National Swimming Pool Day
National Swimming Pool Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on July 11th and encourages everyone to enjoy taking a dip in a swimming pool. This day shouldn’t be confused with Pool Opening Day, a holiday that’s observed in April and celebrates the opening of the first pools.
No, this holiday is one that takes place during the height of summer. It’s a day for people to head out and enjoy the cool recreation that pools deliver. Of course, before people do that they should make sure that they’re familiar with pool safety and all that it entails. After all, this is supposed to be a fun day and not a day that courts tragedy.
The History Of National Swimming Pool Day
Ancient civilizations were some of the first people to enjoy swimming pools. In both Greece and Rome, there were elaborate public baths and swimming pools for some people to enjoy.
The Greeks used many of these man-made pools for competitions and for athletic training, while the Romans used constructed pools for swimming and hot tubs. Many of these pools were constructed out of stone and were fed by aqueducts or by natural mineral springs.
During the Middle Ages, swimming would become less popular. This was primarily due to the belief that swimming was immoral and led to sin. However, there were some noble families who continued to use private swimming pools for not only recreation but also for bathing.
Swimming pools would come back into vogue during the 18th century and over the years their popularity would continue to rise. Swimming would really become popular during the 20th century, and as a result, pools were built all over the world.
And thanks to the continued development of concrete and fiberglass technology, a wider variety of elaborate pools could be constructed. National Swimming Pool Day wouldn’t be invented until 2016.
This is when an unknown person or organization decided that there should be a holiday dedicated to swimming pools. It’s been observed ever since by enthusiastic pool-goers who are heading out to enjoy wading in the cool waters of their favorite pool.
Observing National Swimming Pool Day
This is a great day to go swimming, install a new swimming pool, or have your own swimming pool cleaned out. It’s also a good day for just lounging around the pool, maybe enjoying a drink or two, and soaking up the summer sun.
No matter how a person celebrates this day, there is one thing that they should do and that’s spread the word about this day online using the hashtag #NationalSwimmingPoolDay on social media.