The dog days of summer have arrived, but we're here to help you get through them with the following list of this month's coolest happenings. See what's in store for July!
July 4 — Independence Day Are you ready to celebrate America's birthday? Here are some fun facts to get you pumped up for the holiday:
More than 16,000 official fireworks displays are held across the U.S. each year.
Macy's fireworks show in NYC is the largest in the country.
150 million hot dogs are consumed annually on the 4th.
July 15 — National Ice Cream Day Take a break from the summer heat by indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor, or get creative with one of these super-easy homemade ice cream recipes! (Bonus tip: July is actually National Ice Cream Month, so if you're a true ice cream lover, you have all month long to celebrate!)
July 17 — 89th MLB All-Star Game This year's Midsummer Classic takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the best in baseball will come together to showcase their talents. Play ball!
July 22 — Parents' Day No matter how old you get, it's always important to let your parents know you appreciate them. Make sure you're the favorite this year by doing something extra special for Mom and Dad, and if you're a parent yourself, take this opportunity to have some you time. You deserve it!
July 31 — National Mutt Day Did you know mixed-breed dogs make up about 80% of shelter dogs across the country? There's just as much to love about mutts as there is about purebreds; in fact, mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer than their purebred counterparts. So if you're thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, consider adopting from your local shelter. Can't adopt? National Mutt Day is a great time to donate or volunteer to help bring awareness to the millions of lovable mutts that need a forever home.