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6 July Holidays You Ought to Celebrate

July 2, 2015

Who needs fireworks and barbecues when you’ve got these other “holidays”?

July 5: Work-a-Holic Day

It falls on a Sunday on a holiday weekend this year, so you really shouldn’t be working. If you are? You might be a workaholic. But it’s an easy day to celebrate: you honor the day by not working.

Weird July Holidays

July 6: National Fried Chicken Day

Do we really have to tell you that fried chicken is wonderful and delicious? A day celebrating it is as good a time as any—summer is an ideal season to heat up the deep fryer and make up some crispy legs and wings.

July 8: Video Games Day

It’s hot outside. If you’re a kid, or a teacher, you’re out of school. Might as well stay inside and “celebrate” with some Pac-Man or Call of Duty.

July 12: Different Colored Eyes Day

This holiday raises awareness of heterochromia: a rare condition that causes people to have two different colored eyes. (E.g.: one brown and one blue, or one green and one hazel.) You know who has heterochromia? David Bowie.

July 13: Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

Today it’s a form of music most associated with the Dapper Dans of Disneyland, or the B-Sharps, Homer Simpson’s (fictional) Grammy-winning quartet, but at the turn of the century or so, four-part barbershop music was huge. The holiday was created in 2005 by the barbershop organization Sweet Adelines International, which was founded in 1945 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing.

July 14: National Nude Day

As the ‘80s hit by Jermaine Stewart says, “we don’t have to take our clothes off to have a good time.” Unless you want to celebrate National Nude Day. It’s easy: get naked. (But stay home…unless you want to get yourself arrested.) Oddly enough, many T-shirt websites sell “Nude Day” T-shirts…which doesn’t make a lot of sense.

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