July Holidays and Observances

National Days to Celebrate This Month

observances in July

The Spruce / Margot Cavin 

The month of July marks the midway point of the year. It's also considered a month of fun thanks to the biggest patriotic party of the year that starts the first week of July. It's also a favored month to take a vacation because of the consistently warm and sultry weather across much of the world. But if you're looking for a reason to celebrate anything related to chocolate and ice cream, you've landed in the right month where you'll find multiple days dedicated to these sugary delights in between more historical observances.

Here's a list of the official and unofficial days and annual events you can celebrate during the month of July.

July Daily Holidays and Observances

  • July 1: International Joke Day, American Zoo Day, Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day, National Postal Worker Day, Canada Day
  • July 2: National I Forgot Day, World UFO Day
  • July 3: Disobedience Day, International Plastic Bag Free Day, National Stay Out of the Sun Day, National Eat Beans Day
  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 5: National Bikini Day, National Graham Cracker Day
  • July 6: International Kissing Day, National Fried Chicken Day
  • July 7: Tell the Truth Day, National Strawberry Sundae Day, World Chocolate Day
  • July 8: National Video Game Day, Math 2.0 Day, Liberty Bell Day (rang to signal reading of Declaration of Independence), National SCUD Day (also known as National Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama Day)
  • July 9: National Sugar Cookie Day
  • July 10: Teddy Bear Picnic Day, National Kitten Day, National Piña Colada Day, Don't Step On a Bee Day
  • July 11: Cheer Up the Lonely Day, Marine Corps Creation Day, National Clerihew Day, World Population Day
  • July 12: Simplicity Day, Etch a Sketch Day, National Eat Your Jello Day
  • July 13: Embrace Your Geekness Day, National French Fry Day
  • July 14: Bastille Day, Shark Awareness Day, Cow Appreciation Day, National Mac and Cheese Day, Pandemonium Day
  • July 15: Be a Dork Day, Gummi Worm Day, National Give Something Away Day, National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • July 16: World Snake Day, National Corn Fritter Day
  • July 17: Wrong Way Day, World Emoji Day, National Lottery Day
  • July 18: World Listening Day, Nelson Mandela International Day, National Caviar Day
  • July 19: National Daiquiri Day, National Ice Cream Day* (third Sunday)
  • July 20: National Moon Day, Space Exploration Day, International Chess Day, National Lollipop Day
  • July 21: National Junk Food Day
  • July 22: Spoonerism Day, National Hammock Day
  • July 23: Gorgeous Grandma Day, National Hot Dog Day
  • July 24: Tell An Old Joke Day, National Cousins Day, National Drive-Thru Day, National Tequila Day
  • July 25: National Thread the Needle Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, National Wine and Cheese Day
  • July 26: National All Or Nothing Day, National Aunt and Uncle Day, National Parents Day* (fourth Sunday)
  • July 27: National Creme Brûlée Day, National Scotch Day, Bagpipe Appreciation Day
  • July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day, National Hamburger Day (one of three celebratory days in the year)
  • July 29: Rain Day, National Chicken Wing Day, National Lasagna Day, National Lipstick Day
  • July 30: National Support Public Education Day, National Cheesecake Day, International Day of Friendship, National Chili Dog Day, National Father-in-Law Day
  • July 31: Talk In An Elevator Day, Harry Potter's Birthday Day, National Avocado Day, National Mutt Day

A Strange and Patriotic Coincidence

Three of America's founding fathers perished on a Fourth of July. John Adams (the nation's second president) and Thomas Jefferson (the nation's third president) died five hours apart on the same Fourth of July in 1826. James Monroe (the nation's fifth president) expired on the Fourth of July in 1831, exactly five years later.

July Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • Clean Beaches Week (July 1-7)
  • National Parenting Gifted Children Week (third week)
  • National Moth Week (last week)

July Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • American Artist Appreciation Month
  • American History Essay Contest
  • Bereaved Parents Awareness Month
  • Cord Blood Awareness Month
  • Family Fun Month
  • Family Meal Month
  • Family Reunion Month
  • National Anti-Boredom Month
  • National Baked Bean Month
  • National Black Family Month
  • National Blueberry Month
  • National Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • National Culinary Arts Month
  • National Fireworks Safety Month
  • National Foreign Language Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Hemp Month
  • National Horseradish Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • National Make a Difference for Children Month
  • National Peach Month 
  • National Picnic Month
  • National World Watercolor Month
  • Purposeful Parenting Month
  • Read an Almanac Month

*Denotes that date changes each year.

  • Why is July a popular month for vacations?

    July is one of the busiest travel months due to the weather being warmer in most places, and summer vacations for many schools are happening. A lot of families take their vacations during the month of July.

  • Why do we celebrate the fourth of July?

    July fourth is a historic moment in the United States, as it is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776. It is considered the birthday of the USA and is also known as Independence Day.

  • Why is July considered the middle of the year?

    There are 365 days a year, and July 1st is the 182nd day of the year, placing the month of July right in the middle of the annual calendar.