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National Holidays Nov. 22 through Nov. 26

Monday: Go For A Ride Day

Monday is a fitting holiday for your safe travels home for Thanksgiving on Thursday, as it is Go For A Ride Day. Do you have any plans for our short break this week? Today encourages you to get up and get moving, even if it’s a short ride around town. To celebrate this day, prepare by tidying up your car and curating a playlist to match the length of your trip. Pack some drinks and snacks and maybe even a car blanket so you can have a picnic, even if it’s only in your car. If you’re staying local during Thanksgiving break, pick a destination for a short road trip like downtown Belfast or Portland, Acadia National Park or Rockland. Monday is also National Cranberry Relish Day and Love Your Freckles Day. 

Tuesday: National Espresso Day

If you’re leaving on Tuesday for break, prepare for the drive with an espresso drink to celebrate National Espresso Day. Some popular espresso drinks you can try are lattes and cappuccinos, which are both made with milk, espresso and varying amounts of foam. You could also try an americano, which is made with espresso and water as a fuller-bodied coffee drink. If you’re looking for some more intensity, check out the red eye, black eye or deadeye drinks made with one, two and three shots accordingly of espresso and coffee. Check out some local coffee shops in Orono like Nest, The Store Ampersand, Aroma Joe’s and Dunkin. Tuesday is also National Cashew Day and National Eat A Cranberry Day. 

Wednesday: National Jukebox Day

It’s time to get your groove on with National Jukebox Day. Originally invented in 1889 by Louis Glass and William S. Arnold of the Pacific Phonograph Co., the jukebox gained popularity in the 1950s when it began to take its notable shape after many iterations. Even though they’re not as common today, celebrate National Jukebox Day by playing your favorite tracks across the loudspeaker and getting up to dance! Wednesday is also National Sardines Day and Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day. 

Thursday: Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November each year, Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate family and friends over a warm meal. Today is a day where you can recognize and reflect upon everything you’re grateful for, so take today as an opportunity to identify your personal bright spots in the last year. If you’re hunting for some recipe help, check out the UMaine Cooperative Extension recommended appetizers, main dishes, desserts and drinks. Thursday is also International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, National White Ribbon Day and National Parfait Day. 

Friday: Native American Heritage Day

Designated on Nov. 28 in 1990 by former President George H. W. Bush, Native American Heritage Day aims to pay respect and recognize the many injustices the Native American people have faced in the United States. As explained by their land acknowledgment statement, the University of Maine resides on the homeland of the Penobscot Nation, which is connected to other Wabanaki Tribal Nations including the Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac. Celebrate this holiday by learning about the Penobscot homeland and their peoples by visiting UMaine’s Wabinaki Center page or by attending the upcoming talk, “Raising Our Voices on Race and Racism” featuring Native American topics on Nov. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. Friday is also National Day of Listening, Flossing Day, Fur-Free Friday, National Cake Day and Black Friday.

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