Whale Awareness Day
The Governor’s office has proclaimed today – May 1 – Whale Awareness Day in Massachusetts. Be sure to be extra aware of whales today. Check out some of the other unique and interesting Massachusetts proclamations from the governor’s office. Fun fact: The right whale is Massachusetts’ state marine mammal.
Massachusetts Day of the Frog
Last date celebrated: February 28, 2008
The goal of this proclamation was to draw attention to the global amphibian crisis and to recognize Zoo New England’s work in raising awareness about this animal. In the past, Zoo New England has taken an active role building public awareness about frogs through exhibits and education programs.
Massachusetts Day of Puppetry
Last date celebrated: April 27, 2013
The Brookline Puppet Showplace Theatre requests this proclamation through Senator Cynthia S. Creem each year. Activities normally include puppet shows, exhibits, and puppetry workshops at the Puppet Showplace Theatre. Since this is also a national day of recognition (declared by the Puppeteers of America, Inc.), festivals, exhibits, and other puppetry activities are held throughout the nation.
Last date celebrated: September 11, 2010
Massachusetts town or city days are proclaimed only on the date of their incorporation. In 2010, the town of Hingham celebrated its 375th anniversary.
Bullying Prevention Month
Last date celebrated: October 2013
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center urges communities around the country to raise awareness about the dangers of bullying through education activities and special events throughout the month.
Last date celebrated: September 2012
The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources requested this proclamation in 2012 on behalf of apple orchards around the state. Residents are encouraged to visit and support Massachusetts apple growers by heading to local orchards, farm stands, and farmers’ markets.
Square Dance Heritage Week
Last date celebrated: October 20-26, 2013
The Square Dance Foundation of New England celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2013, and in honor of this event, a proclamation was requested to honor the history and heritage of square dancing across the New England region.
Last date celebrated: October 12, 2013
This proclamation was requested to honor Massachusetts’ most valuable marine species, which brings in approximately $250 million to the state’s economy each year. On this day, residents are encouraged to eat this New England treat at their favorite fish markets and restaurants.
Rosie the Riveter Day
Last date celebrated: May 25, 2013
This proclamation was requested by the American Rosie the Riveter Association and celebrates the legacy of women who entered the workforce during World War II to support the country and to continue this legacy of patriotism by women in the workplace today.
Drinking Water Week
Last date celebrated: May 5-11, 2013
For more than 35 years, Drinking Water Week has served as an opportunity for professionals in the water industry and the communities they serve to celebrate the role water plays in everyday life. Activities include planting trees, water plant tours, and community clean up days.
Responsible Dog Ownership Month
Last date celebrated: September 2013
The Massachusetts Federation of Dog Clubs & Responsible Dog Owners requested this proclamation to bring awareness about the the general welfare of dogs and their owners by encouraging dog owners to provide their pets with proper training and lodging.
Last date celebrated: October 2009
Since the country doesn’t have a domestic professional league, the sport of volleyball needs to try a different approach.The purpose of Volleyball Month is to teach and inspire youth to want to play the game and to increase the exposure of the sport at the university level.
Sandwich Generation Month
Last date celebrated: July 2009
Sandwich Generation Month celebrates adults who are part of the sandwich generation – those who care for both their own children and their parents. The month focuses on raising awareness and providing support for adults who fall within the sandwich generation category.
We Don’t Serve Teens Week
Last date celebrated: September 10-17, 2007
This public awareness campaign was launched by the Federal Trade Commission and The Century Council and strives to educate adults about the dangers of underage drinking, letting them know that “providing underage drinkers with alcohol is unsafe, illegal, and irresponsible.’’
Gum Disease Awareness Month
Last date celebrated: February 2014
This annual proclamation focuses on encouraging people to make improvements to their health by actively preventing gum disease with changes to their personal habits.
Massachusetts Poetry Day
Last date celebrated: October 15, 2013
This proclamation was requested by the Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Inc., an organization that strives to promote the writing and value of poetry. This dedicated day honors poets and encourages Massachusetts residents to appreciate the art of poetry.
Massachusetts Pollinator Week
Last date celebrated: June 17-23, 2013
When you hear the word “pollinator,’’ many assume this distiction only refers to bees. But Massachusetts Pollinator Week strives to promote awareness about all pollinator species, which include birds and insects. Week-long activities include special movies, lectures, and farm tours.
Reusable Bag Day
Last date celebrated: November 14, 2007
Reusable Bag Day is an educational event when people are asked to avoid using single-use plastic bags and to use reusable bags instead. Some local companies also provided reuseable bags for free on this day.
Forest Pest Awareness Month (Asian Long-horned Beetle Month)
Last date celebrated: August 2013
The Asian Longhorned beetle is an invasive pest that attacks hardwood trees like the maple, birch, and willow. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources requested this proclamation so that Massachusetts residents could be encouraged to learn about, recognize, and report sightings of the Asian longhorned beetle and emerald ash borer so that their effects to the environment do not spread.
Lights on Afterschool Day
Last date celebrated: October 17, 2013
This nationwide event honors afterschool programs and calls attention to the important role they play in the lives of children and their families.
Last date celebrated: May 3, 2013
This year’s Law Day theme is “American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters,’’ and urges Americans to remember the importance of their right to vote and remind them that they still have hardships to face to ensure everyone is able to participate in the nation’s democracy.
Last date celebrated: June 26, 2013
Ladybugs aren’t just a source of luck. On Ladybug Day, residents are encouraged to recognize the important environmental and agricultural role ladybugs play throughout the state.
Life Insurance Month
Last date celebrated:September 2012
The goal of this designated month is to remind everyone about the importance of life insurance in case of the unexpected death of one’s self or family member. Citizens are encouraged to seek financial advice and become educated about their life insurance options.
Month of the Young Adolescent
Last date celebrated: November 2012
Young adolescents refer to children between the ages of 10 and 15. The Association for Middle Level Education sponsors this event, which is a time to bring attention to this age group and the importance of their development.
Winslow Homer Day
Last date celebrated: February 24, 2014
Winslow Homer was a painter, printer, and Massachusetts native who focused largely on marine life. According to the state’s official proclamation, the William Flagg Homer House in Belmont is open for public tours with a Winslow Home narrative to teach more about the life of this notable figure.
Pain Awareness Month
Last date celebrated: September 2013
This particular proclamation was requested by the Director of the Massachusetts Pain Initiative at the American Chronic Pain Association in Lexington. The month is devoted to promoting education, awareness, and advocacy about chronic pain.