Category: July Weeks



    During the week of July 28th, Hepatitis Awareness Week draws attention to this liver disease. Throughout the week, hepatitis C patients are encouraged to take advantage of medications used to treat the condition.
    Hepatitis is an inflammatory liver condition. There are five different types of hepatitis, and each type of hepatitis gets transmitted in different ways.

    Types of Hepatitis

    A – Transmitted by consuming food or water contaminated by the feces of someone with the Hepatitis A virus.
    B – Transmitted through infected body fluids or shared needles and razors.
    C – Transmitted through direct contact with infected body fluids.
    D – Transmitted through direct contact with infected blood and only occurs in conjunction with Hepatitis B.
    E – Transmitted by infected water supplies.

    Hepatitis B and C are the most common forms of this disease in the United States and worldwide. About 1.2 million people in the United States have Hepatitis B. Throughout the world, 240 million people have Hepatitis B. Up to 3.9 million Americans have Hepatitis C. Across the globe, 71 million people have Hepatitis C. However, Hepatitis E is not that common in the United States. This type of Hepatitis is more prevalent in other parts of the world, including the Middle East, Central America, and Africa.

    When is World Hepatitis Day?

    Vaccinations are available for Hepatitis A and B. While no vaccines exist for Hepatitis C, most infections are cured with antiviral medications. However, Hepatitis C is easily transmitted. It also does not usually present with symptoms right away, either. That is why everyone is encouraged to get tested for this disease. Complications from Hepatitis C include scarring of the liver, liver cancer, and liver failure. Preventative measures are also encouraged.

    • Practice safe sex – use a condom, be monogamous, abstain altogether.
    • Avoid the use of illicit drugs – sharing needles spreads the disease. Seek treatment and assistance.
    • Use caution when getting body piercings and tattoos. Reputable artists who sterilize their equipment using an autoclave. Artists should be licensed. If an artist isn’t willing to discuss their practices, find another artist.

    Hepatitis Awareness Week encourages everyone to learn more about hepatitis and how it might impact our lives.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #HepatitisAwarenessWeek

    During Hepatitis Awareness Week, many medical facilities offer free informational seminars during this week. To participate, learn about the different types of hepatitis. If you are at risk, you should get tested for Hepatitis C. You may also want to ensure that you and your children’s immunizations for Hepatitis A and B are up-to-date. To help spread awareness, share #HepatitisAwarenessWeek on social media.


    Hepatitis Awareness Week is observed during the week of July 28th, which is World Hepatitis Day.


  • NATIONAL MOTH WEEK – Last Week in July


    National Moth Week during the last week in July recognizes the insect Order Lepidoptera. While moths share Lepidoptera with butterflies, there are nine times more species of moths than butterflies in the world.

    One of the world’s largest moths is the Hercules Moth. With a wingspan of 27 centimeters (10.5 inches) and larger, this moth could cover the length of an official NFL football.

    While the average lifespan of a moth varies depending on the species, the Hercules Moth lives between 2-8 days because they are unable to eat due to not having a proboscis. However, their caterpillars do eat. Their food of choice is the leaves of the bleeding heart tree. Once out of their cocoon, they live long enough to breed and then die a few days later. From New Guinea and Queensland, the Hercules moth is also known as the Atlas Moth.

    One of the world’s smallest moths are the Enteucha acetosae. Their tiny wingspan of 3 millimeters (almost 1/10th of an inch!) hails from Britain. Considered a leaf-miner, the tiny moth lays its eggs in the underside of sorrel leaves. The larvae then eat the leaves in a mining pattern. While most leaf-miners are moths, other insects are leaf-miners, too.

    While most moths are less colorful than their butterfly counterparts, some display unique and colorful patterns. Most moths are nocturnal, too, and gather nectar from blossoms. One fascinating day-flying moth is the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. It collects nectar through its long proboscis and flits around the blossoms, much like a hummingbird. In fact, at first glance, it is often mistaken for a hummingbird!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMothWeek

    Explore the world of the moth. Read about moths or watch a documentary. Attend a moth event near you. Take photos of the moths in your world and share them on social media with #NationalMothWeek.

