February 20, 2017 – NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY – NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY – PRESIDENTS DAY

FEBRUARY 20 – NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY – NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY – PRESIDENTS DAY

NATIONAL LOVE YOUR PET DAY

On February 20th, pet lovers everywhere observe National Love Your Pet Day.  This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets.  This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your pets.

Did you know that most households in the United States have at least one pet?  In the United States, dogs are slightly more popular than cats, but not by much.  Pets are not limited to the canine and feline categories.  There are quite a few who prefer the companionship of birds, reptiles, fish or rats.  Whoever your pet companion is, we are sure you will enjoy spending a little extra time with them on National Love Your Pet Day and reap the benefits, as well such as stress relief and lower blood pressure.  So on February 20 (and every day) show your appreciation to your pets!

HOW TO OBSERVE

Bring your pet a special treat, take an extra long walk or give them more attention on National Love Your Pet Day.  Whatever you decide to do, spoil and appreciate your pets!  Use #NationalLoveYourPetDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Love Your Pet Day.

NATIONAL CHERRY PIE DAY

Some pie lovers will be eating their favorite pie on February 20 during National Cherry Pie Day. Whether they eat it for breakfast, lunch or supper or a slice at every meal depends on just how much they love cherry pie!

It seems only right that we celebrate the cherry pie so close to Presidents Day as we all know the story (albeit untrue) of President George Washington and the cherry tree.  Cherries were, however, one of his favorite foods.    

According to the American Pie Council, the pie came to America with the first English settlers.  The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffyns” like the crust in England.  As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but just designed to hold the filling during baking.  It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of “coffyn”.

In the United States, cherry pie is often referred to as a “great American dish”.  Recipe books have many different versions of recipes for cherry pie.  

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try making your own cherry pie using one of these delicious recipes:   

Cherry Pie
Fresh Cherry Pie
Perfect Cherry Pie
Baked Fresh Cherry Pie

Not much of a baker?  Stop by your favorite bakery or take a friend out for a slice of cherry pie and cup of coffee.  Use #NationalCherryPieDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Cherry Pie Day.

PRESIDENTS DAY

Presidents Day is a federal holiday which, in the United States, is observed on the third Monday in February.

This day is set aside, by more and more of America’s population, to honor all of the past United States Presidents that have served our country.  Two of our nation’s greatest Presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, are brought to mind as we celebrate this day.  Their birth dates, which fall close to this same time, have been celebrated for decades and always will be.

Presidents Day is celebrated with public ceremonies in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #President’sDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The origin of Presidents Day lay in the 1880s when the birthday of George Washington was celebrated as a federal holiday.  In 1968, Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Bill, which moved a number of federal holidays to Mondays.  During the debate on the bill, it was proposed to have George Washington’s birthday be renamed Presidents Day to honor the birthdays of both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  Washington’s birthday is February 22nd and Lincoln’s birthday is February 12th.  Although Abraham Lincoln’s birthday was celebrated in many states, it was never an official federal holiday. Following much discussion, Congress rejected the name change. However, after the bill went into effect in 1971, Presidents Day became the commonly accepted name.

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