20 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in June
June 1st: HEIMLICH MANEUVER DAY
Named after the doctor who invented it, the Heimlich maneuver has seriously curbed the hazards of choking since its introduction in the 1970s.
June 2nd: NATIONAL ROCKY ROAD DAY
While this iconic ice cream flavor is generally associated with feelings of happiness and pleasure, its inception was the result of some pretty dire times. Recognizing the “rocky road” ahead for Americans after the Stock Market Crash of 1929, ice cream purveyor William Dreyer dreamed up this recipe as a temporary salve to the economic ills in the United States. Though some naysayers contest whether the credit for this cream-marshmallow-almond-chocolate chip recipe belongs 100% to Dreyer, few people will contest that Rocky Road ice cream is 100% delicious.
June 3rd: NATIONAL REPEAT DAY
June 3rd: National Repeat Day
June 5th: NATIONAL RUNNING DAY
Whether you passionately love it or passionately hate it, few people feel neutral on the subject of running. In light of the positive passions, runners around the country take to the streets on the first Wednesday of every June to express their love of optional physical duress.
June 6th: NATIONAL YO-YO DAY
Donald F. Duncan had more to celebrate about his life than an amazing name; he helped popularize the Yo-Yo. Though technically invented by a man named Pedro Flores in the late 1920’s, the Yo-Yo didn’t hit the mainstream until an entrepreneurial Duncan purchased Flores’ Yo-Yo Toy Company, mass-produced this circular piece of plastic and string, and introduced it to the world. June 6th is believed to be Duncan’s birthday.
June 7th: NATIONAL DONUT DAY
Believe it or not, the Salvation Army is behind the creation of this sweet holiday. According to their website, “the first National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago in 1938 to help raise needed funds during the Great Depression and commemorate the work of the 'donut lassies' who helped make the donut what it is today by feeding the tasty confection to American soldiers during WWI.” In modern times, companies like Entenmann’s are donating a portion of their donut profits to the Salvation Army while Dunkin' Donuts is donating calories to your waistline.
June 8th: Name Your Poison Day
Although this holiday is widely open to interpretation, we recommend no one take it literally. Instead, muster up the courage to boldly acknowledge the one vice in your life that you simply cannot resist no matter how terrible it may be for you. Unless said “poison” happens to be arsenic.
June 10th: Ballpoint Pen Day
Put away your quills, fountains, and felts, for today we honor the gravity-dependent ink dispenser we know as the ballpoint pen. It may not have the panache of a gel writing utensil, or the precision of a roller ball. But when it comes to getting ink onto paper and the bottoms of shirt pockets, ballpoints certainly get the job done.
June 15th: NATIONAL HOLLERIN’ CONTEST DAY
Since 1969, a growing number of folks have traveled to Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina, on the third Saturday of June to let out their heartiest holler. A distant cousin of the yodel and even more distant cousin of the smoke signal, “hollerin'” is believed to have originated among rural folks prior to the advent of technology like the telephone. Some hollerin’ contests now take place in September as well, but the original National Hollerin' Contest Day always takes place on the third Saturday in June.
June 16th: Bloomsday
In case you're not a James Joyce aficionado, June 16 is the day the events in Ulysses take place. The name comes from Leopold Bloom, the main character in the novel. To get ready for your Bloomsday party, here are 10 fun facts about James Joyce.
June 17th: National Eat Your Vegetables Day
We are unsure whether PETA or the PTA is more responsible for this holiday, but you better be prepared to finish those Brussels sprouts today if you know what’s good for you! Like Brussels sprouts, for example. They’re a great source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.
June 18th: International Picnic Day
Since it falls during the workweek this year, IPD may also have to stand for International Personal Day. But a basketful of goodies, domestic or international, and a nice patch of grass will definitely be worth calling in with a mysterious “summer cold.”
June 19th: World Sauntering Day
A man named W.T. Rabe, an allegedly rampant self-promoter, is said to have conceived this holiday in the 1970s on Mackinac Island, Michigan. According to Merriam-Webster, to saunter one must merely “walk about in an idle or leisurely manner.” So for all of you who balked at a running holiday, thank Rabe for providing a much more casual holiday for getting around.
June 21st: Summer Solstice
Pencil in some sun on your calendar today, because the top half of the Earth is getting all up in our star’s grill. Welcome to summer, Northern Hemisphere.
June 21st: World Handshake Day
PURELL could have a field day with this one, but don’t let germs stop you from reaching out and touching a stranger’s hand. Let the subsequent uncomfortable look on their face be your true guide.
June 22nd: National Onion Rings Day
National Onion Rings Day: for those of you who like your holidays deep-fried.
June 24th: International Fairy Day
A relatively young holiday for a relatively old mythical creature, International Fairy Day was created by artist Jessica Galbreth for “believers, collectors, and the young at heart to celebrate all that is Fae and reconnect with their imagination and child-like wonder.”
June 25th: COLOR TV DAY
While everyone is declaring the end of traditional television as we know it, take a moment today to reflect on the advent of color TV in our lives. Then marvel at the fact that it has only been 62 years since the first color television broadcast ever. On June 25th, 1951, CBS aired a variety show that was only available on color-ready TV’s. According to Geek Book of Days, black and white TVs missed the party entirely, not technologically savvy enough to even receive the show.
June 25th: NATIONAL COLUMNISTS DAY
This holiday was intended to extol those hardworking newspaper folks who keep us abreast of all the news in a serialized format. But in light of recent technological advancements, we think we can extend the honors to online columnists as well. Such as the ones who bring you great daily trivia and interesting facts. You know, like offbeat holidays. For example.
June 28th: Insurance Awareness Day
Do you have insurance? If you answered that question, you just observed this holiday.