10 Events and Holidays For Your Family to Recognize in July

By Amber Nevin, Macaroni Kid Wilkes-Barre Publisher June 25, 2021

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:

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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

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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 

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Independence Day

Americans commemorate Congress' approval of the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. July 4

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Macaroni Day

Don't make us throw elbows: Macaroni Day is a holiday that those of us at Macaroni KID feel has all sorts of pastabilities. Celebrate by trying one of these yummy mac and cheese recipes from Macaroni Kid EATS! July 7

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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

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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 14

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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 21 

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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

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National Ice Cream Day

What more do we need to say? Get yourself a scoop. Or three. July 18

Celebrate the ADA31 (1990-2021) Americans with Disabilities Act - July 26, 2021
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National Disability Independence Day

On July 26, 2021, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns 31! The civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities so people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. Find out more about this landmark legislation here. July 26