August 4, 2020 – National Night Out Day – Went To The Drive-in

A few months back, we shared a list of special national celebration days (see May 20 is Roku #NationalStreamingDay + List of 2020 National Days).

As pictured above, every first Tuesday in August is Night Out Day. A good day to spend with your significant other or a good friend, or just going out yourself for the night.

Obviously the pandemic makes going out places around the country this year more challenging. So if you can’t go out for real, consider a virtual night out. Perhaps put on the VR goggles on and/or rent a non-3D movie in a virtual theater (see: Independent Theaters Testing Virtual Screenings)

We also mentioned here in the past having some drive-in theaters within an hour or so drive away (see: Drive-Ins In Some Areas Are The Only Way To Watch New Movies Outside of Streaming).

Yesterday I bought tickets to take Kara to the drive-in. An activity we haven’t done for at least 25 years … or so both of our tattered memories recall. It seemed like when the children were little, and they are all in the their mid to late 30s now, so that lines up time-wise. We can’t remember ever taking the kids to a drive-in movie, but it does seem like the kind of activity we would have chosen, especially because drive-ins tend to be more economical.

Check this out…

$5 for a car load!

$5 seems like a steal to see two movies on the giant screen. Given it’s two older movies, both of which are pretty good and are rewatches. Don’t have a review written for Fast & Furious, so will get that done. Men in Black ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (1997) is one of my favorite Will Smith movies. Not the dramatic performance as Ali ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ but he’s good playing opposite Tommy Lee Jones.

Tommy Lee Jones. Man, that guy does the angry guy mode well. Facial expression, voice inflection, he really brings it.

List of drive-in theaters in/around our area. We’re going to one of them tonight! Night Out Tuesday!

Regal and AMC theaters are supposed to be opening later this month on August 21. There are seven movies scheduled (see: 7 Movies COMING TO THEATERS in August 2020 with 9 Rescheduled)/

When was the last time you went to the drive-in? Has it been more than 25 years like us? These will be the first movies we’ve watched outside our home since March. Almost five months! We’re ready.

Gates opened at 7pm. We got a front row park (seat). Waiting for dusk.

Give ’em hell, Dom!

May 20 is Roku #NationalStreamingDay + List of 2020 National Days

Roku celebrating May 20 – National Streaming Day

There’s a critical “r” there, it’s not National Steaming day.

Getting challenging to keep up with all the National Days, but my personal favorite entertainment-related one — at least that I know about — is May 11 – National Twilight Zone Day (see: FIRST LOOK: The Twilight Zone (2020) Season 2 – CBS All Access June 25)

So, today – May 20 – I learned it was National Streaming Day thanks to the Roku background image (pictured top). Should I feel out of touch for not realizing this day has existed for the last 6 years?

Saratoga Mayor Emily Lo will today bestow the proclamation of “Streaming Day” at the Roku headquarters. As part of the commencement Roku invites TV industry and consumers to forever celebrate May 20 as National Streaming Day #nationalstreamingday.

Roku Establishes National Streaming Day | Business Wire

As the press release linked above indicates, Roku originally launched on May 20, 2008 in Saratoga, California. Here we are some 12+ years later and despite having a city name this a National Day in the company’s honor, they don’t even have an established page on the Roku website celebrating this day.

But they do change our background image to raise our awareness, I guess.

We likely won’t see Amazon, Netflix, Google, etc celebrating a day that focuses on promoting Roku’s business birthdate. This is just another example of how competitive and insular is the streaming marketplace. They all want our attention, viewing time, interest, engagement and, too bad, we can only interact with one at a time.

Hats off to Saratoga for declaring an official National Streaming Day, but since every year only has 365 days, one can’t help but wonder when we’ll all grow fatigued of too many national days?

(or is it just a very creative way of spending the year?)

May 20 is shared by other National Days like … National Quiche Lorraine Day, National Be A Millionaire Day and, every dog lover’s favorite: National Rescue Dog Day.

NationalDayCalendar.com tracks 1,500+ National Days

2020 Entertainment-related National Days

I went through month by month, just so you don’t have to, and picked out all National Days that were entertainment-related. I threw in a few well-known holidays and some quirky, unusual and/or creative days:

