Looking Ahead to July Observances
July is practically here and in that month there’s only one holiday worth talking about – the 4th of July. We’ll be looking at that in more detail next week, but here are a few other observances of note in July.
- July 2 is World UFO Day – a day for everyone who is convinced that there’s something out there.
- It may be a little bit gross, but many find it fun. We’re talking cherry pit spitting – and there’s a day for that on July 7.
- July 10 is the day when many around the world have Teddy Bear Picnics.
- Summer is a time to relax some of those eating restrictions and there are 4 candy themed observances this month. July 7 is Chocolate Day; July 15 is Gummi Worm Day; July 20 is National Lollipop Day and July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day. Yum!
- July 15-21 is National Parenting Gifted Children Week, the fifth annual observance of this week. It’s also National Zoo Keeper Week.
- July 18 is Nelson Mandela International Day – a UN observance which recognizes Nelson Mandela’s contribution to protecting human rights, promoting equality and reconciliation.
- July 22 is Parents’ Day. This observance was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, making the 4th Sunday in July a day to mark the role of parents.
- July 26 is the anniversary of the date in 1990 when President George HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law to guarantee equal opportunities for people with disabilities in employment, state and government services, transportation, accommodation, commercial facilities and telecommunications.
- July 27 is National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.
It Happened in July
Here are some interesting world events that happened in July.
- 1997 – Hong Kong went back to Chinese rule on July 1
- 1937 – Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2
- 1981 – President Reagan announced the nomination of the first female justice to the US Supreme Court on Jluy 7.
- 1965 – The Mariner space probe sent back photos of Mars on July 14.
- 1969 – Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20.