If you’re looking for an excuse to market your business next month, look no further than these monthly designations and events for the month of JULY 2010. What creative ways can you build a promotion around one of these events for your business?
We’ve provided listings for the United States, Canada, and for the International Community.
The month of July is Women’s Motorcycle, National Hot Dog Month, and Family Reunion Month plus more. How can you celebrate and promote your business with these events?
Family Golf Month. Sponsored by Play Golf America, which believes that “playing golf, even in your own hometown, may be the perfect family vacation.” Take your family golfing, and enjoy a day outside.
National Recreation and Parks Month. Established in 1985 by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month is dedicated to encouraging families to explore their local parks. It also recognizes and salutes those who maintain and work in parks around the country.
Women’s Motorcycle Month. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to ride motorcycles from coast to coast (New York to California).Today one of every 10 motorcycle owners (4.3 million people) is a woman.
National Hot Dog Month. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during the summer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day). On average, that’s 818 hot dogs per second. Go to www.hot-dog.org for more information.
Sports Cliché Week, July 11-17. This week honors all those sports clichés overused by fans, athletes, and announcers. “The best defense is a good offense . . . We’re taking it one game at a time . . . There’s no ‘I’ in TEAM . . . It’s gut-check time . . .”
National Parenting Gifted Children Week, July 12-18. Sponsored by SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted), a national nonprofit organization, to celebrate the joys and challenges of raising, guiding, and supporting bright young minds. Go to www.sengifted.org for more details.
National Rabbit Week, July 15-21. From Peter Rabbit to Watership Down, rabbits are literary—and real life—favorites. Rabbit Week honors these adorable furry house pets and raises awareness about practices such as buying an “Easter bunny” only to discard it later.
Halfway point of the year, July 2. At noon, 182? days will have passed and 182? days will remain in the year.
Independence Day, July 4. Date of the United States’ declaration of independence from Great Britain. Lots of Independence Day celebrations going on around the world. Check out the Canada and International listings, too, for ideas you can promote as well.
Apple Turnover Day, July 5. What could be more American than a good, old-fashioned apple turnover?
Bastille Day, July 14. The beginning of the French Revolution in 1789, when French citizens stormed the medieval fortress and prison known as the Bastille, freeing seven prisoners.
National Ice Cream Day, July 18. The third Sunday (or is it “sundae”?)of National Ice Cream Month, proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984.
National Lasagna Day, July 25. Cartoon cat Garfield’s favorite food alternates layers of pasta, cheese, sauce, meat and/or vegetables. Celebrate by finding a new recipe to enjoy with family and friends.
1-31, Family Reunion Month. July is the most popular month for families to meet. For suggestions, visit www.reunionsolutions.com.
1-31, National Grilling Month. It’s time to enjoy the fun and ease of cooking on a grill!
2, Red, White & Boom. 500,000 viewers of fireworks, one of the largest shows in the Midwest. Web: www.redwhiteandboom.org.
2-Aug. 8, Seafair at Seattle. Northwest’s largest summer festival with 35 events including a torchlight parade and torchlight run. Visit www.seafair.org.
2, Halfway point of 2010. This can be a lot of fun. Just think of all the things you can do for a half way point. How about a half-off sale?
3-Aug 11, Dog Days. The hottest days of the year. In antiquity, thought to be a time when the seas boiled, wine turned sour and dogs grew mad.
4, Independence Day. Commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress in 1776.
6, Take your Webmaster to Lunch Day. Keep him or her happy and well fed.
10-18, Three Rivers Festival. At Fort Wayne, Ind., citywide extravaganza with more than 200 events. 500,000 attend. www.threeriversfestival.org.
13, Major League All-Star Game. At Angel Stadium of Anaheim, CA., 81st annual All-Star Game.
14-24, Georgia Mountain Fair. Authentic mountain demonstrations. Pioneer Village, midway, many attractions at Hiawassee, GA.
16-18, Show-Me State Games at Columbia, MO. An Olympic-style athletic festival designed to promote health and fitness. Visit www.smsg.org.
18-24, National Independent Retailers Week. By Plus Seminars, Box 1577, St. Petersburg, Fla., 33731. (727) 464-2182.
24, National Day of The Cowboy. A day to honor our Western heritage. Proclaimed in 2005.
25, Parents’ Day. To pay tribute to parents, whose devotion strengthens our country, Annually the fourth Sunday in July by public law 103-362.
1, Canada Day, Big celebration at Ottawa on Parliament Hill. Celebrations throughout the country with fireworks, parades and more.
1-8, Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo at Halifax. More than 2,000 international, military and civilian bands, singing, dancing, marching, more. Web: www.bancroftdistrict.com.
3-4 Abbotsford Berry Beat Festival. Eat berries and enjoy the entertainment. Festival, 33728 Essendene Ave., Abbotsford, BC, V25 2G9.
7-11, The North American Tournament at Spruce Meadows in Calgary. Champion show-jumping tournament. Live entertainment on the plaza.
8-18, Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest in the heart of the nation’s capital. 200 performances on many stages. Web: www.ottawabluesfest.ca.
9-18, Calgary Stampede. Huge rodeo, agricultural fair, parade, entertainment, 1,218,000 attend. Web: www.calgarystampede.com.
10-18, Harrison Festival of the Arts. With dance, theater, visual arts, 12,000 attend. Festival, Box 399, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0.
14-25, Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Nonstop performances by 130 theatre companies. 165,000 attend. Web: www.winnipegfringe.com.
16-18, Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach Park. 33rd annual with music and food.
22-25, Calgary Folk Music Festival. 45,000 visitors see local, national, international artists perform. Visit www.calgaryfolkfest.com.
29-30, Agrifair at Abbotsford, BC. Displays, entertainment, trade show, more. 45,000 attend. Visit www.agrifair.ca for more information.
31-Aug. 7, Canmore Folk Music Festival at Centennial Park, Canmore, AB. 33rd annual event.
1, Burundi: Independence Day. National holiday marks independence from Belgium in 1962.
3-25, France: Tour de France. Since 1903, cyclists go from the Netherlands, through Belgium and on to Paris.
5, Algeria: Independence Day. Commemorates independence from France in 1962.
6, Malawi: Republic Day. Holiday marks freedom from Britain in 1964.
7, Solomon Islands: Independence Day. Anniversary of independence from Britain in 1978.
9, Argentina: Independence Day. Republic established after independence from Spain in 1816.
11, South Africa: World Cup Final in Johannesburg. Last two of 32 soccer teams compete.
14, France: Bastille Day. Marks beginning of the French Revolution in 1789.
17, Korea: Constitution Day. Commemorates proclamation of the constitution in 1948.
20, Columbia: Independence Day. Honors the start of the Independence movement in 1810.
24, Tunisia: Republic Day. Republic since 1959.
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