National Holidays in July: The Food Holidays

Fresh blueberries are the perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month.
Fresh blueberries are the perfect way to celebrate National Blueberry Month. | Source

I have gotten a lot of comments on my holiday lesson plans series about the fact that there are enough food holidays to keep you busy throughout the entire year. Anyone who has mentioned that is absolutely right. I try to vary the holidays I include in those articles so that they aren't entirely themed around food. But why not have a separate series devoted to those food holidays? Here it is. Enjoy!

How to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk

July 4 - Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

I'm sure that many of you are familiar with the phenomenon of a sidewalk getting hot enough during the summer to fry an egg on it. If you've always wanted to give this a try, you won't find a better time. It could be a fun family activity for the Fourth of July! There are a lot of great video tutorials out there, such as the one linked to the right, if you want a few tips. Otherwise you can just wing it.

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July 6 - National Fried Chicken Day

Have you ever have fried chicken at a family style restaurant such as White Fence Farm or Paul Bunyan's Cook Shanty? That is one of the best ways to enjoy it at a restaurant. Additionally, if you're in the midwest, consider The Machine Shed. Of course if you're feeling really ambitious, you can always make it yourself, too.

Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and Cool Whip.
Vanilla ice cream with fresh strawberries and Cool Whip. | Source

July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day

Personally it is an absolute must that a strawberry sundae include a real strawberry product and not some sort of artificial sauce. Why bother with a sauce like that? You might as well just go for the chocolate sauce instead at that point. This is a prime time of year to enjoy as many fresh strawberries as you can. In a pinch, strawberry jam or preserves will also work.

July 9 - National Sugar Cookie Day

This is the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of fresh cookies or to buy plain sugar cookies and go nuts decorating them. If you're making your own cookies, pull out all of your favorite cookie cutters (okay, maybe not the Christmas ones...) and have fun playing with different shapes.

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July 12 - National Pecan Pie Day

If you're like me and prefer a lot of other nuts over pecans, today is the day to give these guys another chance. Maybe the only time you ever had pecan pie was years ago, and you happened to get a not so great version of it. If pecan pie just really isn't your thing, whip up a spiced nut recipe or sprinkle a few on top of a delicious summer salad.

How it's made: Gummy Candy

July 15 - Gummy Worm Day

Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy a little nostalgia with some gummy worms. Did you ever enjoy one of those gummy worm "dirt" cups with chocolate pudding or cake? Re-live that experience today! If the idea of eating worms of any way, shape, or form grosses you out (yep, it kind of does for me, too), opt for another gummy candy shape instead.

Take a tour to see the gummy creation process!

A markerAlbanese Candy Outlet Store -
5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410, USA
[get directions]

tapioca pudding with cardamom and rose water
tapioca pudding with cardamom and rose water | Source

July 15 - National Tapioca Pudding Day

I'll have to step it up myself and try tapioca pudding for the first time this summer. Are there any options out there about it? I'd love to hear your thoughts about favorite store bought tapioca puddings and homemade recipes. Is there a restaurant that makes a really good tapioca pudding? Share your insights.

How to Easily Make Tapioca Pudding

Peach ice cream with strawberries and blueberries topped with honey.
Peach ice cream with strawberries and blueberries topped with honey. | Source

July 16 - Peach Ice Cream Day

The pictured ice cream is Breyer's brand. I have never had this particular kind of ice cream from Breyer's, but I've never had anything that was less than perfect from their brand. So I think it's safe to say that this is a solid choice for a store selection.

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July 19 - National Raspberry Cake Day

Is there a better kind of raspberry cake than raspberry cheesecake? If there is, I have yet to try it. I've linked a couple raspberry cheesecake recipes here. You're welcome to venture into the world of non-cheesecake raspberry options, too.

July 20 - National Lollipop Day

I am not a fan of hard candy and don't have much to say on the topic of lollipops. Give me a good chocolate dessert any day. If I were going to make my own candy, I'd still have to opt for something with chocolate over a traditional lollipop recipe. I was excited to see a huge variety of non-chocolate lollipop options over at foodgawker.

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July 21 - National Junk Food Day

As much as I enjoy desserts, one of my biggest food weaknesses is chips, particularly kettle cooked chips. I do almost all of the grocery shopping for our house so I can't even blame anyone when I find them in the pantry to tempt me on a regular basis. This day is a fun excuse to research all of the fried fair foods out there, such as fried butter.

