Are you one of those folks who think July is all about the Fourth? Do you find yourself feeling the month goes downhill from there?
The fireworks that painted the sky with their bursts of glory are only a memory now. The parades with their crowds of flag-waving fans have marched into the sunset. The picnic baskets are once more stored away. The buntings are gone from the porches and lampposts. And the folks in countless bands, large and small, have packed their instruments.
Now that the Independence Day activities are over, there's not much to celebrate. Right?
When you look into the list of events crammed into the month of July, you'll find a flock of festivals, a crowd of celebrations, an assortment of anniversaries and a mass of month-long observances. In other words, July still has a lot to offer.
For instance, although the month traditionally contains the dreaded Dog Days, it also includes Air Conditioner Appreciation Days. You couldn't have one without the other.
Much of the month's attention is focused on food. Not only is July National Blueberry Month, it has also been designated the month for the nation to honor Ice Cream, Horseradish, Peaches, Baked Beans and Hot Dogs. And, fittingly, July has been named National Grilling Month. That list alone should keep you celebrating for all 31 days.
With the family at the heart of summer fun, July stands as Family Reunion Month and Family Golf Month.
A recent addition to July's list of observances is one many folks need to take seriously. It's Cell Phone Courtesy Month. The next time you find yourself in a restaurant, sitting near someone holding a private conversation at full volume, you might want to gently remind them of this July focus. And good luck with that.
For those who are into improving their surroundings, July provides two unusual observances to consider. One is National Doghouse Repairs Month. Fido would be so grateful. And the other, National Wheelchair Beautification Month, is a way to cheer up a handicapped friend or loved one.
The folks at Harley Davidson must have had a hand in designating the next observance. Otherwise, how would July have become Women's Motorcycle Month?
And, for those into the sporting world, this is traditionally the Tour de France Month.
Among the week-long designations, there is enough variety to fit anyone's area of interest. These special periods range from Beans and Bacon Days (from the 2nd to the 6th) to Nude Recreation Weekend (7th to the 13th) and from Restless Leg Syndrome Awareness Week (18th to the 25th) to Everyone Deserves a Massage Week (20th to the 26th).
Since today is July 10th, it's fitting we stop here for three of the quirky observations set for this special date. The folks who come up with these designations somehow decided this should be Don't Step on a Bee Day, Pina Colada Day and, my personal favorite, Teddy Bears Picnic Day.
So even though the firecrackers have been stilled and the marching bands have disbanded for the time being, July still has much to offer the summer celebrator in each of us. Don't miss a minute of it.