Crazy, Silly Holidays in June That You’ll Have Fun Celebrating
June is the month that contains the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours and the first day of summer. This is the same day as the winter solstice in the southern hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours and the first day of winter. The month of June is the month during which Father’s Day falls in the U.S. and a number of other countries, and it holds a number of other traditional holidays as well. Yet, June is a month that harbors many nontraditional holidays which are silly, crazy or even somewhat bizarre. Think about celebrating one or more of these holidays and add some fun to your month.
Fun Holidays in June
- June 1: National Dare Day
- June 2: National Bubba Day
- June 3: National Repeat Day
- June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
- June 8: Name Your Poison Day
- June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
- June 30: Meteor Watch Day
June 1: National Dare Day
This is the day for daredevils everywhere. Today is the day to dare someone to do something they wouldn’t normally do. It’s also the time you must do a dare yourself if challenged. You can even challenge yourself to do something you’ve been meaning to do but might not have had the guts to carry out. This is the day for taking action and risks. If you are particularly brave you can up the stakes with a “double dog dare” or “triple dog dare”. These terms are either used for dares of epic proportion or to emphasize the dare when the person refuses. This is a great day if you are a procrastinator to try doing things differently. Don’t hesitate or think too much about the dare, just commit to taking it on and do it. The type of dare you issue or accept is only limited by your imagination (along with safety and the law, of course). It can be a prank or a real-life challenge.
June 2: National Bubba Day
National Bubba Day is a holiday that recognizes and honors anyone named Bubba. Often used as an affectionate moniker for a brother, Bubba is also used for close family friends as a term denoting affection. In order to qualify to be an honoree today, your given name can be Bubba or it can be a nickname. You can even decide to take the name just for the day. This makes sure everyone can celebrate the day as one of those honored. Celebrate today by acting like a “Bubba.” Watch the movie “Forrest Gump” paying close attention to the character named Bubba. Through a "Bubba Party" and invite everyone you know named Bubba, and all of their family. If you don't know any people with the name, have a party anyway and hand everyone a "Bubba button" when they walk in the door.
June 3: National Repeat Day
Repeat Day is the day you can do things again and again. Repeat Day is the day you can do things again and again. Repeat Day is the day you can do things... well, you get the picture.
You only need repeat things you enjoy doing. Don’t let anyone try to talk you into repeating those things you dislike. Remember, it’s supposed to be a fun day. Eat your favorite food, then do it again. Listen to your favorite song over and over. Engage in those activities you like the best and repeat. Take a nap, then another one - Heck, sleep all day if you choose! Watch the movie “Groundhog Day,” which is about someone who lives the same day over and over and over again. You can also revisit favorite locations or places where important milestones or events took place such as where you got engaged or the city where you went to college. Eat the same meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t forget dessert. Today you can have as many servings as you want.
June 7: National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
While it may not be National Dare Day, I dare you to resist National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Today is the perfect day to eat America's favorite flavor of ice cream. Not that we really need any added incentive to eat chocolate ice cream. Plus, as this holiday occurs in June with hotter weather, ice cream is just the ticket. Don’t stop at enjoying it just once today, eat it as many times as you’d like, in a cone with syrup, sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut or whipped cream.
Simple Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe
This recipe is not just easy, it’s got no eggs and doesn’t require cooking. Plus, it’s less sweet yet still decadent, using about half the condensed milk as other similar recipes. Whip this up in 10 minutes then freeze for 3 to 6 hours and voila, homemade chocolate ice cream. Add any toppings you choose and serve in a bowl, waffle cone or cake cone or use it to make a float or shake.
2 ½ cups heavy whipping cream, cold
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 ¼ cup chocolate syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Pour the whipping cream, condensed milk, chocolate syrup vanilla extract and salt in a large mixing bowl of stand mixer or in a large bowl and using an electric hand mixer, add all the ingredients: heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup and/or sea salt (optional).
With standing mixer or hand mixer, whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. In order to prevent splattering, begin mixing at a slower speed then increase the speed to high as it thickens.
Pour the mixture into a freezer safe container. Cover and freeze for about 5 - 6 hours or overnight for firm ice cream. If you like soft serve ice cream, you can eat it after about 3-4 hours.
June 8: Name Your Poison Day
Today is the day for choosing. Most people are aware of the phrase being used by bartenders when asking someone what type of drink they want. It also once referred to making any type of choice although due to the negative connotation of “poison” it likely originally meant choosing between two undesirable options. Now it refers to making any decision whether it is a happy one or not. Many people use this day to give themselves a free pass on a vice they have been trying to quit. For example, for someone trying to quit smoking, they can decide today to let themselves smoke. While it may seem like a bad idea to dedicate a day to backsliding, it can be looked at as a day for cutting oneself some slack when taking on a difficult commitment, that can result in a renewed dedication to seeing the goal through. The day can also be used to make silly choices such as what desert choice to eat, what type of exercise to do, or how many hours to work today.
Celebrate the day by making a major decision or several small ones. It doesn’t matter if you are selecting between good or bad options. You can also do the obvious, go to a bar or club and “name your poison.” Other activities you might have fun doing include watching movies such as Arsenic and Old Lace or .listening to the band Poison or a song with Poison in the title, such as the song which could be the official anthem for the day, Name Your Poison by Ted Nugent. Choose other options from the lists below.
