National Pancake Day September 26


The table is set, the batter is mixed, the griddle is hot, and the butter and syrup are ready.  This means you are prepared for National Pancake Day.   This food holiday is observed each year on September 26.

You may not have time to make a pancake breakfast, but that is okay, pancakes make a great dinner as well. Pancakes can be served at any time and with a variety of toppings or fillings from sweet jams and syrups to savory meats and sauces.  

There is archaeological evidence suggesting pancakes are probably the earliest and most widespread breakfast food eaten in prehistoric societies.

Pancakes are also known as flapjacks or hotcakes.


To celebrate National Pancake Day, enjoy one of the following pancake recipes:

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes
Banana and Pecan Pancakes with Maple Butter
Applesauce Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes

Use #NationalPancakeDay to post on social media.


National Pancake Day’s humble beginnings in 2005, originally started as Lumberjack Day. Marianne Ways and Collen AF Venable sought an excuse to eat pancakes and waffles with friends and as it was one week after “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and that theme had been worn out, eating lots of pancakes like a lumberjack seemed a better holiday than ever.

National Johnny Appleseed Day September 26


On National Johnny Appleseed Day, we honor the man who made apple (and pear) trees grow heavy with the bounty of their fruit across most of this country.  On September 26, we commemorate the day of his birth and celebrate his legendary wit, wisdom and enduring story.  

In Fort Wayne, Indiana in Johnny Appleseed Park there is a grave marking the spot where the legendary sower of apple seeds rests. He was born John Chapman on September 26, 1774, in Leominster, Massachusetts to Nathaniel and Elizabeth Simons Chapman. Not much is known about his early life other than his mother died when he was two. His father packed up Johnny and his sister (an infant brother had died the previous year) and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. His father served as a Minuteman and fought at Bunker Hill.

Then in 1797, Chapman shows up in northwestern Pennsylvania propagating his apple seeds and working his way steadily into the frontier of West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and eventually as far west as Illinois and Iowa and as far north as Michigan and Wisconsin.

In his wake, he left orchards and the teachings of Emanuel Swedenborg, a Swedish spiritual leader whose books he would buy with whatever payment he might receive for his endeavors. In turn, Johnny would give the books away as he traveled and planted.

Mostly, though, he planted his seeds and seedlings for free along with his wisdom, his broad-brimmed pasteboard hat keeping the sun from his eyes as he went. Often shoeless, he traveled mostly by foot and sometimes by horseback or canoe. His appearance was nearly as noteworthy as his accomplishments, but so was his kindness. There was always a place at the table if Johnny Appleseed were to come visiting.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Johnny Appleseed Day.

National Situational Awareness Day - September 26


The National Situational Awareness Day is observed annually on September 26th. Situational awareness is the foundation of one’s personal safety since it focuses on being aware and paying attention to your environment. Situational awareness is really just another word for mindfulness and developing it will make you more present in daily activities, which in turn helps you make better decisions in all aspects of life.

This day highlights the importance of using situational awareness skills in everyday life to stay out of harm’s way. Harm may come in the form of walking in front of a moving car or that of an assailant, both of which can happen from any myriad of distractions which cause one not to be aware of the surroundings and situation.

In a dangerous situation, being aware of a threat even seconds before may keep someone safe by giving them time to act instead of reacting. The lack of or inadequate situational awareness has been identified as one of the primary factors in accidents attributed to human error.  Although this skill is lacking in many of modern society, our ancestors used it to great utility to survive. It has been extensively taught for decades to law enforcement and the military, but it is not exclusive to them. Most experts agree that it is the number one skill to learn for the safety of everyone.

For more information, visit the National Day Calendar page for National Situational Awareness Day.

National Compliance Officer Day - September 26NATIONAL COMPLIANCE OFFICER DAY

Overseeing the regulations, policies and procedures of an organization and ensuring it conducts business ethically and legally carries a heavy burden. That’s why on September 26th we are celebrating National Compliance Officer Day.

Businesses, non-profits, and government organizations employ Chief Compliance Officers, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officers, or similar high-pressure positions. These men and women not only oversee these organizations’ policies but also respond to allegations of misconduct and evaluate procedures. They make changes when necessary and collaborate with teams to contribute to making the best decisions for the business to maintain compliance.

Compliance Officers require the ability to understand complex issues and promote ethical behavior in a continually changing environment, often involving a high amount of risk, stress, and a fast-paced schedule. They are responsible for protecting and watching over thousands of employees. They may not have superpowers, but they are all superheroes.

National Dumpling Day September 26


National Dumpling Day is observed annually on September 26th. Dumplings are becoming more popular all the time. They can be served as an appetizer or a part of the main meal. One of the beautiful things about dumplings is that the flavor and shape possibilities are endless.

Dumplings consist of small pieces of dough generally, but not always, wrapped around a filling.  The variety of dumplings is reflected in the many types of ingredients that can be used as well as the method of cooking itself.  Ingredients include flour, potatoes or bread and may include meat, fish, vegetables, or sweets. Popular methods of cooking include boiling, steaming, simmering and even frying. They are often eaten alone but are also popular in soups and stews.


Enjoy some dumplings with your friends or family. Take photos and post them on social media using #NationalDumplingDay.


TMI Food Group submitted National Dumpling Day in April 2015.  The registrar at National Day Calendar declared that National Dumpling Day will be held annually on September 26th in May 2015.

National Shamu the Whale Day September 26


National Shamu the Whale Day is observed annually on September 26.

Shamu is the name that is used in several of the SeaWorld orca shows, and it is the stage name that is given to the “star” of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960s.  Shamu died in 1971. However, the name Shamu was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at various times when performing in Shamu shows in several SeaWorld parks.


  • Female orcas can live to 90 years.  Male orcas can live to 60 years.
  • On average, a killer whale eats 500 pounds a day.
  • Killer whales imitate others and seem to deliberately teach skills to their kin


Look up and view videos of Shamu. Use #ShamuTheWhaleDay to post on social media.


The origin of National Shamu The Whale Day stems from the first surviving baby Shamu born in captivity who was born on September 26, 1985. 

National Voter Registration Day Fourth Tuesday in September


Americans across the nation will celebrate National Voter Registration Day on the fourth Tuesday in September.

More than 300,000 Americans registered to vote in the inaugural National Voter Registration Day of 2012.

There are hundreds of local, state and national organizations that are the driving forces behind National Voter Registration Day, and partner organizations help to coordinate thousands of public events to bring awareness to ballot initiatives, local elections, and voter registration.

For more information, see:


Register to vote and use #VoterRegistrationDay to post on social media.


The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) established the first National Voter Registration Day on September 25, 2012.  In 2014, the NASS established the Fourth Tuesday of September as the official day for National Voter Registration Day.

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