    • Moths: A complete Guide to Biology and Behavior by David C. Lees
    • Peterson Field Guide to Moths by David Beadle and Seabrooke Leckie
    • World Encyclopedia of Butterflies and Moths: A Natural History


    Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission founded National Moth Week in 2012 to raise awareness of moths and encourage more people to learn about moths and their identification.




    During the third week in July, National Parenting Gifted Children Week creates an opportunity to raise awareness to improve understanding and provide successful alternatives for children with higher than average intelligence.

    Defining a gifted child isn’t easy. A brilliant or intelligent child is not necessarily a gifted child. In fact, not all gifted children are high-achievers and not all high-achieving children are gifted. In most instances, a highly intelligent child has a unique set of traits in intellectual processing, personality attributes, and emotional development.

    Challenges of Having A Gifted Child

    Gifted children have an insatiable curiosity that feels like an unsolvable puzzle. The pieces are there, but don’t exactly fit. Helping a gifted child reach their goals requires a special skill set for parents. Since gifted children see the world differently, parents face unique challenges.

    More than often, parents find it difficult to help their bright child overcome obstacles an average child normally works through. Parents of a gifted child also struggle to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment to motivate, discipline, and guide their child. Unfortunately, intellectual children struggle with an overwhelming loneliness that never seems to fade.

    Additional Challenges 

    Gifted children come with a unique set of special needs. Because of this, most school programs and educational facilities are unsure how to stimulate a child’s gifts. Furthermore, they are unable to help them mature in ways that bring out their full potential. Since brilliant children are highly talented and intelligent, there are very little class courses available for them. In fact, many end up being stunted in their social, physical, emotional, spiritual, or intellectual growth due to lack of stimulation.

    Traits of Gifted Child

    When the needs of a gifted child are not met or are misunderstood, they often exhibit traits or behaviors that resemble certain medical conditions. In fact, many intelligent children receive a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, formerly known as ADHD. Sadly, the misdiagnosis results in unnecessary medication that causes inadvertent harm to the child.

    Though we all think our children are gifted, there are specific traits many gifted children process. Some of these prominent traits include:

    • Exhibiting extraordinary abilities.
    • Task commitment and strong motivation.
    • High levels of creativity.
    • High talents in at least two areas, but possibly slow in other areas such as physical, emotional, social, and spiritual intellect.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalParentingGiftedChildrenWeek

    Start a support group for parents of gifted children. Consider volunteering for a gifted program in your area.

    Join the conversation on social media and use #nationalparentinggiftedchildrenweek to show your support for ingenious children everywhere.


    National Parenting Gifted Children Week began in 2007 in conjunction with the National Special Events Registry. Sponsored by the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), the week is part of the group’s mission of advocating on behalf of gifted children to seek support for gifted and talented children.


  • NATIONAL ZOO KEEPERS WEEK – Starts Third Sunday in July


    The third week in July celebrates National Zoo Keeper Week by focusing on efforts made by all zoo keepers who protect and preserve our wildlife and vanishing habitats.

    Zoo keepers are educators and wildlife ambassadors. This week-long observance raises awareness of the remarkable work they do year-round. This week we take time and acknowledge zoo keeper efforts by acknowledging the time they take to teach people more about wildlife, and how to enhance conservation efforts.

    Unsurprisingly, there is a shortage of qualified zoo keepers everywhere. Filling these positions can be challenging. However, the American Association of Zoo Keepers maintains an active list of opportunities. Furthermore, zoos also encourage high school students to browse job openings to help prepare for a career as a zoo keeper.

    Zoo Keeper Responsibilities

    Of course the life of a zookeeper looks like fun. However, there is a lot of work behind-the-scenes we don’t normally see. For example, the zoo environment can be dirty and smelly, not to mention physically exhausting. In addition, zoo keepers also work in all weather conditions, ranging from scorching summer heat to freezing winter blizzards. Let’s not forget the dangers of working closely with wild animals, too.

