System Administrator Appreciation Day, also known as Sysadmin Day or SAAD (as in Happy SAAD!), falls on the last Friday in July. It exists solely to show appreciation to sysadmins and people with other similar occupations.
The first official Sysadmin Day was celebrated on July 28th 2000. Typical observances of this holiday are to present gifts to your Sysadmin. These gifts include chocolate, beer, wine, electronic toys, video games, and cake & ice cream.
Ted Kekatos has created System Administrator Appreciation Day, a time to honor the people whom neither rain, nor snow, nor bizarre "illegal operation" errors can keep from fixing your machine. Kekatos, a system administrator in Chicago, was inspired to create the special day by a Hewlett-Packard ad he saw in a magazine. In the ad, a system administrator is presented with flowers and fruit-baskets from employees as thanks for installing new (HP) printers. Ironically for a website celebrating the people who keep the servers running, the website is not reachable on the day in question, since it invariably gets slashdotted.
System Administrator Appreciation Day is now recognized as an international holiday. Many companies have Cake & Ice Cream parties for their entire IT staff.
This year (2005), Sysadmin Day is July 29th