September 4th is the 247th day of the calendar year with plenty of reasons to celebrate.
September 4th is a holiday for desserts, macadamia nuts, lyric poetry and more. Newspaper carriers, kids and others mark September 4th as a special day for many reasons. Here are several popular September 4th holidays (arranged alphabetically).
Eat an Extra Dessert Day
Who says dessert is excessive? Even calorie counters may choose to satisfy their sweet tooth desires on September 4th. It’s Eat an Extra Dessert Day.
Bake up a batch of brownies. Create some cookies. Pick out a pie.
Enjoy the extra indulgence on September 4th. Eat and be merry, for tomorrow we may diet.
Lyric Poetry Day
September 4th is Lyric Poetry Day, a high-brow holiday celebrating choral poetry and odes. According to literary lore, ancient Greek lyric poet Pindar was born on September 4, 518 B.C. Pindar has been credited with creating the ode, a Classical poetic form.
Here is an excerpt from one of Pindar’s most famous lyrical poems, “Pythian Three”:
I will be small among the small,
great among the great.
The spirit embracing me
from moment to moment I will cultivate,
as I can and as I ought.
And if the gods bestow
abundant wealth on me, then I will hope
to find high glory in days to come.
Why not peruse a volume of Pindar’s odes or craft your own lyric poem on September 4th?
Macadamia Nut Day
The marvelous macadamia nut is the ingredient of the day on September 4th. It’s Macadamia Nut Day.
Originally found in Australia, macadamia nuts are presently most popular in Hawaii. The exotic crunchy nuts add flavor and fun to many dessert and dinner recipes.
Try these macadamia nut recipes from various AC writers (CTRL-click each title to read that article in a new internet window): “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut and Raspberry Cookies,” by Summer Stewart; “White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Muffins,” by Angela Macneal, and “White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut, Cranberry Cookies,” by Noelani Kurtz.
Remember, however, that macadamia nuts are poisonous to dogs and many other pets.
Newspaper Carrier Day
“Extra! Extra! Read all about it.”
September 4th is Newspaper Carrier Day. On this date, newspaper delivery customers salute those who deliver their daily papers. Some folks offer gifts and monetary tips, while others may greet their newspaper carriers with donuts or cups of coffee.
This happy holiday has its roots (or routes) in newspaper history. The first American newsboy, ten-year-old Barney Flaherty took a job as a newspaper carrier with The New York Sun on September 4, 1833.
How about watching the 1992 motion picture Newsies (featuring a very young Christian Bale) on Newspaper Carrier Day?
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for September 4th: Ammianus the Martyr, Boniface I, Caletricus of Chartres, Candida of Naples, Candida the Elder, Castus of Ancyra, Hermione, Ida of Herzfeld, Julian the Martyr, Macanisius, Magnus the Martyr, Marcellus of Lyon, Marcellus the Bishop and Maximus the Martyr.
Additional September 4th saints include Monessa, Oceanus the Martyr, Rebecca the Martyr, Rhuddlad, Rosalia, Rufinus, Salvinus, Silvanus, Sulpicius of Bayeux, Thamel, Theodore the Martyr, Ultan of Ardbraccan and Victalicus.
Notable Anniversaries on September 4th:
George Eastman patented the first roll-film camera and the Kodak brand name on September 4, 1888.
On September 4, 1957, the Ford Motor Company rolled out the first in its infamous Ford Edsel product line.
American swimmer Mark Spitz won a record seven gold medals in a single Summer Olympic Games, competing in Munich Germany. Mark Spitz earned his seventh gold medal on September 4, 1972, competing in the 400-meter relay.
Former Texas waitress Kelly Clarkson became the first American Idol on September 4, 2002, performing on the Fox TV reality television singing contest.
Various Other September 4th Holidays
September 4th is also Alaskan Bathtub Race Day (varies), Animals Day (Curacao), Anthracite Coal Miners Day, Brazilian Independence Celebration (California), Chocolate Chip Day (varies), Civil Servants’ Day (Venezuela), Feast of the Translation of St. Cuthbert, Festal Celebration of St. Ultan of Ardbraccan in Meath, Festal Day of St. Rosa of Viterbo and Glass Day.
Additional September 4th holidays include Hooray for Kids Day, Labor Day (varies), Looking for the Boundaries Day (Guatemala), Minnesota Box Car Day (varies), South African Settlers Day (varies), St. Ida Feast Day, St. Rosalia the Virgin Day and Sts. Marcellus and Valerian Feast Day.
Happy September 4th to one and all!
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