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Grand Trunk Encourages Relaxation on National Hammock Day

Skokie, Ill. (July 9, 2013) – July 22 is National Hammock Day. And while it may not be a federally-recognized holiday just yet, it’s certainly reason to celebrate at Grand Trunk – a Chicago-based manufacturer of hammocks, travel accessories, and other well-crafted gear for those driven to explore the world around them. In an effort to help people celebrate National Hammock Day the “Grand Trunk” way – swinging between two trees in a state of ultimate comfort and relaxation – the company will be giving away more than $3,000 worth of hammocks through a social media photo contest, which can be entered via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Complete contest rules are available on the company’s website.

Grand Trunk is also utilizing National Hammock Day as a platform to help encourage anyone who feels overscheduled, sleep deprived, or stressed to find time for rest and relaxation on July 22.

“Let’s face it; just about everybody maintains a pretty hectic schedule these days and finding time to simply unwind and recharge can be tough,” said Jon Neff, co-founder of Grand Trunk. “While it’s a very lighthearted holiday, we do believe that National Hammock Day also delivers an important reminder to slow down, take stock, and stay open to new experiences and opportunities in life.”

Not surprisingly, hammocks – like those available from Grand Trunk – have endured as the ultimate symbol of relaxation through several centuries. Originally developed by native inhabitants of Central and South America, the first hammocks were woven out of bark from a “hamack” tree, which probably sounds familiar. Today, companies like Grand Trunk offer hammocks in a wide variety of materials for any number of outdoor activities – from relaxing on the beach to through-hiking the Appalachian Trail. To learn more about the history of hammocks or the benefits of sleeping in one, please visit Grand Trunk online.

Grand Trunk is encouraging relaxation on National Hammock Day.

About Grand Trunk:

Grand Trunk makes products for those who value connecting with nature, learning about the world, and experiencing another way of life – even if it’s only for a short time. The company was founded by two young entrepreneurs who met while backpacking through Thailand.Their shared passion for travel and outdoor adventure lead them to start selling hammocks together in 2002 and their business quickly expanded and evolved over the past decade. Today, the company offers a wide assortment of adventure travel gear. To view Grand Trunk’s complete range of products, please visit

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