  • January
    • January 1
      • New Year’s Day
      • Hangover Day
    • January 2 – Science Fiction Day
    • January 5 – Screenwriters Day
    • January 6 – Technology Day
    • January 19 – Popcorn Day
    • January 20 – Martin Luther King’s Day – third Monday in January
    • January 21 – National Hugging Day
    • January 26 – Spouses Day
    • January 31 – Inspire Your Heart With Art
  • February
    • February 7 – Send A Card To A Friend Day
    • February 8 – Global Movie Daysecond Saturday in February
    • February 14 – Valentine’s Day
    • February 16 – Do A Grouch A Favor Day
    • February 17 – Random Acts of Kindness Day
    • February 26 – Tell A Fairy Tale Day
    • February 28 – Tooth Fairy Day
  • March
    • March 2 – Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
    • March 3 – I want You To Be Happy Day
    • March 13 – Blame Someone Else Day – first Friday the 13th of the year
    • March 14 – Write Down Your Story Day
    • March 15 – Everything You Think Is Wrong Day
    • March 16 – Everything You Do Is Right Day
    • March 17
      • St. Patrick’s Day
      • 3-D Day – third day of the third full week
    • March 18 – Awkward Moments
    • March 28 – Weed Appreciation Day
    • March 30 – I Am In Control Day
  • April
    • April 1 – April Fools Day
    • April 2 – Reconciliation Day
    • April 3 – Film Score Day
    • April 6 – Caramel Popcorn Day
    • April 9 – Name Yourself Day
    • April 10 – Encourage A Young Writer Day
    • April 14 – Reach As High As You Can Day
    • April 15 – Titanic Remembrance Day
    • April 22 – Bookmobile Day
    • April 27 – Tell A Story Day
  • May
    • May 2 – Free Comic Book Day – first Saturday in May
    • May 4 – Star Wars Day
    • May 11 – Twilight Zone Day
    • May 20 – Streaming Day (Roku birthday May 20, 2008)
    • May 24 – Scavenger Hunt Day
    • May 30 – Creativity Day
  • June
    • June 1 – Say Something Nice Day
    • June 8 – Name Your Poison Day
    • June 9 – Donald Duck Day
    • June 11 – Make Life Beautiful Day
    • June 12 – Loving Day
    • June 19 – Garfield The Cat Day
    • June 21
      • Selfie Day
      • Father’s Day – third Sunday in June
    • June 28 – Paul Bunyon Day
    • June 30 – Social Media Day
  • July
    • July 4 – Independence Day (USA)
    • July 14 – Nude Day
    • July 15 – Give Something Away Day
    • July 16 – Get To Know Your Customers Day
    • July 23 – Gorgeous Grandma Day
    • July 27 – Love Is Kind Day
  • August
    • August 4 – Night Out Day – first Tuesday in August
    • August 8 – Dollar Day
    • August 9 – Book Lovers Day
    • August 12 – Vinyl Record Day
    • August 16 – Tell A Joke Day
    • August 17 – Nonprofit Day
    • August 20 – Radio Day
    • August 22 – Tooth Fairy’s Day
    • August 25 – Kiss and Make Up Day
    • August 26 – Webmistress Day
    • August 27 – Just Because Day
    • August 28 – Power Rangers Day
  • September
    • September 5 – Be Late For Something Day
    • September 6 – Read A book Day
    • September 7 – Labor Day – first Monday in September
    • September 8 – Ampersand Day
    • September 9 – Care Bears Share Your Care Day
    • September 10
      • Swap Ideas Day
      • TV Dinner Day
    • September 11 – Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
    • September 12
      • Videogames Day
      • Programmers Day – 256th day of the year
    • September 19 – Talk Like A Pirate Day (ar!)
    • September 24 – Punctuation Day
    • September 25 – Comic Book Day
    • September 26 – Ghost Hunting Day
  • October
    • October 6 – Mad Hatter Day
    • October 13
      • Train Your Brain Day
      • No Bra Day
    • October 15 – I Love Lucy Day
    • October 23 – TV Show Talk Host Day (Johnny Carson’s birthday)
    • October 24 – Make A Difference Day – fourth Saturday in October
    • October 25 – Chucky The Notorious Killer Doll Day
    • October 26 – Financial Crime Fighter Day
    • October 30 – Frankenstein Fridaylast Friday in October
    • October 31
      • Halloween
      • Trick or Treat Day – last Saturday in October
  • November
    • November 1 – Authors Day
    • November 4 – Stress Awareness Day
    • November 10 – Forget Me Not Day
    • November 11 – Veteran’s Day
    • November 20 – Absurdity Day
    • November 25 – Jukebox Day
    • November 26 – Thanksgiving
    • November 27
      • Black Friday
      • Buy Nothing Day
      • Day Of Listening
      • You’re WelcomeGiving Day
    • November 29 – Electronic Greetings Day
    • November 30 – Cyber Monday – Monday after Thanksgiving
  • December
    • December 1 – Day Of Giving #GivingTuesday – Tuesday following Cyber Monday
    • December 5 – International Ninja Day
    • December 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
    • December 8 – Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
    • December 11 – App Day
    • December 17 – National Re-Gifting Day
    • December 18 – Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day
    • December 21 – Homeless Persons’ Remembrance Day
    • December 25 – Christmas
    • December 26 – Whiner’s Day
    • December 28 – Short Film Day
    • December 31
      • New Year’s Eve
      • Make Up Your Mind Day

What National Days do you celebrate?

I know, I know, when keeping track of days beyond the obvious: family and friends birthdays, holidays (businesses aside of course) who has the time or energy to remember or care about (insert day), right?