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National Life Insurance Day

Insurance is one of the top four biggest industries in New York City (the other three being banking, real estate, and of course tourism). And some of the grandest, most beautiful, most majestic buildings on the skyline are insurance company headquarters. So New York City is the perfect place to observe National Life Insurance Day. …

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National Audubon Day

In honor of the birth of the birth of the great ornithologist, naturalist, and painter, John James Audubon, April 26 has been designated National Audubon Day. If a pair of binoculars and a quiet day identifying birds in the wild is your favorite way to celebrate, we recommend heading to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge …

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Earth Day

Since 1970, April 22 has been celebrated by environmentalists everywhere as Earth Day. Now observed in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is the biggest environmental event in the world. New York City has been named by several organizations the greenest and most sustainable place in the U.S. This statistic may surprise many (who might …

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National Ferris Wheel Day

February 14th, in honor of the birthday of George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., is National Ferris Wheel Day! Ferris created his first wheel for the Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. New York’s most famous wheel is, of course, the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island. But there have been on-again/off-again plans for a new and …

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Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 21 was declared Squirrel Appreciation Day in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove, who says celebration can take any form from leaving out extra food for squirrels to learning something new about the species. In the green spaces of New York City, squirrels live so close to their human neighbors that they …

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National Pharmacist Day

January 12 is National Pharmacist Day and focuses not just on the profession itself, but its evolution from a simple dispensary in an apothecary shop to a university-trained medical professional. As one advocate says, “Pharmacists help us feel so much better, and only ever see us at our worst.” But part of the charm of …

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National Trivia Day

It’s no secret that, here at Beautiful New York, we love trivia! So, on January 4, we celebrate National Trivia Day. Whether we’re publishing questions on Trivia Tuesday, or sharing fun facts while guiding tours of New York City (including the old Toy Center neighborhood where some of our fellow tour guides worked as card …

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Global Family Day

Originally dubbed “One Day of Peace”, January 1 was promoted as Global Family Day in the late 1990’s by peace activist and writer Linda Grover. Acknowledging that the world in which we live is chaotic and fast-paced (adjectives that can certainly be applied to New York City), and that families often find themselves spending more …

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St. Stephen’s Day

December 26 is the Feast of St. Stephen, the observance best remembered in modern culture in the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas”. An official holiday in Ireland, the commemoration of the first Christian martyr is worth marking in any culture that has a sizable Catholic population, which New York certainly does. If you would like …

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Pancha Ganapati Begins

Today is the first day of Pancha Ganapati, the 5-day Hindu celebration of family, harmony, repentance, forgiveness, and gifts. Not common in eastern Hinduism, the holiday was established by a westerner in 1985, determined to bring Hindu culture and values further to light in the west. With each day represented by a different color and …

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