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Dates to remember

Flickr photo courtesy of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Now that we’re officially into a new year, it’s a great time to look ahead to see what’s in store. Do you already have big plans for some special occasion this spring or summer? Maybe 2013 is the year you accept an assignment in a dream location.

Of course, there is also a whole slew of celebrations coming up like Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day. Wouldn’t it be fun to land a March contract near Chicago or Boston so you can partake in either city’s legendary St. Patty’s Day festivities?

Then again, there are so many obscure, little-known “holidays” that you can find a reason to celebrate wherever you’re assigned, like the following — be sure to pencil them in on your calendars.

January 17: Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday

Treat yourself to a local thrift store present in honor of Frugal Ben. After all, he did say, “A penny saved is a penny earned.”

February 10: Chinese New Year

If you are near a major metropolitan center, there’s bound to be some kind of event marking the beginning of the year of the snake.

March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins

But not for Arizona or Hawaii.

April 22: Earth Day

Recycle. Ride your bike to work. Don’t forget to turn off the lights.

May 12: Nurses Day

You deserve it.

June 19: Juneteenth

This holiday honors the end of slavery in America. Visit a Civil War memorial anywhere from Pennsylvania to Texas.

July 28: Parents’ Day

Give mom and dad a shout out.

August 19: National Aviation Day

Sign up for a flying lesson at a local airport.

September 27: Native American Day

On contract close to a reservation in the Midwest, Southeast, or Southwest? Check out traditional American Indian ceremonies open to the public.

October 9: Leif Erikson Day

Reportedly, this Viking arrived in New York harbor well before Christopher Columbus made his North American debut.

November 3: Daylight Saving Time ends

No falling back an hour in Arizona or Hawaii.

December 18: National Regifting Day

Make room for new Christmas gifts by passing along those from years past.

Anne Baye Ericksen is a freelance writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides in Simi Valley, Calif.


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