10 Events and Holidays in June Your Family Won't Want to Miss

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa. June 6, 2019

June is such a big month. For most of us, it is the time when school is ending. Summer officially arrives. And we are six months into 2019 already! How did that happen?!?

We have plenty of ideas for your family to mark the month and the change in the season. Here is our list of the top 10 events and holidays happening in June:

LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride events are held nationwide this month to mark Pride Month, held each June as a way to mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion in New York City. But June also marks other important events in U.S. history: It's the month when same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015 and when the Pulse nightclub shooting occurred in Orlando in 2016. June 1- 30

National Donut Day

Do-nut let this day go by without a celebration. Get one ... or a dozen! June 7

Eat Your Vegetables Day

Let your kids choose a new vegetable to try at the grocery. Or plant a garden together. Need some ideas on how to get kids excited about veggies? Check out this easy recipe for kale chips! June 17

International Picnic Day

Everyone loves a picnic! You can head to your favorite park for an elaborate grill out or simply throw a blanket down in your backyard and serve PB&Js. The joy of a picnic is in spending time together enjoying the outdoors. That amazing potato salad? Well, that's just a bonus. June 18


Juneteenth marks the date Texas slaves were told in 1865 that they were free -- two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Today Juneteenth emphasizes African American education and achievement and is a time marked with everything from family reunions to rodeos. June 19

Take Your Dog to Work Day

They look at you every morning when you leave for the office with those wide, sad eyes, practically pleading: Don't leave me. So put a grin on those furry faces and invite them along for a day at the office -- after you make sure it's OK with your employer, of course. June 21

First Day of Summer

Get outside and celebrate! June 21

National Selfie Day

Love 'em or hate 'em, selfies are here to stay. Need proof? As of May 2019, nearly 400 million photos had been tagged on Instagram with the hashtag #selfie. So do we really need a "selfie day"? I'll leave you to debate that. I'll be over here perfecting my duck lips. June 21

Great American Campout

The National Wildlife Foundation established Great American Campout Day as an easy way to encourage families to get outdoors! Whether you're a pro or first-time camper, check out the foundation's Great American Campout page for tips and ideas. June 22

Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa.