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

Halley's Comet at Etwall Well Dressing 2010: St. Helen's Church
Halley's Comet at Etwall Well Dressing 2010: St. Helen's Church | Source

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 Wow

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Aztec individual attending a pow wow.Plains area artsPacific Northwest
Aztec individual attending a pow wow.
Aztec individual attending a pow wow. | Source
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Plains area arts | Source
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Pacific Northwest | Source

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
    Tulalip, Washington.
  • 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

A markerHendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex 1900 East Main Street Danville, Indiana 4612 -
1900 E Main St, Danville, IN 46122, USA
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Cherokee, North Carolina

Six Nations Of Grand River Reserve, Ontario

A markerSix Nations Reserve, Ontario -
Six Nations Indian Reserve No. 40, ON, Canada
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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

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A markerGreat Lakes Nations Annual Gathering Pow Wow - Portland, Indiana -
Portland, IN 47371, USA
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B markerWhite Earth, Minnesota -
White Earth, MN, USA
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C markerHealing of the Nations - Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Michigan -
Monroe, MI, USA
[get directions]

D markerSaganing Pow Wow - Standish, Michigan -
Standish, MI 48658, USA
[get directions]

E markerHomecoming of the Three Fires - Grand Rapids, Michigan -
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
[get directions]

F markerRainy River First Nations Powwow - Manitou Rapids, Ontario, Canada -
Manitou Rapids, Rainy River, Unorganized, ON, Canada
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G markerKaboni Traditional Powwow at -
Wikwemikong, ON P0P, Canada
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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

A markerYonge & Dundas Square. -
Yonge St & Dundas Square, Toronto, ON M5B, Canada
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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.

Metropolis, Illinois

A markerMetropolis, Illinois -
Metropolis, IL, USA
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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

A June bug is a lady bug that drives a tank.
A June bug is a lady bug that drives a tank. | Source

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

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Have a donut or an eclair. Donut shops will be giving free samples in some states.
Have a donut or an eclair. Donut shops will be giving free samples in some states.
Have a donut or an eclair. Donut shops will be giving free samples in some states. | Source

Fourth Week Events

Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, near Charleston, Illinois | Source

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

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A markerLog Cabin, Ohio -
Log House, 1035 River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537, USA
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B markerAbraham Lincoln's log cabin -
Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site, 402 S Lincoln Hwy, Lerna, IL 62440, USA
[get directions]

C markerLog Cabin, Tennessee -
Log Cabin, University Dr, McKenzie, TN 38201, USA
[get directions]

D markerBesser Museum Log Cabin, Alpena, Michigan -
Alpena, MI 49707, USA
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What is your favorite activity in June?

  • Parties for Graduations, Weddings, and Anniversaries
  • Vacations, especially outdoor activities -- It's Great Outdoors Month!
  • Animal and Pet activities
  • Food Celebrations
  • Other (Please list in Comments below).
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© 2016 Patty Inglish

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Rachel L Alba 4 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

This was a really fun hub. I didn't know there were all of those celebrations. I do love and go to Farmer's Markets, we have them locally. I like the idea of the log cabin and chocolate celebration and dressing things in flowers. Thanks for sharing.

Blessings to you.

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BlossomSB 4 months ago from Victoria, Australia

In the southern hemisphere we're all trying to go north to get warm! Loved your interesting hub, though.

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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Patty. Ice Cream Soda Days sound like great holidays! No surprise, I had not heard of decorating the well, or the pow-wow days. What fun for those with plenty of leisure time.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

@RachelAlba - Hi Rachel!

I love farmers markets, too, and friends have shown me theirs in several states. Missing the large open air market in my city when it went inside a building in the 1970s, I look forward to this time of year a lot.

In Columbus, we have a restored log cabin that someone lives in, in the north part of town!

Thanks for your nice comments!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

@BlossomSB - Yes, I remember that now, from when I had a teacher friend who lived in Australia. Stay warm! And thanks for making an interesting comment.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

@mcbirdbks - I ready to find a soda fountain, although we have few left in this city. About 20 ,miles to the west, many small towns have them.

A pow wow is a great time, especially the storytellers and the interesting craftsmen that always tell me jokes.

koffeeklatchgals 4 months ago

@Patty Inglish. MS this hub is amazing. The pow wow's are my favorite of the things to do. Farmers markets and log cabin are another. I need to go out to Tenessee this summer, I will be making it a point to visit a couple of spots you have provided.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

@koffeeklatchgals - It is good to see you here! There must be a festival every day in summer somewhere in Tennessee, from all the travel news I've read. Have a fun time there - I always liked visiting around the state.

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teaches12345 4 months ago

I can't wait to celebrate food week! If I lived in a cooler climate I would love the outdoor celebrations just a little more.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

These food celebrations can be a lot of fun, especially with demonstrations and sampling of great dishes. I'm going to visit some food trucks in my town!

Lawrence Hebb 4 months ago


I'll be honest. June over here is mid winter but there's still heaps to do.

A few weeks ago we took a week off down in Wellington, it was awesome but my favorite was a walk along the wharf called 'The Writers corner' where there were quotes from various well known local writers to ponder.

That and going to Weta workshops for a tour was great!

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 months ago from North America Author

@Lawrence Hebb - I'd surely like to see The Writers Corner and Weta tour. We had a Zombie Convention with seminars in makeup, etc. in Central Ohio a few days ago - lots of money being made in that phenomenon.

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