The first days of summer (and school vacation!) may be reason enough for celebration in June, but believe it or not, there's actually more fun to be had. From quirky food holidays and pet appreciation days to notable times in history, June provides us with many opportunities to smile. Here are 30 reasons to celebrate throughout the month.
June used to be the fourth month in the year before the Julian calendar was created.
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June 1: World Milk Day
Today's the day to enjoy a cold glass of milk. If cow's milk isn't your thing, there are many dairy alternatives available to you in the grocery store, including almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and more. You can even upgrade your sip with a bit of chocolate syrup for a glass of classic chocolate milk.
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June 2: National Rocky Road Day
Now considered a classic favorite, rocky road is a tasty blend of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. It was originally concocted around 1929 and given its quirky name to give people a reason to smile during the Great Depression. Ice cream has the uncanny ability to make any situation better, so grab a scoop (or two!) to celebrate this day.
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June 3: National Egg Day
Eggs are packed with nutrients and are super versatile—whether you like them scrambled, hard-boiled, soft boiled, fried, poached, or baked, there are a slew of delicious recipes for you out there. Today, celebrate the humble egg with your favorite recipe, like breakfast tacos, egg salad, a quiche, or even your favorite brownies (hey, eggs are an ingredient!).
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June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
Not that you need an excuse, but today is the perfect day to give your feline friend a few extra cuddles. If your cat doesn’t like being hugged, try showing your affection in another way, like a new toy, a special treat, or a relaxing cat nap for two.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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June 4: National Donut Day
Everyone's favorite breakfast treat has a dedicated day of celebration on the first Friday of June each year. There are many flavors of donuts to satisfy your sweet tooth—whether you prefer a classic glazed, a savory bacon donut, or one with sprinkles on top, today's the day to enjoy. Pick up a dozen to share and get ready to become the most popular person in the office.
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June 6: National Gardening as Exercise Day
Gardening is a great exercise because it’s low-impact (easy on your joints), relaxing, and good for the environment. Plus, research proves that time spent outdoors is linked to reduced stress levels and improved brain function. On June 6, grab your gloves and get gardening—even if you don't have your own outdoor green space, you can learn how to grow plants inside.
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June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Ice cream is a quintessential warm-weather treat for many people. To celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, grab your favorite cocoa-flavored cold treat and enjoy it outside for a mid-day break—just be sure to finish it before it melts.
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June 8: Best Friends Day
Best friends play a lot of different roles in our lives, including trusted advisers, confidants, and cheerleaders. Today, show your best bud how much you appreciate them by treating them to a happy hour drink, their favorite home-cooked dinner, or a small gift you know they'll love.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
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June 9: National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day
Strawberry rhubarb pie is an early summertime classic. The two fruits combine for a perfect not-too-sweet, not-too-tart, juicy filling. If you're feeling ambitious, you can make your own pie, or just pick one up at your favorite local bakery. Pro tip: Don't forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top.
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June 10: National Iced Tea Day
Nothing says summer like a big pitcher of freshly brewed iced tea that’s jam-packed with sliced lemons. Whether you prefer the classic flavor of unsweetened iced tea, an iced lemongrass tea, or every Southerner’s sugar-laden favorite, sweet tea, today's the day to make this your beverage of choice.
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June 11: Corn on the Cob Day
Whether topped with butter, seasoned with salt and pepper, sprinkled with queso fresco and lime juice, or chopped into a summer salad, it’s not a barbecue without some corn on the cob. While traditional cooking methods call for boiling or grilling the corn, if you’re crunched for time, you can also microwave it, and it will taste just as delicious. Be sure to add corn to the dinner menu tonight.
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June 12: National Jerky Day
You'd be a lot hungrier on road trips, hikes, and camping without jerky. Packed with protein, jerky is a must-have for long summer excursions. Amp up the nutritional value and save a few bucks by making your own jerky at home to celebrate National Jerky Day. All you need is a dehydrator, your favorite lean meat, and some spices for added flavor.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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June 13: Weed Your Garden Day
Now that the warm weather is here, it’s time to give your garden some TLC. Grab your toughest gardening gloves, and tackle the weeds that took over during the spring in honor of Weed Your Garden Day.
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June 14: Flag Day
On June 14, 1777, the United States adopted the American flag. Since then, it has become a symbol of freedom, endurance, and patriotism recognized around the globe. Hang a flag inside or outside of your home to commemorate Flag Day.