    Besides taking care of animals, the daily tasks of a zoo keeper often vary. In some cases, a zoo keeper handles mechanical repairs or performs record-keeping tasks. In other cases, they also work on advertising to draw customers into the zoo. Obviously, a zoo keeper wears many hats and is a jack of all trades.

    OBSERVING #NationalZooKeeperWeek

    Read about zoo keeping from the American Association of Zoo Keepers. If the profession sounds like something you might be interested in, consider interning at a zoo. Consider volunteering at your local zoo to gain the necessary experience to become a zoo keeper.

    Visit your local zoo, take tons of photos and share them all on social media using #NationalZooKeeperWeek.


    In 2007, the American Association of Zoo Keepers worked with the U.S. Congress to make the 3rd week of July National Zoo Keeper Week.


  • CAPTIVE NATIONS WEEK – Third Week in July


    During the third week in July each year, we bring awareness to Captive Nations Week. This observance raises public awareness about oppression in communist nations across the world.

    During the Cold War, a captive nation was any nation under communist domination, primarily Soviet rule. Even though the Soviet Empire no longer exists, there are still many oppressed nations around the world today. In fact, countries like China, North Korea, Vietnam, and Cuba still rule with an iron fist. Unfortunately, those who live under communist regimes are not given the choice to leave. Because of this, it’s important to keep dialogue open, especially during the entire week.

    Well-known anti-communist advocate Lev E Dobriansky (1918-2008) receives credit for creating the language for this week’s observance, respectively. As the son of Ukrainian immigrants, Dobriansky spent his life advocating freedom for people under communist rule. His extensive career consisted of U.S. ambassador, distinguished professor of economics, prolific writer, renowned lecturer, and a global strategist, respectively. On July 17, 1959, he created text that was later became Public Law 86-90. This law would eventually translated into Captive Nations Week.

    Learn about #CaptiveNationsWeek

    Educate yourself on communist nations. Start by visiting Oxford University Press’s blog, then expand your knowledge by viewing the official proclamation on the Federal Registrar’s Office website.

    Share your support for this important week by using #CaptiveNationsWeek as you continue the conversation with others online.


    Captive Nations Week was declared by a Congressional resolution and signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1959, during the Cold War. The law not only compels every President to proclaim the third week of July as Captive Nations Week, but it also encourages Americans to show support “with appropriate ceremonies and activities, demonstrating America’s support for those who seek national independence, liberty, and human rights.”

    Although many countries have since been removed from the original list, Public Law 86-90 referred to the following nations living under communist rule:

    • Poland
    • Hungary
    • Lithuania
    • Ukraine
    • Czechoslovakia
    • Latvia
    • Estonia
    • White Ruthenia
    • Romania
    • East Germany
    • Bulgaria
    • Mainland China
    • Armenia
    • Azerbaijan
    • Georgia
    • North Korea
    • Albania
    • Idel-Ural
    • Tibet
    • Cossackia
    • Turkestan
    • North Vietnam




    Each year, the Week of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game is kicked off by events leading up to the All-Star Game between the American League and National League. The All-Star game determines home-field advantage during the World Series.

    The tradition dates back to 1933 when the American League won 4-2 in what was promoted as the “Game of Century” during a time when Americans had little to cheer about. Packed into Chicago’s Comiskey Park, a crowd of 47,595 fans witnessed Babe Ruth hitting the first All-Star home run, as well as the first winning pitcher, Lefty Gomez.

    The week now includes All-Star Futures and Legends & Celebrity games on Sunday and the Home Run Derby on Monday. Added in 1985, the Home Run Derby offers a purely a powerhouse numbers competition. The biggest hitters in baseball come to the plate and aim for the fences at every bat until only one batter remains standing.

    In 1999, the All-Star Futures game was added to the roster. Showcasing possible future new recruits from the minor leagues, these teams play 7 innings on the Sunday of the week. Introduced in 2001, the All-Star Legends and Celebrity softball game features professional baseball’s most exciting players of the past. They take the field each year on the Monday of the week.


    Whether you have tickets to one of the games or to the Home Run Derby, wear your team’s jersey and cheer them on. The games are also televised, so everyone can join in the fun. Host a Home Run Derby party. Invite friends and family to watch the All-Star game. You can also learn more about your favorite players, past, present, and future!

