For the main site for information and to see if your city is represented; go to: www.lemonadeday.org National Lemonade Day was May 4, 2014 with many cities participating on that date; however, other cities have chosen to launch Lemonade Day on different weekends. I have seen some dates as late in the Summer as August in prior years and the earliest was in March in Alaska several years ago.
About Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day is a fun, free experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business…a lemonade stand! Each year, National Lemonade Day is observed on the first Sunday in May, [Note: Lemonade Day can be implemented any weekend from approximately May-August] when youth around the country take to the streets of their communities to open their Lemonade stands, and put the business skills they have learned into practice.
Launched in Houston, Texas in 2007, Lemonade Day has grown from 2,700 kids in one city to 200,000 kids in over 35 cities across America and Canada. With the help of partners like Google, Lemonade Day will bring this entrepreneurial experience to 1 million kids in 100 cities across America, sparking entrepreneurship and empowering youth in a way that’s never been done to scale.
The Lemonade Day story
It all started with a Turtle. Lemonade Day was founded when Lissa, Michael Holthouse’s daughter asked her dad to buy her a turtle. When Michael drew a line in the sand expressing she had enough pets, Lissa decided to open a Lemonade stand and purchase the turtle with her own money. Michael, a successful entrepreneur, soon found himself offering Lissa numerous tips to make her lemonade stand a success. He quickly realized the tips were valuable business lessons that she could apply to any entrepreneurial situation. As a result, Michael was inspired to pour the same principles for success into other youth and empower them to realize their entrepreneurial dreams: Lemonade Day was born!
Since its inception, Lemonade Day has provided access to the experience of business ownership to youth from all walks of life. They learn business skills and principles which follow them into adulthood. Whether they become entrepreneurs or not, the life skills learned from this experience help develop strong community leaders. From that very first Lemonade stand in Houston, Lemonade Day now has over 150,000 youth across the U.S. and Canada participating each year.
The goal of Lemonade Day is to give children of all socio-economic backgrounds, in all neighborhoods, the opportunity to start their own business and learn how to make money where they are encouraged to ‘spend a little, save a little and share a little.’
As most new business owners, Lemonade Day entrepreneurs usually have a goal for what they want to do with their money. For some it may be to go to summer camp. Others want to help a classmate who is sick. Some youth want to buy something. Thus the spend, save, share model.
The mission of Lemonade Day is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Continue for Frequently Asked Questions