Here’s (Almost) Every Holiday in July 2020

Independence Day might be the main event, but there are all sorts of lesser-known holidays and observances taking place in July. Here are several you should add to your calendar.

If you’re anything like us, you don’t need an excuse to celebrate in the middle of the summer. The weather is warm, kids are out of school, and the general attitude is one of leisure and fun. But July is chock-full of holidays big and small, in case you need an extra reason to party (safely), eat a celebratory snack, or even just take a cute Instagram photo. In fact, some observances are actually celebrated throughout the entire month.

Monthly Holidays and Observances in July

  • Cell Phone Courtesy Month
  • Family Golf Month
  • National Grilling Month
  • National Deli Salad Month
  • National Hot Dog Month
  • National Ice Cream Month
  • UV Safety Month
  • National Watermelon Month

Didn’t know watermelon had its own month? Well, you do now! Yes, lots of holidays in July are related to food. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month by visiting or ordering from the best ice cream shop in your state (lockdown permitting, of course). Commemorate National Grilling Month with these fun facts about grilling you haven’t heard ten times before.

Weekly Holidays and Observances in July

  • July 1-7, 2020: Clean Beaches Week
  • July 14-18, 2020: National Ventriloquism Week
  • July 12-18, 2020: Operation Safe Driver Week
  • July 19-25, 2020: Coral Reef Awareness Week
  • July 19-25, 2020: National Zookeeper Week
  • July 19-25, 2020: National Independent Retailers Week
  • July 19-25, 2020: Capture the Sunset Week

April might be Earth Month, but plenty of the July holidays also strive to shed a light on the beauty of the natural world and the threats they face. For instance, Clean Beaches Week is a good time to look at these sobering photos of what the world’s most polluted beaches used to look like. Capture the Sunset Week, the third week in July, sounds like a great time to take some gorgeous shots like these incredible sunset photos from every state.

Daily Holidays and Observances in July

Whether you love eating, playing wacky instruments, or celebrating wise world leaders, these holidays in July, for every single day in the seventh month, have something for you!

July 1

  • Birth anniversary of Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Canada Day
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
  • National Postal Workers Day
  • Resolution Renewal Day

The People’s Princess was born on July 1, 1961. If you didn’t know that, you should brush up on these other things you never knew about Princess Di. If you’d rather celebrate different July holidays, check out these wacky ice cream flavors for Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day and learn the things your mail carrier wishes you knew for National Postal Workers Day.

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July 2

  • Anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance
  • I Forgot Day
  • Made in the USA Day
  • World UFO Day

Celebrate the life of the great aviator on the anniversary of her disappearance, which was reported on July 2, 1937. There are plenty of facts you never knew about her and wild conspiracy theories about her to comb through on this day.

July 3
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Eat Beans Day
  • International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 4

  • Independence Day
  • Earth is at its aphelion, the farthest point it gets from the Sun
  • Independence From Meat Day
  • International Cherry Pit Spitting Day
  • National Play Outside Day

Move over, American Independence Day—what’s that about the Earth being farthest from the Sun?! On July 4, 2020, at 7:35 am Eastern Time, the Earth will indeed be at its aphelion, the point where it’s farthest from the Sun. Pretty cool! Share these astronomy facts you never learned in school.

OK, yes, the Fourth of July—the July holiday with the month in its name—will probably take precedence over that. Check out these 20 facts you never knew about Independence Day, and prep for your celebration with these American flag photos that will make you feel patriotic. International Cherry Pit Spitting Day, which falls on the first Saturday in July, and National Play Outside Day are a couple other fun July holidays to celebrate on the Fourth.

July 5

  • Bikini Day
  • National Apple Turnover Day

July 6

  • International Kissing Day/World Kiss Day
  • National Fried Chicken Day

July 7

  • Chocolate Day
  • Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • National Macaroni Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

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July 8

  • Coca Cola Day

July 9

  • National Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

  • International Nikola Tesla Day (Nikola Tesla’s birthday)
  • National Pina Colada Day
  • National Kitten Day
  • Pick Blueberries Day
  • Statehood Day in Wyoming

You might have heard of Tesla cars, but do you know about Nikola Tesla, the inventor and engineer? Celebrate his birthday, July 10, 1856, by learning how he made one of the spookiest predictions about the future that came true.

