Category: June Weeks



    Each year during the week of June 30 through July 6, we honor those men and women who lost their lives battling wildland fires.


    Wildland firefighters are highly trained emergency responders. Every year they respond to tens of thousands of wildland fires. These American heroes run toward danger to protect human life and precious forests and wildlands. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance honors those wildland firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Crews and organizations make every effort to protect those who protect us, but our heroes sometimes fall.

    Heroic Devastation

    On July 6, 1994, a fire on Storm King Mountain in Colorado claimed the lives of 14 firefighters. Wildland fires additionally claimed 35 firefighters. In 2013, a wildfire at Yarnell Hill, Arizona, claimed the lives of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew. These two devastating examples demonstrate the power wildfires hold and the loss they leave behind. The two pivotal events in wildland fire history also mark the beginning and end of the Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance.

    Wildland firefighters put themselves at risk every time they step near a wildfire. The bravery it takes to leave their families behind to protect the lives of others is monumental. Unfortunately, not all wildland firefighters make it home. Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrance is a reminder for all of us to remember those who were unable to return home to their families.

    Dedication and Determination

    The sacrifice of a firefighter is not just the task of confronting disaster. It takes a lot of hard, rigorous training to become a firefighter. Each firefighter must enroll and successfully complete fire school training, which is essentially a boot camp for a firefighter. While they are trained to fight fires, firefighters often work 24-hour shifts, provide medical care, instructing children on fire safety and doing much more than fighting fires.

    Protecting human life is one piece of the puzzle for a wildland firefighter. These hardworking men and women also protect the planet we live in and its valuable resources. Wildland fires tend to destroy everything in their paths, including vegetation, wildlife, and trees. So far in 2022, more than 4 million acres of ecosystems have been burned in the U.S. alone.

    Ecosystem Destruction

    The ecosystems wildfires destroy can be severely transformed after a fire. Since important vegetation that composes an ecosystem is burned, erosion can occur. This erosion affects the soil, as well as the vegetation that grows in this ecosystem. A once biodiverse ecosystem can become the complete opposite of that after a wildfire. Weak plants and trees that survive a fire face exposure to other threats such as fungus and disease. Problems can continue, even long after the fire is treated.

    The survival of the animals that inhabit these ecosystems are also threatened. Not only can they lose their homes, but they also lose their main sources for food. Many different species are threatened by wildfires. Wild animals have a keen sense of smell, often smelling a fire and fleeing from the area. However, when a wildfire destroys entire forest and land areas, the animals relocate to places fit their needs for survival. Many times, animals roam into neighboring towns and cities forging for food or because their sense of loss causes confusion.

    The amount of damage wildland wildfires cause to both humans, animals and nature is devastating. However, the numbers and statistics would be much higher if it weren’t for the brave firefighters that risk their lives to put them out.


    July 2 honors the personnel who coordinate their efforts to protect the nation’s wildlands. It’s also a day to remember the sacrifice made each time a firefighter steps into a wildland fire.

    Which agencies comprise of the nation’s wildland fire community and partners at the National Interagency Fire Center?

    Wildfire Prevention and Preparedness


    • Create defensible space around your home.
    • Harden your home and make it more fire resistant.
    • Create a emergency supply kit.
    • Create wildfire action plan.
    • Report unattended fire by calling 911, especially if conditions are right.
    • Remember to extinguish fire pits and campfires before leaving a campsite.
    • Don’t throw lit cigarettes out of your moving car because the spark can start a fire, especially if you are in a dry area.
    • Make sure caution is practiced when using flammable liquids.
    • Have a fire extinguisher available.
    • Honor local burning bans, enforcements, etc.
    • Stay alert to local warnings when traveling through where a wildfire or smoke is present.


    • Commiting to honoring fallen firefighters.
    • Supporting fire safety efforts in your area.
    • Supporting family and crew members who’ve lost a loved one.
    • Attending memorials in honor of fallen firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) 6 Minutes for Safety Week of Remembrance.
    • Using #6MFS and #WeekOfRemembrance to join the conversation on social media.
    • Thanking a wildland firefighter you know.
    • Learning more about wildfires and wildland firefighters.
    • Visiting the National Interagency Fire Center website to learn about each role.
    • Training to be a wildfire firefighter.
    • Visiting the Wildland Firefighters Monument in Boise, ID.
    • Hosting a Wildland Firefighter Day BBQ.
    • Establishing a proclamation for the day.
    • Remember and honor all wildland firefighters during the Week of Remembrance, June 30 to July 6 and July 2, on National Wildland Firefighter Day.


