It’s a Swing Thing: Celebrate National Hammock Day!
Nothing spells summer like stretching out in a nice, comfy hammock. July 22 is National Hammock Day–part of National Hammock Month–so be sure to celebrate all the relaxation your swinging sanctuary brings by indulging in a little hammock history and
tips on ways to further enjoy it.
History of the Hammock
Introduced to Christopher Columbus by a Haitian tribe known as the Taino Indians, the hamaca, (or hammock) was originally used in Central America over a thousand years ago as protection from dangerous ground organisms. Their popularity grew after Columbus brought hammocks back to Europe, with all classes of people seeking them out. The U.S. military even slept in them when on missions far from home. They were first mass-produced in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Today, people around the world use them as an ideal source of summertime slumber.
Rest & Relaxation Tips
Make the most of your hammock and rejuvenate yourself with these relaxation suggestions:
- Enjoy a refreshing breeze, watch the clouds drift in the sky,
and indulge a favorite daydream
- Bask in the warm sunshine and listen to the sounds of nature
- Lose yourself in a good book while sipping ice-cold lemonade
- Share a spot and the closeness of a loved one
- Take a nice, long afternoon nap (pack a pillow or cushion)
- Enjoy a tasty snack like a mouth-watering hot dog (July 23 is National Hot Dog Day by the way!) and a scrumptious dessert like ice cream (July is also National Ice Cream Month!)
Hammock Buying Guides
Don’t have a hammock? No problem. Here are a few sites to consider when buying:
By the way, hammocks are not just for summer anymore! You can buy hammock sleeping bags that keep you off the ground and warm in even the coldest temperatures!
Try Googling “hammock sleeping bags” to check it out.