Summer is finally here! The days are longer and school is out, which means more fun it the sun with the whole family. In June, we have the official start of summer (at least in the northern hemisphere!).
The first of the month represents the meteorological start of summer since the weather is warmer in this part of the globe, while the summer solstice at the end of the month marks the astronomical start.
Here are some of the holidays you can celebrate in June with your family and a little bit of background about them. For a full list of holidays every day of the month, scroll to the bottom of the page.
1. Pride Month
Pride Month is a time to celebrate diversity and inclusion. For over 50 years, June has been a time when lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities celebrate their pride. However, Pride Month was not officially declared until President Bill Clinton issued a proclamation in 2000.
Why was June selected as a time to celebrate LGBTQ Pride? The month commemorates a major event in the civil rights movement called the Stonewall Uprising that took place on June 28, 1969.
On this day, members of the LGBTQ community and the police clashed at the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in Greenwich Village in New York City. The Stonewall Inn had become a refuge for LGBTQ people and was a popular hangout.
Police raids at gathering spots for LGBTQ people were quite common at the time, however. When a raid occurred on that fateful night in 1969, people decided enough was enough and decided to stand up for themselves.
The first pride parade occurred in New York City on the one-year anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, and people have been celebrating with parades ever since. Every year throughout the month of June, pride parades take place across the United States.
You can find family-friendly parades and other events to celebrate inclusivity in your area by searching online. You can also celebrate by reading illustrated books that promote diversity with your children, or simply having discussions with them about self-acceptance.
2. Father's Day
In the United States, Father’s Day has been celebrated for over a century. Grace Golden Clayton organized the first Father’s Day in 1908 in West Virginia after many men died in a horrific mining accident. Few people, however, were likely to have known about the day that Clayton arranged to honor these men.
In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd led efforts to establish a national day to honor fathers and other male figures. Her campaign was like one led by Anna Jarvis, who helped establish Mother’s Day as an official holiday around the same time. (Read more about Mother’s Day and its history here.)
The first national Father’s Day was on June 19, 1910. But while Mother’s Day was made an official national holiday in 1914, Father’s Day was not proclaimed an official holiday until 1972 through a congressional act.
Why was Father’s Day slow to catch on? Since traditionally men have served as the head of many families, mothers did not have as much recognition as fathers. As a result, many families might have felt that celebrating fathers on a special day was a little too sentimental.
But Father’s Day doesn’t have to be an afterthought. There are many ways we can honor fathers and all the father figures in our lives. Find a creative way to pay tribute to the men who have influenced you.
The period when slavery was legal in the United States is one of the most unfortunate times of the country’s history. For hundreds of years, people were kidnapped from Africa and brought to North America to be enslaved.
In the middle of the 19th century, the country divided into the federal union composed of northern states, and the Confederate States of America made up of southern states. The American Civil War broke out, and slavery was a central issue.
The union became more and more antislavery, while the Confederate States, which relied heavily on the labor of enslaved people, supported slavery. In 1862, before the end of the Civil War years later, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
The Emancipation Proclamation abolished the practice of slavery and freed millions of enslaved people throughout North America when it took effect on January 1, 1863. The Civil War did not end, however, until April 9, 1865, and so places under Confederate control continued the terrible practice of slavery.
Even after the end of the war, news of emancipation was slow to spread. On June 19, 1865, union troops arrived in Texas and announced that a quarter of a million enslaved people there were now free. A year later, this historic day was celebrated as Junteenth, and in 2021, Juneteenth became a federal holiday.
There are many local and national events your family can participate on Juneteenth. Juneteenth is a joyous occasion, though is also a time to reflect on the sordid history of the United States and ways we can continue to fight for liberty and justice for all.
Of course, June is full of all sorts of holidays from the serious to the silly. We’ve assembled a list of just some of the daily holidays in this month. Find one that speaks to you, and make plans to celebrate!
June 1 – Global Day of Parents
June 2 – American Indian Citizenship Day
June 3 – National Donut Day
June 4 – National Cheese Day
June 5 – National Cancer Survivors Day
June 6 – D-Day
June 7 – National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
June 8 – National Best Friends Day
June 9 – National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day
June 10 – National Herbs and Spices Day
June 11 – National Rosé Day
June 12 – National Red Rose Day
June 13 – World Softball Day
June 14 – Flag Day
June 15 – Nature Photography Day
June 16 – National Career Nurse Assistants Day
June 17 – National Eat Your Vegetables Day
June 18 – National Cherry Tart Day
June 19 – National Martini Day
June 20 – National American Eagle Day
June 21 – World Day of Music
June 22 – National Chocolate Éclair Day
June 23 – Women in Engineering Day
June 24 – Farmer Day
June 25 – Please Take My Children to Work Day
June 26 – National Beautician’s Day
June 27 – National PTSD Awareness Day
June 28 – National Tapioca Day
June 29 – National Camera Day
June 30 – National Work from Home Day
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