Umbrella Cover Day
annually on July 6th (since 2014)
Awareness & Advocacy
Umbrella covers—or sheaths, slipcovers, or sleeves—are made of the same material as the umbrellas they cover. Are they necessary? Do they serve a purpose? Some people think they have some importance, enough so that they celebrate them with a holiday: Umbrella Cover Day.
Umbrella covers protect umbrellas that aren't in use, keeping them looking new. They protect them from usual wear and tear, and from moths and other insects. They also are useful in transporting wet umbrellas. Beyond their utilitarian purposes, some people collect them, and there even is a museum, the Umbrella Cover Museum, on Peaks Island in Portland, Maine. It was opened in 1996 by Nancy 3. Hoffman. She also came up with Umbrella Cover Day, and it was first observed in 2014. It "celebrates the stories behind the cover, and encourages you to hold onto and dig out your umbrella covers from the bottom of drawers, the backs of cupboards and from, unsurprisingly, on your umbrellas, and to celebrate the mundane and everyday things in life."
How to Observe Umbrella Cover Day
Some ways you could celebrate the day include:
- Visit the Umbrella Cover Museum. If you can't travel there, you could view their virtual exhibitions, donate an umbrella cover to them, support them financially, or read a book about the museum written by its founder.
- Buy a new umbrella that has an umbrella cover.
- Dig around your home to find all the umbrella covers you can.
- Celebrate anything that appears mundane, just like umbrella covers do.
- Find alternative uses for umbrella covers, like using them to store pencils, plastic bags, or loose change, or using them to decorate a room.
- Post on social media about how you are celebrating with the hashtags #UmbrellaCoverDayCelebrations or #UmbrellaCoverDay.