Holidays in July

With holidays in July come our celebration of Independence Day, also known simply as the 4th of July!

Americans celebrate their patriotism with parades, flag waving, and honoring Veterans.

And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free.
And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.
And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today.
’Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God Bless the USA.

~ Lee Greenwood, Proud to be an American

Holidays in July also bring us National Ice Cream Day, Father-in-Law Day, and Moon Day, a chance to celebrate the day astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.

So get out the grill – the 4th of July is one of the biggest grilling days of the year – grab your flags, and enjoy your favorite ice cream.

And for those with birthdays or special occasions, Ruby is the birthstone for July and Larkspur or the Water Lily is this month’s flower.

Enjoy your celebration of Holidays in July!

Summer Poems

Holidays in July

July 1

Canada Day

July 3

Compliment Your Mirror Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day

July 4

Independence Day
Star Spangled Banner

July 7

National Strawberry Sundae Day

July 9

National Sugar Cookie Day

July 11

National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 12

National Pecan Pie Day

July 17

National Peach Ice Cream Day

July 18

National Caviar Day
- Texas Caviar Recipe

July 20

Moon Day- celebrates the first landing of man on the moon with Apollo 11. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins launched on July 16, 1969 and landed on July 20, 1969 with Commander Armstrong declaring "The Eagle has landed." Later, as Armstrong took that first step onto the moon, he spoke these words: "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind".

July 23

National Hot Dog Day

National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

Pioneer Day (Utah)

July 27

Cross Atlantic Communication Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 28

National Milk Chocolate Day

July 30

Father-in-Law Day
- Fathers Day Poems

More Holidays in July

National Ice Cream Day - 3rd Sunday in July

Parents’ Day - 4th Sunday in July

System Administrator Appreciation Day - last Friday in July

National Dance Day - Created by Nigel Lythgoe, Executive Producer of So You Think You Can Dance. According to the show's blog, "National Dance Day, a grassroots initiative that encourages the nation, young and old, to move! Individuals, families, organizations and communities from across the nation come together through their creative expression of dance. Any style of dance is welcome and imagination is recommended in order to get the most out of this celebration day." Routines can be found on - last Saturday in July

Weekly Holidays in July, Celebrations, Events

Captive Nations Week - 3rd week of July

Monthly Holidays in July, Celebrations, Events

National Baked Bean Month

National Ice Cream Month

National July Belongs to Blueberries Month

Holidays in July/Notable Dates

July 1-3, 1863 – The Battle of Gettysburg was fought at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania between the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War. Read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

July 1, 1971 – The 26th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified giving 18 year-olds the right to vote.

July 2, 1881 – The 20th President of the United States, James A. Garfield, was shot by Charles Guiteau in Washington, DC. The President passed away on September 9, 1881.

July 2, 1937 - Amelia Earhart went missing in the Pacific Ocean during her attempt to fly around the world.

July 2, 1964 – The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law extending voting rights and outlawing racial segregation.

July 3, 1878 – Known as the “man who owned Broadway”, George M. Cohan was born in Providence, Rhode Island.

July 3, 1890 – Idaho became the 43rd state.

July 3, 1971 - Jim Morrison, lead singer for The Doors, died in Paris, France.

July 4, 1804 – American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, whose works included The Scarlet Letter, was born in Salem, Massachusetts.

July 4, 1826 - Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, died at the age of 83 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

July 4, 1826 - John Adams, 2nd President of the United States and influential Founding Father, died several hours after Thomas Jefferson at the age of 90 in Quincy, Massachusetts.

July 4, 1831 - James Monroe, 5th President of the United States and the last president who was a Founding Father, also died on July 4th at the age of 73. His death was 55 years after the Declaration of Independence.

July 4, 1826 – American songwriter Stephen Foster, known for songs such as Oh! Susanna, My Old Kentucky Home, and Beautiful Dreamer, was born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.

July 4, 1845 - Henry David Thoreau began his stay at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.

July 4, 1872 – The 30th President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, was born in Plymouth, Vermont.

July 4, 1884 – The Statue of Liberty was presented to America by the people of France.

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July 5, 1810 - Phineas Taylor (P.T.) Barnum, founder of the circus that became the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was born in Bethel, Connecticut.

July 6, 1747 – American Naval hero in the American Revolutionary War, John Paul Jones, was born in Kirkcudbright, Scotland.

July 6, 1854 – The Republican Party was first organized state-wide on July 6, 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. Abraham Lincoln attended as a delegate from Illinois.

July 6, 1898 – Hawaii was annexed by the United States and became the Territory of Hawaii.

July 8, 1776 - The Liberty Bell rang out from the tower of Independence Hall in Philadelphia summoning people to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

July 10, 1890 – Wyoming was admitted as the 44th state of the Union.

July 11, 1804 - Aaron Burr, Vice President under Thomas Jefferson, shot and killed Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury, a Founding Father, and political philosopher, in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey.

July 11, 1767 - John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States and son of the 2nd President John Adams, was born in Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts.

July 11, 1914 - George Herman Ruth aka Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox beating the Cleveland Naps 4-3.

July 12, 1862 - The US Army Medal of Honor was created by Congress to be awarded to soldiers for "gallantry in action".

July 12, 1960 – The Etch-a-Sketch was marketed in the US for the first time.

July 12, 1984 - Geraldine Ferraro was selected by Walter Mondale to be his Vice-Presidential running mate, the first female to be selected for this position.

July 14, 1913 - Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States, was born in Omaha, Nebraska.

July 14, 1969 – The US $100 bill became the largest denomination in circulation when the $500, $1,000, $5,000, $10,000, and $100,000 bills were retired.

July 16, 1790 - Washington, in the District of Columbia, became the capital of the United States.

July 17, 1955 - Disneyland, located in Anaheim, California, opened with 18 attractions. The opening was hosted by Ronald Reagan, Art Linkletter, and Bob Cummings.

July 19-20, 1848 – The first women’s rights convention known as the Seneca Falls Convention took place in Seneca Falls, New York.

July 19-20, 1968 – The first Special Olympics, for individuals with intellectual disabilities, was held at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission.

July 21, 1899 - Ernest Hemingway, American writer and journalist, was born in Oak Park, Illinois.

July 22, 1898 – Pulitzer Prize winning author and poet Stephen Vincent Benet was born in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania. Among his works, John Brown’s Body, The Devil and Daniel Webster, and The King of Cats. Read his Ballad of William Sycamore.

July 23, 2005 - Lance Armstrong won his 7th Tour de France title.

July 24, 1847 - Brigham Young and his group of Mormon pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley.

July 25, 1898 – Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States during the Spanish-American War. Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States.

July 26, 1788 – New York was the 11th of the original 13 colonies.

July 26, 1908 – Special Agents of the Department of Justice formed a unit which was to become the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

July 27, 1953 – A cease fire took place in the Korean War with the signing of an armistice agreement. As a result, the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was created along the 38th parallel.

July 28, 1868 – The Fourteenth Amendment became a part of the Constitution. This amendment provides a definition for citizenship, the Due Process Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause.

July 29, 1958 – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was established by the enactment of the National Aeronautics and Space Act.

July 30, 1863 - Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company, was born in Greenfield Township, Dearborn, Michigan.

July 30, 1956 – President Dwight D. Eisenhower approved a Joint Resolution of the 84th Congress declaring the words IN GOD WE TRUST as the national motto of the United States.

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