June ‐ Events and Holidays in June
June – What Events Are Observed in June?
What is the June Month Meaning?
June is the sixth month of the year on the Gregorian calendar. It has a length of 30 days and is believed to be named after the Roman goddess Juno, the mother of the god Mars and wife of the roman god Jupiter, god of sky and thunder. The month of June has the longest daylight hours of the northern hemisphere and the shortest daylight hours of the southern hemisphere. More marriages occur on the United States in the month of June than in nay other month.
Month-long Events Observed in June
In the United States, June is the official month for a number of month-long national events, some of which are more unusual than others. Many of them are aimed at raising public awareness to different issues including health and safety. Here is a rundown:
- Gay and Lesbian Pride Month
- National Safety Month
- Great Outdoors Month
- Perennial Gardening Month
- National Aphasia Awareness Month
- National Rose Month
- Professional Wellness Month
- Cancer from the Sun Month
- Dairy Month
- International Childhood Cancer Campaign Month
- National Student Safety Month
- Fireworks Safety Month
- Home Safety Month
Some days of the month also have their own special observances:
National Daily Observances for June
June 14th – Flag Day
On June the 14th, Americans celebrate the adoption of the first U.S. national flag which is also known as Old Glory or the Starts and Stripes. The Continental Congress approved the first American flag on June 14th, 1777. The flag was changed in 1818 when five additional states joined the Union and Congress passed legislation stating that the number of stripes should be fixed at 13 and the number of stars on the flag should equal the number of states.
June 19th – Juneteenth
On June 19th, 1865, shortly after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the Union Army decreed freedom for all slaves in Texas, and freed slaves began celebrating the anniversary as “Juneteenth” the next year. As the descendants of Texas slaves migrated to other parts of the country in the early to mid-20th century, they took the holiday with them and today, Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. Forty-one states recognize Juneteenth as an official holiday or holiday observance.
June 20th – Father’s Day
Father’s Day was first inaugurated in the beginning of the 20th century as a complement to the celebration of Mother’s Day. Father’s day honors parenting and fatherhood and is usually celebrated by children giving gifts and cards to their fathers and holding special family dinners. The first Father’s Day was initiated by Sonora Dodd of Spokane on June 19th, 1910.