Fun things to do in June:
- Go to a drive-in movie (6 – Drive-in Movie Day)
- Have an ice cream soda – turn it into a neighborhood party! (20 – Ice Cream Soda Day)
- Enjoy the summer sunshine at a pool or beach! (21 – Summer Solstice)
- Visit your local farmer’s market or start a garden (18 – Eat Your Vegetables Day)
- Have a picnic at your favorite park or beach (19 – Picnic Day)
- Go strawberry picking and then make a tasty Strawberry Parfait (25 – Strawberry Parfait Day)
- Celebrate Paul Bunyan!? (28 – Paul Bunyan Day)
The Month of June:
- Calendar – June is the sixth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the second of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the third of five months to have a length of less than 31 days.
- History – The Latin name for June is Junius. Ovid offers multiple etymologies for the name in the Fasti, a poem about the Roman calendar. The first is that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, the goddess of marriage and the wife of the supreme deity Jupiter; the second is that the name comes from the Latin word iuniores, meaning “younger ones”, as opposed to maiores (“elders”) for which the preceding month May (Maius) may be named. Another source claims June is named after Lucius Junius Brutus, founder of the roman Republic and ancestor of the Roman gens Junia. In ancient Rome, the period from mid-May through mid-June was considered inauspicious for marriage. Ovid says that he consulted the Flaminica Dialis, the high priestess of Jupiter, about setting a date for his daughter’s wedding, and was advised to wait till after June 15. Plutarch, however, implies that the entire month of June was more favorable for weddings than May.
- Season – June contains the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours (excluding polar regions in both cases). June in the Northern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent to December in the Southern Hemisphere and vice versa. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the traditional astronomical summer is 21 June (meteorological summer begins on 1 June). In the Southern hemisphere, meteorological winter begins on 1 June.
- Moon – The June Full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon. This Full Moon got its name from the Algonquin tribes who knew it as a signal to gather the ripening fruit of wild strawberries. It has also been known as the Honey Moon and the Full Rose Moon in Europe.
- Birthstone – June’s birthstones are pearl, alexandrite and moonstone.
- Flowers – The birth flowers are rose and honeysuckle.
- Zodiac – The zodiac signs for the month of June are Gemini (until June 20) and Cancer (from June 21 onwards).
June Days For Kids:
1 – Donut Day
2 – Rocky Road Day / Trails Day
3 – Chimborazo Day / Repeat Day
4 – Hug Your Cat Day
5 – Hot Air Balloon Day
6 – Applesauce Cake Day / Drive-in Movie Day
7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day
8 – World Oceans Day
9 – Donald Duck Day
10 – Iced Tea Day
11 – German Chocolate Cake Day / Corn on the Cob Day
12 – Superman Day
14 – Flag Day
15 – Nature Photography Day / Magna Carta Day
16 – Fudge Day / World Tapas
17 – Eat Your Vegetables Day
18 – Picnic Day
19 – Garfield Day / Juneteenth
20 – Ice Cream Soda Day / Eagle
21 – Daylight Appreciation Day / World Giraffe Day / Peaches-n-Cream Day
22 – Onion Rings Day
23 – Let It Go Day
24 – Swim a Lap Day / Fairy Day / Log Cabin Day
25 – Strawberry Parfait Day
26 – Chocolate Pudding Day / Canoe Day
27 – Pineapple Day
28 – Paul Bunyan Day / Bomb Pop Day
29 – Camera Day / Waffle Iron Day
30 – Meteor Day