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Sun and Sparkle: 10 Holidays to Celebrate in July 2024

Your family won't want to miss these special celebrations!

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher June 29, 2024

Hot dogs and watermelon. Sparklers and fireworks. Swimsuits and sprinklers. Family vacations and mini staycations. July gives us plenty of reasons to smile!

Here are 10 special events and holidays you and your family will want to celebrate this month.


1. National Grilling Month ~ July 1-31

We often use them interchangeably, but did you know that "barbecuing" and "grilling" describe two different cooking techniques? Barbecued foods are cooked over low or indirect heat for an extended period, while grilled foods are cooked directly over high heat for a short period.

We grill just about everything in the summer! It uses fewer dishes and doesn't heat up our kitchen. Try a new twist on an old favorite with our Grilled Pizza recipes!


2. National Watermelon Month ~ July 1-31

What fruit says "SUMMER" more than watermelon? Add some excitement to your next family gathering by carving your watermelon into a JAWS-some shark head. I promise it's easier than you'd think.

Get the step-by-step instructions here.


3. Independence Day ~ July 4

John Adams believed July 2 would be our national holiday, but Americans celebrate our country's independence on July 4. Read the evidence and decide for yourself which day should be our Independence Day.


4. Teddy Bear Picnic Day ~ July 10

Did you know this holiday originated from a 1907 children's song called "Teddy's Bear Picnic"? Gather the kids and their favorite stuffies to celebrate.


5. Mac and Cheese Day ~ July 14

Mac and cheese is just about the perfect dish! In the winter, it's filling comfort food. In the summer, it's a delicious side for burgers, barbecue chicken, or any other grilled meat!

Try this recipe for Slow-Cooker Mac and Cheese. You won't heat up your kitchen, and you'll spend less time cooking, so you can spend more time playing (or relaxing)!


6. Shark Awareness Day ~ July 14

Shark facts to amaze your kids:

  • There are more than 500 species of shark.
  • Sharks have been around longer than trees.
  • One hundred million sharks are killed each year by humans.
  • You're more likely to be killed by a falling coconut than by a shark attack.

How can your family help sharks? Learn about sharks and how important they are to our ocean's ecosystem. Reduce, reuse, and recycle. It's good for the sharks — and the planet.


7. National Ice Cream Day ~ July 17

We can't think of anything better than treating the kids to a scoop or two of ice cream on a hot summer day — and we bet your kids can't either!

Luckily, Douglas County has many excellent, locally owned ice cream and frozen yogurt shops where we can indulge in yummy goodness.


8. Moon Day ~ July 20

On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center. Four days later, Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the moon and proclaimed, "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind."


9. National Day of the Cowboy ~ July 23

Plan an adventure and learn more about Colorado's very own cowboy at the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave in Golden.


10. Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony ~ July 26

Kick off the fun with your own "torch" relay: Scoop some cheese or caramel popcorn into a cake ice cream cone, race a short distance while trying not to drop any popcorn, dump the popcorn into a bucket, and go back to the start for more. The first person or team to fill their bucket with popcorn wins!

Then, munch on the popcorn while watching the Opening Ceremony!