In just under two weeks is National Tax Day (April 15), & while some people may be looking forward to their upcoming refunds, others who are not expecting money from the IRS hopefully are on their way to finishing all their tax forms & preparing / have already prepared their tax contribution to the government. For those of us who are dreading this deadline, what can lift our spirits? Well, apparently there are a number of holidays between now & Tax Day to observe, whether as a distraction, or a way to celebrate potentially finish our taxes early! & by the way, I intentionally left out “National Deep Dish Pizza Day” on April 5 because New York Pizza is actually pizza while deep dish “pizza” is a casserole. :P
& if you haven’t heard yet, on April 7 is the first Multi Vendor Flea Market of 2019 (rain date April 14), another distraction from or way to celebrate finishing your taxes, so feel free to join us! :D
* Holiday descriptions courtesy of National Today.
April 6: New Beer’s Eve
Once upon a time, the beer lovers of the United States were very sad. The government ratified the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, banning all intoxicating liquors, including beer, beginning the period of American history we now know as Prohibition. However, in 1933, the government saw the light and President Roosevelt ended Prohibition. The date was April 7, so now we celebrate New Beer’s Eve each year on April 6! So grab a beer and toast to your ability to drink it!
April 7: National Beer Day
On April 7, 1933, President Roosevelt took the major first step toward ending Prohibition and signed a law allowing people to brew and distribute beer in the United States. Upon signing the legislation, FDR famously stated, “I think this would be a good time for a beer.” For the first time in thirteen years, beer drinkers celebrated and were happy to be able to purchase beer again. On that same day, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed, inspiring the holiday celebrated today. For all you beer lovers out there – remember, always drink responsibly and never drink and drive. So, take a toast with us by celebrating National Beer Day on April 7, Cheers!
April 8: National Empanada Day
Even if you’ve never tried empanadas, there’s a good chance you’ve had one of their distant (and delicious) cousins. Originally from Galicia, Spain, empanadas now exist in over 30 countries in some shape or form. The name comes from “empanar”, which means “to bread” in Spanish and Portuguese. But some historians argue that the true meaning is “Can I have another?” That might not be a historical fact, but we can keep the spirit alive when National Empanada Day comes rolling in on April 8!
April 11: National Pet Day
If you consider your pet a member of the family, you are definitely not alone—six out of ten pet owners feel the same way! In fact, two-thirds of Americans have pets and the ASPCA estimates that there are 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats owned in the U.S alone. Fish, birds, gerbils, and turtles are not far behind too. There is one thing fur-sure—Americans truly love pets and National Pet Day is the purr-fect excuse to obsess over our furry, feathery, or scaly friends on April 11!
April 13: National Scrabble Day
April 13 is the day Scrabble inventor Alfred Mosher Butts was born. He gave the world an iconic board game now played all over the world. Today, more than seven decades later, we live for “Triple Word Scores”! Not to mention, the strategic use of those mysterious blank tiles. Time to lift the lid on that game box, pick out your first seven letters, and begin! Don’t forget the Scrabble Dictionary. We don’t want any squabbles — which, by the way, happens to be a valuable Scrabble word (21 points)! It’s time to C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E one of the world’s most iconic board games.
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