July Holiday Lineup
Tuesday, June 30th, 2015
July 4: Independence Day
Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, in which America declared independence from Great Britain. The Declaration was signed on July 4, 1776. People celebrate this holiday throughout the country by shooting off fireworks, holding parades and armed forces ceremonies, and having carnivals and barbeques. Check out our 4th of July blog for information about the history of fireworks and local firework shows in your area!
July 7: Chocolate Day
Like we needed an excuse to eat chocolate! But if you’re watching your calorie intake and are in need of a splurge, today is definitely your day. Plus, chocolate is technically a vegetable (it comes from the rainforest’s Cacao tree), so what’s the harm anyway!? To celebrate, try to incorporate chocolate into every meal on July 7. Here are some recipes to get you started!
July 20: Moon Day
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 left Cape Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. inside. And on July 20, Neil Armstrong stepped out of the spacecraft and declared: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” July 20 commemorates this momentous day in history.
July 24: Amelia Earhart Day
This day honors the legendary aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who was born on July 24, 1897. Amelia and her navigator Fred Noonan were lost at sea on July 2, 1937, after an attempt to fly around the world. They were last heard from as they neared Howell Island in the Pacific Ocean. Today there have been many rumors and conspiracy theories regarding the explanation of their disappearance, yet no discoveries of the wreckage have ever been made.
July 26: Parents Day
The fourth Sunday in July marks National Parents Day. Founded in 1994 by former president Bill Clinton, Parents Day was established for “recognizing, uplifting and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” Celebrate this day by spending quality time with parent figures in your life.
July’s notable days in history:
- 1775: Benjamin Franklin became Post-Master General and the Postal Service was established
- 1933: The first All-Star baseball game was played in Chicago
- 1934: Bank robber John Dillinger was shot and killed by FBI agents outside a Chicago theatre
- 1955: Disneyland opened in Anaheim, California
- 1969: The first man set foot on the moon