The root beer float was invented in 1874 by a Philadelphia soda vendor named Robert McCay Green. As the story goes, Green ran out of ice on a steamy summer day and was forced to improvise. He bought ice cream from a neighboring vendor, mixed it with his root beer, and a new beverage was born.
If you're lucky enough to live in a state that offers tax holidays for back-to-school shopping, this is your heads up - the first of those wonderful tax-free weekends begins this Friday July 31, and your favorite retailers are likely to be wooing you with some of the best back-to-school sales of the season.
Summer vacation is well under way, but make no mistake: the back-to-school season is right around the corner. If you want to make the transition back into the classroom easier for both your child AND their teacher, there are a few things you can do while school's still out.
National Ice Cream Day is possibly the sweetest summer holiday in the history of the universe, and trust me, we're totally on board with all of the freebies, BOGOs to celebrate everyone's favorite sweet treat on Sunday 7/19.
Yes, Christmas in July and Black Friday in July are sales gimmicks. And yes, we all know that they tend to be pale imitations of Black Friday in November and the actual holiday shopping season. But retailers understand all too well that "Black Friday" is a powerful marketing ploy that we can never seem to resist, even when the date is still 140 days away. (And it is, I checked.)
Black Friday is a day that divides the nation. Some love it for the thrill of the chase, the rush of pushing past a crowd to get the best possible deal, and the satisfaction of finishing holiday shopping before December hits. Others despise the very concept, and see the day's shopping frenzy as an example of everything that is wrong with modern society.
Black Friday may still seem far away, but with the time in between now and then you can set up your wallet to really take advantage of all the holiday spending you'll be participating in!