April - Best Unusual and Fun Holiday Celebrations
Look - It's April!
April 1 Should Be Fun
April is National Humor Month and it should be loaded with fun things to do and healthy laughter.
April 1 - This will forevermore be known as Craig Ferguson and Drew Carey Day. On this day in 2014, the two stars swapped TV programs. Ferguson, his robot Geoff Peterson, and his horse sidekick Secretariat took over The Price Is Right. Mr. Carey hosted The Late Late Show on CBS that night. I hope that these shows became available on DVD, or at least the CBS homepage and/or YouTube.
Geoff Peterson Loves April 1st!
You may recall that Craig Ferguson as Mr. Wick and Carey as an HR Representative in a Cleveland, Ohio Department store were married for a short time on "The Drew Carey Show" in a Green Card scam. The cast and crew loved the show as much as their dedicated viewing audience did!
Drew Carey Likes April 1stClick thumbnail to view full-size
Secretariat Runs a Horse Race
In 2015, Secretariat joined Craig Ferguson on his "Hot and Grump Comedy Tour."
Don't Be Cruel
So, instead of playing some cruel prank that hurts or humiliates someone, switch TV shows with a friend! -- Or, wouldn't it be fun to swap workplaces with someone for a few hours? A few work sites allow the boss to change positions with an employee for a day, so it might be fun! Coincidentally, I was just informed that April 1 is also Fun At Work Day, so these ideas all come together well.
If you can think of other fun and entertaining things to do on April 1, please list them in the Comments below.
April 1 is also One Penny Day. -- Does anything cost a single cent anymore? A few small town Ohio markets still have some penny candy, so if you can find one, that will be an experience to discuss.
Don't Be Cruel on April Fool's Day
April is a Month of Fun
April is also National Poetry Month and many poetry and literacy organizations run poetry contests ruing the month. In addition, the first week of April is also National Library, Karaoke, and Read A Map Week -- Perhaps somewhere, a librarian with a sense of humor is having a karaoke afternoon where participants sing from road maps.
April 2 - World Autism Awareness Day -- The activities planned in diverse organizations for this day are fun and uplifting. Progress is being made in autism research and we have the attentive and dedicated parents to than for that. They provide information to the researchers that help devise new methods of management and prevention of disorders along the Autism Spectrum.
It happens to be Ferret Day as well. Ferrets are cute and entertaining, but have fewer memes than Internet Cats.
Perhaps somewhere, a librarian with a sense of humor is having a karaoke afternoon where participants sing from road maps.
Legends of Hockey: Wayne Gretzky
April is Special
We could call April 2 Wayne Gretzky Day as well, because in 1980, the hockey star became the first teenager to score 50 goals in one season.
This is also the day in 1513 that Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in what became Florida. Looking for the Fountain of Youth, the explorer cleared the way for St. Augustine, the oldest continually settled community in the USA' although he died at only 47 years of age. The city's 450th Anniversary is in 2015, with a whole year of celebrations!
For those who love trivia, April 2, 1870 saw a woman announce her candidacy for the 1872 for the US Presidential Election: Victoria Woodhull. This Ohioan's platform included Women's Suffrage and and she ran for office as a member of the Equal Rights Party. Thereafter, she became a spiritualist medium and a partner in the first woman-owned stock brokerage house.
April 2 - St. Augustine and Ponce de Leon
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
Mustang Sally, think you better slow your mustang down.
You been running all over the town now.
Oh! I guess I'll have to put your flat feet on the ground.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.
All you want to do is ride around Sally, ride, Sally, ride.— From "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett
April 3 - The US Pony Express was founded on this day in 1860. In 1882, the bandit Jesse James was killed by the "Notorious Coward Robert Ford", as he was referred to in a stage play of the time and a modern day movie.
April 4 - Back in 1983, American astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. Her special wake up song on the flight was Mustang Sally. She rode on the space shuttle Challenger, which was destroyed just three years later by an explosion in the air during early 1986. Sally and some of the final Challenger astronauts were all recruited into the NASA astronaut corps by Nichelle Nichols, the original Lt. Uhuru of Star Trek®. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. convinced Nichelle not to quit the TV show and she went on to impact the future of the American Space Program.
April 5 - In 1987, Married With Children first aired on the Fox Network. A Married With Children theme party would be a blast! In 2015, the date is Easter Sunday.
April 6 - Tartan Day. This year, I'll look up both the Scottish and Irish tartans I can wear. If you have ancestors from the UK, you may have a family tartan or two.
April 7 - In 1987, the National Museum of the Female Physician opened for the first times in Washington DC and back in 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) was founded.Oddly, I can find no address for the museum and think it may have been absorbed by some other agency.
This is also International Snailpapers Day, a day in which to celebrate print newspapers. According to Job Slattery ( A Freelance Journalist Writing From the UK), the celebration was named by blogger Dan Bloom. Mr. Bloom's Blogger page is sadly no longer in existence. Regardless, read a newspaper today, cut coupons, read the sports scores, and laugh at the comics.
