While Tuesday, July 30 may be Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthday (the actor will be 66 this year), each year in Orlando, Florida at Lazy Moon, a popular pizzeria, the actor is celebrated the proceeding Saturday with his own special day…”Arnold Day.” This year, the 9th Annual Arnold Day celebration that attracts Arnold fans from near and far will be Saturday, August 3 from noon – 2 a.m.
“While I am a fan, Arnold Day is not just for ‘fanboys’.” said Ryan Boylston, Arnold Day founder. “It is a celebration of an icon that spans many generations and platforms. It has practically become a holiday here.”
Boylston, along with Lazy Moon owners Matt Griffis and Tim Brown grew up watching Arnold in the 1980s. In fact, most of them played with Arnold action figures during a time when “R”-rated movies weren’t quite what they are today.
Arnold Day-goers will enjoy favorite Arnold classic films throughout the day on a large screen; participate in an Arnold look-alike, trivia and quote contests; indulge in a special Lazy Moon Arnold Pizza – a gigantic meat-filled pie; and revel in brews and birthday cake.
For this first time in Arnold Day history, organizers will be showing a NEW Arnold movie…The Last Stand…in addition to Arnold classics such as all the Terminators, Predator, Conan the Barbarian, Total Recall, Last Action Hero, True Lies and Kindergarten Cop.
Lazy Moon has even created a special “Arnold Pizza” in honor of the actor. The Arnold Slice ($6) is 15 inches from tip to crust and the Arnold Pie ($32) is 30 inches in diameter. Made with a whole grain mustard base, bratwurst sausage, caramelized onions, beer gravy and mozzarella cheese, 15% of pizza slice sales from July 29 – August 3 will benefit Make-A-Wish® Central & Northern Florida and 15% of pie sales on August 3 will benefit the charity.
“Making this year’s event all the more special is our commitment to giving back to our community and the Make-A-Wish Foundation that does much to help make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses,” said Boylston. “We hope to continue our support of this cause as we move into our 10th Annual Arnold Day celebration next year.”
While this event is always free and open to all, this year, a portion of proceeds from menu sales will benefit Make-A-Wish® Central & Northern Florida. 100% of proceeds from sales of select beers, including Mainly Cigar City’s Hell Lager, will benefit the charity.
Lazy Moon is located at 12269 University Boulevard. The event is FREE and open to the public.
For more information about Arnold Day, visit www.arnoldday.com.