    Following two devastating losses of wildland firefighter teams in 1994 and 2013, a movement grew to renew a commitment to the safety of wildland firefighters. In addition, the commitment was to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty. In 2015, the wildland firefighter community began observing Wildland Firefighter Week of Remembrances from June 30 to July 6 each year.



    During Waste and Recycling Workers Week (the week of June 17th), the world takes time to recognize the dedicated efforts of the men and women who keep our communities clean. The week also includes Global Garbage Man Day on the 17th.

    We describe the experts who collect the garbage, recyclables, and castoffs from our homes and neighborhoods by several names. Whether they are sanitation specialists or waste management professionals, we appreciate their arrival on a regularly scheduled basis.

    The role of waste management goes far beyond garbage collection. In fact, waste management provides a variety of services and programs designed to protect and reduce the impact we have on our environment. Today’s observance also celebrates the great strides the industry and experts are taking to make a better world for all of us.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WasteRecyclingWorkersWeek

    Thank your waste and recycling workers. You can also take part in your local recycling programs. Learn more about your community’s sanitation needs and find out how the system works. When you have unusually large amounts of garbage to be picked up, meet the workers at the curb and give them a hand loading the items.

    The observance also encourages us to participate in educational activities to increase our awareness of how Waste and Recycling Workers improve our environment.

    Use #WasteRecyclingWorkersWeek to share on social media.


    John D. Arwood of Arwood Waste Inc. initiated Waste and Recycling Workers week in 2012.


  • NATIONAL FLAG FOOTBALL WEEK – First Full Week in June


    National Flag Football Week during the first week in June celebrates a game that offers an alternative to traditional tackle football.

    For generations, fans and players alike have been gearing up for a sport that builds skills for the youth players and offers leagues and tournaments for every age. Men, women, and children have been playing flag football for years all across the country. YES, you read that right! Women can play football too!

    National Flag Football Week encourages everyone to find a league near you. Whether you play or are a fan, come out and join your community and find out what all the excitement is about. Flag football is an integral part of the gridiron, and you don’t want to be left out of the basics, the plays, or the amazing scores!

    Join us as we celebrate this week by offering leagues and tournaments this first week of June. Please help us celebrate a game that offers an alternative to the traditional style of tackle football and puts a smile on the faces of millions of participants week after week.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFlagFootballWeek #MoreThanFootball

    National Flag Football Week offers an excellent opportunity to discover a league near you. Do you want to get a jump on the celebration? Here’s how:

    • Promote your league’s events. Whether it’s league play, playoffs, or tournament play, get the word out.
    • Visit to see which leagues and organizers are officially taking part in National Flag Football Week. Get your event listed, too!
    • Organize a team. It doesn’t matter your age, gender, or skill level. Playing is the best way to learn, and you will have fun!
    • Invite someone to join your team or league. Pass on the fun to someone else.
    • Volunteer for a youth league. Many youth organizations across the country run on volunteers. Your knowledge and dedication may make a difference in a young person’s life.
    • Be a fan. Go watch a game and cheer on your team. The thrill of a game is infectious!

    No matter how you celebrate, share your experiences on social media using #NationalFlagFootballWeek #MoreThanFootball.


    TX GRIDIRON founded National Flag Football Week in 2021 to encourage participation in flag football while recognizing the sport’s integral role in a community’s life. It brings family’s and neighbors together, Gridiron logosupporting their youth and bringing families together.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the first National Flag Football Week to be observed the first week in June of 2021, annually.

    Av Ron Trabue officially found TX GRIDIRON in January of 2016. In addition to encouraging adults to remain active through sport, one of TX GRIDIRON’s fundamental beliefs is that people should get back to “knowing their neighbors.”

    TX GRIDIRON prides itself in organizing competitive adult and youth flag football leagues and tournaments. What started as a small tournament in the Houston suburb of Friendswood, TX, has morphed into one of Texas’s largest flag football communities! A state that is well known for its love of tackle football. With an initial concentrated focus on flag football events, the camaraderie, along with the fun, safe, and family atmosphere, has led to TX GRIDIRON now offering other types of sporting events.




    Animal Rights Awareness Week each year provides education and tools in the campaign to support animal rights. The campaign focuses on advocating for the humane treatment of animals, including pets, farm animals, and wildlife. It brings awareness regarding animals used for medical research and testing, too.

    While many zoos function as an extension to conservation and preservation efforts, others do not. The conditions in puppy mills, for example, do not provide proper shelter or care. Most of the dogs are used solely for breeding purposes and rarely leave their kennels or receive proper veterinary care.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #AnimalRightsAwarenessWeek

    There are several ways to participate in the week. Join the campaign by spreading awareness concerning the humane treatment of animals.

