Important Dates and Events in July
July is the hottest time of the summer season. This calls for a cold drink or let’s call it Slurpee like Americans. Do you know that America has a day devoting to free Slurpees? Yes, you heard it right. They celebrate a Slurpee day every year in July to fight the summer heat. There are many more important events which fall in July month. They are important for exams like UPSC, RRB, SSC, and other competitive exams.
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Important Events in July
Here’s the list of important dates and events in July month that you must know for General Knowledge.
Global Events in July
1. National Postal Worker Day – 1 July
A Seattle-area postal carriers took the initiative to introduce day in 1997. They did it to honor their employees. The idea to highlight the hardships of the postal community. They make sure that the postal – delivery is always on track.
2. Canada day – 1 July
Country Canada came into being on 1 July 1867. Before 1867, there were three separate colonies – Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The Constitution Act, 1867 made this country official on this day. It was one of the British colonies at this time. Till 1982, it was called Dominion Day. This day marks the anniversary of this formation.
3. National U.S. Postage Stamp Day – 1 July
This day is to celebrate the smooth process of sending and receiving mails. On July 1, 1847, the US took the initiative to introduce postal stamps. They mark the payment for the delivery. It became compulsory to use stamps in 1855. The idea is to appreciate philatelists. They are the people who study stamps and postal history.
4. National Gingersnap Day 1 July
Gingersnaps are sweet and savory cookies. This day is to appreciate its taste with a cup of tea. It is not an official day. Some people believe that it came from Germany or England.
5. National Anisette Day – 2 July
Aniseed is the seed of anise. It is used to make licorice and herbal medicine. This day is to recognize the liquor made from aniseed. It is common in countries like – Italy, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain, Israel, and Turkey.
6. World UFO Day – 2 July
US air force balloon fell while following an unidentified flying object on 2 July 1947. This took place near Roswell. The idea is to aware people of the possible existence of UFOs. Pentagon officially released 3 UFO videos in early 2020.
7. National Fried Clam Day – 3 July
New England is famous for its fried clams. In 1914, Lawrence Henry Woodman took over the Massachusetts streets with his fried clams stall. The business was slow but on 4 July 1916, things changed. Citizens of Essex loved their clams. In 2015, the national day registrar made this day official after a request from Woodman’s of Sussex.
8. USA’s Independence Day – 4 July
On July 4, 1776, The USA became independent from British King George III. the continental congress took the initiative to adopt the Declaration of Independence on this day. This day marks the nationhood of America. The first president of the United States was Geoge Washington.
9. World Zoonoses Day – 6 July
Louis Pasteur successfully made the first vaccine against rabies on 6 July 1885. Zoonoses are an infection that humans can catch from animals. This day is to celebrate the discovery of this vaccine. It is a scientific achievement.
10. World Population Day -11 July
The United Nations Development Programme took the initiative to start this day in 1989. The idea is to make people aware of global population issues. On 11 July 1987, the world population came up to 5 Billion. The government aims to educate people about family planning, maternal health, and human rights. This is to move towards sustainable development. The theme for 2020 was “Women’s and girls’ needs for sexual and reproductive health and vulnerabilities during the pandemic”.
11. National 7 eleven-day – 11 July
It is one of the largest convenience stores in America. On this day it gives away free Slurpees from 11: 00 am to 07: 00 pm. The first celebration took place in 2002. They were the first store to brand frozen drinks by calling it a Slurpee. The idea was to increase the footfall on a hot summer day. Now it has become their tradition to celebrate this day. This date is the 11th day of the 7th month which goes with their time as well.
12. National Simplicity Day – 12 July
On 12 July 1817, Henry David Thoreau was born. He was an author, an environmentalist, and a philosopher. His famous quote is “As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler”. He felt that unnecessary burdens weigh us down. It is always better to find simple solutions rather than complicating things. This day is to follow his ideology and walk the path of simplicity.
13. Paper Bag Day – 12 July
The idea is to celebrate the contribution of paper bags to sustainable development. These bags are biodegradable, recyclable, and reusable. They contribute to reducing pollution as plastic bags consumption falls. Francis Wolle is the inventor of the first paper the bag machine.
14. Bastille Day – 14 July
It is the national day of France. Bastille was political prison in Paris. It was a sign of royal authority in the country. A large crowd of almost 1000 people went storming inside the Bastille. There were gunfire and violence. This was a turning point in the French revolution. This incident took place on 14 July 1789. This day celebrates the unity of French people and their role in independence.
15. World Emoji Day – 17 July
Jeremy Burge is the founder of emojipedia. He took the initiative to start this day in 2014. This day was the top trend on twitter in 2015.
16. World Day for International Justice – 17 July
The International Criminal Court came into being by the signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court treaty. It was signed on 17 July 1998. ICC began working on 1 July 2000. This day marks the anniversary of signing the treaty. The Review Conference of Roman Statue made this dau official in 2010. This day is to promote the idea of international criminal justice. The theme for 2019 was “My #journeytojustice”.
