Ovid, the Roman Poet, who lived about the time of the birth of Jesus Christ, had an insight as to the origin of the month of June. In Ovid’s book Fasti, he said that this summer month was named after Juno, the Roman goddess of marriage and wife of Jupiter.

In recent times, June brings with it the first hints of summer along with plenty of holidays and more unusual days to celebrate as well.

Flag Day

Dare Day – June 1st

Do you want to dare someone to do something? If so, then this is the official day to do it. Dare Day is celebrated not only in the US, but in Europe as well. The origins of Dare Day are rather unclear, however it was first recognized in Dare County, England which may be where the term “dare” as we know it comes from.

World Environment Day – June 5th

This day is dedicated to the placing attention on environmental issues that plague the world. First created in 1972 at the United Nations, World Environment Day has now blossomed into a day where different countries celebrate our world and bring forth the many different problems that impact our environment.

Flag Day – June 14th

Arguably the most recognizable holiday or celebration in June, Flag Day is one where we show respect and celebrate the designers of the US flag. The proud and glorious tradition of the flag in our history dates back to the American Revolution when it was first created by Betsy Ross at the request of George Washington. This day also stands as a reminder of proper flag etiquette in how to treat the flag as well as being the official day when old, worn out flags are retired by being burned.

Father’s Day – Third Sunday in June

Although perhaps not nearly as celebrated as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day still holds a special place in our hearts for dads across the US and around the world. First celebrated in Spokane, Washington back on May 18th, 1910, the holiday was recognized by the rest of the U. S. and moved back a month to separate it from Mother’s Day. This is the day when dads get to rest easy as the children do the chores around the home or just letting him relax and enjoy this holiday.

Father’s Day

Take your Dog to Work Day – June 23rd

If every dog has its day, then this is arguably the one. Created in 1996 by Pet Sitters International, you can take your dog to work if your boss allows it and have them by your side all day long. So far, there is no other pet that has its own day at work, but this is certainly one of the more interesting recognitions of the month.

Hug Holiday – June 29th

The Hug Holiday was created to encourage people to show their affection for seniors, the sick and invalid who often do not get a hug or attention on a regular basis. The Hug Holiday was founded by the Hugs for Health Foundation where people are encouraged to visit health and retirement centers to show their affection for those who cannot get out into the world. Also, this holiday is meant for making a donation to a group or organization that needs support. This is one holiday that is certainly taking off in terms of recognizing those who certainly need hugs and support.


List of June Holidays
June 1

Global Day of Parents
Heimlich Maneuver Day
National Cancer Survivors Day  (First Sunday)
National Go Barefoot Day
Oscar The Grouch Day
Say Something Nice Day
Stand For Children Day

June 2

National Bubba Day
National Leave the Office Early Day (First Monday)
National Thank God It’s Monday Day (First Monday)
Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day
Shavuot (June 3-5)

June 3

Chimborazo Day

June 4

Audacity To Hope Day
International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
National Tailors Day (First Wednesday)
Old Maid’s Day

June 5

Festival of Popular Delusions Day
Hot Air Balloon Day
National Moonshine Day
National Running Day  (First Wednesday)
World Environment Day

June 6

Atheists Pride Day
Horseradish Days
National Lemonade Days
Positive Power of Humor and Creativity Days
Russian Language Day
Yo-Yo Day

June 7

Banana Split Days (June 7 – 8)
(Daniel) Boone Day
Do-Dah Parade Day (Kalamazo, MI – First Saturday)
Drawing Day or Pencil Day  (First Saturday)
National Trails Day (First Saturday)
Turtle Races Day  (First Saturday)
Xterra Off-Road Triathalon

June 8

Children’s Sunday (Second Sunday)
Multicultural American Child Day (Second Sunday)
National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
World Wind Day (Second Sunday)
Race Unity Day  (Second Sunday)
Upsy Daisy Day
World Oceans Day

June 9

Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day (Second Sunday)
Donald Duck Day
World APS Day

June 10

Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day
Ball Point Pen Day
Iced Tea Day
World Pet Memorial Day (2nd Tuesday)

June 11

Corn on the Cob Day

June 12

Crowded Nest Awareness Day
Loving Day
National Jerky Day
National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
Career Nurse Assistants Day
Superman Day
World Day Against Child Labor

June 13

Blame Someone Else Day
Poultry Day
Work@Home Father’s Day  (Friday Before Father’s Day)

June 14

Dollars Against Diabetes Days (June 14-15 Father’s Day Weekend)
Family History Day
Flag Day
International Young Eagles Day (Second Saturday)
Magic Circles Day
National Bourbon Day
Pause for the Pledge Day
(World) Blood Donor Day
World Juggling Day (Saturday closest to the 15th)
Worldwide Knit (and crotchet) in Public Day

June 15

Family Awareness Day (Third Sunday)
Father’s Day
Husband Caregiver Day
Magna Carta Day
Native American Citizenship Day
Nature Photography Day
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Worldwide Day of Giving

June 16

Fudge Day
Ladies’ Day (Baseball)
Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles on Third Monday)

June 17

Eat Your Vegetables Day
Stewarts Root Beer Day
World Day To Combat Desertification and Drought

June 18

International Sushi Day

June 19

Garfield the Cat Day
Recess At Work Day (Third Thursday)
World Sickle Cell Day
World Sauntering Day

June 20

American Eagle Day
Dump The Pump Day
National Flip Flop Day (3rd Friday)
Take Your Dog To Work Day (First Friday after Father’s Day)
Ugliest Dog Day  (Third Friday)
World Productivity Day
World Refugee Day

June 21

Ann & Samantha Day (Also Dec. 22)
Atheists Solidarity Day
Cuckoo Warning Day (First Day of Summer)
Go Skateboarding Day
National Daylight Appreciation Day
Polar Bear Swim (Nome, AK)
Summer Solstice (Summer)
World Handshake Day
World Humanist Day

June 22

Global Smurfs Day
Stupid Guy Thing Day

June 23

Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day
International Widows’ Day
Let It Go Day
Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments)
Public Service Day

June 24

Celebration of the Senses
International Fairy Day (or Faerie Day)
National Columnists Day (Fourth Tuesday)

June 25

Day of The Seafarer
Global Beatles Day
National Catfish Day

June 26

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
National Canoe Day
National Hand Shake Day (Last Thursday)

June 27

Decide To Be Married Day
“Happy Birthday To You” Day
Industrial Workers of The World Day
National HIV Testing Day
National Bomb Pop Day (Last Thursday)
PTSD Awareness Day

June 28

ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day (June 28-29 Fourth Full Weekend)
Great American Backyard Campout (Fourth Saturday)
International Body Piercing Day
Ramadan begins

June 29

America’s Kids Day (Fourth Sunday)
Log Cabin Day (Last Sunday)

June 30

Descendants Day (Last Sunday)
Please Take My Children To Work Day (Last Monday)
NOW (National Organization For Women) Day


Rumor Has It …

… that in old Roman times, Take Your Dog to Work Day originated as Take Your Lion to Work Day, but it didn’t work out well when the lions turned on their toga wearing owners who inevitably started singing the first help song, “A lion is chewing my foot off. Will somebody call a cop?”


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