What a day today is! Don’t tell me that you don’t know! Today is not only Flag Day, but it is National Bourbon Day!
I know some people may roll their eyes if they hear that it is National Bourbon Day, because they assume it’s like the other “fake” holidays throughout the year, such as National Talk Like a Pirate Day or National Donut Day (Hey now, I’m not complaining about a day dedicated to donuts. I always have to get a couple or a dozen when this day comes around). However, National Bourbon Day is in fact a real holiday (or at least it is to us Kentuckians and fellow bourbon drinkers). Legend has it that June 14 is the anniversary of the very first time that bourbon was distilled in the late 1700s. On May 4, 1964, Lyndon B. Johnson signed an Act of Congress which declared bourbon “America’s Native Spirit.” This means that to be called bourbon, it must adhere to very strict regulations and must be made in the United States.
Not only does bourbon have a day dedicated to it, it also has a month to celebrate its honor. September is National Bourbon Heritage Month, and the Kentucky Bourbon Festival falls within that month and is hosted by Bardstown and has been since 1991.