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April Holidays and Events - Teachable Moments in April

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April 3rd - Pony Express, Rainbows and National Parks
April 3rd - Pony Express, Rainbows and National Parks

April 3rd - Pony Express, Rainbows and National Parks

Beverly Hernandez
Here's a more detailed list of April Holidays and Events with worksheets, coloring pages and activities to provide teachable moments for April 3rd.

Pony Express Established
The Pony Express was an express mail service carried by relays of riders on horseback from April 3, 1860 to October 28, 1861. In 1859, Senator Gwin of California spoke to W.H. Russell who operated the Overland Stage Line about a speedier delivery of letters and the Pony Express service began. The riders were able to cut the delivery time by more than half with a letter traveling from St. Joseph, Missouri, to Sacramento, California, in 10 days. The Pony Express used 500 half-breed California mustang horses, 190 relay stations and 80 riders. The Pony Express went out of business when Pacific Telegraph began sending messages by wire.

National Find-A-Rainbow Day
April 3rd is National Find-A-Rainbow Day. A rainbow is an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain. Do you know the colors of the rainbow? Have you ever seen a double rainbow?

Isle Royal National Park Established
Isle Royale National Park was established on April 3, 1940. Isle Royale National Park is located on an island in Michigan and is known for its wolf and moose populations. The wolves and moose have been studied continuously on Isle Royale since 1958.

National Chocolate Mousse Day
April 3rd is National Chocolate Mousse Day. Mousse is a rich, frothy, creamy dessert made with whipped egg whites and heavy cream.

For April 1-15, click on the squares below.
For April 16-30 Holidays, go to April Events 16th - 30th
For an overview, go to April Fundays Calendar

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