Welcome to June, the month of summer and school vacations! While many people look forward to enjoying the warmer days and longer nights, there are even more reasons to celebrate throughout the month. From quirky food holidays and pet appreciation days to notable times in history, June offers a range of opportunities to have fun. Here are 30 reasons to celebrate throughout the month leading up to June 10.
June used to be the fourth month of the year before the Julian calendar was created.
1. World Milk Day – June 1
Today is the day to enjoy a cold glass of milk. If cow’s milk isn’t your thing, there are many dairy alternatives available in the grocery store, including almond milk, oat milk, cashew milk, and more. You can even upgrade your sip with a bit of chocolate syrup for a glass of classic chocolate milk.
2. National Rocky Road Day – June 2
Rocky road ice cream is a tasty blend of chocolate ice cream, nuts, and a marshmallow swirl. Originally concocted during the Great Depression, it had a quirky name to give people a reason to smile. Have a scoop to celebrate this classic favorite.
3. National Egg Day – June 3
Eggs are super versatile, and there are a slew of delicious recipes for you to try, like scrambled eggs, hard-boiled eggs, soft-boiled eggs, fried eggs, poached eggs, and baked eggs. Celebrate the egg’s versatility with your favorite recipe, like breakfast tacos, egg salad, a quiche, or even your favorite brownies.
4. Hug Your Cat Day – June 4
Not that you need an excuse, but today is the perfect day to give your feline friend a few extra cuddles. If your cat doesn’t like being hugged, try showing your affection in another way, like a new toy, a special treat, or a relaxing cat nap for two.
5. National Donut Day – June 4
On the first Friday of June each year, there is a day dedicated to celebrating everyone’s favorite breakfast treat. Whether you prefer a classic glazed, a savory bacon donut, or one with sprinkles on top, today’s the day to enjoy. Pick up a dozen to share and become the most popular person in the office.
6. National Gardening as Exercise Day – June 6
Gardening is easy on your joints, relaxing, and good for the environment. Plus, time spent outdoors is always time well-spent. On June 6, grab your gloves and get gardening, you can even learn how to grow plants inside.
7. National Chocolate Ice Cream Day – June 7
Ice cream is a quintessential warm-weather treat. To celebrate National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, grab your favorite cocoa-flavored cold treat and enjoy it outside for a mid-day break—just be sure to finish it before it melts.
8. Best Friends Day – June 8
Best friends play many roles in our lives, including trusted advisers, confidants, and cheerleaders. Today, show your best bud how much you appreciate them by treating them to a happy hour drink, their favorite home-cooked dinner, or a small gift you know they’ll love.
9. National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day – June 9
Strawberry rhubarb pie is an early summertime classic. The two fruits combine for a perfect not-too-sweet, not-too-tart, juicy filling. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own pie, or just pick one up at your favorite local bakery. Pro tip: Don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top.
10. National Iced Tea Day – June 10
When the weather starts to heat up, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as a tall glass of iced tea. Whether you like it sweetened or unsweetened, with lemon or without, take a moment to enjoy a cool beverage in the shade of an umbrella or a tree.
11. National Corn on the Cob Day – June 11
Fresh, juicy corn on the cob is a summertime staple, enjoyed at backyard barbecues and roadside picnic tables alike. Boil it, grill it, or roast it—it’s all good, as long as you slather on plenty of butter and sprinkle on a little bit of salt.
12. National Red Rose Day – June 12
Red roses are a classic symbol of love and affection, used to celebrate everything from special occasions to everyday moments of care and appreciation. Today, surprise someone special with a bouquet of beautiful red roses, or treat yourself to a single stem as a reminder of self-love.
13. National Sewing Machine Day – June 13
The sewing machine revolutionized the way clothes and textiles were made, allowing for faster and more efficient production. Today, celebrate the invention of this incredible machine, and try your hand at some sewing of your own—whether it’s mending a tear or creating a unique piece of clothing.
14. National Bourbon Day – June 14
Bourbon is a type of whiskey that is distilled primarily from corn. It’s a quintessentially American spirit, and can be sipped straight or mixed into cocktails. Today, why not indulge in a glass of high-quality bourbon, perhaps paired with a slice of pecan pie or a smoky barbecue dish?
