Yes, Independence Day is arguably the most important holiday in July. And sure, the fireworks, BBQs, and red/white/blue everything make it hard to beat. But there are plenty more celebrations to keep you feeling patriotic until August.
July 1st: National Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day
Just in case Ben & Jerry's missed all the creative name combinations, today is your day to come up with your own blend. Shall we suggest Cashew Butter Cucumber Crunch?
July 2nd: World UFO Day
Not only does this special day officially recognize the existence of Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), but it also marks the anniversary of the ever odd Rosewell Incident. Google it.
July 3rd: Eat Beans Day
A whole dedicated to legumes! Celebrate beans of all sizes, shapes, and colors. I think this means that a trip to Chipotle is in order...
July 4th: National Caesar Salad Day
On a day traditionally dedicated to celebrating all things BBQ or fried, leave room for a little green on your plate. Or don't because mac n' cheese is WAY better.
July 5th: Build a Scarecrow Day
It seems that this should be celebrated in the autumn. However, the original purpose of scarecrows was to stand out in the garden to scare crows and other birds away. Crops usually grow during summer months, hence, the reason for the early July celebration. the more you know...
July 6th: National Fried Chicken Day
As if you need another finger-lickin' reason to celebrate the heavenly magic that is fried chicken. Grab a bucket and dive in.
July 7th: Tell The Truth Day
Some of us do this every day but for all the liars out there - tell the truth for one day of your life.
July 8th: Video Games Day
And if you don't like video games, you can still observe by staying inside, eating junk food, and watching Netflix all day.
July 9th: National Intern Appreciation Day
Yes, it's time to honor the not-yet graduates that are making your job harder than it needs to be.
July 10th: National Pina Colada Day
We're already a week and a half into July and we haven't celebrated alcohol yet! Until today. Celebrate with this tropical treat. Attach a pineapple slice and a pink umbrella and it totally counts toward your daily fruit serving.
July 11th: 7-Eleven Day
Also known as Free Slurpee Day. A classic and relatively self-explanatory holiday.
July 12th: Different Colored Eyes Day
That's two reasons to celebrate!
July 13th: National French Fries Day
Potato + fried = deliciousness. Fact: Americans eat about 29 pounds of fries annually. Patriotism at its finest.
July 14th: National Nude Day
Clothing optional (obviously).
July 15th: National Respect Canada Day
Just an American reminder to be nice to our upstairs neighbors.
July 16th: Fresh Spinach Day
I guess it's better to celebrate fresh spinach than rotten spinach. But let's get back to celebrating fried stuff, yeah?
July 17th: Yellow Pig Day
Is there such a thing?!? This holiday is arguably the most bizarre on the list. Celebrated mostly by mathematicians, the origins of this holiday lie with two Princeton students that were tasked with analyzing the property of number 17. In the process, they went insane and came up with mythical Yellow Pig which has 17 teeth, 17 toes, 17 eye lashes and so on (seriously). To properly honor the day, one should sing yellow pig carols and eat yellow pig cakes.
July 18th: National Caviar Day
Pinky up for the fanciest celebration of the whole month. So what is caviar? Salted fish eggs. We will say that again. SALTED FISH EGGS. It's definitely an acquired taste so if you don't want to celebrate by actually eating it, maybe shove someone else's face in it?
July 19: Lake Superior Day
It should come as no surprise that Lake Superior is the one of the five Great Lakes to have its own day. Elitist bastard.
July 20th: Moonwalk Day
Let's be honest -- the moon is pretty f*cking impressive. And this year will mark the 46th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon. Epic. Celebrate with your own moonwalk here on Earth.
July 21: National Junk Food Day
This might be more of a daily occurrence for you but today you can really let loose with no shame or guilt. Grab all the candy, cookies, and chips you can find. Treat yo self.
July 22nd: Hammock Day
HOW PEACEFUL DOES THAT LOOK?!?!?! Hammocks are great because they force you to relax -- they trap you in this netted cocoon that is so difficult to get out of, that it's better to just lie there and accept your fate.
July 23rd: National Hot Dog Day
Hot dogs are a quintessential American food -- made of mysterious meat and oh so delicious. Embrace it. Celebrate it.
July 24th: National Tequila Day
One tequlia, two tequila, three tequila... floor. Celebrate responsibly. Or don't. But don't say we didn't warn you.
July 25th: National Dance Day
Appropriate that this follows National Tequila Day because when that clock strikes midnight and you've got half a bottle of tequila in you, you're going to want to get your groove on. Dance on, partner, dance on.
July 26th: All or Nothing Day
This day is all about extremes. It's the chance to live like it's your last. Do something you've never done before. Or maybe it's about choosing whether to eat all the chips in the bag or none of them. Spoiler alert: All of them.
July 27th: National Scotch Day
In reality, whisky tastes like burnt ass, but fancy gentlemen and gentleladies (like Don Draper in Mad Men) drink it while it's still light outside. Plus, its appearance is Anchorman is worthy enough of a celebration.
July 28th: National Milk Chocolate Day
Now, don't get it twisted -- this is all about celebrating milk chocolate, not chocolate milk (which has its own special celebration on September 27). So grab as much chocolate as you can and celebrate this day right.
July 29th: National Lasagna Day
Americans spend a lot of days celebrating food and these last few days in July are no different. Only good things happen when you combine cheese and pasta so honor this day right but shoving some ricotta in your face.
July 30th: Father-in-Law Day
In the final days of the month, take some time to honor how wonderful and compassionate (by which we mean intimidating and grumpy) your spouse's father-in-law truly is. Don't have one of those? THANK GOD. Celebrate instead the existence of alcohol or food or Netflix or literally anything else.
July 31st: National Talk In An Elevator Day
Why don't we do this more often? We do anything and everything to avoid making eye contact with our fellow riders. Not today. Celebrate awkward small talk with strangers and strike up a conversation.