    • Know where your products come from and determine whether they are obtained humanely.
    • Support conservation and preservation efforts locally and worldwide.
    • Support spaying and neutering programs in your area, including those for feral cats.
    • Volunteer at local shelters.
    • Buy cruelty-free products.
    • Adopt shelter pets instead of buying. Many pet stores sponsor adoption days for shelters.
    • If you buy, research the breeder. Ask for references and a tour of their facility. A reputable breeder will not decline these requests.

    Use #AnimalRightsAwarenessWeek to share on social media.


    In Defense of Animals founded Animal Rights Awareness Week in 1991 to promote education about animal welfare and bring further protection to animals and their habitats.




    Community Health Improvement Week during the first week in June honors health professionals both in hospital settings and those who work more closely with communities.

    Community health professionals work closely with public health organizations, area leaders, hospitals, and clinics to guide neighborhoods, urban and suburban areas to improve overall health. Many of these professionals serve on boards and volunteer in an outreach capacity, too. They may focus on at-risk populations or make directed efforts to improve specific health concerns in a community. Some of those focused areas may include:

    • early maternity care
    • diabetes screening and care
    • infant screenings
    • mental health screenings
    • elder care
    • vaccines
    • health awareness programs
    • obesity

    These healthcare heroes advocate for their communities, too. When a community as a whole is healthy, they are also economically healthy. Their community remains strong and able to face obstacles, too.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CommunityHealthImprovementWeek

    Learn more about your community health professionals. Thank them for their dedication. Attend seminars or events they sponsor or promote. Use #CommunityHealthImprovementWeek to join the conversation.


    National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this health recognition holiday.



    Each year during the week of June 5th, Canadian Environment Week focuses attention on conservation and preservation of natural and precious resources.

    The observance encourages awareness and action to protect the natural environment. It also draws attention to environmental issues such as marine pollution, air pollution, and deforestation. Across Canada, the campaign includes discussions regarding biodiversity, climate change, and protecting natural spaces. discussions regarding biodiversity, climate change, and protecting natural spaces. Increasing the use of sustainable products, recycling, and efficient homes are also prime topics.

    Organizers and private citizens alike participate in the week-long observance in various ways. They may invest in renewable energy or clean up their neighborhoods. They may rededicate themselves to reusing, recycling, and repurposing while leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Commuting to work may include ride sharing or telecommuting and biking to work.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #CanadianEnivornmentWeek

    Joint events in your community. Learn more about renewable energy. Find out how to keep the water you drink and the air you breathe clean. Share your experiences regarding conservation and preservation, too.

    Other ways to celebrate include:

    • Take a nature hike
    • Join an organization dedicated to conservation
    • Create a bird habitat
    • Visit a sanctuary or botanical garden

    Use #CanadianEnvironmentWeek to share on social media.


    The Canadian Commons created Canadian Environment Week in 1971 to bring more awareness to Canadians regarding pollution issues. The first observances took place in October each year. Then, in 1982, the celebration moved to the week of June 5. The date corresponds with the United Nations proclamation of World Environment Day.


  • BED BUGS AWARENESS WEEK – First Full Week in June


    The first week of June each year focuses on Bed Bug Awareness. Though bed bugs are active all year long, infestations tend to spike in the spring and summer due to the heavy travel season.

    Bed bugs are small brownish insects. They live off the blood of humans or animals and are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale. Their flat oval bodies look a bit like an apple seed making them difficult to detect, and the females produce over 100 dust-sized offspring in a lifetime. While they don’t fly, they do move quickly over floors, walls, and ceilings.

    They enter buildings through luggage, clothing and used furniture such as mattresses, box springs, sofas, and chairs, hiding in small spaces and crevices. While a pest, they don’t transmit disease. They do bite leaving small red marks, often found in a line. There are other signs of bed bugs, too.

    • the bites may cause blood stains on sheets and pillowcases
    • bedbugs leave dark or rusty spots on walls, sheets, mattresses, and bedding caused their excrement
    • they also cause an odor that may be offensive

    It is possible to get rid of bed bugs, but it does take effort and diligence. Even the cleanest homes can become infested, too. They can hitch a ride on just about any piece of luggage, purse, or laptop case and take up residence in your home after you’ve traveled somewhere.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #BedBugAwarenessWeek

    Learn more about bed bugs, how to protect yourself and your home. Access resources and tips for eradicating an infestation, too. Join the conversation by using #BedBugAwarenessWeek.


