Of course when it comes to summertime, undeniably the most popular holiday of the season for Americans is Independence Day on the 4th of July. I’ve always considered it “Christmas of the Summer season”. However, aside from the patriotic holiday (which I do love to death, let’s be clear) there are a number of other lesser-known holidays that deserve extra attention for when all the bombs bursting in air go quiet.
July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
In 1984, Ronald Reagon deemed the month of July “National Ice Cream Month,” and kicking off the month is a day that honors the wide beautiful array of flavors that make our hearts sing, and our blood-pressures swell.
July 1: International Joke Day
We all could use an excuse to lighten up, so being that July 1 is halfway through the calendar year, Wayne Reinagel decided to coin the day International Joke Day. There’s nothing to it, just tell and joke or share one with others that was passed on to you and enjoy a good chuckle.
July 2: World UFO Day
The truth is out there, man (*takes strong rip of weed and turns eyes towards the night sky). According to the World UFO Day website, this day is a celebration of all things unidentified, object, and airborne which officially began in 2001 on this date because it is the date of the Roswell Incident. Holiday organizers implore you to use this day to
“encourage governments to declassify their knowledge about sightings throughout the history.”
July 4: Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
The REAL 4th of July holiday of note is all about acknowledging the intense heat outside. Being that is is “The dog days of summer”, every year in Oatman, Arizona the town has held an annual solar-frying contest. The origins of this holiday are actually unknown, but it gives you a silly day activity to try drunkenly while you wait for the fireworks to go off later that night.
Submitted by iCHIVE user Chivette2504 (+100 Points) July 5: National Bikini Day
Arguably the greatest holiday on our list, on July 5, 1946, the first Bikini was worn and modeled. So to commemorate one of the world’s greatest inventions the day was deemed National Bikini Day. Interestingly, the term “National” is used, but bikinis did not originate in the U.S, and at that time, Americans largely shunned the new invention and it wasn’t more widely accepted until the 1960’s.
July 6: International Kissing Day
Wet those lips and do your best to land a kiss on your own personal Wendy Peffercorn. Formerly known as National Kissing Day in the United Kingdom, this holiday was created to remind us all of the simple and wonderful pleasure a sweet kiss can bring. Fun fact, it is also cited as a direct cause for National Mono Day. So…choose wisely I suppose.
July 7: Chocolate Day
The origins of Chocolate Day are hazy, but frankly who needs a reason to celebrate the sweet nectar of the Gods. I’ll leave you with a fun fact, did you know Chocolate is actually a vegetable? It comes from the Cacao tree found in tropical rain forests.
July 8: Body Painting Day
A new holiday created by Artist Andy Golub in 2014, Body Painting Day celebrates the serious work of art and self-expression…or so we’re told. The paintings done on a nude or mostly nude, live human body are apparently less about selling sex, and instead more about self-expression and body acceptance, that can not be captured on a two-dimensional canvas…or so we’re told.
July 11: Cheer Up the Lonely Day
The premise of this holiday is simple but beautiful, just spend some time today cheering up a lonely person(s). And if you can’t be there for them in person, send them a card, a text, an email, or anything you think will help lift their spirits.
According to L.J. Pesek, Cheer Up the Lonely Day was created by her father, Francis Pesek from Detroit, Michigan. She described that her father
“was a quiet, kind, wonderful man who had a heart of gold. He got the idea as a way of promoting kindness toward others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in nursing homes with no relatives or friends to look in on them.” Francis Pesek chose this day because it was his birthday.
July 13: National French Fries Day
You had me at “French fries”. Its name might suggest a French origin, however, French Fries are believed to have originated in Belgium in the 17th century. Fried potatoes were substituted in the Belgium diet in winter months, when fish were not available to fry. The popularity of the fry spread worldwide quickly.
French fries were introduced to the U.S. by President Thomas Jefferson and are considered in the U.S. to be the most popular fast food item. All that matters is now you have a real reason to grab an extra large pile of fries and live the dream!
July 15: Be a Dork Day
Be a Dork Day is a copyrighted holiday and was created and is provided, courtesy of the great folks at
Wellcat. The goal is giving people a reason to let their dork flag fly and to be proud of themselves for it.
According to the website,
“What a Dork is not: A dork is not a nerd or a geek. Nerds and geeks have a higher IQ, and while quirky, they are held to a higher level of esteem.”
July 20: Moon Day
Unless you are one of the faked moon-landing conspiracists, Moon Day commemorates the day man first walked on the moon in 1969.
The dream that begun with President John F. Kennedy was fulfilled by Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin, Jr to the moon.
On July 20, 1969, the Lunar Module, nicknamed the “Eagle”, touched down on the surface of the moon where the famous words were uttered by Commander Neil Armstrong as he placed one foot upon the moon’s surface proclaiming
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”.
July 24: Cousin’s Day
Cousin’s Day honors your Aunt and Uncle’s kids. As a guy who has nearly 100 first cousins myself, I can identify with the significance of this holiday. So call up those relatives that are all just a little off and spend a day catching up with the extended fam. Just whatever you do, don’t invite them to stay over for the holidays under any circumstance.
July 26: National Talk in an Elevator Day
One of the stranger holidays on this list, how many of us try desperately never to make eye contact or to engage in a conversation when stuck inside an elevator with strangers? I’d say about 99% would say, “Hell Yes” to that. We all do it, but not today, on the last Friday in July. Find something small but friendly to discuss and strike up a mini conversation with the nearest stranger while confined in a small space. After all, how much of your time could it possibly cost you? Giving that most buildings aren’t 100 floors high, it should all be relatively painless and casual, and who knows maybe you’ll make somebody’s day, or maybe they’ll make yours.
July 28: Parent’s Day
Created, in 1994, by President Bill Clinton, Parent’s Day is the lesser-known adult recognition day that gives BOTH parents a friendly tip of the cap. However, unlike Mother’s & Father’s Day, this day is not about gift-giving, but rather about making sure to take some time to hang out and do something active with the parents. Is that so much to ask?
July 29: National Lasagna Day
Back off, Garfield. This day isn’t for you. Lasagna, the popular Italian dish, consisting of multiple layers of lasagna pasta, generous amounts of tomato sauce, cheeses, and sometimes hamburger and/or Italian sausage (bolognese) is a dish worth celebrating. Whip up some gourmet lasagna for the family, or head out to a local Italian restaurant if you are short for time. Just make sure you treat yourself.
July 31: Mutt’s Day
Sometimes called a “Half-breed”, a “Mutt” is a dog that is of a mixed breed. They might not be as glamorous in title as a “pure breed” but they are every bit as lovable and deserve their time in the spotlight like any doggo does. Besides, the money you saved NOT purchasing an expensive pure breed can be used instead to make your best friend feel like a million doggy biscuits.
h/t Mentalfloss & Holidayinsights
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