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June 15: National Lobster Day
If you're a big seafood lover, today is the day to indulge. It's super easy to steam your own lobsters, crack those claws, and enjoy—but if preparing them yourself isn't your thing, head to a seafood shack for a tasty lobster roll instead.
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June 16: Fresh Veggies Day
Eating plenty of veggies doesn’t have to mean a plate full of boring greens. In honor of Fresh Veggies day today, swap your regular spinach salad for a new-to-you combination or roast your favorite root veggies with garlic, olive oil, and your favorite spices. You can always blend a handful of veggies (and fruits) for a nutrient-packed smoothie, too.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
Say hallo to apple pie’s tasty European cousin! Made with thin layers of flaky crust, tons of apples, and brown sugar, freshly baked apple strudel pairs well with coffee at breakfast or vanilla ice cream for dessert. Make your own strudel to start the morning (or to end the day) on a sweet note for National Apple Strudel Day.
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June 18: National Splurge Day
Whether splurging to you means drinking a glass of wine on your patio, buying an outfit you’ve been eyeing, or enjoying a massive bacon cheeseburger, there’s only one thing to do today: treat yourself. Indulge in that splurge you've been waiting to carry out until the "right moment," because that moment is today.
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June 19: National Dry Martini Day
Celebrate National Dry Martini Day with a toast to this classic beverage. Unlike a wet martini, a dry martini is mixed up with less vermouth. If you prefer a botanical flavor, opt for gin over vodka. You'll also need to decide whether you want olives or olive juice, which makes it a "dirty martini."
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June 20: The First Day of Summer
Summer is finally here! Today's the day to take advantage of the warm weather and extra-long daylight, so ring in the season with a few cocktails al fresco, a fresh summer salad, or a fun outdoor activity like heading to the beach or the local pool.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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June 21: National Smoothie Day
On a hot day, not much can beat an ice-cold smoothie. Blend up a sip for National Smoothie Day featuring your favorite fruits and veggies (mix-ins like yogurt or peanut butter work, too), and enjoy the refreshing beverage outdoors.
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June 22: National Onion Rings Day
Covering a food in batter and deep-frying it usually ends up being a delicious hit—and that's especially true for onions. In honor of National Onion Rings Day, try making your own onion rings at home (it’s easier than you’d think) with a classic beer batter recipe. If all else fails, you can always hit up your local pub for a deep-fried basket.
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June 23: National Pink Day
The color pink can add a fun, unexpected pop of personality to your home décor, garden, wardrobe, or even your hairstyle. Look for places where you can add the hue to your life in honor of National Pink Day.
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June 24: National Pralines Day
A classic Southern treat, pralines combine pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds with butter, cream, and brown sugar for a delicious bite. Today, channel your inner Southerner and whip up a batch of your own to share with friends or family.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
A strawberry parfait is a layered treat that's usually served in a tall glass to show off its layers. If you’re looking for a somewhat healthy option to celebrate National Strawberry Parfait Day, try making your own with vanilla Greek yogurt, fresh-sliced strawberries, and homemade granola.
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June 27: Great American Picnic Day
Traditionally celebrated on the last Saturday in June, you can honor Great American Picnic day by packing up a feast of your own and heading outdoors. Enjoy your meal in a local park, after a long hike, on the beach, or in your own backyard—just make sure you clean up your trash!
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June 28: National Tapioca Day
Love it or hate it, this squishy treat has its very own national holiday: National Tapioca Day. Whether you make it in pudding form, add it to boba tea, or even bake it, tapioca makes an interesting addition to lots of drinks and desserts. Even if you've never had it before, try out a recipe that uses tapioca to celebrate the day.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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June 29: National Camera Day
Invented in 1816, cameras have come lightyears from the very first version, which was a simple box with a piece of silver chloride-coated paper that produced very primitive photos. Celebrate this day (and scientific progress) by having a photoshoot with friends or family, or by taking interesting photos of nearby scenery.
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June 30: National Meteor Watch Day
While there isn't always an opportunity to catch a shooting star, June 30 is a day made for celebrating the wonders of the night sky. Mark today by searching the sky for meteors or simply watching the stars. If you happen to have a telescope on hand, this is the day to pull it out and put it to use.