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Make this the summer of love and kindness

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As Jackie DeShannon and Dionne Warwick each sang, the world could use some love, sweet love right about now. And what better time than summer—with its joy, fun and splendor—to embrace that love?

That’s why we’ve compiled a list of special days this summer that are made to celebrate all the beauty, diversity and wonder of humanity—and to remind us of the importance of taking care of each other and ourselves.


Special observations/celebrations in June 2022: 

  • African American Music Appreciation Month

  • LGBTQIA Pride Month

  • Men’s Health Month

  • National Caribbean American Month

  • Community Health Improvement Week (First full week of June)

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week (Third week of June)

  • World Wellbeing Week (Last week of June)

  • National Cancer Survivor’s Day (First Sunday in June)

  • National Children’s Day (Second Sunday in June)

  • Global Day of Parents (June 1)

  • National Say Something Nice Day (June 1)

  • National Best Friends Day (June 8)

  • National Making Life Beautiful Day (June 11)

  • National Loving Day (June 12)

  • Random Acts of Light Day (June 13)

  • National Smile Power Day (June 15)

  • International Day of the African Child (June 16)

  • Autistic Pride Day (June 18)

  • Juneteenth (June 19)

  • World Refugee Day (June 20)

  • World Humanist Day (June 21)

  • World Peace and Prayer Day (June 21)

Special observations/celebrations in July 2022:

  • National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

  • National Ice Cream Month

  • National Fishing Month (begins July 24; concludes August 30)

  • Clean Beaches Week (First week of July)

  • Toss Away the “Could Haves” and “Should Haves” Day  (Third Saturday in July)

  • Global Hug Your Kids Day (Third Monday in July)

  • National Parent’s Day (Fourth Sunday in July)

  • International Kissing Day (July 6)

  • Global Forgiveness Day (July 7)

  • World Chocolate Day (July 7)

  • Global Energy Independence Day (July 10)

  • National Cheer up the Lonely Day (July 11)

  • World Population Day (July 11)

  • National Simplicity Day (July 12)

  • Black Leaders Awareness Day (July 18)

  • World Listening Day (July 18)

  • National Be Someone Day (July 21)

  • International Self Care Day (July 24)

  • National Hire a Veteran Day (July 25)

  • National Aunt and Uncle’s Day (July 26)

  • National Love Is Kind Day (July 27)

  • World Conservation Day (July 28)

  • International Day of Friendship (July 30)

Special observations/celebrations in August 2022:

  • Black Business Month

  • Family Fun Month

  • Happiness Happens Month

  • International Peace Month

  • National Wellness Month

  • National Minority Donor Awareness Week (First week of August)

  • Simplify Your Life Week (First week of August)

  • American Family Day (First Sunday in August)

  • National Friendship Day (First Sunday in August)

  • National Sisters Day (First Sunday in August)

  • Be Kind to Humankind Week (Last week of August)

  • National Happiness Happens Day (August 8)

  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People (August 9)

  • National Son’s and Daughter’s Day (August 11)

  • International Youth Day (August 12)

  • National Middle Child Day (August 12)

  • International Left Handers Day (August 13)

  • World Humanitarian Day (August 19)

  • National Senior Citizens Day (August 21)

  • National Be an Angel Day (August 22)

  • National Kiss and Make up Day (August 25)

  • National Women’s Equality Day (August 26)

  • National Thoughtful Day (August 28)


There’s something in this list to appeal to everyone. So, pick your favorite days and celebrate your favorite people, support your favorite cause(s) and take part in those random acts of kindness—and we promise we’ll do the same!