Things to Do in July with Your Family
There are many fun and interesting holidays that can be celebrated with your family during the hot month of July. Here is a list of some July holidays and suggestions on how to celebrate them.
First Sunday in July - Build a Scarecrow Day
On Build a Scarecrow Day, you and your family can:
- Build a Scarecrow and put it in your garden or decorate your porch with it.
- Watch the Wizard of Oz.
July 1 - Canada Day
July 1, 1867 is the day when Canada became self-governing. So, every July 1st Canada Day is celebrated to honor Canada's heritage and nationalism. To celebrate Canada Day, you can:
- Wear red and white or a maple leaf t-shirt.
- Have a cookout. Invite friends.
- Set off fire works.
July 1 - Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
To celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day, you and your family can hold an ice cream social. Invite your neighbors. Set out lots of ice cream flavors, sauces, and toppings.
July 2 - World UFO Day
To celebrate UFO Day, you and your family can:
- Watch one of the many movies or tv shows about aliens like Men in Black, ET, or Roswell.
- Make alien masks.
- Make UFO's out of paper plates.
July 4 - Independence Day
To celebrate the U.S. Independence Day you can:
- Attend a parade or fire works display.
- Dress in red, white, and blue.
- Hang the flag outside your home.
- Have a barbecue and invite your family or friends.
July 4 - National Country Music Day
Based on a survey by MRI of 25,000 US residents, 42% of Americans are country music fans. Of those fans, 48% are men and 52% are women. Country music fans come in all age brackets and incomes. To see more about these statistics visit the link to the right.
On National Country Music Day, you and your family can:
- Listen to your favorite country music.
- Listen to a new popular country music song.
- Make up your own country music.
- Learn to play the guitar or banjo.
- Visit the home of country music: Nashville, Tennessee.
I really don't listen to a lot of country music but I added my favorite country music song below. It is Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars. Take a listen. It is hauntingly beautiful.
Barton Hollow - By The Civil Wars
July 7 - Chocolate Day
I love chocolate. So, Chocolate Day is one of my favorite little known holidays. To celebrate you can:
- Have chocolate fondue for dessert. Chocolate goes well with all sorts of foods. You can dip strawberries, pineapple, marshmallows and much more.
- Have a bonfire and cook smores.
- Make a chocolate cake.
- Make a Homemade Hostess Cupcake. See the link below for the recipe.
- Homemade Hostess Cupcakes: Copycat Recipe | Family Kitchen
A Hostess Cupcake Copycat, homemade by me for my son, who'd never had one. Devil's Food cupcakes are filled with a delightful cream filling and then topped off with chocolate ganache and a cute white twirl.
July 7 - National Strawberry Sundae Day
To celebrate National Strawberry Sundae Day you can go all out by picking your own strawberries, making your own homemade ice cream, and then making strawberry sundae's for the whole family.
July 8 - Video Games Day
On Video Game Day:
- Take your family to an arcade like Dave & Busters or Tilt.
- Watch video game related movies like Tron.
- Let the kiddos invite some friends over for a video game party. I like to play active video games like Just Dance 3 or You're in the Movies.
- Play old school video games like Pitfall for Atari or Super Mario Brothers.
July 10 - Teddy Bear Picnic Day
If you have little kids, I am sure they would like to celebrate Teddy Bear Picnic Day. To celebrate you can pack a picnic lunch, a blanket, and your kids teddy bears. Make sure you bring them all. You don't want anyone to feel left out! Bring enough food for the teddy bears to eat to! Oh wait, what do teddy bears eat? Real bears are carnivores so they eat meat. I guess some cold fried chicken would do. Or, you can tell the kiddos that teddy bears have a different diet than the bears in the wild. Maybe they would like something sweet instead. They could eat some gummy bears, teddy grahams, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Use a bear cookie cutter to cut the sandwiches in the shape of teddy bears.
July 11 - Cheer Up the Lonely Day
On Cheer Up the Lonely Day you and your family can brighten the lives of those living alone or that you know are lonely. You can:
- Visit them.
- Bring them bouquets of flowers.
- Invite them to dinner at your house.
July 13 - Embrace Your Geekness Day
The definition of geek, in case you were wondering, is an enthusiast or expert in a technological field or activity. On July 13th, embrace your inner geekness. You can:
- Have your kids teach you something about your electronic devices that you didn't already know.
