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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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Ellis Island Family History Day

Since 2001, April 17 has been officially proclaimed Ellis Island Family History Day and honors the extraordinary positive contributions of immigrants to our nation, our culture, and our world. The date was chosen because it was on this day in 1907 that the Ellis Island Immigration Processing Center had its single busiest day ever, processing …

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Titanic Remembrance Day

On April 15, we acknowledge the anniversary of history’s most legendary peacetime tragedy at sea. The 1,503 people who died in the North Atlantic that night in 1912 were bound for Chelsea Piers in New York City. To this day, Gotham is filled with memorials and historic connections to the sinking, including the lighthouse at …

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National Tartan Day

Although their neighbors from across the Irish Sea get a lot more publicity, the celebrants of Scottish heritage throw quite a shindig in New York on National Tartan Day. While the Tartan Day Parade is traditionally held on the weekend (this year, it will be on April 8th), the official day is April 6th in …

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