Movies With Poison in the Title
- The Young Poisoner's Handbook
- The Poisoning
- Pretty Poison
- Poison Rose
- Love Like Poison
Songs with Poison in the Title
- Down Poison by 3 Doors Down
- Church of the Poison Mind by Culture Club
- Poison Door by The Sisters of Mercy
- Poison Apples by Motley Crue
- Poison by George Strait,
- Poison Whiskey by Lynyrd Skynyrd
- Poison Years by Bob Mould
- Mouthful of Poison by Kittie
- If Your Poison Gets You by Black Francis
- Poison Oak by Bright Eyes
- Subtle Poison by Screaming Trees
- Poison Love by Jerry Lee Lewis
- What’s Ya Poison by Cormega Mobb Deep
- Poison Pen by Molly Hatchet
- The Poison by Alkaline Trio
- Poison Sugar by Reba McEntire
- Poison in My Veins by Bayside
- Poison by Nicole Scherzinger
- Poison Was the Cure by Megadeth
- Before the Poison by Marianne Faithfull
- Poison Eye by Chris Cornell
- Poison Arrow by ABC
- The Poison Tree by Moby
- Living Your Poison by A-ha
- Poison Ivy by Three Days Grace
- Poison by Falco
- Poison Lovers by Steve Earle
- Poison Heart by Ramonesw
- Poison by All Time Low
- Poison by Motorhead
- Poison by Lisa Stansfield
- Poison Prince by Amy Macdonald
- Poison by Gary Numan
- Poison by Tarja Turunen
- Poison Arrow by Meat Puppets
- Poison by Rancid
- Poison Moon by Elvis Costello
- Poison Ring Chamber by Method Man, Cilvaringz
- Love the Poison by Gregg Allman
- The Shade of Poison Trees by Dashboard Confessional
- Poison Ivy by Linda McCartney
- Poison by Beyonce Knowles
- Poison by Asking Alexandria
- Shore Lined Poison by Skinny Puppy
- Arrow by Sonic Youth
June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day
The ancient Aztecs were the first to mash peanuts and create peanut butter. Starting around 1900, peanut butter became popular and in the next decade the sandwich spread started being added to cookies. President Woodrow Wilson’s wife was famous for her Peanut Cookies which included a health amount of peanut butter. Coming from Georgia where the peanut is king, peanut butter cookies are a way of life. Celebrate today by giving yourself permission to eat as many peanut butter cookies as you’d like. Make up a batch for yourself and an extra one to give to friends, family and neighbors. If you know anyone who can’t get out, make their day with the gift of some cookies. Try the simple recipe below and find out just how good these cookies can be.
Easy and Quick Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Do you love peanut butter cookies but don’t relish the time it takes to make them? Try this simple recipe and have warm, chewy, peanut butter cookies in no time.
1 cup peanut butter, smooth or chunky - your preference
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon butter extract
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray
Beat egg well
Add sugar, peanut butter, butter extract, vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. Mix until fully combined.
Roll dough into balls, place on coated cookie sheet and press down with the back of a fork to give them the familiar cross hatch look
Bake 6-8 minutes. Don’t overcook as these are best when they are slightly soft. Do not let them start to brown or they will become dry.
Let cool then transfer them to wire wrack (what you don’t eat right away!)
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for two weeks out of the refrigerator and up to three weeks if kept inside the fridge. I dare you to make them last this long!
You can make these even better by adding ¼ cup of milk chocolate, white chocolate, or butterscotch chips or even M&M's or top with a Hershey’s Kiss. For an even bolder peanut butter taste mix in peanut butter chips or try adding Reese's Pieces.
To make these even easier, press the dough into a lipped cookie sheet spreading out so the dough is distributed evenly. Cook 6-8 minutes and cut into bars while still warm.
Serving suggestion—serve on a plate, warm with Simple Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream on top or crumble cooled cookies over the top of the ice cream. You can also make sandwich cookies by spreading peanut butter, marshmallow fluff, Nutella or chocolate spread, or any type of frosting or filling you’d like.
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June 30: Meteor Watch Day
Although there is no official origin of this holiday, most people believe it commemorates the Tunguska Event when a meteor caused an explosion above a remote forest in Siberia on June 30, 1908. The fireball that resulted is believed to have been 165 to 330 feet wide, flattening more than 80 million trees and killing hundreds of reindeer across 800 square miles. People over 40 miles away were knocked unconscious.
The Tunguska Event is the most powerful such explosion in recorded history. It resulted in at least 185 times more energy than that produced by the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Some estimates were considerably higher. Seismic waves were felt as far away as the UK.
This type of meteor explosion is extremely rare. The only other one that has been hypothesized to be of such massive force is the one believed to have wiped out most of the dinosaurs. So you can feel safe in going outside and trying to observe passing meteors on this day. With luck you might just observe one of these in the night sky in the form of a shooting star or may even be fortunate enough to catch sight of a meteor shower.
Even without an actual meteor sighting, this is a great night to stargaze. Take some time during the day to learn a bit about the stars and planets you might be able to observe this time of year in your part of the world. Try Googling “Planets visible in the night sky in ___” and insert the city in which you live. It will give you a list of what you can see that night. While you are searching, see if there are any comets scheduled to make an appearance in your neck of the woods soon.
You can also celebrate this day by going to a planetarium and taking in whatever presentation they have available, talking with some of the staff working there and looking at books and other souvenirs they have in their gift shop. Another fun activity especially for children, is to get some glow in the dark stars and paste them on the ceiling of a bedroom. That way your child will never forget to look to the stars.
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