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July 23 - National Hot Dog Day

I'm originally from Chicago and have heard many heated discussions over the years about what constitutes a "real" Chicago hot dog. If you have a lot of friends from Chicago and want to get a serious debate going, just put the question out on Facebook and watch what happens. You can also join a heated hot dog discussion.

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July 28 - National Milk Chocolate Day

I prefer dark chocolate over milk chocolate, but that doesn't mean that I turn my nose up at it. Take the time to enjoy some milk chocolate today, even if it's just a tiny piece or two.

the vegetable lasagna bit on Seinfeld

July 29 - National Lasagna Day

Does lasagna always remind anyone else of the Seinfeld episode with vegetable lasagna? Hopefully I'm not the only one. I'm one of those boring people who loves a traditional ground beef, ricotta, and marinara lasagna. For those of you who like to branch out a little, I've linked a couple fun variations below.

July 30 - National Cheesecake Day

If you're like me and try to steer clear of cheesecake most of the time because it is SO rich, this is the perfect time to indulge just a little bit. I have nothing against flavored cheesecakes, but nothing beats the classic recipe either.

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3rd Sunday of July - National Ice Cream Day / National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that Ronald Reagan declared July as National Ice Cream Month? You learn something new every day. See if you can find one of those ice cream or gelato shops that lets you put two or three different flavored small scoops in a single cup so you can sample several different ice cream flavors today without feeling guilty.

Take an ice cream factory tour.

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A markerVelvet Ice Cream -
11324 Mt Vernon Rd, Utica, OH 43080, USA
[get directions]

B markerBlue Bell Ice Cream -
1101 S Blue Bell Rd, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
[get directions]

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National Blueberry Month

One of my favorite summer indulgences is fruit with sour cream. If you're never tried it before, you're missing out! In the example on the right, I paired both fresh cherries and blueberries with sour cream. I have never had a fruit/sour cream combination that I didn't like, but this particular pairing was very inspired.

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Comments 47 comments

kelleyward 4 years ago

I'm sad...There is no food holiday on my birthday. LOL. I didn't know food had a holiday. I guess it deserves it! Great hub Randomcreative. Voted up and awesome!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Aw, bummer! You'll have to re-visit the lesson plans article and see if there's a non-food holiday on your birthday instead. I bet that there is something. Thanks Kelley!


kelleyward 4 years ago

Oh yeah, I'll do that. Thanks


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Sure! If there's still nothing, you can Google your birthday. There are some other really random holidays that don't fit into either of these themes.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm excited for July 6th! Fried Chicken is my favorite "I wanna be bad" food!!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks! It's one of our favorite indulgences, too.


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

Hahaha! This is a great article. I am going to have to start determining what I eat around this now. My eggs are already set to be thrown on the sidewalk. :) Sharing this article for sure!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Haha sounds good, Robert!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Oh man have you just given me a great idea! I can't wait to try each and every day with my kids :) I know they are going to LOVE this! Thanks!!! Voted up and interesting and shared :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Cassy! Have fun celebrating these holidays with your kids this summer. :)


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Green Art 4 years ago

Great hub! I had to watch the vegetable lasagna Seinfeld clip too and had a good laugh. Lollipops, cheesecake and ice cream oh my...too many food holidays to celebrate. Elliptical here I come:)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

I'm glad that you enjoyed that. :) I never know how much people will appreciate my random video clips. Working out is worth it for good food!


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

I love all these food holidays! Except, perhaps, for Tapioca pudding day (not a huge fan) - but I am DEFINITELY celebrating strawberry sundae day!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks Leah! You only have to pick one or two of them. :)


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

I had no idea that July was such a celebratory month for food! These are such fun days- I DEFINITELY want to celebrate some of them. Now I'm more excited for the month than ever!


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lindacee 4 years ago from Southern Arizona

What a fun Hub! I love these National food holidays. I just celebrated National Lobster Day and National Iced Tea Day! :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Simone, yes for sure! You'll have to hit at least a few of them.

