The first day of summer isn't the only thing to be excited about in June. From fun food holidays to pet appreciation days and notable days in history, there are at least 30 reasons to smile during the month of June.
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June 2: National Rocky Road Day
Rocky Road is a tasty blend of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. Concocted in 1929, it was named Rocky Road to give people a reason to smile during the Great Depression. Ice cream has the uncanny ability to make any situation better!
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June 3: National Egg Day
Eggs are cheap, readily available, packed with protein, and super versatile. Whether you like them scrambled, hard boiled, soft boiled, fried, poached, or baked, there are so many delicious ways to eat eggs. Today, celebrate the humble egg with some breakfast tacos, egg salad, quiche, or even your favorite brownies!
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June 4: Hug Your Cat Day
Only if your cat will tolerate it!
Today is the day to hug your feline friend. If your cat doesn’t like being hugged, and really, many don’t, try showing your affection in another way. Give your pet a nose-to-tail rub, cuddle its head, or take a relaxing cat nap together.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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June 5: World Environment Day
We’ve only got one planet, so let’s take care of it! Some extremely easy ways to give Mother Earth a little extra love include riding your bike to work, planting some baby trees in your backyard, starting a simple compost heap, recycling, swapping plastic shopping bags for reusable totes, and buying local, organic food items when you’re able. Even if you make only one change, remember that lots of little changes can add up to make a big impact!
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June 6: National Gardening as Exercise Day
Gardening can burn about 200 calories per hour and is a great exercise because it’s low-impact (easy on the joints), cheap or free, and relaxing. Plus, time spent outdoors has been linked to reduced stress and improved brain function. Grab your gloves and get gardening!
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June 7: National Donut Day
There are so many types of donuts these days. Whether you prefer a classic glazed, Boston creme, or a wild and wacky topped donut, today's the day to enjoy. Pick a dozen mixed donuts and share with friends or co-workers.
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June 8: Best Friends DayContinue 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 together in a perfect, not-too-sweet, juicy filling. If you're feeling ambitious, make your own pie. If not, pick one up at your favorite local bakery. And, don't forget a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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June 10: National Iced Tea Day
Nothing says “summer” like a big pitcher of freshly brewed, ice cold tea that’s jam-packed with sliced lemons. Whether you prefer classic iced tea, iced lemongrass tea, or every Southerner’s sugar-laden favorite, sweet tea, there’s no wrong way to drink an iced tea today. There are even iced tea cocktails if you’re interested in an adult beverage.
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June 11: Corn on the Cob Day
Topped with butter, salt and pepper, sprinkled with queso fresco and lime juice, or chopped into a fresh summer salad, it’s not a barbecue without some corn on the cob. If you’re crunched for time, you can microwave corn on the cob and it tastes just as delicious. Simply shuck the ears of corn, wrap each individual ear in plastic wrap or a damp paper towel, and microwave for one minute.
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June 12: National Jerky Day
Road trips, hikes, and camping would be a lot hungrier without jerky. Packed with protein (for relatively few calories), 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. 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
But now that it’s summer, it’s time to give your garden the TLC it deserves! Rally your kids, grab your toughest gardening gloves, and tackle the weeds that took over during the winter.
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June 15: National Lobster Day
If you're intimidated by lobster, today's the day to change that. If you're feeling adventurous, steam your own lobsters, crack those claws, and enjoy. Just don't forget your bib! If preparing them yourself isn't your thing, head to a seafood shack for a tasty lobster roll.
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June 16: Fresh Veggies DayContinue to 17 of 30 below.
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June 17: National Apple Strudel Day
Say hallo to apple pie’s tasty 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.
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June 19: National Dry Martini Day
While a martini is a classic drink, there are actually a lot of variations on this classic. If you prefer a botanical flavor, opt for gin over vodka. A dry martini has less vermouth, while a wet martini has more. Lastly, you'll need to decide if you want olives or olive juice, which makes it a "dirty martini."
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June 20: National Vanilla Milkshake Day
On a hot summer day, not much can beat a cold vanilla shake. If you're so inclined, mix in some crushed cookies or your favorite candy.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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June 21: The First Day of Summer
After a seemingly endless winter, ring in the season with a few cocktails al fresco, a delicious (and veggie-packed) fresh summer salad, and a fun, outdoor family activity. Take advantage of the extra-long daylight and enjoy.
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June 22: National Onion Rings Day
Dunking a food item in batter and deep-frying it can make it about 100 times tastier. This is especially true for onions! Try making your own onion rings at home (it’s easier than you’d think!) with a classic beer batter recipe.
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June 24: National Pralines Day
Pralines may make you think of a sweet, southern grandmother, and for good reason! A classic southern treat, pralines combine pecans, hazelnuts, or almonds with butter, cream, and brown sugar for a delicious dish guaranteed to make your dental fillings hurt. Today, channel your inner-granny and whip up a batch of your own!Continue to 25 of 30 below.
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June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
A strawberry parfait is a layered treat, usually served in a tall glass (to show off those layers). If you’re looking for a healthier way to indulge, try this: Swap the ricotta for vanilla Greek yogurt and the cookie crumble for homemade granola.
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June 28: National Tapioca Day
Love it or hate it, this squishy treat has its very own national holiday. Whether you prefer it in pudding-form, added to boba tea, or even baked, tapioca makes an interesting addition to tons of drinks and desserts.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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June 29: National Camera Day
Even though most people just use a phone’s cameras these days, take a moment to reflect on how amazing cameras actually are. Invented in 1816, cameras have come lightyears from the first camera. It was a simple box with a piece of silver chloride-coated paper that produced very primitive photos.
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