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National Lemonade Day
There is an old expression which goes like this: “When life gives you lemons…make lemonade’. It is supposed to tell you that when life gives you something rotten make the most of it and makes something great…and the cool refreshing taste of lemonade certainly can make the summer a much sweeter and nicer thing to enjoy.
Lemonade, as we know it today, has a long history dating back as far as Egyptian times when ancients would mix lemon with sugar to make qatermizat; the recipe is written down by Persian poet Nasir-I-Khusraw, by the mid 1600’s the recipe had moved to Paris where roving groups of street vendors sell lemonade from tanks strapped to their backs. In 1873 New Yorker Edward Bok launches the first lemonade stands in New York and just five years later the New York Times first documented use of “lemonade stand”
Today we can celebrate the drink we know as Lemonade by taking part in National Lemonade Day. It is something that started in the United States and has a core community feel to the day. Participating towns, cities and communities will have the chance to teach youth about setting up their own lemonade stand and running their own company!
It’s a great way to meet people in your city, sip on a refreshing beverage, and put your money to a good cause. Since 2007, National Lemonade Day founder Michael Holthouse has been helping kids learn the benefit of best business practices, responsibility, finance education, goal creation, and teamwork through his National Lemonade Day campaign.
The whole day may only last 24 hours, but the lessons these kids learn will stay with them for a lifetime —there’s nothing sour about that mission! When life hands you lemons, celebrate National Lemonade Day!