National Recreation and Parks Month

Since 1985, the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has designated the month of July as Recreation and Parks Month. Recreation facilities and parks across the country annually use July to celebrate the kick off of summer programming as well as a time to pull their communities together to volunteer, get involved in great outdoor physical activities and advocate for parks and recreation.

Also: Celebrate Freedom Month, Sun Safety Month and Mental Illness Awareness Month


1st - Canada Day - Canada's national day, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1867 enactment of the British North America Act, which united Canada as a single country.

  18-24th - Special Olympics USA in Lincoln, Nebraska – an Olympic-style athletic international competition for people with special needs. There are also local, national and regional competitions in over 150 countries worldwide.
4th - Independence Day (United States) - a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared independence from Great Britain.   19th - Tish’a B’av* (Jewish) –annual fast day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. The day has been called the "saddest day in Jewish history."
11th - Total Eclipse of the Sun - a total eclipse of the sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses earth's southern hemisphere.   25th - Parents’ Day (United States) - established for "recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children."
14th - Bastille Day - is the French national holiday, commemorating the storming of the Bastille in 1789.   26th - Anniversary of the Signing of the American Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990 (United States)

*Begins at Sunset

UAB Special Events

July - Celebrate Freedom Month/4th of July Resources: Mervyn H. Sterne Library, blog post(s), reading list, www.mhsl.uab.edu