April 8 - Draw a Bird Picture Day.
April 10 - In 1981, Ringo Starr's film Caveman opened. In 1866, the ASPCA was founded to prevent animal cruelty; it's also National Farm Animals Day, so we can celebrate our animal friends today.
April 11 - It is National Pet Day and you may find some pet parades or pet costume contests in your town. This day is also Barber Shop Quartet Day and the opposite, Day of Silence, take your pick.
April 12 - Another one of my favorite occasions, April 12 is Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day across the nation. It is also International Day of Human Space Flight, recalling the first human in space, USSR's Yuri Gagarin. I wonder if Grilled Cheese has ever been enjoyed in space?
April 13 - This could be Xtreme Ping Pong Day -- April 13, 1979 saw the longest doubles match end after a full 101 hours of play.
April 15 - It's National Library Day (Bookmobile Day in the 16th) and the libraries will have fun activities to do and see. However, it's also take a Wild Guess Day, if you don't want to look up an answer.
April 16 - On this day in 1775, the Colonial patriot Paul Revere (silversmith) rode from Charlestown to Lexington MA to warn everyone of the British troops soon to come. William Dawes (tanner, making complete suits of skins) and Dr. Samuel Prescott helped Revere spread the word in time. Historians have discovered that dozens of other men helped in this task. The African-American Wentworth Cheswell (soldier in the Revolution, local elected official, and archaeologist) and at least one woman also worked in this event, according to David Hackett Fischer (see book below).
April 17 - Bat Appreciation Day. Do you like bats? Cincinnati has an impressive Nocturnal House full of many varieties of bats and other animals that come out at night. Near the entrance is a statue commemorating the world's last passenger pigeon, Martha, who lived in the zoo for 29 years. A fruit company was named after her and she has visited other zoos in her taxidermy state. Otherwise, she stays at the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of Natural History's bird collection. Kid's could draw Martha's picture on Draw a Bird Day earlier in the month.
April 18 - Ham Radio Day. Amateur radio is a lot of fun, with meetings and on-air events.
April 19 - Record Shop Day. Does your city still have a store that sells vinyl records? We have one interesting shop called Lost Weekend, plus a few in The Ohio State University District. Baltimore has the Sound Garden, a great record shop with live entertainment.
Cincinnati Bats and Night Animals
April 20 - Wisconsin Territory Day - In 1836, the Wisconsin Territory became official. In 1935, Your Hit Parade began broadcasting on the radio.; in 1974, Beatle alum George Harrison sang The Lumberjack Song with Monty Python. In 1992, the World's Fair, EXPO 92, opened in Seville, Spain.
April 21 - In 1956, Heartbreak Hotel, sung by Elvis Presley, became Number One.
April 22 - In 1793, President George Washington attended the opening of first circus in the USA: Rickett's Circus.
April 23 - World Book Night. This is the evening when volunteers give away thousands of books to people they meet on the street and in shops. It's also Talk Like Shakespeare Day, so the two activities could be combined. April 23 is also Impossible Astronaut Day, the day that the eponymous episode of Doctor Who aired in 2013 to begin a new season in the UK.
April 24 - On this day in 1800, the US Library of Congress formed. Hersheypark in Pennsylvania was founded, initially for Hersey chocolate employees only, on this date.
April 25 - Auto Tags Day? -- The State of NY first required license plates on automobiles on this day in 1901. It is definitely DNA Day the day in 1953 on which scientists identified DNA. Sixty years later, we were already dabbling in designer babies and needing psychologists to act as DNA (more like eugenics) consultants.
Space Tourism - April 28 and 29
April 26 - Eeyore's Birthday. Celebrate with a Winnie the Pooh theme party. One of our local libraries has a kid's party day for this event.
April 27 - In 1937, the first Social Security payment was provided to a retiree. In 1953, pro wrestler Fred Blassie first said, "Pencil-Neck Geek." Later, he sang a song about it.
April 28 - In 1966, The Sound of Music won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
April 29 - Mars Or Bust! On April 28-29, 2001 the wealthy Dennis Tito became the world's first aerospace tourist with help from the Russian Space Agency. For 2018, he is behind a project to send a married couple to Mars in the year 2018, ahead of all other Mars projects: NASA, private companies, Russia, Buzz Aldrin, and a Dutch Mission to Mars project: Mars One.
April 30 - Bugs Bunny Day. This is my favorite cartoon character. Kids can have an uproarious time with a Loony Tunes theme party. My first and second grade Halloween costume for school was Bugs Bunny and the material - even the mask - was so comfortable, I wore it all day until bedtime both years. Coincidentally, this is also the day of the spring festival of Walpurgis Night, which occurs six months after Halloween in parts of Europe and on the eve of May Day. In England, it is named for St. Walpurga, patron saint of sailors and those caught in storms at sea.
© 2014 Patty Inglish
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