5 Holidays to Celebrate in April and 1 to Celebrate All Month Long | Polk County Moms

Hello April!  April is one of my favorite months. The weather is not too hot and not too cold. It’s also when we have all these amazing opportunities to pick blueberries and peaches. Summer is just around the corner so April is a great time to sit back and just enjoy where we are before the summer heat kicks in.  Here are 5 holidays you and your family will want to celebrate in April and 1 to recognize all month long.

April is Autism Awareness Month
Autism is a disorder characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. The disorder varies greatly from person to person and each person has their own set of challenges and strengths. The main focus of World Autism Month is to increase awareness about research, diagnoses, and treatment. The theme for 2021 is Light Up With Kindness #LightUpWithKindness. Everyone is asked to use a blue lightbulb on April 2nd in a show of support for this disorder that affects 1 in every 54 people in the United States, according to the CDC.

Learn how more about how you can help this month and every month at  Autism Speaks

April 1st – April Fools Day!
No one really knows when this day started or why. It is just a day to play silly pranks and have fun. Over the years pranks have become more elaborate and whole careers have been built out of filming pranks. However, we find the simple ones to be the most fun. Fun pranks to play on kids are things like offering them brownies and then handing them letter E’s cut out of brown paper. Another fun one is to swap salt out for sugar in a favorite beverage. Personally, I like to change the alarms so they go off earlier. Whatever you chose to do – make it clean fun!

April 7th – It’s National Beer Day!
Did you know that beer is the third most popular drink in the world? It is also the oldest known recipe that we know of. The oldest working brewery in the world is Benedictine Weihenstephan brewery in Bavaria, German which received a license from the City of Freising in 1040. Luckily we have a few local breweries where you can celebrate. Check out our list of local breweries HERE

April 13th – National Peach Cobbler Day
A cobbler is a dessert either sweet or savory made of fruit, poured into a baking dish, and topped with batter. In the 1950s, the Georgia Peach Council began to promote Peach Cobbler Day as a way to sell canned peaches. Here are a few fun facts about peach cobbler. It was invented by English and European colonist, a serving of peach cobbler has about 450 calories and in the southern part of the United States Peach Cobbler is always served with Ice cream. The best way to celebrate this dessert is with a big slice of peach cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream!

April 22nd – Earth Day!
Earth Day was first celebrated on May 21, 1970, as a way to honor the earth. In 1969, US Senator Gaylord Nelson witnessed the aftermath of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA. He called for Americans to take a stand and thousands of colleges and universities throughout the US rose to the challenge. Earth Day is now celebrated in over 193 countries. You can learn more on how to help by visiting Earth Day

April 28th – National Blueberry Cobbler Day
How lucky are we to be able to pick fresh blueberries, bake a cobbler and celebrate this holiday? Native Americans used to crush and dehydrated blueberries. The powder was used as a supplementary boost in their foods all year long. The blueberries variety commercially sold is native to North America. Blueberries were introduced to Europe in the 1930s. They are now recognized as a superfood as they are packed with antioxidants, potassium, and vitamin C. The best way to celebrate National Blueberry Cobbler Day is to head to any of our local farms to pick berries and bake a cobbler!

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