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National Book Lovers Day

August 9th is National Book Lovers Day! So get out and read, buy books, and visit libraries. New York City is the ideal place to observe the day, with its many bookstores and comfortable spots to read, from parks to atriums. If the art of books is your thing, check out exhibits at the Grolier …

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National Lighthouse Day

In honor of the 200th anniversary of the commissioning of the first federal lighthouse, August 7th was designated National Lighthouse Day in 1989. There are beautiful lighthouses in the city where you can observe the holiday, but the most famous is surely Jeffrey’s Hook Light, far better known as “the Little Red Lighthouse” on the …

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National Oyster Day

August 5 is National Oyster Day and New York City is the most perfect and poetic place to celebrate! After all, oysters play a crucial role in the city’s commercial and culinary history, having shucked and served six-million of them during the 19th century, when the Big Apple was still “the Big Oyster” and the …

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World Day Against Child Labour

June 12 was designated World Day Against Child Labour by the International Labour Organization in 2002. The effort to raise awareness and prevention of child labour internationally is regulated by the United Nations and recalls some of the most dreadful images of children’s plight recorded by Jacob Riis, while continuing to concentrate on today’s child …

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Ascension Day

The 39th day after Easter Sunday is Ascension Day, the day on which the Christian religion states Christ ascended into Heaven from the Mount of Olives. It officially closes the Easter season which opened with the grand promenade on Fifth Avenue over five weeks earlier, decked in bonnets and finery. The more solemn Ascension Day …

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National Scavenger Hunt Day

As scavenger hunts have enhanced in popularity from a weekend party game to a way to promote corporate team building and bonding, May 24 has been named National Scavenger Hunt Day. In a complex city like New York, there are many ways to engage in a scavenger hunt and many companies that sponsor hunts. Watson …

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Armed Forces Day

The 3rd Saturday of May was declared Armed Forces Day by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson in 1949. The first time the day was observed, 33,000 participants joined the parade in New York City. In 1952, the New York Times wrote “It is our most earnest hope that those who are in positions of peril, …

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International Nurses’ Day

Since 1974, May 12 has been declared International Nurses’ Day in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale. In a city that depends on so many top flight hospitals, from the Montefiore Medical Center, to Elmhurst Hospital, to the University Hospital of Brooklyn, to Richmond University Medical Center, to the legendary Bellevue, New Yorkers have …

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National Train Day

In 2008, Amtrak launched National Train Day as a way to celebrate railway travel and raise awareness of its glories. Though the observance was officially discontinued last year, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate independently. Enjoy a jaunt to Grand Central Terminal or the New York City Transit Museum in Brooklyn and bask in the …

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National Day of Prayer

Established in 1952 by President Truman, the National Day of Prayer has been consistently held on the first Thursday of May since the 1980’s. Although every past honorary chair of the NDP organizing team has been a Protestant Christian and the official National Prayer written by former chair Anne Graham Lotz explicitly mentions Christian doctrine …

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