by Oscar Castillo

Photos By Misael Hernández, Model: Gaby Cadena, Makeup Artist: Guillermo Castilleja

Every day hides a special surprise for those willing to search for it.  With July tends to come time off from school or work. Though a lot of us prefer to use that time off for simple relaxation and dissociation, many others like to make the most of their free time. For this we have decided to include a celebration or two that occur each day in July. Some of these may range from National holidays to well-known celebrations to some that are just outright strange and unique.

We start, of course, with July 1, which is actually known as Canada Day in the land of the maple leaf, which is celebrated with local treats such as Poutine, Baklava, and “Beaver Tails” which are not what they sound like. For the lovers of the supernatural, July 2 is seen as World UFO Day, which is a great excuse to take a camping trip with telescopes in hand in wait of an amazing encounter. On the third,  it is National “Stay Out of the Sun Day” where we are reminded to always stay safe and protected while outside. The sun is good and all, but too much can be harmful. Be sure and wear lots of sunscreen and stay hydrated on these scorching hot days.

Celebrations in July range from National holidays to well-known celebrations to some that are just outright strange and unique, like Piña Colada Day; the 19th is National Hot Dog Day. July 16th is National Ice Cream Day.

On the fourth of July, nothing of interest really happens, of course, other than the biggest party across the entire United States. Get those grills firing and prepare for the fireworks show. The following day is National Bikini Day, so get out your favorite two-piece and hit the beach. The 6th  is both International Kissing Day and National Fried Chicken day, which is certainly a strange combo but why not do both and smooch on some good old fashioned chicken at your local joint? The 7th is National Strawberry Sundae Day, the 8th is National Video Game Day, and the 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day, so those days are perfect for getting your buddies together (or online), and duking it out in some co-op games, all the while snacking on some sweets. With how hot the days are, that honestly sounds like heaven.

The 10th is National Pina Colada Day, the 11th is National Slurpee Day, and the 12th is National “Eat Your Jello” Day, so feel free to treat yourself. You deserve it! Hot weather and cool treats go together like peanut butter and jelly. The 13th is National French Fry Day, The 14th is National Mac and Cheese Day as well as Bastille Day in France, and the 15th is National “Give Something Away” Day. Following the trend of yummy food, the 16th is both National Corn Fritter Day and National Ice Cream Day, the 17th is National Emoji Day (really?), and the 18th brings the International Nelson Mandela Day as well as the World Listening Day, which are adequately paired.

July is vacation time. It is summertime fun time. It is sun burn, sand in your pants, AC at full power, sleeping in, “why is the sun so evil” time. Just the mention of the word “July” evokes images of fun and relaxation (for most) and sunny outdoor activities. Summer is on full blast, and the heat is the highest ever. However, don’t let that stop you from making the most out of your summer vacation.”

We are all about our food, as evident, and the 19th is both National Daiquiri Day and National Hot Dog Day; something for both the kids and grown-ups. The 20th is National Lollipop Day as well as Moon Day, so why not visit the local planetarium? The 21st is National Junk Food Day (July sure likes to make us fat), and the following is National Hammock Day, which we will need after the junk food. However, the 22nd is also Parents’Day (yes, both of them) so be sure and celebrate your folks. The 23rd is National Gorgeous Grandma Day, so tell your Granny just how beautiful she still is. Following that is National Cousins Day, and the 24th is National Tequila Day, so why not do both and take your favorite party-crazed cousin out for some drinks? The 25th is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, and the 26th is National Aunt and Uncle Day, so take this day to explain to your aunt and uncle all the partying you and your cousins did two nights prior. It’s also National Chili Dog Day so maybe offer a couple as a peace offering.

The 27th is National Scotch Day, The 28th is World Hepatitis Awareness Day, and the 29th brings both National Chicken Wing Day as well as National Lasagna Day, a yummy duo. The 30th is the International Day of Friendship as well as Cheesecake Day and Dance Day, so that just sounds like a good time overall. Finally, the 31st is National Mutt Day. There are many good dogs and cats at the shelter waiting for their forever home, and purebred or not, a pets’ love knows no limits.

In summary, there is lots of food to enjoy this July as in general it is National Ice Cream Month. Just like the cold treats keep us nice and cool in the summer and balance us out, it is important to always practice safety and moderation when going out of town. Always wear proper sun protection, and have a healthy time. After all, come August, it’s back to the grind for all of us. Have fun but remember to be prudent and smart. Happy summer!


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