The hot air balloon is the oldest form of flight technology used for carrying humans, following the first manned flight in 1783. The balloon itself consists of an envelope, which is used to contain the hot air, and a gondola, where passengers and a means of creating hot air are typically housed. The heated air inside the envelope has a lower density than that of the cold air outside, and this causes the balloon to rise. Hot Air Balloon Day is an annual celebration that marks the impact hot air balloons have had on travel and leisure.
Although out of the reach of many, the most common means of celebrating Hot Air Balloon Day is to take a hot air balloon ride. Although not ideal for those that are afraid of heights, or flying, there are companies and hot air balloon owners that offer special deals for these celebratory flights.
When : Always the first Friday in June
National Doughnut Day honors the Salvation Army "Lassies" of WWI. It is also used as a fund raiser for needy causes of the Salvation Army.
The original Salvation Army Doughnut was first served by Salvation Army in 1917. During WWI, Salvation Army "lassies" were sent to the front lines of Europe. These brave volunteers made home cooked foods, and provided a morale boost to the troops. Often, the doughnuts were cooked in oil inside the of the metal helmet of an American soldier. The American infantrymen were commonly called doughboys. Salvation Army lassies were the only women outside of military personnel allowed to visit the front lines. Lt. Colonel Helen Purviance is considered the Salvation Army's "first doughnut girl".
On National Doughnut Day, look to see if your local doughnut shop, or other organizations, are offering free donuts to solicit donations for the Salvation Army or for another needy cause. If you find them, please be generous.
Note: The word "Doughnut" is often shortened to ""Donut. So, if you see the term National Donut Day, its the same day.
National Gingerbread Day is a special day to celebrate all things gingerbread. This delicious treat has been around for centuries and can be enjoyed in many different ways. Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate National Gingerbread Day:
1. Make your own gingerbread house or cookies! The possibilities are endless when it comes to gingerbread houses, so get creative and have fun with it. If you’re not feeling up to making a whole house, try your hand at some delicious gingerbread cookies instead.
2. Head to your nearest bakery or coffee shop and enjoy a warm cup of gingerbread latte or tea. Yum! There’s nothing quite like the taste of warm spices mixed with sweet vanilla flavorings.
3 Finally, why not end the day by enjoying a big slice of fresh gingerbread cake? This is definitely one dessert that will leave you feeling satisfied and happy all night long National Ginger bread day may only come once a year, but we think it’s worth celebrating every single time