Monthly observances can give you everything from ideas for activities to service projects.
1. July printable.
Download the Enrichment Project printable of July monthly observances in the United States. These are observances that occur all month long. For July, these include:
- Anti-Boredom Month
- Family Fun Month
- Fireworks Safety Month
- International Zine Month
- National Blueberry Month
- National Culinary Arts Month
- National Grilling Month
- National Ice Cream Month
- National Make a Difference to Children Month
- National Outdoor Month
- National Recreation and Parks Month
- National Picnic Month
- Social Wellness Month
- Wild About Wildlife Month
Review the printable to find what monthly themes you can incorporate into your own activities.
2. Your own list.
Start your own list of July monthly observances, including ideas to help celebrate them. Expand on the list provided or create your own from scratch to meet the needs of your audience or group.
Any monthly observance can be a theme for your meeting or event. July has a lot of themes you can incorporate with outdoor activities such as cooking and visiting your local parks. Many of our outdoor activities revolve around July 4th, Independence Day, in the United States. Look through the provided PDF or your self-created list and find one that interests you. How can you build a theme around your chosen observance?
4. Meetings, parties and events.
You can plan a meeting, party or event based on a monthly celebration theme. You might want to do one or more activities based on your observance. You may choose to focus an entire event around it. Don’t limit yourself to the stated themes. For example, National Recreation and Parks Month may have you visiting local parks and amusement parks to see what they offer or just visit to relax and enjoy nature.
5. Create and design.
Use the July observances as a way to focus your creative energy. When you’re stuck for an idea, these can give you a jumping off point to start brainstorming. Some things you might create include:
- Blog posts
- Club activities
School’s out! Instead of not learning anything over the summer, find things you’re interested in exploring. Create your own curriculum and learn the way you want to . . . use nature and the outdoors instead of being stuck in a classroom. Alternatively, you can follow the monthly themes by learning about grilling or improving your culinary skills. Find support for your chosen observance.
Sharing your ideas with others not only encourages participation but may bring greater variety into your activities. You can share:
- Cultural observations
- Religious observances
Explore ways to share with others in your community or group.
You can plan service around a monthly observance. For example, explore what ways you can support your local recreation areas and parks during the summer when many more people are visiting. You could host a neighborhood play day to allow stay at home moms a chance to have a couple hours for themselves. Look through the observances and find one or more that allow you to bring service into your monthly activities.
Use monthly observations in your communications. You can share your thoughts and ideas to move people to action. From blog posts to emails to newsletters, keep your communication fresh by incorporating these observances in your writing.
Brainstorm ways to incorporate observances into your own community or group. This might be a one-time event or a series for a group, club or community.
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11. Explore offerings online.
Pick a monthly observance (or more) and start your online research. What is available online that you can download and use? Be sure to keep track of where you get the information so you can refer back to this resource.
12. Search for even more!
How have other people celebrated the month theme you chose? Talk to them to find out what they did. Ask about what worked, what didn’t and what they might change to make it better.
Can you incorporate their ideas into your own project? If not, what adjustments can you make?
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