June – 2022 Holidays and Observations
Happy June! This month marks the end of the Fiscal Year for most states, companies, sales reps, state offices are all busy getting their reports ready, meeting sales goals, are more. Schools are letting out and summer is officially beginning. But, June has plenty of other things to celebrate.
Below you’ll find some month, week, and daylong celebrations/observations (mostly US based). They are holidays/observations we’ve picked related to the content of this site. We may have missed some you think apply, and may have also added some you don’t think apply. But, these are the observations and celebrations we think deserve a spot on this post.
We will also mention ways you can participate in some of June’s celebrations/observations.
June is Pride Month, celebrating the fight for equality and the visibility and dignity of those in the LGBTQIA+ community. This month also commemorates the Stonewall Riots which took place in 1969 in Manhattan. Marches, rallies, parades and more take place throughout June.
Pride month celebrates those who paved the way for their community and those who are continuing the fight for equality.
Check out a local LGBTQIA+ owned business near you to show your support, participate in a local march or rally.
Home Ownership Month
Home Ownership Month is also observed in June. It focuses on the support of the American Dream of home ownership. This observation also recognizes organizations that help you to achieve that goal. Some of those organizations and businesses include the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Housing Administration, realtors, assistance programs, and financial/housing counselors.
If you’re a first time home buyer, check out the list of resources available at New Home Source.
CPR & AED Awareness Week
CPR & AED Awareness Week is observed every year from June 1-7. This weeklong observation focuses on the importance of CPR and AED training.
You don’t have to work in healthcare to receive training. Anyone can sign up for CPR & AED training. Check with the Red Cross to find a training near you.
You can also check with your employer to see if they offer training or would perhaps consider a group training. This is where Lora received her original AED training, through her former employer.
June 2nd – National Leave the Office Early Day
This day reminds those who work at least 40 hours a week to take some time to themselves. We all want to be successful, but we must also honor ourselves from time to time. Take some time for yourself on June 2nd and spend some time with your family, friends, working on your favorite hobby, or whatever you enjoy.
June 4th – National Play Outside Day
National Play Outside Day is celebrated the first Saturday of every month. With June comes beautiful weather, picnics, graduation celebrations, and more. Enjoy this day outside and unplugged, and make some memories with those you hold dear.
June 4th – Clean Beauty Day
In the movement for a more sustainable world, Clean Beauty Day encourages brands to develop sustainable products throughout the entirety of their lifestyle. This day also encourages you, the customer, to look to more sustainable beauty brands. This isn’t just with the packaging but also with the ingredients of the products themselves.
Use the contact form on the website of your favorite brand to let them know you support the clean beauty movement and the pursuit for sustainable ingredients and packaging.
Forbes has compiled a list of Sustainable beauty products if you’re looking to switch any current products.
June 6th – Higher Education Day
Higher Education Day is about preparing a path for the student in your life for their future higher education.
It is my desire to have a National Higher Education Day to educate and promote the many different ways students can fund their education. By having a National Day I will be able to inspire students of all ages to never give up on their dream of receiving a higher education degree!Izamar Olaguez, founder of National Higher Education Day
If you haven’t already, talk to a financial planner about starting an education fund for your child to get them started should they choose college. Have a specified amount taken from your paycheck to go into the account, and maybe add a reminder for June 6th of every year to made an additional contribution. Start looking at scholarships available in your area, culture, religion, membership group, and more, so that when the time comes your student is prepared to apply for anything they may be eligible for.
Other Ways to Prepare for Higher Education:
There are many other ways you can prepare the student in your life for higher education that don’t involve money. Take this summer to follow through on some of their interests, let them learn everything about it. Pick another topic that may be new to both of you and learn about that, perhaps some new words in a foreign language, or expand upon vocabulary in your own language. Review some of the subjects they learned this previous year to keep them on track for the new school year.
Make sure to talk to your student as well about their thoughts on higher education, their fears about possibly leaving home, or getting to know new people. Tell them your own experiences, or have them talk to a member of your family or community who is in college now that can help ease their fears and let them know about resources available at different campuses.
There are many simple things you can do to help ensure the success of the student in your life should they choose college as their path.
June 6th – National Upsy Daisy Day
National Upsy Daisy Day encourages us to face the day positively. Remember to be grateful and thankful on this day and every day.
On this day in particular, leave an encouraging note for someone. Start a savings account to put some money aside for another day, use it to treat yourself in the future or to have on hand when you need it. Let us know how you’d celebrate!
June 10th – National Movie Night
The second Friday in June celebrates National Movie Night. On this night you are encouraged to unplug and spend time with loved ones enjoying a movie. Make a special event out of it with your favorite snacks, enjoy your movie outside if you have the capability, or look for a community event in a park you can attend that’s showing a film that night.
