National Cooler Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Friday, May 26th. There are until the next observance.

National Cooler Day, observed on the Friday preceding Memorial Day, is all about celebrating the cooler, a life-saving device. It will be held on May 26 this year. Can you believe that, as basic as the cooler is, it didn’t become popular until the 1950s? A cooler is an insulated container that keeps food or beverages cold. Ice cubes or ice packs are commonly used in coolers to keep the contents cold. During the summer, coolers are widely used for storing or transporting perishable goods. They’re also used for picnics, vacations, and other outdoor activities. Coolers come in a variety of sizes depending on the occasion, including personal coolers, throwaway coolers, reusable coolers, and huge coolers on wheels.

📆 When is National Cooler Day?

This year, National Cooler Day is on May 26th. It is the 4th Friday in May; in 2024, it is on Sunday.

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📜 History of National Cooler Day

Styrofoam was developed in 1944 by Ray “Otis” McIntire, an engineer at Dow Chemical. The compressed polystyrene and isobutylene used to create the polystyrene foam gave rise to a lightweight, robust, and superior insulator material. Although its main application was to replace rubber, it was later employed in coolers and packaging. Richard C. Laramy submitted a portable ice chest patent application to the USPTO in 1951. Later, Laramy sold the Coleman Company his patent. The Coleman Company introduced a galvanized cooler in 1954, which was eventually replaced with plaster. Additionally, the brand renamed the item from “portable ice chest” to “cooler.” Making use of the Coleman Company’s success, other cooler brands, such as Igloo and Yeti, began to emerge and eventually became the industry standard for coolers.

☑️ National Cooler Day facts

Two types of ice
There are two types of ice: “land ice,” which is formed of freshwater, and “sea ice,” which is made of saltwater.

Ice is less dense than water
Because frozen water takes up approximately 9% more volume than liquid water, ice may float over water.

Glaciers are the world’s frozen water reservoirs
Glaciers hold almost two-thirds of the world’s freshwater, and if they melt, the global water cycle would be severely disrupted.

Things to do on National Cooler Day

Buy a cooler
Do you have a refrigerator? If not, go out and purchase one. It’s ideal for picnics, social events, and any outdoor activities, in addition to temporarily replacing your freezer. There are many different types of coolers on the market. Check online cooler reviews for the one that best suits your needs, then place an order or go straight to the store to purchase it.

Head out for a picnic
One option to commemorate National Cooler Day is to go on a picnic with a loved one or a friend. Choose a location for the picnic, which may be a local park or a public or private facility that welcomes picnics. Then, make sure your cooler is well packed with drinks and ice; you don’t want to run out of beverages in the middle of the party. Check the website of your cooler’s brand to understand how to make the best use of its space.

Enjoy an outdoor activity with friends
Going on a playdate with your buddies is another great way to celebrate National Cooler Day. You may schedule a tennis match, a football game, or a basketball game. Don’t forget to bring a cooler full of refreshments!

📅 National Cooler Day Observances

2023 May 26 Friday
2024 May 26 Sunday
2025 May 26 Monday
2026 May 26 Tuesday
2027 May 26 Wednesday

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