Learn Which National Month Events Are Celebrated in July

How Businesses Can Celebrate During July

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If you live in the United States you know what the Fourth of July means to the country. Each year, from coast-to-coast, millions of people set off fireworks and come together for outdoor picnics to celebrate America's independence. But business owners selling American flags and lawn chairs don't have to limit themselves to July Fourth promotions when there are other ways to celebrate July as a business owner.

Businesses from major corporations to mom and pop shops and numerous worthwhile organizations and special interest groups establish promotion during July to get their name and message out there. In fact, the U.S. is particularly prolific at creating "national month" events to promote a business or cause.

Some events may seem so silly they diminish the importance of other events, but they are important to someone and worth considering. Coupons, discounts, donations, TV and radio appearances are all ways to help a cause or sell a product, but even sharing a ribbon, badge, or pin, or blogging about something shows you (and by extension, your business) care and are connected.

Is there a way your business can benefit by promoting itself during July? Try working social networks first. Get out the word that you care about a cause, group, or issue. It might help you connect with your customers and clients, and you may just learn something new in the process.

These are some of the popular topics or issues celebrated in July:

Food

With Fourth of July celebrations come cookouts and other celebrations with food at the center. This makes it appropriate for July to be the national month for grilling, picnics, hot dogs, baked beans, horseradish, pickles, blueberries, and ice cream. For those who like to do their cooking in a kitchen, July also is National Culinary Arts Month and Lasagna Awareness Month.

Home and Family

Fourth of July celebrations also bring families together, so it's only natural that July is Family Reunion Month and Sandwich Generation Month, a recognition of people caring for family members from multiple generations. It's also the national month for bereaved parents, children of divorced parents, and making a difference to children.

The warm weather also makes it appropriate for July to serve as Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days. And since pets likely will be spending more time outside with the rest of the family, July also is National Doghouse Repairs Month

Nature

In addition to picnics and other celebrations, July is a good month just to get out and enjoy nature, so it is National Recreation and Parks Month as well as National Share A Sunset With Your Lover Month.

Health and Wellness

It's always a good time to be thinking about health-related issues, and July specifically serves as national awareness month for hemochromatosis screening, herbal prescriptions, and international group B strep. For those looking to add a little fun to the month and raise some spirits, it also is National Wheelchair Beautification Month.

Miscellaneous

Some of the things recognized in July don't easily fit into a category. Some national months are serious, like bioterrorism/disaster education and awareness and social wellness, and some are fun, like women and motorcycles and recognition of Blondie and Deborah Harry. Others are less exciting, like cell phone courtesy and smart irrigation.