Each month we share national holidays that are celebrated during that month. Some are fun and some are serious. I usually pick a few of the fun ones to celebrate with my family here in South Atlanta. It’s a little unexpected surprise during a regular week that gives us all a reason to relax and celebrate. I want to invite you to join me in celebrating these holidays, too. Pick one or two and have fun with it. Be sure to tag us (@southatlantamoms) in your photos on Instagram.
Here are the National Holidays in June that caught our eye:
June 4th – Donut Day
Donut Day is celebrated on the first Friday in June. This is the day we celebrate this delicious treat and the Salvation Army Lassies. The Lassies volunteered to go to the front lines and boost morale by serving home-cooked meals and treats during World War 1. Use any of the following hashtags on social media #NationalDonutDay #DonutDay #MmmDonuts #DonutLover
June 6th – D-Day
On June 6, 1944, American troops and their allies landed on the beaches of Normandy, France during World War II. In anticipation of an invasion Nazi troops planted over 4 million landmines on the beaches. Over 4,400 soldiers, sailors, airmen, and coastguardsmen died on D-Day. It is estimated that 5,000 or more unidentified were also lost. Ways to honor D-Day – Thank a veteran, watch a movie about WWII, explore the National WWII Museum online.
June 8 – National Best Friends Day
Did you know that Congress declared June 8th as National Best Friends Day in 1935? Since then many other days celebrating friendship have appeared but this is the original. Celebrate your closest friends and use the hashtag #nationalbestfriendsday when posting on social media
June 10th – National Iced Tea Day
Tea dates back to 2737 BC but Iced tea only goes back to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. It was very hot and tea plantation owner Richard Blechynden offered chilled tea as a refreshment. The rest, as they say, is history. Celebrate this southern staple by making a batch of your favorite tea and drinking it up. Use the #nationalIcedteaday on social media.
June 14th – Flag Day
Flag Day celebrates the Second Continental Congress’s adoption of the first U.S. national flag on June 14, 1777. Most people know that each star represents a state, but did you know that a new star only appears on the 4th of July following a state’s admission to the Union? Use #FlagDay on all your social media posts.
June 14th – National Fudge Day
Fudge became popular in the 1880s because the materials were inexpensive and easily found. It became very popular in women’s colleges and many had their own recipes. We believe in celebrating fudge day with a very large and delicious Fudge Sundae. Use the hashtag #nationalfudgeday on social media.
June 16th – Fresh Veggies Day
This is a great day to tell your kids the importance of eating fresh green veggies. While they may not be 100% convinced, you can make them a nice vegetable dish which they would love to dig in. You can make a delicious salad board, a healthy pasta alfredo, a veggie-packed chowder, and they will enjoy a variety of nutrient-packed meals.
June 19th – Juneteenth
This is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It is also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day. The name “Juneteenth” references the date of the holiday, combining the words “June” and “nineteenth.” #juneteenth #emacipationday
June 20th – Father’s Day
This day is set aside to celebrate all the dads out there. There is no universally designated day to celebrate Father’s and many countries use other dates to celebrate. In the United States, it is celebrated on the third Sunday in June thanks to a proclamation from President Lyndon Johnson.
June 27th – National Picnic Day
It’s Great American Picnic Day. Pack your picnic bag and celebrate the end of June by enjoying a meal, as a family or with a friend, at one of our many South Metro Atlanta parks.
June 30th – National Meteor Watch Day
National Meteor Watch Day is the day to let the kids stay up just a little longer so that you can spend your night watching the star-filled sky as a family. If you have a telescope, pull it out and be sure to use it and spend time stargazing. This day is also a great day for a date night.