National Maple Syrup Day
When : Always December 17
National Maple Syrup Day provides us with the opportunity to enjoy and appreciate this delicious American treat. This sweet and unique flavor originated in America. Native American Indians were the first to harvest and boil the sap of the maple tree into thick syrup.
Watching or participating in a maple sap harvest, or demonstration, is a fun late winter event. They are held in February-March, when the sap is flowing. It is educational for the kids, too. During field demonstrations, some of the sap is boiled down into syrup. Best of all, free samples are often giving, poured over a pancake or vanilla ice cream.
Did you know? Sap of the maple tree, the same sap used to make maple syrup, makes a refreshing drink. Just put it in the refrigerator and pour a drink whenever you want. Or, have a drink as you harvest the sap from the tree!
How do you participate in National Maple Syrup Day? Pour real maple syrup onto your pancakes or waffles. Or, for an evening treat, pour warm maple syrup onto vanilla ice cream.
Please note, make sure you are using maple syrup, not pancake syrup. Unless the ingredients state otherwise, pancake syrup no longer contains maple syrup.(a surprise to many)
Origin of National Maple Syrup Day:
Our extensive research failed to discover any factual content on this very special day. We are more and a bit surprised to see National Maple Syrup Day celebrated in mid-December. We fully expected this day to be celebrated in late winter, when the sap of the maple tree begins to flow.
There was some reference to this as a "National Day". Someone must have decided that all food related holidays should be called "National" days. However, we found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
This Day in History December 17
The first Saturnalia festival was celebrated in ancient Rome. (497 BC)
Pope Paul III excommunicates Henry VIII of England. (1538)
Francis Drake sails from Plymouth, England, on a secret mission to explore the Pacific coast of the Americas for Queen Elizabeth I of England. (1577)
War of the Quadruple Alliance: Great Britain declares war on Spain. (1718)
American Revolution: France formally recognizes the United States. (1777)
Discovery of the Aztec calendar stone. (1790)
War of 1812: U.S. forces attack a friendly Lenape village in the Battle of the Mississinewa. (1812)
Great Fire of New York: Fire levels lower Manhattan. (1835)
American Civil War: General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from parts of Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. (1862)
First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert. (1865)
First issue of Vogue is published. (1892)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Schenley Park Casino, which was the first multi-purpose arena with the technology to create an artificial ice surface in North America, is destroyed in a fire. (1896)
The Wright brothers make their first powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. (1903)
First flight of the Douglas DC-3. (1935)
Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of the heavy element uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear energy. (1938)
World War II: Japanese forces land in Northern Borneo. (1941)
World War II: Battle of the Bulge – Malmedy massacre – American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion POWs are shot by Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper. (1944)
First flight of the Boeing B-47 Stratojet strategic bomber. (1947)
The F-86 Sabre's first mission over Korea. (1950)
The American Civil Rights Congress delivers "We Charge Genocide" to the United Nations. (1951)
The United States successfully launches the first Atlas intercontinental ballistic missile at Cape Canaveral, Florida. (1957)
Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs. (1969)
Thirty passengers are killed in an attack by Palestinian terrorists on Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport. (1973)
American Brigadier General James L. Dozier is abducted by the Red Brigades in Verona, Italy. (1981)
The first episode of television series The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire", airs in the United States. (1989)
The British Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 comes into force, banning all handguns with the exception of antique and show weapons. (1997)