Each year, on the last Friday in July, it is National System Administrator Appreciation Day. This day is also known as Sysadmin Day, SysAdminDay, SAD or SAAD.
National System Administrator Day was created to show appreciation for the work of sysadmins and other IT workers. The official SysAdmin Day website includes suggestions for the proper observation of this day.
There are some geek and Internet culture businesses, like ThinkGeek and CafePress, that honor this holiday with special product offerings, discounts and contests and various folk songs have been written to commemorate System Administrator Day. E-cards are available to be sent to celebrate this special occasion.
This holiday has been recognized and has been promoted by many IT professional organizations, the League of Professional System Administrators and Sage/Usenix.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Thank a system administrator that has helped you out. Post on social media using #SysAdminDay and encourage others to join in.
National System Administrator Appreciation Day was created by Ted Kekatos. Kekatos was inspired by a Hewlett-Packard magazine advertisement in which a system administrator was given flowers and fruit baskets by grateful co-workers as a ‘thank-you’ for installing new printers. Prior to seeing this advertisement, Kekatos had just installed several of the same models of printers at his place of work. The first System Administrator Appreciation Day was celebrated on July 28, 2000.