July 11
  • All American Pet Photo Day
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Make Your Own Sundae Day
  • National Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Slurpee Day
  • World Miniature Golf Day

Did someone say Pet Photo Day?! We know, pet owners, there’s nothing you love more than snapping cute pics of your furry friend. July 11 has the holiday for you. On All American Pet Photo Day, take inspiration from these funny photos of pets with perfect table manners. And for Slurpee lovers, 7/11 offers free Slurpees every year on the date 7-11. (How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect Slurpee Day 2020 is unknown as of press date.) By the way, did you know the funny story of how 7/11 got its name?

July 12

  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • National Pecan Pie Day

July 13

  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • National French Fries Day
  • World Cup Soccer Day

On July 13, 1930, the first World Cup was held in Montevideo, Uruguay; World Cup Soccer Day celebrates the anniversary.

July 14

  • Bastille Day (France’s national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille)
  • Chick-fil-A’s Cow Appreciation Day
  • National Macaroni and Cheese Day

On the second Tuesday in July, Chick-fil-A gives a free chicken entree to anyone who comes to the store dressed in a cow costume. Though we’re not sure how COVID-19 will affect it this year, it’s one of our favorite ways to get free food from your favorite restaurants.

July 15

  • I Love Horses Day
  • National Give Something Away Day
  • National Pet Fire Safety Day
  • National Tapioca Pudding Day
July 16
  • Get to Know Your Customer Day
  • World Snake Day

Get to Know Your Customer Day happens a few times a year, including in July. It takes place on the third Thursday of each quarter, so in January, April, July, and October.

July 17

  • Anniversary of Disneyland’s opening day
  • World Day for International Criminal Justice
  • National Lottery Day
  • World Emoji Day

The Happiest Place on Earth opened for the first time on July 17, 1955. For Disney fans, that’s sure something to celebrate! Check out these 23 magical facts about Disneyland.

July 18

  • National Caviar Day
  • National Sour Candy Day
  • Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Born on July 18, 1918, he would be 102 this year. Commemorate the celebrated leader’s life with his most profound quotes.

July 19

  • National Daiquiri Day
  • National Ice Cream Day

Both of these scrumptious July holidays take place on the third Sunday in July.

July 20

  • Global Hug Your Kid Day
  • International Cake Day
  • National Lollipop Day
  • Space Exploration Day

Global Hug Your Kid Day is the third Monday in July; the rest of these July holidays are July 20 no matter what day of the week it is.

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July 21

  • Lowest Recorded Temperature Day
  • National Junk Food Day

The lowest-ever recorded temperature happened in July?! You better believe it. A temperature of -128.6 °F was recorded at ground level in Antarctica on July 21, 1983. Besides “cold,” here’s what it’s really like to visit Antarctica.

July 22

  • National Hammock Day

July 23

  • National Refreshment Day
  • National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

National Refreshment Day (the fourth Thursday in July) and National Vanilla Ice Cream Day are two holidays in July that go hand in hand.

July 24

  • Cousins Day
  • International Self Care Day
  • National Tequila Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day

For Tell an Old Joke Day, have your arsenal ready with the 50 funniest jokes of all time.

July 25

  • Carousel Day/Merry-Go-Round Day
  • Hire a Veteran Day
  • National Water Gun Fight Day

July 26

  • Americans With Disabilities Day
  • Aunts and Uncles Day
  • International Children’s Day

July 27

  • National Creme Brûlée Day
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

The Korean Armistice Agreement ended the Korean War on July 27, 1953.

July 28

  • National Milk Chocolate Day
  • National Waterpark Day

July 29

  • National Chicken Wing Day
  • Day of Arafah, the Islamic Day of Repentance
  • International Tiger Day
  • National Lasagna Day

National Chicken Wing Day, in addition to being one of our favorite holidays in July, is also one of our favorite food holidays that foodies will love.

July 30

  • Eid al-Adha, the Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, begins
  • International Day of Friendship
  • National Cheesecake Day
  • National Chicken and Waffles Day
  • Paperback Book Day

July 31

Now you’re ready to fill that July calendar! All year round, there are plenty of silly holidays you’ll want to start celebrating, too.

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Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine. She is a proud Hufflepuff and member of Team Cap.