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There’s a lot happening in July: we’re halfway through the year, summertime is here, and of course, it’s time for the big 4th of July festivities. That makes for a lot of unofficial celebrations in July, with days for daiquiris and tequila, vanilla ice cream, chocolate and hot dogs. But there are also some serious awareness events still taking place, including several month-long health campaigns. July also brings a spotlight on the environment with Clean Beaches Week, International Plastic Bag Free Day, and International Don’t Step On A Bee Day.

JULY Awareness MONTHS

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

www.arthritis.org/

Many people aren’t aware that arthritis isn’t something that only affects older people: children can get arthritis, too. Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about this debilitating disorder that affects 300,000 children across the United States through their Juvenile Arthritis Warriors campaign. Visit the website to find out more about how you can get involved or support the kids affected by Juvenile Arthritis.

National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

http://www.nccapm.org/

While many children are born with congenital cleft and craniofacial conditions, they can also occur later in life as a result of burns, accidents and various oral/head/neck and skin diseases. Thousands of people in the United States of all ages are affected by cleft and craniofacial conditions every year. National Cleft and Craniofacial month is aimed at raising awareness about these conditions, how they can be prevented, and the support networks available for people suffering from cleft or craniofacial conditions.

Sarcoma Awareness Month

www.curesarcoma.org

Sarcoma is a rare group of cancers that arise in the bones and connective tissue, and it is often referred to as the “forgotten cancer”. Sarcoma Awareness Month is dedicated to raising awareness about the disease and encouraging research and drug development to further treatment options for sarcoma cancer patients. For more information about sarcoma and how you can help raise awareness or provide support, visit the Sarcoma Foundation of America website.

JULY AWARENESS WEEKS

July 1 – 7: Clean Beaches Week

www.cleanbeaches.com

Founded in 2003, Clean Beaches Week aims to raise awareness of the importance of clean beaches for the health of the environment and the safety and enjoyment of our communities. Held from July 1 – 7, the week coincides with the 4th of July, which is the biggest beach visitation day in the United States, and unfortunately, the day that beaches are the most littered. Learn more about how you can help keep our beaches clean year round by visiting the website.

JULY Awareness Days & Holidays

July 3: International Plastic Bag Free Day

July 4: Independence Day

July 7: World Chocolate Day

July 10: InternationalDon’t Step On A Bee Day

July 11: World Population Day

July 15: World Youth Skills Day, National Social Media Giving Day

July 17: UN International Day of Social Justice, World Emoji Day, National Hot Dog Day

July 19: National Daiquiri Day

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24: National Tequila Day

July 28: World Hepatitis Day, National Parents’ Day

July 29: International Tiger Day

July 30: World Friendship Day, World Day Against Trafficking In Persons, National Cheesecake Day

July 29: International Tiger Day