15. National Flip Flop Day – June 15
Flip flops are the ultimate summer shoe—easy to slip on and off, and perfect for everything from beach days to lazy afternoons in the backyard. Today, break out your favorite pair of flip flops and show your toes some love.
16. Father’s Day – June 16
Father’s Day is a day to celebrate and honor fathers and father figures, including grandfathers, stepfathers, and fathers-in-law. Take some time to show your appreciation for the important men in your life, whether it’s through a heartfelt card, a special gift, or simply spending time together.
17. National Eat Your Vegetables Day – June 17
Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, providing nutrients, fiber, and a range of flavors and textures. Today, challenge yourself to try some new vegetables or prepare an old favorite in a new way. Whether it’s a colorful salad, a roasted medley, or a simple stir-fry, make sure to eat your veggies!
18. National Splurge Day – June 18
Sometimes, it’s important to indulge and treat ourselves to something special. Whether it’s a luxurious spa day, a fancy meal, or a new gadget, today is the day to splurge on something that brings you joy. Just remember to stick to your budget and enjoy in moderation.
19. National Martini Day – June 19
The martini is a classic cocktail made with gin and vermouth, garnished with an olive or a twist of lemon. Whether you like it shaken or stirred, dry or dirty, the martini is a sophisticated drink that’s perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening.
20. National Selfie Day – June 20
Love them or hate them, selfies have become a ubiquitous part of modern culture. Today, take a selfie or two to capture a moment or a mood, and share it with friends and family. Just remember to be safe and respectful when taking selfies in public spaces.
21. First Day of Summer – June 21
The summer solstice marks the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a time of warmth, sunshine, and outdoor adventures, from picnics and hikes to beach trips and backyard barbecues. Make the most of the summer season, and enjoy all the joys that it brings.
22. National Pink Day – June 23
Pink is a color that’s often associated with love, empathy, and femininity. On National Pink Day, celebrate this vibrant hue by wearing pink clothes, decorating your home with pink flowers, or indulging in pink treats like cotton candy, strawberry milkshakes, or raspberry sorbet.
23. National Take Your Dog to Work Day – June 26
Do you have a furry friend who’s always itching to go to work with you? Today is the day to make that dream a reality! National Take Your Dog to Work Day is an annual event that encourages employers to allow their employees to bring their dogs to work. It’s a great way to reduce stress, boost morale, and promote bonding and socialization among co-workers.
24. National Sunglasses Day – June 27
Sunglasses are not only a fashion statement, but also an important tool for protecting your eyes from harmful UV rays. On National Sunglasses Day, show off your favorite shades and remember to wear them every time you step outside, whether it’s bright and sunny or cloudy and overcast.
25. National Hug Your Cat Day – June 29
Cats may have a reputation for being aloof and independent, but they also love to snuggle and be affectionate with their humans. On National Hug Your Cat Day, give your feline friend a warm hug, some extra treats, and plenty of scratches and cuddles.
26. National Camera Day – June 29
Cameras have revolutionized the way we capture and document our lives, from historic events to everyday moments. On National Camera Day, take the time to appreciate the power and beauty of photography, whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who loves taking snapshots on your phone.
27. Canada Day – July 1
Canada Day is a national holiday that celebrates the anniversary of the country’s confederation on July 1, 1867. It’s a day to commemorate Canadian history and culture, enjoy outdoor festivities like parades and fireworks, and spend time with friends and family. Happy Canada Day!
28. Independence Day – July 4
Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, is one of the most important holidays in the United States. It commemorates the country’s independence from Great Britain and is celebrated with parades, barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. It’s a day to come together as a nation and honor the principles of liberty, democracy, and patriotism.
29. World Emoji Day – July 17
Nowadays, emojis are a ubiquitous part of our digital communication. World Emoji Day celebrates the fun and expressive world of emojis, which allow us to convey emotions, ideas, and reactions in a visually appealing way. Share your favorite emojis with friends, have an emoji-themed party, or learn how to create your own custom emojis.
30. National Ice Cream Day – Third Sunday in July (July 19, 2020)
What’s better than ice cream on a hot summer day? National Ice Cream Day is a perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite frozen treats, whether it’s a classic cone, a sundae, or a milkshake. Many ice cream shops offer free or discounted treats on this day, so be sure to check out the local deals.