- Embrace Suri on your iphone. Practice using her. Suri is my new favorite toy.
- Do something geeky that you have been wanting to do but you are usually to embarrassed to do.
- Play trivial pursuit or Doctor Who Monopoly
- What your favorite geeky show or movie.
July 13 - Fool's Paradise Day
Fool's Paradise is a state of happiness based on false hope. So today, you and your family can embrace all your false hopes, if only for the day. I wish eating chocolate made me skinny so I am going to go with that one for the day!
July 14 - Bastille Day
Also known as French National Day, Bastille Day is on July 14th. This holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. Capturing the Bastille showed that the King's power was no longer absolute. This event marked the beginning of the French Revolution. To celebrate Bastille Day you can:
- Throw a party! If you live in America the decorations will be easy. French colors are also red, white, and blue! Serve french foods like quiche, croissants, crepes, and cheese.
- Watch a french movie. The Illusionist and Triplets of Belleville are two kid appropriate french movies.
- Check in your area to see if there are any Bastille Day activities planned.
- Go to France to celebrate!
- Visit a french restaurant in your area. This may be the first time the kiddos try french food.
July 15 - Cow Appreciation Day
Since my parents have cattle on their farm, they may give them a little more grain (their favorite) on Cow Appreciation Day. But, I would guess most of you don't have cows in your backyard that you can appreciate. So, to appreciate these fine animals I would suggest refraining from eating beef today. I'm sure they would appreciate it!
July 19 - National Raspberry Cake Day
To celebrate National Raspberry Cake Day you and your family can:
- Go raspberry picking.
- Bake your own raspberry cake with the raspberries you just picked yourself!
If You Decide To Go To The Moon
July 20 - Moon Day
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins first landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. This was the first time anyone had ever landed on the moon so it is definitely something to celebrate! To celebrate, you and your family can:
- Watch the video of the first moon landing and moon walk. The NASA video is below.
- Check out Google Moon. A link is attached below.
- Put together a moon walk obstacle course. Include things to leap over as well as flying objects like balloons. Everyone should pretend they are astronauts and do the obstacle course in slow motion just like they would if they were really in space.
- Watch a space movie like Wall E.
- Visit an astronomy exhibit nearby.
- Read "If You Decide To Go To The Moon" by Steve Kellogg.
First Moon Landing - 1969
July 22 - Hammock Day
Today is all about relaxing. So, set up some hammocks or sky chairs, sit back, and relax.
July 24 - Amelia Earhart Day
July 24th was the birthday of the most famous female aviator in history, Amelia Earhart. To celebrate her birthday you can:
- Watch the movie about her life.
- Read books about her.
- Take a flying lesson.
- Build a model airplane.
July 26 - Aunt & Uncle Day
On Aunt & Uncle's Day you can:
- Invite your Aunt's and Uncle's over for dinner.
- Send your Aunt's and Uncle's a card or a letter letting them know how much you appreciate them and how they have influenced your life.
Fourth Sunday in July - Parents Day
Let your kids know that Parents Day is coming up and sit back and let them do the work! Kids can:
- Make a meal for their parents. Kids can cook something simple if they don't have a lot of cooking skills yet. Sandwiches are easy and anything is appreciated if you don't have to make it yourself! I always feel like food tastes better when I don't prepare it!
- Do the dishes.
- Clean the house.
- Wash the car.
- Take your parents out to eat.
July 30 - National Cheesecake Day
Yum! Cheesecake! The only appropriate way to celebrate this holiday is to eat cheesecake, of course!
July 31 - Mutt's Day
This day was created to focus on what great pets mixed breeds make. So, on Mutt's Day you and your family can:
- Give some extra love to your pets.
- Adopt a pet.
- Volunteer at a dog shelter.
- Volunteer as a foster family for a dog or cat until they find their forever home.
National Anti-Boredom Month
After being out of school for a while the kids start to whine, "I'm bored." Keep those kiddos to busy to say that they are bored by celebrating the holidays and participating in the activities written above.
- Bastille Day - French National Holiday
Learn about Bastille Day, the French national holiday which celebrates the beginning of the French Revolution.
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