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Sunday, July 11, 2010We’re celebrating Americana: things “relating to America, esp. to its history, culture, and geography.” July 4th isn’t the only celebration of America this month, it also happens to be National Blueberry Month, National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month! If that doesn’t bring to mind visions of summer picnics, then add these dates into the equation -- National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, Barbershop Music Appreciation Day is on the 13th, and the 22nd is Hammock Day. A proper summer day in the U-S-of-A....hammocks, fried chicken and ice cream!
Speaking of picnics, July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic Day, if you’d like to have a theme for your outdoor celebrations. That much-loved American icon Walt Disney gives us two reasons to celebrate in July— the 82nd anniversary of the premiere of Mickey Mouse’s first animated short, “Steamboat Willie” on July 29, 1928 and the anniversary of Disneyland’s opening on July 17, 1955 in Anaheim, California. Celebrate anywhere, maybe even with the Teddy Bears, (while wearing a Disney costume?).
If you’d like to commemorate some controversial Early American history, you can dress like a Civil War soldier on the 22nd to recognize the act of Congress that restored the citizenship, posthumously, of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in 1975 (very posthumously!). Or you can dress in American colonial garb to honor the 26th of July, when Benjamin Franklin became the first Postmaster General in 1775.
And nothing is more American than Baseball, so celebrate the anniversary of Mickey Mantle’s first Grand Slam in 1952 on July 26th by wearing a baseball uniform. Wow – you can celebrate Mickey Mouse AND Mickey Mantle in the same month!