We live in one of the most influential cities that’s ever existed. Thousands of years from now, people will study Washington DC like we study ancient Thebes or Athens. In the year 4019, an archeologist will excavate your house and wonder if your smartphone was part of a religious cult.
Now in 2019, it’s July, and we live in Washington, DC. It’s our time to shine as all the world gazes at our 4th of July celebration. Fireworks, parades, concerts and military flyovers will all be part of the festivities this year. We put so much emphasis on the 4th in America that some other days in July get obscured.
Did you July 23rd is National Gorgeous Grandma Day? My grandma truly is gorgeous—better get her a card. We also have National Strawberry-Rhubarb Wine Day on the 20th. I always associate strawberry wine with Boones Farm quality, but maybe the rhubarb gives it some class!
These seem like silly days to celebrate (sorry Grandma). However, July truly has some awesome national days of celebration that everyone should love. Here are our top 15:
National Fried Chicken Day (July 6th)
Scottish immigrants brought with them their tradition of frying chicken. It’s been an American staple ever since. Head over to Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken on G Street for some of the tastiest fried chicken in DC.
National Dive Bar Day (July 7th)
A place to kick back and relax in running shorts and a tank top. Everyone knows your name. One of our favorite dive bars is The Red Derby over on 14th St NW. If a dive bar isn’t for you, check out our list of the best rooftop bars in DC.
National Pina Colada Day (July 10)
Pina colada means “strained pineapple” in Spanish. We can thank our Puerto Rican compadres for inventing this delicious drink made of cream of coconut, rum and pineapple juice!
All American Pet Photo Day (July 11th) – honorable mention National Mojito Day on the same day.
Take a photo of your pet and post it on social media. Maybe post a shot of them sitting next to a mojito. Then drink that tasty concoction rum, soda water, fresh lime juice, sugar, and mint leaves. Refreshing!
National Delaware Day (July 13th) honorable mention of National French Fry day on the same date.
We recognize Delaware in July because they were the first state to break from British rule officially. So eat some French fries and celebrate our scrappy neighbors to the east.
National Nude Day (July 14th)
Noted for enjoying being “au natural,” Benjamin Franklin would take air baths by open windows. This allowed fresh air to drift around his birthday suit. July 14th is also National Mac & Cheese Day. So if you will be naked, don’t overeat that.
National Hot Dog Day (July 17th)
The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council created National Hot Dog Day. They established the first National Hot Dog Day in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on a Wednesday in July.
National Daiquiri Day (July 19th)
It’s hard to believe the daiquiri was invented by men slaving away in the mines of a small community off the coast of Cuba. Jennings Cox, an American engineer, ran a mining operation in a village named Daiquiri in 1898. Every day after work, Cox and his employees would gather at a local bar. One day Cox mixed up rum, lime, sugar in a tall glass of ice. Naming the new beverage after the Daiquiri mines, the drink soon became a staple in Cuba. Eventually, shaved ice was used and sometimes lemons or both lemons and limes. Thanks, Mr. Cox!
National Ice Cream Day (July 21st)
Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. Along with Jefferson, Ben Franklin and George Washington loved ice cream. Dolly Madison served ice cream at the 1813 Inaugural Ball.
National Tequila Day (July 24th)
Made from the blue agave plant, tequila has a rich history. Named after the small town of Tequila west of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico, originally the spirit was known as mezcal.
Blue agave raised in the highlands region of Mexico grows large and has a sweet aroma and taste. Agave grown in the lowland regions has a more herb-like fragrance and flavor. In Mexico, laws protect the manufacture of tequila. The law states that only blue agave produced within Jalisco may be called tequila.
National Hire A Veteran Day (July 25th)
It’s nice to thank a veteran for their service, but it’s even better to hire one.
National Buffalo Soldiers Day (July 28th)
Congress established the Buffalo Soldiers (one of many African-American regiments raised during the Civil War) as the first peacetime all-black regiments in the regular U.S. Army.
Mark Matthews, who is now buried at Arlington National Cemetery, was the last living Buffalo Soldier at 111 years old when he died on September 6, 2005.
National Chicken Wing Day (July 29th)
What would America be without chicken wings? After several years of different establishments selling their version of Buffalo Wings, the city of Buffalo, NY in 1977 proclaimed July 29 to be National Chicken Wing Day. Give Wingo’s on O street in Georgetown a try!
National Cheesecake Day (July 30th)
There are several styles of cheesecakes (I say try them all):
- New York-style cheesecake
- Pennsylvania Dutch-style cheesecake
- Farmer cheese cheesecake
- Country-style cheesecake
- Chicago Style cheesecake
- Savory cheesecake
National Mutt Day (July 31st)
Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed-breed dogs in shelters across America are waiting for someone to adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent chance to find the perfect canine friend.
For more ideas on how to spend the summer in and around DC, check out our blog on other summer ideas around town.