National Hammock Day 2016

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The time has come to once again celebrate our most favorite piece of outdoor furniture, the Hammock.  National Hammock Day has arrived!!  It is just one of the 365 days that make up the year but it is by far, our most favorite.  It is a day where the hammocks in our backyards can be used without the feeling guilty for putting the To Do list, that seems to be longer then your arm, to the wayside for just 15 minutes of solitude.  It is a day where we can gather with our hammocking friends and see how many hammocks we can stack in between the perfect trees in the park.  It is a day we can all take a moment to relax and enjoy the most comfortable beds in the World, the hammock.

 

The origins of the hammock date back 1,000 years ago to Central America where the Mayans and other indigenous people weaved them using plant fibers and tree bark.  In todays world, there is a whole culture based around a hammock.  Hammmocking has become a way to create community with events around the country brining like minded hammocking individuals together to sway away an afternoon.  There is also a large group of individuals who now use hammocks instead of tents on camping and hiking expeditions.  Using hammocks as opposed to tents give campers and hikers a lighter load as well as making a less of an impact on the environment.

To continue on with a Byer of Maine traditions, here are this years best National Hammock Day events to ensure you make the most of this special day!

1) National Hammock Day Party, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Once again, Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia is throwing a hammock party!  The Univest/Valley Green Bank (SSHP) is hosting this years National Hammock Day Party presented by our friends at Hayneedle.com

There will be a DJ, ice cold beverages and giveaways!  8 hammocks will be given away, one every half hour and you will also have the chance to win a reservation in one of the private hammock lounges which are new the the park this year.

We can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday night!

2)  Sway Day 2016, Island Park in Fargo, North Dakota

Of course it wouldn’t be a proper National Hammock Day without Sway Day 2016!  Hosted by the wonderful folks at the Hammock Initiative.  Sway Day is a celebration of the most relaxing day of the year!  Be there by 5:30 p.m to participate in breaking the regions record for most people hanging in a hammock!

Buy your Sway Day tickets here.  And, as a bonus, the paid ticket comes with a limited edition Hammock Initiative hat, which are really pretty awesome!

They guys and gals at Hammock Initiative are creating a Sway movement around the country!  Join them tomorrow!

3) Your Backyard

As always, an obvious choice to celebrate this day is the place you feel most relaxed, your home!  Take a few minutes (or a whole lot of minutes) today to get some fresh air and relax.  We give you permission!

Sit Back, Relax and Unwind, Happy National Hammock Day!

Paradiso Hammock Sunset-M365 days a year there seems to be some obscure thing to celebrate.  We hear them on the radio every morning, see them all through social media and even celebrate a few that we feel passionate about (National Pancake Day anyone?).  The origins of the National (insert something completely random here) Day calendar seems to be unknown.  I mean lets be honest, who started National Rice Pudding Day, you either love it or despise it.  But, who can complain about a day encouraging folks to sit back and relax in one of the worlds most comfortable, portable and versatile hanging beds?  Not me!

The origins of the hammock date back 1,000 years ago to Central America where the Mayans and other indigenous people weaved them using plant fibers and tree bark.  In todays world, there is a whole culture based around a hammock.  Hammmocking has become a way to create community with events around the country brining like minded hammocking individuals together to sway away an afternoon.  There is also a large group of individuals who now use hammocks instead of tents on camping and hiking expeditions.  Using hammocks as opposed to tents give campers and hikers a lighter load as well as making a less of an impact on the environment.

If you are new to celebrating National Hammock Day I wanted to share some unique ways to celebrate across the country.

1) National Hammock Day Party, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Philadelphia is throwing an impressive hammock party tonight from 4 pm to 8 pm at Spruce Street Harbor Park.  There will be music, food, beverages and a whole lot of swaying!  Honestly, I wish I could participate in this one.

2)  Sway Day, Lake Nokomis, Minneapollis

Back on May 30, 2015 SwayDay took over Fargo.  This time it is headed to Minneapolis for a Sway Day celebrating National Hammock Day on Lake Nokomis from 4 pm to 7 pm  This is a BYOH (Bring Your Own Hammock) event that is sure to please!

3)  UF Hammock Club Hammock Day Gathering, Plaza of the Americas, Gainsville, FL

University of Florida Hammock Club (where was this when I was in college?) is celebrating National Hammock Day with a gathering from 10 am to 1 pm.  They plan to relax the afternoon away and create some memories in the hot Florida sun.

4) Your backyard, Anywhere

If you prefer the a less social way to relax or, like us being in the deep woods of Northern Maine, simply can not get to one of these events, check your backyard.  Do you have a hammock?  Do you need a hammock (we can help with that, www.byerofmaine.com)?  Get out there with your favorite book, the beverage of your choice and maybe a comfy blanket or pillow and just relax.

Whether you have the whole day to celebrate (sick day anyone?) or an evening to spare a few minutes, I encourage you to sway in a hammock today and celebrate another obscure but really awesome National Day of Celebrating.