National Hammock Day Date in the current year: July 22, 2024

National Hammock Day July 22 is the perfect day to lie down in a hammock and take a nap, read a book, enjoy the summer breeze, swing back and forth, or just watch the clouds drift by because it is National Hammock Day — a relaxing holiday that will help your forget all your troubles for a little while and recharge.

The English word “hammock” derives from Spanish hamaca, which in turn is borrowed from Taíno (Arawak) hamaka that means “stretch of cloth”. It refers to a sling made of rope and cloth or netting that is suspended between two or more anchor points such as posts or trees. Originally developed for sleeping, hammocks are commonly associated with rest, relaxation, leisure, and warm summer days.

Hammocks seem to have been independently invented by several cultures on different continents. A picture of the biblical Joseph in a hammock on wheels can be found in the 11th-century Old English Hexateuch. Another illustration with a hammock, where it is depicted as a hanging cloth bed, appears in the 14th-century Luttrell Psalter.

However, hammocks didn’t come into wide use in Europe until the discovery and colonization of the Americas. Native Americans used hammocks woven out of tree bark or sisal fibers as beds that protected them from wild animals and the elements.

Around the late 16th century, English sailors began to use hammocks aboard ships because they took less space than bunks or berths and provided more comfortable sleep. The use of hammocks on ships continued well into the 20th century.

Today, there are many kinds and styles of hammocks available. Some are just pieces of fabric or netting with rope ties; others have one or two spreader bars that can be made from metal or wood. There are special lightweight hammocks with pockets and mosquito netting that are specifically designed for camping and traditional hammocks made by artisans in Mexico, El Salvador, Venezuela, Brazil, and Nicaragua.

The origin of National Hammock Day is unclear, but don’t let it stop you from celebrating! Buy a hammock, find a place to hang it, climb in, and chill. If there are no conveniently located trees to tie your hammock to nearby, you can buy a special hammock stand and keep it in your backyard. And if you’re feeling adventurous, have time and the weather permits, use the holiday as an excuse to try hammock camping.

In some places, hammock enthusiasts organize National Hammock Day events, some of which are sponsored by companies selling outdoor gear. They include live music, treats and snacks, and, of course, relaxing in hammocks. If there are no National Hammock Day events near you, you can organize an event of your own by reaching out to your community on Facebook or simply inviting your friends and family for a hammock hangout.

National Hammock Day is the perfect occasion to take a break from everyday stress, unplug, and take a nap. Before you fall asleep, don’t forget to share photos of your hammock setup on social media with the hashtag #NationalHammockDay to spread the word about the holiday and encourage others to relax in a hammock.

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