17. International Nelson Mandela Day – 18 July
Nelson Mandela was born on 18 July 1918. The UN made this day official in 2009 and the first celebration took place in 2010. This day is to honor him and his contribution and his values. “Every person has the power to make a change”, was his main motto. He was the first president of South Africa.
18. Pi Approximation Day – 22 July
The celebration takes place worldwide on 22 July every year. The value of Pi is 22/7. If you write it as a date, it comes on 22 July ( 7th month ). It is similar to pie day which falls in March.
19. National Refreshment Day – 23 July 2020 ( 4 Thursday of July )
July is the hottest time of the year. Traveler Beer Company took the initiative to start this day in 2015.hydration is the main idea. They also discourage stress and depression. The idea is to regularly detoxify yourself.
20. National Thermal Engineer Day – 24 July
Advanced Thermal Solutions took the initiative to start this day in 2014. 24th July is the hottest day of the year, thus became the National Thermal Day. The idea is to honor thermal engineers for their contribution to the electronic industry. They are often overshadowed by software and mechanical engineers. This day is to highlight their role.
21. National Parents Day – 26 July 2020 ( 4 Sunday of July )
The idea is to highlight the role of parents in our lives. It is to highlight the dedication of parents towards their children. Bill Clinton made this day official in 1994.
22. World Nature Conservation Day – 28 July
The idea is to promote the best practices for nature conservation. This day aims to move towards sustainable development for a brighter future. Nature’s taken for granted for a long time now.
23. World Hepatitis Day – 28 July
Hepatitis is a disease that leads to liver inflammation. This day to make people aware of this disease and encourage prevention. Dr. Baruch Blumberg is famous for his Hepatitis B virus discovery. He even made the vaccine for it. He was born on 28 July 1925. The first celebration took place in 2004. The theme for 2020 was “Find the Missing Millions”.
24. International Tiger Day – 29 July
This day became official at Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in 2010. The idea is to promote tiger conservation and protect their habitat. The main aim is to protect these endangering species. Their slogan is “Their survival is in our hands”.
25. International Friendship day – 30th July
The UN General assembly made this day official in 2011. The idea is to celebrate the beautiful bond of friendship. Many countries celebrate this on different dates. In India, It falls in August.
26. System Administrator Appreciation Day – 31 July 2020 ( Last Friday of July )
Ted Kekatos, a system administrator took the initiative to start this day in 2000. The idea is to highlight the hard work of system admins and IT workers. On this day, these workers honor each other with gifts and flowers.
National Events in July
1. National Doctor’s day – 1 July
The government of India made this day official in 1991. The idea is to salute all the doctors and physicians for their commitment to the medical field. Dr. Bindhan Chandra Roy, an eminent Indian physicist was born on 1 July 1882. This day honors his contribution to medical advancement. He won the Bharat Ratna Award in 1961 for his achievements. The theme for 2020 was “Lessen the mortality of COVID-19”.
2. Chartered Accountant Day / CA Day – 1 July
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India came into being on 1 July 1949. This day marks the anniversary of this establishment. It is the national accounting body of India. The idea is to highlight the importance of chartered accountants for their contribution to the economy. The theme for 2020 was “Transforming the Future: Enabling Excellence, Augmenting Trust’.
3. Nag Panchami – 25 July 2020
It is an Indian festival to worship snakes. On this day, a silver statue of a snake deity receives a milk bath. With the assistance of snake charmers, snakes drink milk, mainly cobra. In Mahabharat, a snake sacrifice takes place to avenge the death of king Parikshita. But Astika stops it. This day since then is known as Naag Panchami.
4. Kargil Vijay Diwas – 26 July
On 26 July 1999, India took over the high outposts, earlier lost to Pakistan. The Kargil war went on for 60 days. The government of India celebrates this day every on this date. This day is to honor the soldiers who died during the war and support their families. 527 soldiers from the Indian Army lost their lives in this war.
5. Tulsidas Jayanti – 27 July 2020
Goswami Tulsidas was a Hindu saint and poet. He is famous for writing Ramcharitramanas. It revolves around the story of Lord Rama and his journey. According to the Hindu calendar, he was born in the holy month of Shravan. The celebration takes place on the 7th day of the dark moon.
6. Eid al-Adha or Bakrid – 31 July 2020
It is one of the two holiest days for Islam, the second is Eid – al Fitr. Ibrahim is the messenger of God in Islam. This day celebrates his willingness to sacrifice his son on god’s command. But God took the sacrifice of a lamb instead. The celebration starts by sacrificing an animal. One portion of the meat stays in the family, one goes to the poor and the rest to relatives.
These are some of the important events observed every year in July. They are important for competitive exams. General knowledge questions are always part of these exams. These July events can be asked directly or in the form of a case study. This list will help you cover important details about national and global events of July. We would advise you to read the article carefully so that you don’t miss any detail.