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International Picnic Day

Make lasting memories this International Picnic Day - gather your friends, pack a picnic basket, and enjoy some quality time together outdoors!
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It's time to break out the picnic baskets and get ready to celebrate International Picnic Day on June 18! This day has been celebrated since the early 19th century and is a great way to get together with friends and family for some quality time. Whether it be at a local park, beach, or in your own backyard, picnics are always a fun way to enjoy good food and company. Plus, you don't even have to worry about cooking or doing dishes afterward – what could be better? So start planning your perfect picnic today and let's make this International Picnic Day one to remember!

History of International Picnic Day

International Picnic Day Dates

International Picnic Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1692</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Origin of the Term 'Picnic'</div><div class='timeline-text'>The French term “pique-nique” first appeared in print, referring to a group of people dining in a restaurant who brought their own wine.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Picnics Gain Popularity</div><div class='timeline-text'>In the 19th century, picnics grew in popularity in France following the French Revolution, when it became common for people to eat outdoors.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1861</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>American Picnic Tradition</div><div class='timeline-text'>Picnics became a popular form of entertainment in the United States after the Civil War; they were used as a means of raising funds for causes such as war relief and church building.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1950s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Picnic Baskets and Blankets</div><div class='timeline-text'>The traditional picnic basket and blanket gained popularity in the mid-20th century as a convenient way to transport and enjoy outdoor meals.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2019</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Picnic Popularity Surge</div><div class='timeline-text'>Picnicking saw a surge in popularity due to an increasing desire to reconnect with nature and reduce stress, along with the trend for more informal dining experiences.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate International Picnic Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Plan a backyard picnic</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Planning a picnic is a great way to celebrate International Picnic Day. Gather your friends, family, and some delicious food, and spend the day enjoying each other's company.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an outdoor movie night</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Set up the projector, get some snacks and drinks, and enjoy a movie under the stars with your friends and family.  This is a great way to spend time together outdoors.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Organize a potluck</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Get your friends together for a potluck picnic. Everyone can bring their favorite dish or snack, and you can all enjoy a delicious picnic lunch together.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local park</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visiting a local park is an easy way to celebrate International Picnic Day. Pack up some snacks and drinks, and spend the day exploring nature and enjoying the fresh air.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a picnic hike</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack up your picnic lunch, find a local hiking trail, and enjoy the scenic views while you eat. This is a great way to get out into nature with your friends and family.</p></div></div>

Why We Love International Picnic Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Picnics are perfect for spending time with friends and family</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Picnics allow us to get out into nature and spend time with the people we care about most. Whether you're having a solo picnic or gathering together with a whole group, talking, sharing stories, and playing games in the great outdoors can help create lasting memories that will stay with us forever.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Picnics are an easy way to have a healthy meal</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>From sandwiches to fruit salad to roasted vegetables, packing foods that are both nutritious and delicious is easy when you're going on a picnic. Plus, you can use reusable containers and cutlery so you don't have to worry about wasting plastic or creating more trash during your outing.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Picnics provide the perfect opportunity for relaxation</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Going on a picnic allows us to take a break from our daily lives and just let go of stress. We can find peace and joy surrounded by nature and make some wonderful memories with our family and friends!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about International Picnic Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>International Picnic Day Originates from France</h3><p class='facts-content'>The concept of International Picnic Day supposedly traces back to the French, who, after the French revolution, loved to eat meals outdoors, which has now become a cherished gathering across the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The World's Largest Picnic Was in Portugal</h3><p class='facts-content'>The largest ever recorded picnic took place in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 20, 2009. The picnic was 600 meters long and fed about more than 22,000 people.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Longest Picnic Table Was Over 1 Mile</h3><p class='facts-content'>The longest picnic table on record was over 1 mile long. Organized by the city of Evron, France, in 2019 with 7,417 people seated around the table.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Picnic Baskets Have Evolved Over Time</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though we associate wicker baskets with picnics, early picnickers used tablecloths or napkins to carry food. The picnic basket like we know it today didn't appear until the 19th century.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Picnic Foods Differ Worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>While North Americans may pack sandwiches and chips, a Japanese Hanami picnic would include sushi and sake, and a French pique-nique might feature cheese, bread, fruit, and wine.</p></div></div>

International Picnic Day FAQs

When is International Picnic Day?

International Picnic Day is celebrated on June 18 every year. In 2024 International Picnic Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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