National Lemonade Day

National Lemonade Day is a holiday that falls on the first Saturday in May, but its name might be a bit misleading to many people. People might assume from the name of this holiday that it is a day for only drinking lemonade, but there’s actually a lot more to it. It’s a day to encourage the entrepreneurial spirit among young people all over the U.S. In our opinion, it should be called National Lemonade Stand Day, but since we didn’t invent this holiday, we’re just going to have to go with the flow.

The History Of Lemonade Day

This holiday was invented by Michael Holthouse in 2007 to help empower future entrepreneurs by inspiring them and helping them start their own businesses. And since one of the easiest businesses for a child to start is a lemonade stand, this day was named National Lemonade Day. Since its inception, this holiday has helped spark the entrepreneurial spirit in countless children all over the U.S. and beyond.

The History Of Lemonade

Lemonade is a beverage that dates back to Ancient Egypt. The earliest written evidence of this beverage can be found in this country around 1000 AD, but it probably existed even before then. That’s because lemons were introduced to Egypt from Asia three hundred years earlier, in 700 AD, so lemonade was likely being made around that time. Of course, the lemonade that was made back then was very different from modern lemonade. Egyptian lemonade was made with not only lemons and water, with honey used as a sweetener, but it also contained dates.

Fun Facts About Lemonade

Now that we’ve learned a little bit about the history of this holiday and of lemonade, let’s take a quick look at some fun facts about this deceptively simple beverage. Ready? Well, let’s get this party started then and find out a little bit more about lemonade.

  • In the 17th century, vendors in Paris would sell “lemonades” made from lemons, honey, and sparkling water.
  • In 1840, frozen lemonade was invented in Naples, Italy.
  • Lemonade stands could be found in New York as early as the early 1870s.
  • Lemonade is often made with crushed mint leaves in many parts of the Middle East.

Celebrating National Lemonade Day

First and foremost, this holiday is about helping children start their own lemonade stands to spark that entrepreneurial spirit in them. Parents can use this day to help their children develop skills to start such an endeavor. Skills that include money handling, talking to consumers, and advertising, as well as manufacturing the actual product. And people can help promote this holiday using the hashtag #NationalLemonadeDay to inspire children everywhere to start their own lemonade stands.

When is it?
This year (2024)
May 4 Saturday
Next year (2025)
May 3 Saturday
Last year (2023)
May 6 Saturday
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