Exciting June Summer Holidays off the Beaten Path
Be Different In June!
Do the public swimming pools in your town open on Memorial Day? They do so in many American cities, but there is a lot more to celebrate than summer weather, the end of the school year, and swimming in June!
The kids—and you—will never become bored given the variety of holidays given here. So, try something new! Celebrate June, except maybe the June Bugs.
June Is Well Dressing Month
What Is Well Dressing?
Well, dressing or well flowering is a unique art project that the family and your friends might enjoy, even if you have no water well available. In England's Peak District, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire, people cover wells in flower petals between May and September, but June is a prime month for doing so. Carnivals and parades accompany some well dressings in England.
If you have a large rock or statue in your garden, you can cover it with flowers. The flowers create a theme—like the Parade of Roses floats. Well, dressings reflect birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, and even Biblical stories. You can create your own theme.
General Directions: A wooden frame is built by or over the well and covered in clay and water enough to spread the mixture evenly. A design sketch is made and followed for a theme, tracing it on to the clay. Fill in the image by sticking in flower petals, mosaic tiles, feather, mosses, beans, and another other craft materials. The flowers will stay colorful for a few days.
Week-Long June Celebrations
First Week In June
Farmers Markets And Festivals
- June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, so the first week of it should be Farmers Market Days nationwide, and it is a week of celebration in some small towns. This is the week that the outdoor markets really fill with farmers' stalls and flatbed trucks decked with local produce, honey, jams, jellies, pies, Amish products, crafts, and something different in every region of the country. Cooking and canning classes are given and square dancing may be presented. Some markets feature outdoor cafes and live music and one market in Boston even has a horse show attached.
- This week is also America's National Pow Wow Week, celebrating our Indigenous Peoples and their arts, cuisine, native dress, dances, music, and storytelling. A nationwide Native American Pow Wow is held over the first weekend in June in Danville, Indiana. If unable to travel out of town and enjoy this event, find a local pow wow or Native American festival in your own area—Many states and Canadian provinces have them, and a few are listed below.
- In Canada and especially Ontario Province, June is National Aboriginal History Month.
Celebrate The National Pow WowClick thumbnail to view full-size
Early June Pow Wows
- 35th Annual WIIC Pow Wow, Treasure Valley Boy Scout Reservation - Rutland, Massachusetts - Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation
Little Current, Ontario, Canada.
- Fredericksburg Pow Wow - Fredericksburg, Virginia
- Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Traditional Pow Wow - 41 Kikinamage Mikan
Maniwaki, Quebec, Canada.
- Third Annual Hidden Valley Toy & Coat Drive Pow Wow - 81 Damren Road in Derry, New Hampshire
- Tulalip Annual Veterans Powwow - 6700 Totem Beach Avenue
- The Metis Of Maine Pow Wow - 105 Gould Road in Dayton, Maine
- US National Native American Pow Wow - First weekend of June - Danville, Indiana.
US National Pow Wow, Danville IN
Video: Ashlee Raining Bird's Baby Practices A Dance
- Traditional Sneak Up Dance
My loves practicing their sneak up dance.
Cherokee, North Carolina
Six Nations Of Grand River Reserve, Ontario
Mid-June Pow Wows
- Baby Bison Days Celebration - Cadiz, Ohio
- Cherokee Voices Festival - Cherokee, North Carolina
- Great Lakes Nations Annual Gathering Pow Wow - Portland, Indiana
- Healing of the Nations - Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan
- Homecoming of the Three Fires - Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Honoring Our Ancestor’s Powwow at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club in Wayne, Ohio
- Kaboni Traditional Powwow at Thunderbird Park in Wikwemikong, Ontario, Canada
- Rainy River First Nations Powwow - Manitou Rapids, Ontario, Canada
- Red Earth Festival Pow Wow - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- Saganing Pow Wow - Standish, Michigan. This is also Michigan's cheese country on State Route 13. Many cheese and antique stores fill the small towns, especially in Pinconning.
- Table Mountain Rancheria Pow Wow - Friant, California
- Pow Wow Celebrating All Life and Creation - West Hollywood, California
- Plains Indian Museum Powwow. Center of the West's Robbie Powwow Garden, Cody, Wyoming.
- White Earth Pow Wow, White Earth, Minnesota
Look for many pow wows and Native American/First Nations festivals occurring on Father's Day Weekend.
Mid-June Great Lakes Festivals And Pow Wows
Late June Pow Wows
Many US States and Canadian Provinces offer pow wows during the last full weekend of June every year. Some of these include:
- National Aboriginal History Month Celebration at Yonge & Dundas Square.
June 23, 2016 from 12:00–8:00 pm
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Mohawk Strawberry Festival - Fonda, New York
- Donkis First Nation - Ontario, Canada
- Chief One Bear Pow Wow - Canton, Massachusetts
- Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow - Dayton, Ohio
- Bay Mills Indian Community - Honoring Veterans - Bay Mills, Michigan
How To Do Pow Wow Dances
Aboriginal History Month Celebration June 23, 2016
Second Week In June
Second Weekend in June, Thursday through Sunday—Metropolis, Illinois Superman Festival. This celebration includes a film festival, TV and film celebrity appearances, an 80s dance party, a charity auction, an arm wrestling championship, kids' costume contest, breakfast with superheroes, and many other unique events.
Third Week In June
Pets and Biking
Take Your Pet to Work Week happens right after Father's Day every year. Check with your employer to see if this practice is permitted or even encouraged at your place of work. The holiday week is a declaration of Pet Sitters International and Take Your Pet to Work Day is the Friday of the celebration week (June 24 in 2016).
If you cannot take your pet to work and if you have no pet at all, consider that June is also Adopt A Cat Month. Many ct agencies will likely be holding cat appreciation activities and showing off rescue cats for adoption. If you cannot adopt a pet, you might be able to volunteer for a day at a pet shelter.
In England and Ireland, this is Biking Week, but in America, it is Bicycling Month. Look for a celebration in your Downtown District. For example, a fun bike rental and sales place is located along the Detroit River in the recently developed new park, and you can bike across a short bridge to visit the re-opened zoo and aquarium and other historic sites on Belle Isle.
Not a Typical Pet
Third Week Food Celebrations
June 18: International Picnic Day
June 20 and 30: You have two Ice Cream Soda Days, and June 20 is also Vanilla Milk Shake Day. This is a good week to have a picnic and a party.
June 22: Chocolate Eclair Day. The first Friday of the month is already National Doughnut Day, so you can celebrate twice, if you want. The 22nd is also National Onion Rings Day.
June 25: National Strawberry Parfait Day
Fourth Week Events
Log Cabins And Chocolate
One of the mystery authors I enjoyed for many years was Lilian Jackson Braun. She set her stories in Pickaxe, Michigan, which was an adaptation of Bad Axe.
A Log Cabin Society was formed in Bad Axe by Ms Virginia Handy in real life and the organization helped found Log Cabin Day on June 25, 1986. The idea is to promote and advocate for the preservation of these structures across America. We have several in Ohio, and your state may also have one or more if them, so visit if you can.
June 26 is National Chocolate Pudding Day.
Don't forget the second Ice Cream Soda Day on the 30th!
Historic Log Cabins
What is your favorite activity in June?
© 2016 Patty Inglish MS