10 Events and Holidays For Your Family to Recognize in July

10 days your family won't want to miss in July!

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa. July 1, 2019

July! We're in the heat of summer now. This month brings to mind the "oohs" and "aahs" of fireworks, long, hot summer days by the pool, and dinners from the grill, complete with buttery corn on the cob. Yum. Here are 10 events and holidays you and your family will want to recognize in July:

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Did you know nearly 300,000 American kids are diagnosed with Juvenile Arthritis? This isn't your grandma's arthritis though: Kids with juvenile arthritis deal with their bodies’ immune system attacking their joints, causing swelling, stiffness, and permanent damage. Find out how you can help. July 1-31

Canada Day

Oh, Canada. This is the day informally referred to as Canada's birthday. Much like America's July 4 holiday, Canadians celebrate the holiday with parades, festivals, barbecues, fireworks, and outdoor concerts. July 1

Independence Day

Americans commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. July 4

Teddy Bear Picnic Day

Did you know this holiday came about because of a children's song from 1907 called the "Teddy's Bear Picnic"?  Round up the kids and their favorite stuffies to celebrate. Perhaps the menu calls for peanut butter and honey sandwiches, with gummy bears for dessert. July 10

Surprise Family Play Day

Shh! Don't tell! Macaroni Kid is planning a surprise family play day on July 13! What's a surprise family play day? It's a day where you surprise your kids in a creative, fun way first thing in the morning and then take them on an adventure! Find out more and be sure to use #MKPlayDay so we can see what fun your family had on Surprise Family Play Day! July 13

Shark Awareness Day

Shark facts to amaze your kids:

  • There are more than 500 species of shark
  • You're more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark attack
  • 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans

How can your family help sharks? Learn about sharks and how important they are, and reuse and recycle. It's good for the sharks -- and the planet. July 13

National Hot Dog Day

Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog. Today's a great day to fire up the grill and put out all the fixings for a hot dog bar. How creative can your family be? July 17 

Nelson Mandela Day

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead," Mandela once said. Nelson Mandela Day is meant as a day worldwide to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his values through volunteering and community service. July 18

National Ice Cream Day

What more do we need to say? Get yourself a scoop. Or three. July 21

Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa.