At first it was called Quintilis, until the Roman Senate changed the name in honor of the birth month of General Julius Caesar. And then it was simply called July.

In recent times, July features U. S. Independence Day which is celebrated on the 4th of July, but there are plenty of other days to celebrate as well. In fact, July has many different recognitions and celebrations that make it one of the more active months of the year.

Statue of Liberty and fireworks on the 4th of July

July has not one, but three days that celebrate the independence of countries and plenty of reasons to get outdoors and celebrate the season under the sun.

Canada Day – July 1st

Our neighbors to the north celebrate their heritage, independence and pride with this day of celebration. It was on July 1st, 1867 that Canada became a self-governing nation under the British North America Act that was passed by the British parliament. Originally known as “Dominion Day”, the Canadian parliament officially changed the name on October 27th, 1982. Canada Day is celebrated much like U. S. Independence Day with celebrations planned around the country.

Independence Day – July 4th

For many, the 4th of July is the perfect mid-summer holiday where fireworks and celebrations go hand-in-hand. Independence Day celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776 when the U. S. colonies decided to break with English rule. What followed was the American Revolution in which independence was won. This day honors the sacrifices that were made as well as remembering those who were involved.

Bastille Day – July 14th

Bastille Day recognizes the day the constitutional monarchy in France ended and the democratic republic began. Bastille Day is viewed by the people of France as a day of liberation and is celebrated much like their Canadian and U. S. counterparts with military parades and celebrations that run across the country. The day itself recognizes when the Bastille, a prison in Paris that held political prisoners and was considered a symbol of the monarchy, was taken over by the people on July 14th, 1789. By the following year, the day was celebrated across France as a national holiday. It is also celebrated in some parts of the USA with a high French population, such as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Moon Day – July 20th

Celebrating the day man first walked on the moon, this historic day was the first time humans had touched down on another celestial body and walked its ground. The crew of Apollo 11 left Cape Kennedy Space Center on July 16th, 1969 for their three day journey to the moon. On July 20th, Neil Armstrong, the commander of the Apollo 11 mission became the first man to step foot on the moon. His words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” became iconic and the day itself is recognized by celebrations and remembrances across the U. S.

National Parent’s Day – Fourth Sunday in July

Not quite like Mother’s or Father’s Day in that no presents are given, National Parent’s Day is dedicated to recognizing the importance of the family structure. Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, the day is dedicated to honoring both Mom and Dad and how the structure of the family is kept sound by their actions. It also serves as a day where children spend time with their parents to show them how much they are loved and appreciated.


List of July Holidays

July 1

Canada Day
National GSA Employee Day
Second Half of The Year Day
U.S. Postage Stamp Day
Zip Code Day

July 2

I  Forgot Day
Made In The USA Day
World UFO Day

July 3

Compliment Your Mirror Day
Earth at Aphelion
International Plastic Bag Free Day
Stay Out Of The Sun Day

July 4

Boom Box Parade Day
Independence Day
Independence From Meat Day
Indivisible Day

July 5

Bikini Day
Hop A Park Day (First Saturday)
International Chicken Wing Day
International Day of Cooperatives (First Saturday)
International Cherry Pit Spitting Day (First Saturday)

July 6

International Kissing Day
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day

July 7

Chocolate Day
Father-Daughter Take A Walk Together Day
Global Forgiveness Day
Tell The Truth Day

July 8

Math 2.0 Day
SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)

July 9

Martyrdom of The Bab

July 10

Clerihew Day
Don’t Step On A Bee Day
Hot Dog Night
Piña Colada Day
Teddy Bears’ Picnic Day

July 11

Cheer Up The Lonely Day
Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day
National Rainier Cherries Day
Slurpee Day
World Population Day

July 12

Bald Is In Day (Second Saturday)
Carver Day  (Second Saturday)
Collector Car Appreciation Day (2nd Friday)
Grange Day (Second Saturday)
Simplicity Day
Wayne Chicken Day (Second Saturday)

July 13

Embrace Your Geekness Day
Gruntled Workers Day
National French Fries Day

July 14

International Nude Day
International Town Criers Day (Second Monday)
Shark Awareness Day

July 15

Be A Dork Day
Gummi Worm Day
National Pet Fire Safety Day
Saint Swithin’s Day

July 16

Elbows in the Air Day

July 17

Get to Know Your Customers ( January 16,  April 17, July 17 and October 16)
Wrong Way Corrigan Day
Yellow Pig Day

July 18

International Mandela Day
National Caviar Day

July 19

Flitch Day
Celebration of The Horse Day (3rd Weekend)
National Hot Dog Day (Third Saturday)
Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day  (Third Saturday)
Woodie Wagon Day (Third Saturday)

July 20

Lake Superior Day  (Third Sunday)
Moon Day
Space Exploration Day
National Lollipop Day
National Ice Cream Day (3rd Sunday)
World Jump Day

July 21

Global Hug Your Kid Day (Third Monday)
Legal Drinking Age Day
National Get Out of the Doghouse Day (Third Monday)
No Pet Store Puppies Day

July 22

Casual Pi Day
National Penuche Fudge Day
Rat-catchers Day
Spooners (Spoonerism) Day

July 23

Gorgeous Grandma Day
Hot Enough For Ya Day

July 24

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day
Cousins Day
National Drive-Thru Day
National Tequila Day
Tell An Old Joke Day

July 25

Carousel Day or Merry-Go-Round Day
Thread The Needle Day
Lumberjack Day (Last Friday of the Last Full Weekend)
National Talk in An Elevator Day (Last Friday in July)
System Administrator Appreciation Day (Last Friday)
Video Games Day

July 26

One Voice Day
National Dance Day (Last Saturday in July)
National Day of the Cowboy   (Fourth Saturday)

July 27

Aunties Day  (4th Sunday)
National Barbie-in-a-Blender Day
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
Parents’ Day   (4th Sunday)
Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day
Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

Buffalo Soldiers Day
National Milk Chocolate Day
World Hepatitis Day

July 29

Lasagna Day
National Chicken Wing Day
Rain Day

July 30

Cheesecake Day
Father-In-Law Day
International Day of Friendship
National Support Public Education Day
Paperback Book Day

July 31

National Chili Dog Day (Last Thursday)
National Mutt Day
Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
World Ranger Day


Rumor Has It …

… that instead of Julius Caesar the month was actually named after famed actress Julius Andrews who Mary Poppined her name to fame in the Sound of Music, Victor Victoria, Shrek and a Midsummer Night’s Dream where of course she performed the Cajun Chicken Dance.


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