    If you want to get up close and personal with the events, volunteer! The organization offers opportunities for fans to keep the week running smoothly each year.

    Use #MLBAllStarWeek to share on Social Media.


    On July 6, 1933, professional baseball hosted the first All-Star game at Chicago’s Comiskey Park as part of the Chicago World’s Fair. Legendary players such as Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Bill Hallahan, Frankie Frisch, Al Simmons, and Jimmie Wilson took the field. The game ended with a score of 4-2 in favor of the American League.




    Everybody Deserves a Massage Week takes place every year in July, usually the second week after the 4th of July. This observance promotes the benefits of massage, while also improving awareness of the profession as a whole.

    Throughout the week, participating spas and massage therapists will offer discounts and specials on treatments. Some will create charity events, raising funds for local causes. They will provide educational resources about massage, its advantages, and the types of services offered.

    Another boost the week provides is through opportunities for networking with other businesses. When groups of specialists come together for a common cause, they learn from each other, improving their skills. With that growth comes more qualified professionals and more satisfied customers. Wellness professional also join forces to bring a suite of services to the public.

    Benefits of a Massage

    Getting a massage not only allows time to pamper yourself, but it also has several health benefits. Some of these benefits include:

    • Relieves stress – Through massage, your pulse slows, blood pressure lowers, and your muscles relax. There’s also increased production of endorphins, a release of serotonin and dopamine. The first chemical makes us feel good. Serotonin helps us relax and dopamine eases pain. All of these combine to help reduce stress.
    • Promotes relaxation – Not only does massage release a cocktail of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine, but it reduces the stress hormone cortisol. Massage also increases blood flow and oxygen to sore muscles, tight muscles, releasing tension and encouraging healing.
    • Improves sleep – Massage not only releases serotonin helping us to calm and pain-relieving dopamine, but it also releases melatonin, too. Melatonin is released by the pituitary gland and is thought to help regulate our sleep cycles. Massage may also help to reset our circadian rhythms. As a result, we may be able to find a more natural sleep cycle when we seek massage therapy.
    • Reduces migraine or headache frequency – When we eliminate tension, reduce other areas of pain, find regular sleep cycles, we may lessen the frequency of migraines and other headache pain. Studies have shown that massage does reduce migraine pain. Many of the guidelines for the treatment of migraines encourage a routine sleep and wake cycle, controlling other causes of pain, and reducing stress. Sometimes starting on that path is difficult, especially if pharmaceuticals have been prescribed. They often interfere with sleep, cause anxiety and interrupt the natural balance of our chemistry.

    OBSERVING #EverybodyDeservesAMassage

    Look for local offers from therapists near you. If you’ve never had a massage, ask questions and ease into it. Massage therapists, consider hosting an event or offering a special. Invite local heroes in for free massages or hold a blood drive. Be sure to share your event or massage by using #EverybodyDeservesAMassage week on social media.

    When we say, “Everybody Deserves A Massage,” we mean everybody. So for those who find massage intimidating, check out these 7 Ways to Relax into Massage for Beginners.


    In 1995, the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals founded Everybody Deserves a Massage Week to promote the benefits of a massage and to give others the opportunity to experience these benefits.




    The second week in July recognizes National Farriers Week. The week encourages horse owners, riders, and trainers to say thank you to the specialists in equine hoof care. These skilled technicians trim and balance horse hooves and, if necessary, equip the horse with shoes.

    The word “farrier” comes from the French word “ferrier,” meaning “blacksmith.” Originating from ancient Latin, Ferrum, means “iron.” The art of Farriery means the shoeing of horses. The trade is believed to have been date as far back as the Roman Empire.

    According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary in 2019 for a farrier in the U.S. was $23,180. The agency expects there will be a 22% job growth through 2026. Compared to other professions, the statistic suggests a more substantial increase than any other segment.

    Healthy Hoof, Healthy Horse

    The job of a farrier requires training, skill, hard work, and dedication to keep horses’ feet sound and healthy. Most farriers start as apprentices. However, post-secondary schools teach the craft and equip students to be registered farriers.

