June Holidays And Observances

June is the sixth month of the year and has 30 days. It is the official mark of summer in the United States and in the year 2021, summer officially begins on June 20, 2021, though many people view Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the summer season. 

There are three birthstones associated with June. They are the moonstone, pearl, and alexandrite. Two flowers represent June. They are the rose and honeysuckle. From June 1-June 20, the zodiac sign is Gemini. The zodiac sign Cancer begins on June 21st until the end of the month and into August.

There are two major holidays in June: Juneteenth, which is celebrated on June 19, 2021, and Father’s Day, which is on June 20, 2021. For the year 2021, Father’s Day and the Summer Solstice (the official start of summer) fall on the same day. Father’s Day is a moveable celebration and is held on the third Sunday in June in the United States. Many countries celebrate Father’s Day during the month of June as well.

In addition to Juneteenth and Father’s Day, June recognizes many important observances throughout the month. June is National Pride Month in both the United States and Canada. Pride Month is sometimes known as LGBT Month and it is a time to increase awareness and visibility of those who identify other than heterosexual. 

June is also Caribbean American Heritage month and African American Music Appreciation Month. During June, great focus is placed on the significant contributions to music that African Americans have made throughout history. Former President Jimmy Carter declared June to be Black Music Month back on June 7, 1979, and the observance has continued ever since.

June is National Oceans Month, and it is a time to focus on preserving the health and well-being of Earth’s oceans. It is also Great Outdoors Month and PTSD Awareness Month.

Some of June’s interesting holidays and observances that are movable, or change date each year, include National Doughnut Day or National Donut Day that is recognized on the first Friday of every June. Check with your local donut (doughnut) shop and see if they have any freebies, deals, or promotional giveaways for National Donut Day. For 2021, National Donut Day will take place on Friday, June 4, 2021. 

Saturday, June 5, 2021, is National Trails Day and it’s a time to celebrate heading out into the great outdoors and hitting your favorite trail. It coincides with June being Great Outdoors Month. National Trails Day is a movable observance that is recognized every first Saturday in June.

Every first Sunday in June recognizes two important observances. These are Children’s Day and National Cancer Survivors Day. Children’s Day is a time to honor, recognize, and support children throughout the nation. Unfortunately, Children’s Day doesn’t receive the same recognition as Father’s Day and Mother’s Day and many people avoid this holiday and choose not to give their children presents, cards, or treat them to a special dinner or event. For 2021, Children’s Day will take place on June 6, 2021, 

National Cancer Survivors Day takes place on the first Sunday in June and is a time to show that people can beat cancer, survive the diagnosis, have successful treatments, then go on to live happy, healthy lives. Check with your local community for activities, events, parades, and more on National Cancer Survivors Day.

You may notice that there are multiple days designated to celebrate children. In addition to the first Sunday in June, some people celebrate Children’s Day on the second Sunday of June as well. The second Sunday will be on June 13, 2021.

National Flip Flop Day is observed every third Friday in June. For 2021, National Flip Flop Day will be held on June 18, 2021. The holiday was started by Tropical Smoothie Cafe and every third Friday in June, participating stores will give a free smoothie to patrons who enter the store wearing flip-flops. Check with your local branches for more information.

On the third Saturday in June, the United States celebrates International Surfing Day. 

The third Sunday in June is Father’s Day.

The last Thursday in June is National Bomb Pop Day. Many people celebrate by enjoying this delicious popsicle during the hot summer month of June. National Bomb Pop Day will take place on June 25, 2021. 

Every Friday that follows the third Sunday in June is National Take Your Dog To Work Day. Make sure to check with your employer before getting Fido or FiFi ready for their big work day! Many companies do participate and encourage their employees to bring their dogs to work, but be sure to check ahead.

Here are some weird, unusual, or interesting holidays that occur every June and have a fixed date.

June 1st: Say Something Nice Day, Go Barefoot Day, World Milk Day

June 2nd: National Rotisserie Chicken Day, National Rocky Road Day (ice cream), Running Day, Leave the Office Early Day

June 3rd: Confederate Memorial Day, National Chocolate Macaroon Day, National Egg Day, World Bicycle Day, Repeat Day, Chimborazo Day

June 4th: National Cognac Day, National Cheese Day, Hug Your Cat Day, Corgi Day, Fish and Chip Day, Old Maid’s Day

June 5th: National Moonshine Day, National Gingerbread Day, Sausage Roll Day, HIV Long-Term Survivors Day, Hot Air Balloon Day, World Environment Day

June 6th: National Applesauce Day, Gardening Exercise Day, Caves and Karst Day, Yo-Yo Day, Drive-In Movie Day

June 7th: Chocolate Ice Cream Day, VCR Day, 

June 8th: Best Friends Day, World Oceans Day, Call Your Doctor Day, Upsy Daisy Day

June 9th: Rosé Day, Donald Duck Day

June 10th: National Iced Tea Day, Jerky Day, Ball Point Pen Day, Farm Workers Day

June 11th: Yarn Bombing Day, National Corn on the Cob Day, National German Chocolate Cake Day

June 12th: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, Loving Day, Superman Day, World Gin Day, Red Rose Day, International Falafel Day, Worldwide Knit in Public Day, Record Store Day

June 13th: Sewing Machine Day, World Softball Day, International Axe Throwing Day

June 14th: World Blood Donor Day, Flag Day, Cupcake Day, Bourbon Day, International Bath Day

June 15th: Nature Photograph Day, Beer Day Britain, Lobster Day, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Cherry Tart Day, Magna Carte Day, Smile Power Day

June 16th: National Fudge Day, World Tapas Day, Fresh Vegetables Day, Arborist Appreciation Day

June 17th: Garbage Man Day, Eat Your Veggies Day, Apple Strudel Day, Tessellation Day, Dump the Pump Day

June 18th: Go Fishing Day, International Picnic Day, Clean Your Aquarium Day, International Panic Day, International Sushi Day

June 19th: Juneteenth, Martini Day, Juggling Day, Garfield the Cat Day, World Sickle Cell Anemia Day

June 20th: Ice Cream Soda Day, Vanilla Milkshake Day, World Refugee Day, Kouign Amann Day, Turkey Lovers’ Day, American Eagle Day, BoxKart Bash Day

June 21st: National Peaches ‘n’ Cream Day, World Music Day, World Giraffe Day, Daylight Appreciation Day, Go Skateboarding Day, Selfie Day

June 22nd: Onion Rings Day, World Rainforest Day, B Kinder Day, Positive Media Day

June 23rd: Let it Go Day, Typewriter Day, Women in Engineering Day, Public Service Day

June 24th: Swim a Lap Day, Fairy Day, Upcycling Day, Pralines Day

June 25th: Global Beatles Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Goats Cheese Day, Strawberry Parfait Day, Color TV Day, Catfish Day

June 26th: Beautician’s Day, World Refrigeration Day, Cream Tea Day, Armed Forces Day, Chocolate Pudding Day, Canoe Day

June 27th: Helen Keller Day, Pineapple Day, National HIV Testing Day, Sunglasses Day, Log Cabin Day, Orange Blossom Day, PTSD Awareness Day

June 28th: International Body Piercing Day, Logistics Day, Paul Bunyan Day, Ceviche Day, Tapioca Day

June 29th: Waffle Iron Day, Camera Day, International Mud Day, World Industrial Day

June 30th: Social Media Day, Meteor Watch Day


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