As if summer break and vacations aren't good enough reasons to love July, there are 31 more excuses to celebrate the summer's hottest month. From Independence Day to National Ice Cream Sundae Day and to World Emoji Day, there are so many reasons to get out and party this month!
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July 1: International Chicken Wing Day
Chicken wings bring a certain delicious something to game day, happy hours, sporting events. and those nights you just have to resort to takeout. That certain something could be the buttery, saucy, bleu cheesy (or ranch-y!) deliciousness that is impossible to eat without making a mess. Remember, the mess is part of the charm!
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July 2: Made in the USA Day
Support American small businesses and your local economy by shopping local and shopping American. Supporting companies with headquarters and productions in the United States of America ensures work for American laborers and revenue for American businesses. You can feel good knowing you're boosting the hometown economy.
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July 3: National Eat Beans Day
The song is right: Beans are good for your heart! They're also good for your digestive tract, muscle development, and waistline, too. Toss a half-cup of kidney beans into your favorite salad, roast chickpeas with olive oil and your favorite seasonings for a crunchy snack. Or, blend black beans into your go-to brownie mix for a healthier, fiber-filled brownie recipe.
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July 4: Independence Day
Between the barbecues, ice-cold beers, fireworks, and bonfires take a few moments today to reflect on the true meaning of Independence Day. Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the true reasons to celebrate. Happy birthday, America!Continue to 5 of 31 below.
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July 5: National Graham Cracker Day
Although they might not be the first cookies you reach for when your sweet tooth strikes, the humble graham cracker is needed for s'mores, graham cracker pie crusts, cookies, and even banana pudding with graham cracker crumbles! Pressed into a pie crust or crumbled on top of ice cream, graham crackers can give so many desserts an extra dose of crunch and sweetness.
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July 8: National Chocolate With Almonds Day
If celebrating plain chocolate wasn't enough, today is the day to celebrate chocolate with almonds. The crunchy pairing can be eaten in candy bar form, chocolate covered almonds, or any other way your sweet tooth desires.Continue to 9 of 31 below.
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July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day
Sugar cookies are simple yet versatile and they are so easy to make; flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda is all you need and they only take a few minutes to whip up. There are so many tasty ways to dress them up, like icing them with homemade frosting, making miniature ice cream sandwiches, or making a sugar cookie crumble!
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July 10: National Pina Colada Day
If you can't transport yourself to the beach today, this classic, tropical cocktail can! This beverage is made with a few simple ingredients including white rum, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. Nothing can make your back patio feel like a tropical escape like a pina colada can. Break out the tiny paper umbrellas, kick off your shoes, and enjoy.
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July 11: National Mojito Day (And Free Slurpee Day!)
Say hola to your new favorite cocktail! Combining white rum with sugar, lime, mint, soda water, and sugar, this Cuban classic tastes light and refreshing. It's perfect for hot Havana nights or an evening on your porch.
Mojitos aren't the only drinks in the limelight today. It's the summer day every kid waits for: Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven! Grab a free Slurpee at your local store and watch out for the brain freeze.
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July 12: National Pecan Day
A classic, Southern staple, pecans can be used in so many delicious ways. Look for them in pies, pralines, salads, smoothies, and even as a delicious crust for salmon!Continue to 13 of 31 below.
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July 14: Pandemonium Day
Between a hectic work schedule, chores, family time, and much-needed alone time, every day may feel like Pandemonium Day. But today, embrace it! Do something you normally wouldn't do: Stray from your regular schedule, wear jeans to work, let the dog on the bed, dig into your favorite junk food. Do whatever you need to let loose and embrace the pandemonium!
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July 16: National Fresh Spinach Day
You don't have to down a massive pile of spinach to celebrate National Fresh Spinach Day! Try sauteeing spinach in olive oil with garlic, diced onions and your favorite spices, blend a handful into your breakfast smoothie, or even mash it into hamburgers, turkey burgers, or meatballs for an extra serving of veggies!Continue to 17 of 31 below.
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July 20: Nap Day
In a busy week, there can be few opportunities to take a nap. Hit the pillow and take full, unabashed advantage of nap day.Continue to 21 of 31 below.
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July 21: National Junk Food Day
Today, it's basically your duty as an American to treat yourself. Skip the standard breakfast bar and dig into some homemade donuts, ditch your sad desk salad and eat a slice of pizza or a decked-out grilled cheese, and swap your salmon with veggies for some hearty chili fries, deliciously decadent burgers, or pasta piled high with cheese. National Junk Food Day only comes once a year, after all!
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July 22: Summer Leisure Day
Even if you can't take a nice, long vacation this summer, it's important to give yourself some TLC. Take a breather from the daily routine and go to the beach, lake, or a local park for a picnic, hit the mall and splurge on the outfit you've been eyeing for weeks, or simply sleep in and have a lazy day on the couch.
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July 24: National Tell an Old Joke Day
Today's the day you can finally unleash your beloved dad jokes without fear of people groaning and rolling their eyes. If you need a little material, here's one: Why don't crabs donate to charity? Because they're shellfish.Continue to 25 of 31 below.
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July 28: National Hamburger Day
A hamburger with fries is truly a classic. Whether you opt for a traditional hamburger, a burger wrapped in bacon, or a more creative blend of fixings, there's no wrong way to eat a hamburger today. If you don't eat meat, try a delicious meatless burger recipe!Continue to 29 of 31 below.
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July 31: National Avocado Day
Served as plain slices on a sandwich, mashed into flavorful guacamole, or blended into dairy-free fudge, today, we're honoring this beloved fruit.