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!