Thanks Linda! I'll have to include those two holidays when I write the June food holiday article next year.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

I had no idea there were so many food holidays in July. Thanks for a heads up and congrats on HOTD.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Wow! So many food holidays! What a great HOTD. Ice cream, hot dogs, blueberries...the quintessential summer foods. Hehe. Great pictures, great information, great ideas...great hub!! Voted up and socially sharing. :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Congratulations, Rose-well deserved! Who knew there were so many 'food' events to celebrate, haha. Rated up/interesting.


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

First Congrats on the Hub of the Day! And who knew there were so many weird food days. your hub lead me to google UK based food holidays and although we don't have so many we still have a few, may have to do a UK version of your hub! Voted up!


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ktrapp 4 years ago from Illinois

I certainly am willing to do my part to celebrate all of the ice cream holidays in July! Congrats on Hub of the Day.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Congrats Randomcreative on the HOTD! Fantastic hub!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This is certainly a great hub. Congrats for HOTD.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

this totally deserves HOTD. The first time I saw it I was so impressed!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much for the HOTD congrats everyone! I really appreciate the shares, too.

And yes, there are A LOT of random food holidays out there! I'll be continuing this series for other months.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

hi randomcreative, and congrats on winning HOTD!

Wow, these foods look delish...just had breakfast...hungry already after reading your wonderful hub.

Take care - voted useful

John


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Just saw this and agree this does totally deserve the HOTD. Congrats and am sharing and voting this one up!!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, John! That's always a good sign. :)

Janine, thanks so much! I appreciate the share. :)


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nmdonders 4 years ago

This Hub deserves Hub of the Day. It's great! I had no idea about all of these but I think it's time to start celebrating.


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, nmdonders! You're right that it's definitely time to start celebrating.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I've been craving fried chicken for a while. Guess I'm going to have to give in and make some! :-) Great idea for a hub. You are so creative! We can all learn from the way you put your hubs together. Great job! Congrats on hub of the day!


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks so much, Victoria! Enjoy your fried chicken. :) We don't have it very often, but it's a great indulgence. I'm so excited that the first installment in this new series has been so well received. I'll be writing more of these articles for other months.

I'm also really glad that my layouts have been so well received. I encourage all hubbers to consider using dividers and at least a handful of high quality photos in all of their articles.


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techygran 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

What a novel and delicious idea for a hub! I had to chuckle at National Tapioca Pudding Day! In my family of origin, my siblings and I would frequently make tapioca pudding if our parents went out and left us to our own devices-- I think any one of us could have devoured a whole pudding (with all its milk, sugar, and egg) all by ourselves, so we had to double or triple the recipe. We were insatiable. Decades later I don't eat the traditional tapioca (I'm now vegan) but I have discovered that if you pour some maple syrup over chia seed gel you can get a fairly good rendition of tapioca pudding! I love the idea of a food tradition per calendar day and will do some thinking about what would work in our family! Voted up and interesting, and pinned this hub!


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Hui (蕙) 4 years ago

Useful and interesting information. Attractive food and inviting smell will make hot days a lot more fun and relax. Nice hub!


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

July will be fun day! Great hub. Congrats on Hub of the day.


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dreamer18 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

Interesting hub. Congratulations on Hub of the day!


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Useful and good to know these national holidays in this month. Congratulations on Hub of the day award!


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ComfortB 4 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

Hmm, hmm. If everyday is a national some-sort-of-food day, we'll never get those pound off. lol

Great info., and congrats on the HOTD award!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Frying an egg on the sidewalk! I love it! These are all great ideas and this is a great Hub! Congrats on the Hub of the Day! Well deserved! Keep up the great work! Voted up and shared.

JSMatthew~


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VirginiaLynne 4 years ago from United States

Terrific run down of lots of fun holiday ideas. You've given our family plenty of things to try. I love all your holiday Hubs. So glad you got HOTD! Great job!


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travel_man1971 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

So much food you have here! Just looking at it makes my mouth watery. I want that pecan pie please! :D

Thanks for sharing, Teacher Rose. :)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

techygran, thanks for sharing your stories about tapioca pudding! Your current version still sounds delicious.

Comfort, you're right. All things in moderation!

Virginia, have fun with these ideas with your family. :)

travel_man, I'd send you some pie if I could. :)

Thanks so much for all of the congrats and feedback today, everyone! It means a lot to me.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very informative hub. I love all these foods. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up :-)


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Prasetio!


storybeader 4 years ago

what a fun post! Great layout! {:-D


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin Author

Thanks, Deb!

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