National Days in July

It’s hard to believe that we’re in July already, but here we are! There are some great national celebration days throughout the next 31 days.

Of course, in America, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4 with cookouts and fireworks, but the rest of the month is filled with other patriotic food celebrations:

July 5 = National Apple Turnover Day

July 6 = National Fried Chicken Day

July 9 = National Sugar Cookie Day

July 12 = National Pecan Pie Day

July 13 = National French Fry Day and National Frank ‘n’ Beans Day

July 14 = National Mac and Cheese Day

July 16 = National Ice Cream Day

July 19 = National Hotdog Day

July 21 = National Junk Food Day

July 25 = National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 29 = National Chicken Wing Day

July 30 = National Cheesecake Day

I’m all for celebrating each of these food days individually so that we can have treats every day, but that’s just me. Other days in July include National Postal Worker Day on July 1 and National Dance Day on July 29.

Enjoy this month!

Unsung July Holidays

July is FULL of surprising and quirky holidays that you have probably never celebrated. Below is a list of some of my favorite. You’re welcome.

 

1. National Ice Cream Day- July 17th

Ice Cream DEFINES summer, especially as hot as this one has been. In my humble opinion, we have some of the best ice cream shops around. Take advantage of this day, whether you’re out getting ice cream with friends, or sobbing into a quart of your own watching your favorite chick flick.

2. Rat-Catcher’s Day- July 22nd

Yes, that’s right, July 22nd is a day to celebrate the real heroes of society: pest control. Inspire by the Pied Pier of Hamelin, this day is truly all about the rats. Even with the success of the Pixar Film Ratatouille, and the meme that swept the nation “Pizza Rat,” rats are still seen as the pest of all pests. We take this day to thank the brave men and women who wake up everyday to take care our pest problems.

3. Take Your Plants for a Walk Day- July 27th

Leash up- your plant’s going for a walk! On this day, people around the nation take their plants for a walk- really! If you’re too self conscious to provide your plant with all the benefits of being in the fresh air, maybe take it for a walk around your house. Move it from one room to another. The happier your plants, the happier your home.

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4. National Milk Chocolate Day- July 28th

Don’t be fooled- this isn’t chocolate milk day (that’s September 27th)- this is MILK. CHOCOLATE. DAY. Creamy, delicious, milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is far superior than dark chocolate (YES- I said it) in all of it’s forms and fashions. It’s dairy, it’s delicious, it’s worthy of a holiday.

5. National Cheesecake Day- July 30th

OKAY- no other July holiday is as important as this one (besides July 4th, duh). But in all honesty, cheesecake takes the cake in this competition. Use this day as an excuse to splurge on all things cheesecake, and if anyone asks you why you’re eating so much cheesecake, tell them you’re simply executing your right to celebrate the creamiest, sweetest, cheesecakiest holiday of the year.

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July is National Grilling Month and You’re Already Hungry

You read right: National. Grilling. Month.

It’s only fitting that this month-long celebration falls in the same month as July 4th, a time for fireworks,  s’mores, and grilled meat. While July 4th is already behind us, our grills are still burning and the sun is still shining. It’s summer, and that’s the only excuse you need to grill.

We all know the feeling: a sunny evening, warm breeze, back patio, food on the grill. Food is important to culture in so many ways, but grilled food is a part of the dictionary definition of summer (OKAY- maybe not, but you get my point).

I mean, JUST LOOK AT THAT MEAT BEING GRILLED. It’s screaming summer deliciousness.

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Not into meat? No worries, grilled veggies are equally as important in the formula for a perfect summer. Mm-mm-MM!

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Even though grilling is such a summer staple, grilling as we know it has barely been around for 60 years. In fact, the first Weber grill was designed and built in 1952. This design included features that we are familiar with now: a base for charcoal,  a grate for food, and a dome shaped lid to contain as well as release heat (science is cool!).

In the 1960s the Arkansas Louisiana Gas Company redesigned the grill to use gas instead of charcoal.  In no time at all this style of grilling was in the backyard of every American suburban home. This style of grilling was far superior to the open-fire style at the time, faster than charcoal, and it changed the way we consume food forever.

Celebrate National Grilling Month by throwing your favorite summer meal on the grill and sharing with friends and family. What do you plan on grilling this month? Start the conversation by commenting below!