Lemonade stands have been an American pastime, but when did this tradition start? Lemonades have always been popular and children benefit from lemonade stands by learning about what running a business is like.
Lemonade Day celebrates this long-standing tradition and encourages others to celebrate it by supporting these children in their business! Whether it’s for a charity cause or for that very special thing that child wants Lemonade Day is all about drinking lemonade and having a good time.
History of Lemonade Day
Let’s start at the beginning with the well-known fruit itself, the lemon! Lemons were originally discovered around 1st century AD when the Romans and Greeks established routes to India, where the fruit is believed to have first originated.
The cultivation of lemons began to spread to the Middle East and Southern Europe. At the time it was considered a luxury item in cooking and decoration. Lemonade existed in the Mediterranean region during the 13th century and was considered medicinal.
Lemonade was then introduced to America by European settlers in the 17th century. It wasn’t until the beginning of the industrial revolution that lemonade stands would become a popular way of teaching children about leadership and money.
Lemonade Day was founded by Lisa and Michael Holthouse in 2007 to honor the way lemonade stands to teach children about running a business. Lisa Holthouse was inspired to create this holiday by a time in her childhood when she wanted a pet turtle. Her father helped her set up a lemonade stand to raise money to buy the animal herself. Since then, over 250,000 children take part in the celebration annually.
Participation in this holiday is free. Throughout the day, children learn valuable lessons about responsibility, finances, and setting goals and the importance of teamwork. People in their local communities support these children by getting a delicious drink in hand.
How to Celebrate Lemonade Day
Support children everywhere by purchasing lemonade from their stands! Purchasing a lemonade can help build confidence and help them understand the value of money.
By purchasing a lemonade, you can potentially inspire future business leaders. If you have a child, help them set up a lemonade stand to teach them about business and money.
Whether the money is for the child or for a charity, lemonade stands can be a great way to give back to your community. When they experience success children can become inspired to be amazing people. Share this holiday with your friends and family and spread the love for lemonade!