While the Fourth is the premiere day for Americans in July, the month is full of quite a few days and monthly observances. Whatever you are passionate about, it’s probably recognized in July.
July 2020 Monthly Observances
- Bioterrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness Month: Does your family know what to do in case of a tornado? Do you know what a bug-out bag is? This is the month to learn how to handle a disaster.
- Family Golf Month: Grab your clubs and hit the green. Golf is a popular family activity, but if it isn’t your think, hit a miniature golf course and putt-away.
- International Alopecia Month for Women: alopecia is pattern baldness and it does affect women as well as men. Learn more at WebMD.
- International Zine (small magazine) Month
- National Blueberry Month: blueberry cobbler, blueberry smoothies, blueberry pie. Need we say more?
- National Cell Phone Courtesy Month: Place it on vibrate when appropriate such as court, movie theaters, or church. It’s not that hard.
- National Deli Salad Month: Pick your favorite deli and enjoy crunchy greens with your favorite dressing.
- National “Doghouse Repairs” Month: Fido’s home might need a fresh coat of paint, a few missing shingles replaced. Take care of the pooch.
- National Family Reunion Month: Whether it’s as simple as dinner at your favorite restaurant or a potluck, or a weekend long event, get the cousins, aunts and uncles together for family fun.
- National Grilling Month: fire it up and toss on burgers, fish, chicken, veggies, whatever you like. Find great recipes at Taste of Home.
- National Horseradish Month: celebrate the hardy perennial.National Hot Dog Month: you can throw these on the grill, too, at a family reunion. Serve with blueberries and watermelon.
- National Ice Cream Month: Add blueberries and enjoy at the family reunion. Make your own ice cream for a family fun and tasty treat. You can also take the family to Mayfield Dairy in Athens, Tennessee. For more information, visit here.
- National Make a Difference to Children Month: making a difference doesn’t mean changing the world. Do what you can even if it’s just a smile and a fist bump.
- National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month: The U.S. House of Representatives named July Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in 2008 to help ease the stigma of mental illness.
- National Park and Recreation Month: North Georgia is full of parks from local rec centers to National Parks. Pick a day and go visit.
- National Vacation Rental Month: From beaches to mountains, find a place and go!
- National Watermelon Month: MMMMM, fresh from the garden, farmer’s market, or grocery store, enjoy!
- Smart Irrigation Month: there are many ways to irrigate. Find what works best for your yard, garden, or farm.
- Social Wellness Month: Learn more at the National Institute of Health.
- Women’s Motorcycle Month: According to motorcycle.com, he Motorcycle Safety Foundation says women make up nearly 30 percent of students in its Basic Rider Courses program.
- Worldwide Bereaved Parents Awareness Month: sadly, we probably know someone whose buried a child too soon. Attention is plentiful in the early days, but wanes too quickly. Reach out to them. Let them know you are still there.
See what days are celebrated in July at Not Just Bingo.
Read about a monastery located in Resaca, here.
May brings with it flowers, nurtured by the rains of April. It’s a time of renewal as we get ready for summer.
May also brings awareness for so many worthy causes, like ALS, foster care, and pets.
ALS Awareness Month
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The way a body typically works is motor nuerons carry messages from the brain to spinal cord which relays the message to the rest of the body. ALS eventually destroys these motor neurons, causing the brain to not be able to get messages, like movement, to the body. Generally, about 90-percent of the time, ALS is sporadic, meaning not hereditary, but in a small number of cases, it is inherited. It hits between ages 40-70, usually and there are roughly 16,000 Americans with ALS. Famous individuals with ALS include baseball legend Lou Gehrig, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking, boxer Ezzard Charles, basketball great George Yardley, former Vice President of the United Sates Henry A. Wallace and U.S. Army General Maxwell Taylor. For more information, visit the ALS Association.
Celiac Awareness Month
According the Celiac Disease Foundation, Celiacs is an autoimmune disease where ingesting gluten leads to damage to the small intestine. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When consumed by someone with Celiac’s, the person’s immune system attacks the small intestine. When this happens, nutrients are prevented from being absorbed. It is hereditary and can develop at any age.
Long term health effects include a greater chance of developing coronary artery disease and small bowel cancers. Left untreated, it can lead to the development of Type-1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, dermatitis herpetitformis, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, neurological conditions and heart disease. The only treatment is a strict gluten-free diet.
Mental Health Awareness Month
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), provides advocacy, education, support, and public awareness to help those affected by mental illness have better lives. It’s the largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives.
National Bike Month
According to The League of American Bicyclists, May is still bike awareness month, but different because of the pandemic restrictions. Rather than focusing on
biking to work, they are encouraging people to focus on riding “there” — whether “there” is hte grocery store, or to the creek and back and integrating biking into as many aspects of life as possible.
National Foster Care Month
Started by the Children’s Bureau to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, and others associated with the foster system. According to the website, more than 437,000 are in foster care. The Children’s Bureau has a 107-history focusing on improving the lives of children and families.
National Pet Month
Okay, technically, this is from April 1 through May 10, but we’re going to celebrate our fur babies anyway. Really, every month should be pet month. Email me some pictures of your babies and we’ll post them with our stories.