To make up for school starting, the gods of strange holidays deemed the Saturday before Labor Day as a time for an international celebration of bacon (except, of course, where such a celebration could be considered offensive), but that isn’t all September has to offer, so whip up some fried pork and start marking your calendars with a little help from Laura Turner Garrison at Mental Floss.
September 3rd: National Skyscraper Day
Celebrate Labor Day by honoring the labor of the construction workers and engineers who built the world’s modern architectural wonders. One European real estate data company defines a skyscraper as at least 330 feet, while in the United States a building starts to qualify around 500 feet. But, really, any building that towers above its skyline can count if you’re looking to do some gazing in your hometown. If you want to take this holiday international, the tallest building in the world is actually the Burj Khalifa in Dubai – standing at a staggering 2,723 feet.
September 4th: Eat an Extra Dessert Day
You may have observed this holiday a little early on Labor Day, but go ahead and indulge those residual gluttonous impulses because this holiday gives you the green light. That leftover pie isn’t going to eat itself, so really, it’s the least you can do.
September 9th: National Grandparents Day
Founder Marian McQuade wanted to set aside a special day not only for the lonely elderly, but also to encourage grandchildren to “tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents provide.” President Jimmy Carter was so on board with this initiative, he made the first Sunday after Labor Day an official national holiday to honor grandmas and grandpas across the country. To this day, the President continues to get in on the action – here’s Barack Obama’s official proclamation from last year. If he can make time, then you definitely have no excuse!
Full story at Mental Floss.
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