International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day History

International Picnic Day celebrates the gathering together outdoors to eat and enjoy one another's company - The Picnic.  The true origin of International Picnic Day is unknown, but can be traced back to the end of the French Revolution and the Victorian Era.  Picnics were ways for people to escape the restrictions of etiquette and formality.  As an informal food holiday, there are few rules and lots of options.  International Picnic Day is observed on June 18th each year.

Facts about International Picnic Day

  • The use of the phrase no picnic is used to describe something unenjoyable.
  • The 'picnic' was most likely invented by the French.  Shortly after the French Revolution ended, the Royal Gardens were opened to the public for the first time. It was the new common pastime for the French to visit the gardens and take along a meal.
  • You can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather. - Andre 3000 (song 'Ms. Jackson')
  • A few sandwiches short of a picnic - is a phrase used to describe someone who is not mentally together.

International Picnic Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Have a picnic.  Keep it simple, take foods that don't require utensils.
  • Prepare food ahead of time so you can have a lunch picnic at a nearby park.
  • Have a potluck picnic with friends or neighbors. Assign items to bring so there are no shortages.
  • Take a Frisbee or ball for some exercise after eating.
  • Buy your regular lunch and take it into the park for a picnic.

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