Calendar of National Awareness Month Celebrations in June

Celebrate June by promoting these events or causes

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Most people are familiar with Father's Day, Flag Day, and Juneteenth—all special days or observances that fall in June. But many other causes or topics far less familiar to the general public are part of the month of June.

Many countries adopt causes or special interest groups to promote during specific calendar months, and the U.S. is particularly prolific at creating "national month" events to promote a business or other interests, often to the point of confusion. It's interesting how "National Hunger Awareness Month" coincides with so many food-related observances in June. "Turkey Lovers Month" probably should be November, but it falls in June.

June serves as the national month for these topics and causes.

Health and Wellness

Since Father's Day falls in June, it makes sense that June also is Men's Health Month, as well as International Men's Month. June also serves as the national month for Alzheimer's and brain awareness, aphasia awareness, cataract awareness, hernia awareness, migraine and headache awareness, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) awareness, scleroderma awareness, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome awareness, child vision awareness, vision research, cancer from the sun, world infertility, and professional wellness.

The month also recognizes the International Childhood Cancer Campaign and serves as Pharmacists Declare War on Alcoholism Month.

Food

Next to health and wellness, this probably is the most popular category for national month recognition. Dairy products are the inspiration for both Dairy Month and Dairy Alternative Month. Foods and beverages that get their own national month in June include candy, fresh fruits and vegetables, iced tea, papayas, and seafood. And, along with being Turkey Lovers Month, June also celebrates or recognizes soul food, steakhouses, and country cooking.

Arts and Culture

African-American Music Appreciation Month is a good fit for June since Juneteenth falls on June 19 in recognition of slavery being abolished in Texas on that day in 1865. June also is National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and other arts recognized with their own month in June include audiobooks, accordions, and bathroom reading, which might be one of the oddest topics to get its own month.

It's probably appropriate that Fireworks Safety Month is in June to prepare people for the Fourth of July.

Nature

Recognizing that the weather is getting warmer, June serves as Great Outdoors month and also is the national month for camping, gardening, roses, and rivers. Since not everything about warmer weather is pleasant, June also serves as Fight the Filthy Fly Month.

Home and Family

Children's Awareness Month falls in June, as does Student Safety Month and Potty Training Awareness Month. For four-legged (or no-legged) members of the family, the month also celebrates shelter-cat adoption and aquariums. But, remember, it's probably best to keep the cats away from the aquarium fish.

For family members who enjoy sports, June also is Sports America Kids Month and Women's Golf Month.

Business

Effective Communications Month falls in June and is a good topic for business professionals to revisit, as is Entrepreneurs Do It Yourself Marketing Month.

Miscellaneous

Flag Day falls on June 14 in the U.S., but all of June is National Flag Month. Other topics or issues recognized throughout the month include celibacy awareness, gay and lesbian pride, lane courtesy, hunger awareness, safety, smiling, and rebuilding your life.