    While they are not veterinarians, farriers provide indispensable treatment to horses for for several reasons. A horse’s feet are vital to their overall health. Farriers evaluate the condition of a horse’s foot by identifying issues early to provide corrective treatment.

    A farrier knows how a horse’s legs and feet are affected by wear, stress, trimming, excessive moisture, and periods of inactivity. Their knowledge not only leads to healthy horses, but gives the horse owner long-term enjoyment of their horse.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFarriersWeek

    Throughout the week, learn to recognize good farrier work. Those who do will be improving the care of their horses, while also becoming more knowledgeable custodians. If you know a farrier, express your appreciation to him or her.

    Use #NationalFarriersWeek to join the conversation on social media.


    The American Farriers Journal founded National Farriers Week in 1998 to draw attention to the dwindling workforce and the high expectation for being a professional farrier.

    In announcing the first National Farriers Week in 1998, the purpose stated: “to honor farriers who pay attention to detail, approach their work in a professional manner, seek to improve their skills, are thoughtful toward clients and take great pride in doing what’s in the best interest of the horse.”




    The week after Independence Day relax with a Nakedation. Nude Recreation Week offers a way to shed stress, while exploring naturism. Naturists are people who practice naturalism, in other words naked.

    Don’t let the hot summer days weigh you down with itchy clothing and bothersome zippers. You don’t need the baggage fees, so lighten your load! Pack lighter and head to a nudist resort near you.

    Many of us may feel too self-conscious to explore the nude lifestyle. However, you might be surprised to find there is an estimated 225,000 naturists in North America. For many, the experience is freeing and ultimately, a lifetime choice.

    Around the country, clothing optional clubs offer events all week long. Whether your interests are athletic, artistic or spiritual, there’s something for everyone. Although clothing may be optional, sunblock is always recommended.

    Enjoy being free from the restrictions of buttons and fabric. However, remember to keep an eye out for pests and poison ivy.

    OBSERVING #NudeRecreationWeek

    Visit the American Association for Nude Recreation to learn more about naturism. Join in International Skinny Dipping Day on the second Saturday in July. You don’t even have to be a naturist to enjoy the day.

    We’re not sure sharing #NudeRecreationWeek on social media is a good idea, so we recommend using your discretion.


    Eugene Callen and Lee Baxandall created nude events in the 1970s. In 1978, National Nude Weekend was born, following a successful launch of National Nude Beach Day in 1976. In 1980, The Naturist Society was established. By 1992, the nude weekend would expand to a full week.


  • BE NICE TO JERSEY WEEK – First Full Week in July


    We may make fun of New Jersey throughout the year, but the first full week in July reminds us to be kind during Be Nice to Jersey Week.

    The Garden State takes a lot of flack in this country. New Jersey jokes find their way to T.V. sitcoms,  with the frequency of an unsecured WiFi router. Despite all the negativity, New Jersey handles it quite well.

    Some Americans poke fun at the state even though they’ve never even visited. In some crowds it’s OK to mock the new kid, but New Jersey has been around awhile. (Psst…it’s never OK to mock the new kid.)

    New Jersey became the 3rd state to join the Union when it ratified the Constitution and it was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence. No wonder the first week of July is when we’re being nice to them.

    As a way to give New Jersey a respite from the national orneriness pointed its way, the week is offered as an apology of sorts. Commuters, put your fists down. Jokesters, pipe down. Screenwriters, put your pens away or at the very least find another topic – for the week at least.

    #BeNiceToJerseyWeek THIS WEEK

    Find something friendly to say about New Jersey. Tweet it. If you’ve never been to New Jersey, go visit. Take a picture and share it on Instagram. Find a memory and post it Facebook. Use #BeNiceToJerseyWeek to share on social media.


    Lone Star Publications of San Antonio, Texas started the observance in 1985. The publisher declared the week as a way to correct the Garden State’s negative image and for Americans to put a hold on their New Jersey jokes, negative comments and to say something kind about New Jersey.