53 fun holidays to celebrate if you need something to look forward to this summer

Why not decorate your house to celebrate National Wine Day?
Why not decorate your house to celebrate National Wine Day?

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By Nicole Gallucci

The practice of social distancing is necessary to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean it’s been easy.

Staying home every day and physically isolating yourself from loved ones can get lonely, and even sad at times. Though the president has recently talked about reopening the country, each state’s governors will ultimately decide when it’s safe for residents to be out and about again.

While we wait for life to return to something resembling normal, we thought we’d help you try to make quarantine life as fun as possible. We scoured online resources and compiled a list of 53 fun, lesser-known holidays that you can celebrate over the next four months.

Some holidays are food and beverage related, others are more heartfelt and reflective, a few celebrate animals, and several will make for perfect for Instagram throwback posts. But each of these holidays, no matter how small or silly, will give you something to look forward to this summer.

From Star Wars Day to National French Fry Day, here are 53 national and international holidays you never knew you needed.

Holidays in May

Some people think of May as the month full of rain, but there are quite a few significant and lesser known holidays worth looking forward to. Cinco de Mayo is coming up on May 5, Mother’s Day is on May 10 this year, and Memorial Day on May 25. For those looking for reasons to celebrate in between, we’ve got you covered.

May 1 – Global Love Day

May 4 – Star Wars Day

May 5 – National Teacher Appreciation Day and National Hoagie Day

May 6 – National Nurses Day

May 7 – World Password Day

May 8 – National Have a Coke Day

May 9 – National Moscato Day

May 10 – National Clean Your Room Day

May 13 – International Hummus Day and National Apple Pie Day

May 16 –

May 25 – National Wine Day

May 26 – National Paper Airplane Day

Holidays in June

June is a pretty poppin’ month for celebrations, too. It’s Pride Month and Father’s Day falls on June 21 this year. But it’s also the month for giving some extra love to things like cheese, running, and cats.

June 1 – National Olive Day

June 3 – Global Running Day and National Egg Day

June 4 – National Cheese Day and National Hug Your Cat Day

June 5 – National Donut Day and World Environment Day

June 8 – National Best Friends Day and World Oceans Day

June 11 – National Corn on the Cob Day

June 14 – World Blood Donor Day

June 21 – International Yoga Day and National Selfie Day

June 30 – and National OOTD Day

Holidays in July

Independence Day of course takes place on July 4 every year, but July is also jam-packed with food-centric holidays and days dedicated to reflecting on simplicity and friendship. Check out some of the month’s most noteworthy causes for celebration.

July 1 – International Joke Day

July 3 – National Eat Your Beans Day

July 8 –

July 10 – National Kitten Day

July 11 – National Cheer Up The Lonely Day

July 12 – National Simplicity Day

July 13 – National French Fry Day

July 17 –

July 19 – National Ice Cream Day

July 24 – National Cousins Day

July 30 – International Day of Friendship

July 31 – Harry Potter’s Birthday

Holidays in August

August is a hot one, literally and in terms of silly holidays. You can spend the month celebrating everything from beer and CBD to books and vinyl records. It’ll to be a blast, trust us.

Aug. 2 – National Coloring Book Day

Aug. 4 – National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Aug. 7 – International Beer Day

Aug. 8 – National CBD Day

Aug. 9 – National Book Lovers Day

Aug. 10 – National Lazy Day

Aug. 12 – National Vinyl Record Day

Aug. 13 – International Left Handers Day

Aug. 15 – National Relaxation Day

Aug. 16 – National Tell A Joke Day

Aug. 17 – National Nonprofit Day

Aug. 26 – National Dog Day

Though the timelines for returning to our good old “go outside, have fun, and live your life” days are unclear, this list will hopefully keep you mildly entertained throughout the summer.

If extreme social distancing practices are still taking place in September, we promise to return with another list of fun fall holidays.

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