Sunday, July 1, 2012

Build a Scarecrow Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, more

July 1st, 2012, is Second Half of the New Year Day, National Build a Scarecrow Day, International Joke Day, National Financial Freedom Day, Zip Code Day, Canada Day, Independence Day (Burundi), Independence Day (Rwanda), Independence Day (Somalia), Republic Day (Ghana), Gingersnap Day, and Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.

July 1st is celebrated as the Second Half of the New Year Day. How's your 2012 going so far?

Scarecrows come to mind during the fall harvest season, along with pumpkins, gourds, and Indian corn, but obviously scarecrows must be on duty in the summer to protect those crops we love. The first Sunday in July is National Build a Scarecrow Day.

In honor of International Joke Day, tell your favorite joke to your friends, online or off. Post it here, too, in the Comments!

National Financial Freedom Day is the perfect time to assess your financial situation. Do you spend more each month than you take in? Do you bounce checks? Do you carry too much revolving debt? Should you refinance your mortgage? Only you - perhaps with the help of a professional - can determine the right budget and financial strategy for you.

Some sites claim July 1st is ZIP Code Day, but I can't seem to verify the fact. There's another type of ZIP Code Day, though, specific to each ZIP Code in the United States, that only comes around once per century. It's based on the digits of your personal ZIP Code. For example, Beverly Hills would have celebrated just over two years ago, on 9/02/10.

Canada celebrates Independence Day, known as Canada Day, on July 1st. The date commemorates the British North America Act of 1867, the founding of the Canadian federal government.

Burundi celebrates their independence from Belgium on Independence Day.

Rwanda and Somalia also observe Independence Day on July 1st.

Somehow I associate ginger-flavored baked goodies with winter and Christmas, but, in spite of me, Gingersnap Day is celebrated on July 1st. Enjoy!

What ice cream flavor combo would you concoct, if given the chance? I'm thinking about pistachio amaretto. Or maybe something that involves fish. Any takers? Unleash your inner ice cream chef on Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day.

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