    The Professional Pest Management Alliance (PPMA) promotes Bed Bug Awareness Week each year through media campaigns and with the support of the pest management industry.




    Beginning the first Saturday in June, International Clothesline Week salutes the efficiency and cost savings of hanging your clothes out to dry.

    It doesn’t take much effort to put up a clothesline these days. They come in a variety of interesting mechanisms and sizes so you can customize them to your lifestyle. Whether you live in an apartment or out in the country, there’s a clothesline for you. And the benefits add up, too. Though we will point out from the beginning, one of them is not time savings. Using a clothesline does take a small investment in the time arena, but it makes up for it in benefits.

    • Drying your clothes on a line saves you money on the electric bill.
    • It’s good for the environment. All-natural wind and sun energy are all that goes into drying your clothes.
    • Sleeping on freshly sun-dried sheets is something everyone should experience.
    • Hanging up the laundry on a clothesline is excellent exercise. Up. Down. Up again. Get some squats in while you do the laundry and you get rid of the gym membership to make up for the lost time factor.
    • Line dried clothes require less ironing

    People all over the world participate in this week-long celebration. However, many of them hang their clothes to dry all the time. It’s a lifestyle and one worth living.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ClotheslineWeek

    Hang a clothesline and then hang your clothes out to dry. Join an event or create a competition. Around the world, communities and organizations host contests and award prizes for a variety of categories such as:

    • Most colorful clothesline
    • Longest clothesline
    • Youngest helper
    • Most unusual clothesline
    • Longest clothesline
    • Clothesline stories
    • Longest standing clothesline

    Do you have a clothesline experience to share? Celebrate using #ClotheslineWeek and share on social media.


    Gary Drisdelle of Hang to Dry founded International Clothesline Week to encourage clothesline use but also to get people thinking about alternate uses and sustainable living.




    Each year from June 1-7, National CPR and AED Awareness Week stresses the importance of CPR and AED use. When someone goes into sudden cardiac arrest, every second counts.

    According to the American Red Cross, more than 1,600 people suffer from cardiac arrest each day in the U.S. That means every day someone near you may need your help at any moment. Knowing CPR and how to use an AED could save their life. Or to put it in an even more personal perspective – someone next to you knowing these skills may save yours.

    The more people who get training in CPR the more lives that may be saved.

    How do you receive CPR and AED training? Many people receive training from the Red Cross. You can sign up for classes or get recertified through them. Others receive their certification as a requirement through their employers.


    Sign up for a CPR and AED course. You don’t have to be in health care or a professional first responder to save a life. If you’ve taken a course before, share your experiences. You can even look into becoming a trainer. The observance also takes place during National Safety Month. Becoming certified would be an excellent way to celebrate being prepared.

    Join the movement and the conversation by using #CPRAEDAwarenessWeek on social media.


    The American Red Cross and other National Cardiac Arrest Collaborative members promote the observance each year to encourage more people to get trained in CPR and AED use.




    The third full week in June is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. It is an effort by the National Weather Service to help increase lightning safety.

    It may be shocking to learn that lightning is one of the deadliest weather systems. Records kept by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show lightning in the United States has killed more than any other weather factor. The second biggest killer is flooding, and the third is tornadoes.

    Lightning Safety Awareness Week reminds people there is no safe place outdoors when a thunderstorm is in the area. Lightning can strike from over 15 miles away. The chances are if you can hear thunder, you are already in immediate danger. A lot of lightning injuries and fatalities happen because people were too slow to react to an approaching storm or too quick to get back outdoors before the storm was a safe distance away.

    Did you know:

    • The most dangerous times tend to be immediately before a storm hits and right as it moves away.
    • About 25 million cloud-to-ground lightning strikes occur in the United States each year.
    • Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has averaged 51 lightning fatalities per year.
    • Since the first Lightning Safety Awareness Week, the number of annual lightning deaths has dropped to almost half.
    • Only about 10% of people struck by lightning are actually killed. The other 90% must cope with varying degrees of discomfort and disability, sometimes for the rest of their lives.
    • Typically, the vast majority of lightning victims each year are male.


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    For facts and tips about lightning safety, follow #LightningSafetyAwarenessWeek or #LSAW on Facebook and Twitter.


    In 2001, the NOAA lightning specialist John Jensenius initiated the first “national Lightning Safety Awareness Week,” an effort that has continued to grow since then. For his work in lightning safety education, John was honored with the National Weather Association’s 2005 Public Education Award. In 2006, in recognition of his efforts to initiate NOAA’s lightning safety efforts and for his contributions to that effort, John was awarded a Department of Commerce Silver Medal, the Department’s second highest honor.