June 19th – Juneteenth
Juneteenth represents and commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 with news that slavery had officially ended. This was over two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in January of 1863.
By the time Granger arrived, it had been three months since General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia on April 9th. It had been three months since President Lincoln was assassinated on April 14th. Two months earlier, the Civil War officially ended when General Simon Bolivar Buckner of the Army of Trans-Mississippi entered terms of surrender. It’s believed that Galveston was the last if not one of the last communities to find out.
Read up on Juneteenth and the end of slavery and attend a celebration or event near you!
June 19th – National FreeBSD Day
FreeBSD is an open source operating system that came out of UC Berkeley in 1993. Companies like PlayStation, Netflix, and WhatsApp use FreeBSD within their systems.
Interested in learning more about this operating system? Check out their website.
June 20th – National Hike with a Geek Day
Grab your favorite geek and make them unplug! Get out in nature and take a hike, literally! This day was founded by Geek Adventures (previously known as Hiking with Geeks) to encourage outside adventures and human interaction. This was all in the knowledge that most of us Geeks prefer to be inside working on whatever project we’ve recently immersed ourselves in. Or maybe a certain blog that we can’t step away from…..
June 21st – National Daylight Appreciation Day
June 21st is the longest day of the year. National Daylight Appreciation Day recognizes the summer solstice and encourages us to recognize the benefits the sun has to offer. This day usually makes me sad, as I firmly appreciate the days getting longer, then after this they slowly get shorter… It always feels like the days and the summer fly by after this.
Open those windows, take some time to learn about daylighting, using the sun to naturally light interior spaces with the use of windows, skylights, and other architectural openings. The sun is also a source of Vitamin D, can improve mood and mental health, and give us a boost of energy.
So, make sure you get outside and enjoy everything that the longest day of the year has to offer. And make use of charging your solar devices!!!
June 21st – National Selfie Day
If you are interested in celebrating technology then you cannot pass up National Selfie Day. Made easily possible with the use of Smartphones, selfies have become one of the main ways people capture photos of themselves whether alone or with any number of people.
Take a selfie today and post on social media with the hashtag #NationalSelfieDay to celebrate!
June 26th – National Barcode Day
On June 26, 1974, a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum was the first ever item scanned at a Marsh supermarket in Troy, OH. IBM Engineer George Lauer invented the barcode system, forever changing the way we buy groceries. Having worked at a grocery store myself, I can’t imagine what it was like prior to this having to key each and every single item in.
Appreciate the technology and the ease at which we are able to check out our groceries and more today!
June 27th – Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day
Micro-, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Day recognizes the important role enterprises of all sizes play.
According to recent estimates, more than 95% of global enterprises are micro-, small and medium-sized. These companies account for 60% of private-sector employment. Additionally, these enterprises make up 50% of GDP.National Day Calendar
The UN recognizes that these smaller enterprises are necessary for their goal of global sustainability and to increase the quality of life around the world.
Support these enterprises by supporting and shopping small businesses. Support for free by sharing social media posts of small businesses and blogs (hint hint), commenting on and engaging with their posts, and sharing with or tagging those who may like their posts.
If you are the owner of a smaller sized enterprise see if there is a workshop, meeting, or webinar you can attend to learn how smaller enterprises can support each other.
June 28th – National Insurance Awareness Day
National Insurance Day encourages us to review our policies. As the value of our belongings appreciates or changes our insurance policy needs may change too. Your home may have doubled or tripled in value in this time, changing the possible needs in your policy.
Speaking from experience, replacing everything you own SUCKS. Luckily, we worked with an incredible insurance company who helped guide us through the process following a devastating fire that destroyed everything we owned. I do have a post in the works with some tips and helpful information to help you prepare for the worst. Although I don’t want to see any of you have to go through that.
In the meantime, reread your policy, chat with your insurance provider to see if there are any policy changes you should be aware of. Shop around for different quotes, make sure all family members are fully covered, evaluate your belongings and their insurance value, make sure you are covered in case of emergency. You’ll take one less difficult thing off your plate in the case of a flood, fire, or other event.
June 30th – National Meteor Watch Day
Look to the stars tonight to see if you happen to catch a glimpse of a shooting star. Lay out on a blanket under the open sky, check out the constellations, and see if you catch a meteor flying through the sky!
June 30th- World Social Media Day
Love it or hate it, Social Media is a large part of daily life for many. June 30th celebrates Social Media and the impact it has on society and the way we now (mostly) communicate with others.
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For more celebrations in June you can check out one of our favorite sites – National Day Calendar.