THE HOLIDAY: Buffalo Soldiers Day is observed annually on July 28th. This day commemorates the formation in 1866 of the first regular Army regiments comprising African-American soldiers. “Buffalo Soldiers” (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) were established by Congress as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army. More
THE ARTIST: Ky Betts
THE HOLIDAY: Scotch whisky, often simply called Scotch, is malt whisky or grain whisky made in Scotland. Scotch whisky must be made in a manner specified by law. All Scotch whisky was originally made from malted barley. Commercial distilleries began introducing whisky made from wheat and rye in the late 18th century. Scotch whisky is divided into five distinct categories: single malt Scotch whisky, single grain Scotch whisky, blended malt Scotch whisky (formerly called “vatted malt” or “pure malt”), blended grain Scotch whisky, and blended Scotch whisky. More
THE ARTIST: Lauren Derlin Snodgrass
THE HOLIDAY: You can be certain that today is going to be a great day… if you sew. Thread the Needle Day certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term "thread the needle", is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. More
THE ART: So this month I took Thread the Needle Day literally and picked up some embroidery for the 1st time in years. I recently heard my son’s friends using the expression WTFluff, so it all seemed to come together perfectly. — Terri Fry Kasuba
THE HOLIDAY: In stark contrast to other orders they may receive from you at times, kids most likely jump at the opportunity when they are told to "Go Play!" Surprisingly though, we should be telling ourselves to do the same thing! Somewhere along the road between childhood and adulthood, we restrain our imaginations, stifle our abilities to play in joyful abandon and turn in our "fun" caps for "responsibility" caps. More
THE ARTIST: Yolandi Oosthuizen
THE HOLIDAY: Celebrated on the anniversary of the 1925 conviction of John Scopes for teaching evolution. More
THE ART: Usually the sign states "Do Not Feed the Animals", but today is different… Stop by the Philadelphia Zoo, pick up your monkey and take 'em to lunch! Not sure where to go that is pet - I mean monkey - friendly? Well, here are some suggestions. Undecided? Perhaps consult Survey Monkey and dig in. — Steve DeCusatis
THE HOLIDAY: The International Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20, the day the International Chess Federation (FIDE) was founded, in 1924. The idea to celebrate this day as the international chess day was proposed by UNESCO, and it has been celebrated as such since 1966, after it was established by FIDE. More
THE ARTIST: Brad Albright
THE HOLIDAY: Yellow Pig Day originated in the 1960s when two math students from Princeton spent time obsessively analyzing the number 17. They went a little crazy and decided to invent the concept of a yellow pig with 17 toes and 17 teeth. Now Yellow Pig Day (July 17th) is an important part of the academic calendar and is celebrated with cake, carols, and general revelry.
THE ART: Yellow Pig Day is a daily collaborative art project celebrating the United States' wide array of bizarre national holidays. Each day is randomly assigned to an artist who creates whatever they want based off of that theme. It could be a painting, drawing, photo, sculpture, animation, movie, photoshopped collage, sketchbook drawing—anything at all! Whatever the end result may be, it will be posted to this site for all to enjoy. So, enjoy!
Thank you to all of the artists who have participated in Yellow Pig Day so far! Looking forward to celebrating more ridiculous holidays together.
THE HOLIDAY: It’s National Gummi Worm Day! These yummy candies were created by the German company Trolli in 1981. Did you know that gummi worms were not the first “gummis” made? That’s right—another familiar candy, the gummi bear, was invented about 60 years before the worm. More
THE ART: I made this "stained glass" bird out of melted gummi worms and puffy paint. — Karen Onorato
THE HOLIDAY: Author, naturalist, philosopher, historian, tax resister, abolitionist, development critic, surveyor, and leading transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817. National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in his honor. Thoreau was an advocate for living a life of simplicity. More
THE ARTIST: Julie Wilson
THE HOLIDAY: In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is 'Investing in teenage girls.' More
THE ARTIST: Margaret Murphy
THE HOLIDAY: Ever just feel like being an adult is too much of a hassle? Come join us in reliving the good old days where your only worries were whether or not you could keep the crayon in the lines of your coloring book. We’re going to give you all the supplies you need to transport you back to your old arts and crafts classes and relieve yourself of all the yucky adult stress. More
THE ARTIST: Dave Szalay
THE HOLIDAY: Bikini Day is the anniversary of the invention of the bikini in 1946 by a Parisian fashion designer, Louis Reard. The goal of this holiday is to get to the closest beach, or find some cheap travel deals to the Philippines, Bali, Hawaii or anywhere with lots of beach, and spend the day in your bikini! More
THE ART: The name bikini was coined in 1946 by Louis Réard, the designer of the popular swimsuit that we celebrate today. He named the swimsuit after the island Bikini Atoll, where testing on the atomic bomb was taking place. Fashion designer Jacques Helm re-released a similar design earlier that same year, the Atome. . . . “Bombshell” was a common term for the ladies back then, and at the time, the design was “shocking" and “explosive."
So, there you go. Marketing.
Here’s my homage to what is maybe the most fucked up reason for naming anything. Though in fairness, The Bomb had yet to be dropped in any civilian cities and the true horror of the device was not realized. — Joshua McDonnell
THE HOLIDAY: Canada Day is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire. More
THE ARTIST: Mario Zucca