old,” said Rogers. “But when you listen to NPR, they’re talking about different topics every day. And the older I get, the more interested I am in knowing what’s going on in the world.”

Rogers hasn’t given up on commercial radio yet, but he prefers to listen to NPR when he’s working. 

“I save commercial radio for after-hours,” he said. “But when I’m at work, if I’m not listening to NPR, I’m listening to Fox News.”

World Press Freedom Day

Every year, May 3rd is a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

3 May was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day the UN General Assembly in 1993 following a Recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991.

It serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom - a reminder that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered.

It is a date to encourage and develop initiatives in favour of press freedom, and to assess the state of press freedom worldwide.

It serves as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.

Garden Meditation Day

May 3 is celebrated annually as Garden Meditation Day. This obscure holiday comes as no surprise to avid gardeners, who will readily attest to the calming qualities of gardening.

The bestselling, Oprah-anointed author Eckhart Tolle pointed out in his book "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose" that flowers have the ability to call people to the present moment. The author who also penned "The Power of Now," recommends keeping flowers for their ability to create a bit of a meditative state.  

"The mind is like a garden,” said Jesse Franklin, a Denver-based yoga teacher. “You plant thoughts as seeds in the rich soil of consciousness through the mindful practice of meditation.” 

Franklin's website Yoga for Health and Healing includes guided meditations. Yoga Health and Healing offers a free three day trial membership for sampling guided meditation and yoga videos.

In the garden, meditation can come naturally as gardeners direct their attention to the task at hand. Seemingly mundane activities like pulling weeds or deadheading flowers become transcendent when gardeners focus and relax into a repetitive action, all the while benefiting from the calming aspects of the natural world. 

Increasingly, gardens are designed as places for meditation. The Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado included a therapeutic gardens among their short list of landscape trends for 2010.

“Maintaining your lawn and garden not only makes you popular with your neighbors, it is also beneficial for overall fitness, stress relief and mental tranquility," the ALCC reported. Some gardens, like the one ALCC recently provided for the Anschutz Cancer Pavilion in Aurora, Colorado, are specifically designed to provide a healing environment for patients.

Humankind, according to Tolle, naturally gravitates toward flowers. Below are the opening paragraphs of the wildly popular "A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose."
"Earth, 114 million years ago, one morning just after sunrise: The first flower ever to appear on the planet opens up to receive the rays of the sun. Prior to this momentous event that heralds an evolutionary transformation in the life of plants, the planet had already been covered in vegetation for millions of years."
"The first flower probably did not survive for long, and flowers must have remained a rare and isolated phenomena, since conditions were most likely not yet favorable for a widespread flowering to occur."
"One day, however, a critical threshold was reached, and suddenly there would have been an explosion of color and scent all over the planet--if a perceiving consciousness had been there to witness it. Much later, those delicate and fragrant beings we call flowers would come to play an essential part in the evolution of consciousness of another species. Humans would increasingly be drawn to and fascinated by them."
Beer Pong Day

May 6, 2006 “BEER PONG DAY™” was first organized  at The University of Arizona in Tucson Arizona by Jack Brosseit , Mr Beer Pong™ and Mary Brosseit , Mrs. Beer Pong™ and their oldest daughter during a graduation celebration for their youngest daughter… Miss Beer Pong™.

Beer Pong was obviously Mr. Beer Pong’s™ favorite way to celebrate and have parties because he didn’t like the standing around with the polite chit-chat kind of party…… ……………..BORING. He enjoyed playing games and being active.

Mrs. Beer Pong™ agreed to have beer pong at the event and everyone had such a good time we pledged to continue “BEER PONG DAY™” from there on out on the first Saturday in May every year.

May 5, 2007 was our second annual “BEER PONG DAY™”. We took our game to San Diego and played multiple beer pong games on the beach with old and new friends from all over the country. Because there were people from all over the country we felt a name change was in order since we achieved national exposure thus “NATIONAL BEER PONG DAY™” was born. Our second annual “BEER PONG DAY™” was such a success we knew this event would continue so we were ready to add themes to next years  “NATIONAL BEER PONG DAY™”.

May 3, 2008 was the third annual event but first “NATIONAL BEER PONG DAY™”  and the first year we added a theme. This years event was in celebration of the birthday of Action Jack Brosseit. We had the party in Scottsdale Arizona and beer pong t shirts were printed especially for this event. Multiple beer pong teams celebrated with us including a few teams from Australia so naturally a was again necessary  and this is how “WORLD BEER PONG DAY™” was born.

Our theme that year was “GREEN PONG” because we hoped to raise awareness of global issues and for every one to go green and be green. We dyed the beer green this year especially for this event.

“NATIONAL BEER PONG DAY™” was the biggest event yet , everybody really liked the beer pong t-shirts we gave out and we are so excited to celebrate our Fourth anniversary of the official “WORLD BEER PONG DAY™”.

The Fourth Annual “WORLD BEER PONG DAY ™ will be celebrated on May 2, 2009 with a patriotic theme……”PATRIOTIC PONG”

Our event will be a camping , beer pong week end and a special beer pong tee shirt will be available at our event.

We want to spread the idea of family fun ,and the friendly competition of beer pong around the world. Make your own plans to have a “WORLD BEER PONG DAY™” PARTY in your back yard.

Have your own event and be ready to show off your pride for your country!
Dye your beer, have national or regional foods, have national or regional music, decorate with the colors of your country…….just have FUN and be safe.

At our 2009 celebration we came to realize that beer pong IS played and enjoyed all over the world and for that reason it isn't necessary to call it "WORLD BEER PONG DAY. From now on BEER PONG DAY will be played and celebrated around the world still on the first Saturday in May.

The 5th Annual BEER PONG DAYtm will be recognized and celebrated around the world on May 1, 2010.

This is a milestone in the celebration of this great game and you should put forth extra effort to make it the biggest and best event you can put together for you and your family and friends.

Because of the changes that have taken place in the name we thought20the theme should be "EVOLUTION"

This is not going to be an easy theme to work with but I'm sure there will be some creative ideas, have fun with it and send us some photos.
The game's the same only the name has changed.

Remember “BEER PONG DAY™” only promotes family fun, sportsmanship , safe and responsible beer pong. We do not condone or advocate over consumption or under age consumption of alcohol. “Always play beer pong and all games safely and responsibly”…….Captain Beer Pong