SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 | NATIONAL TAILGATING DAY | NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY | NATIONAL V-J DAY | NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPSICLE DAY
NATIONAL TAILGATING DAY
We know it’s autumn by the colors and scents of the season. Most notably, those colors are related to our favorite football teams and the smells of grilling burgers and brats at our tailgate parties. That’s why we recognize the first Saturday in September as National Tailgating Day!
Tailgating is the custom of gathering outside the stadium before the game with fans of the same team for food, beverages and socializing. Gatherings often take place at the tailgate of a pickup truck or the trunk of a car, but neither are required. Grilling and beer are staples of the tailgate party, though chili competitions and recipe challenges are not out of the question. Come hungry!
The original tailgate is unknown. Many teams take pride in claiming this title, as they should. Some writers have suggested the many observers in attendance at the Battle of Bull Run at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 with their picnic baskets and bottles of claret to be the very first tailgaters of all time. Perhaps.
Tailgating does center around the sport of football. While football has its roots in the game of rugby, it is generally accepted that the first football game in United States history was on November 6, 1869, between Rutgers and Princeton Universities. Fans arrived early to enjoy each others company and some food.
Much like building a community, tailgating hearkens back to a time when pioneering villages would come together to raise the framework of a building. Often followed by a large meal and perhaps a sporting competition of sorts, these harvest traditions were looked forward to year after year.Those who tailgate come back every year,
Those who tailgate come back every year, weekend after weekend. Couples have met, families have grown, bonds have been forged, all
through the community of tailgating.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Put on your team colors, bring your game face, whip up your best batch of jalapeno poppers and get outside to watch your favorite team play this weekend! Use #NationalTailgatingDay to post on social media.
Post your tailgating pics on one of Tailgating Challenge’s social media pages:
Luke Lorick president of Tailgating Challenge founded National Tailgating Day as a way to share his passion for the sport of tailgating. The Registrar at National Day Calendar approved the day in 2016. Tailgating Challenge is one of the largest tailgating companies in the world, and Lorick sees every day the joy and friendships tailgating brings to many Americans. To learn more about Tailgating Challenge visit the website at www.tailgating-challenge.com.
NATIONAL COLLEGE COLORS DAY
Across the United States students, parents, family, fans and alumni observe National College Colors Day. This day is celebrated annually by wearing your college team’s colors and college or university apparel.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Wear your college colors. Use #CollegeColorsDay to post on social media and spread the word.
National College Colors Day was founded by the College Licensing Company in 2004.
NATIONAL V-J DAY
National V-J Day (Victory over Japan Day) is observed annually across the country each year on September 2. The announcement of Japan’s surrender to the Allies during World War II was made on August 15, 1945. On September 2, 1945, the signing of the surrender document occurred, which was the official ending of World War II.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #NationalVJDay to post on social media and spread the word about this important historical day. Post photos of friends and family who served in World War II to remind us of the great sacrifices that were made to maintain our freedom.
The formal signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender took place on board of the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. At that time President Truman declared September 2 to be the official V-J Day. However, over the years, many citizens of the United States have celebrated August 14 as V-J Day in conjunction with the European observation on August 15th. The announcement that Japan had surrendered was on August 15th in Europe. However, due to the time difference, it was still August 14th in the USA.
NATIONAL BLUEBERRY POPSICLE DAY
National Blueberry Popsicle Day is observed annually on September 2nd. Whether you decide to purchase a box of blueberry-flavored Popsicles or make your own, it’s sure to be a tasty treat!
Popsicles were invented in 1905 by an 11-year old boy named Frank Epperson. One day he left a glass of a fruit-flavored drink with a stirring stick on his porch. When he woke the next morning, unusually frigid temperatures froze beverage solid – hence the beginning of the Popsicle!
HOW TO OBSERVE
Get yourself a blueberry Popsicle and use #BlueberryPopsicleDay to post on social media.
We have been unable to determine the origins of National Blueberry Popsicle Day.
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