Unique Holidays in July

Every month, the Mister and I look to enjoy ourselves and we will use any excuse to do so. Some months are lacking in the major holidays so we have to get creative. Even if it sounds like a completely fabricated holiday, who cares! The point is.. let’s all have a good time.

While July does have Independence Day, and that is a significant holiday, what about the other 30 days? Well, here are some suggestions on how to keep the month fun!

July 1st – National Creative Ice Cream Day

The entire month of July is actually National Ice Cream Month, thanks to the Gipper Ron Reagan back in 1984. While July 14th is actually National Ice Cream Day, celebrating National Creative Ice Cream Day is just kicking it up a few notches.

Check out your local ice cream joint for this – Whatever your fancy, whatever you prefer, just know at some point in time all of the ice cream flavors were considered “creative”.  That plain old vanilla was probably some serious off the wall thinking when it first came out!

It also might be a good time to try out one of Bruster’s ice cream cakes. Creative doesn’t have to be limited to flavor!

July 6th – National Fried Chicken Day

Fried Chicken Day!!  Yay!!

There is a small place on 7th Avenue in Beaver Falls called MS Chicken Shack that you must try if you like fried chicken.

It recreates the chicken that they serve down in the Southern states that is pretty tough to find in these Northern parts. They have fried and rotisserie chicken, although this holiday specifically calls for fried chicken (but nobody will shame you for going rotisserie).

They also have a great selection of sides, like mac n cheese, baked beans and mashed potatoes with gravy. Also on the menu are chicken waffle bites -all of the flavor of chicken and waffles rolled into one nugget of chickeny goodness!

They even do party sized portions of chicken. I suspect those are on the menu for all of the National Fried Chicken Day parties!

July 10th – Teddy Bear Picnic Day

If you go down to the woods today
You’re sure of a big surprise.
If you go down to the woods today
You’d better go in disguise.

For ev’ry bear that ever there was
Will gather there for certain, because
Today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic.”

-Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy

I’m not sure what Jimmy Kennedy was talking about back in 1932 when he wrote that song, but this day should be celebrated with a picnic. If you choose to go in disguise, well, that’s on you. I can help with picnic spots though!

My two year old is quite the park connoisseur, so we get around. There are some parks that are secluded, like Two Mile Run on Gypsy Glen Road in Beaver or Brady’s Run Park, and then there are some that are more in the open, like the Monaca Pump House or any of the four parks right in downtown Beaver.

You could also check out the Hopewell Park or Raccoon State Park, both of which are lovely! 

Every town has their own park, and the majority that we have visited have a pavilion if you would rather sit on a bench. Otherwise, get out your gingham checked blanket and picnic basket, and go have fun! Bring extra bread for the ducks!

July 11th – Free Slurpee Day

This is actually a thing.

7-11 gives away free small Slurpees on this day and there is a 7-11 in Vanport, right off the Beaver exit on 376.

Mark your calendars!

July 13th – National French Fry Day

The humble French fry -The side dish that makes a cheeseburger a meal and a salad a Western PA tradition. This is a well deserved day, as the French fry should have a special shout out!

Shoestring, thick, waffle cut… There are so many different varieties, and everyone has their favorites. There are quite a few around town that I really like. 

For the quick treat, Hot Dog Shoppe always hits the mark. Topped with chili and onion, it’s like a meal in itself (although, the burger there is pretty good too – just please, don’t order that in the drive through unless you are willing to pull aside!). 

As a side to a delicious craft beer, Bocktown fries hit the spot. They have a huge list of toppings too, if plain Janes aren’t your style.  I

f you want a fry but you also want a hint of sweet, BeauCo Bistro’s sweet potato fries are the way to go. They are just a touch sweet and a whole lot of delicious. 

Hankering for a kick? How about Harold’s Inn Taters? They are only perfect when you have the chicken to go with them.

In a beer battered mood? Heirloom is your spot!

No matter what your taste, go out there, get yourself a fistful of French fries and salute what the humble potato can be when given the proper fry temperature!

July 19th – National Flitch Day

Oh, National Flitch Day.. The day we celebrate both marriage and bacon! What a party this will be!

The custom says that if you are married and have been faithful and loving for a year, you will be awarded a flitch of bacon (nowadays that’s called a slab).

Something that never crossed my mind – combining marriage and bacon. I am glad someone thought of it though!

I love my husband, so let’s get this bacon thing going. We get Brunton’s bacon from the Milkman and it is awesome. Thicker cut and delicious.

If you aren’t into cooking bacon yourself, or would just prefer to go out and eat bacon, enjoy some at breakfast! Check out Allie’s article The Best Breakfast Spots in Beaver County. She has a bunch of great places listed that will serve you and your significant other your flitch!

July 29th – National Lasagna Day

Italian food is by far my favorite, and lasagna is pretty far up there on my list of favorite meals. While I prefer my mother’s to any restaurant, when she isn’t in the mood to cook one for me, I venture out.

There are a lot of Italian restaurants in the area, and there are no two that taste the same.

In no particular order, my top picks for National Lasagna Day are Vesuvio’s in Monaca, Giuseppe’s Tuscany Grill in Beaver Falls, Yolanda’s with locations in both Monaca and Chippewa, Rainaldi’s Restaurant in Monaca, and Sal’s Ristorante and Bar in Chippewa.

Each of these will leave you feeling like you celebrated this holiday to the fullest!

This should be a great place to start enjoying your month to the fullest! I can’t wait to see what August has on tap!!!

Anastasia Beaverhausen is a married, stay-at-home mom of three kids. She was born, raised and still lives in downtown Beaver. Her main goals in life are making sure everyone lives through the week, the house doesn’t end up condemned, and teaching two (so far) small people how to “people” properly. In her free time, Ana enjoys running, knitting and gardening, although free time is a pretty tough thing to come by these days. Follow her on twiter @bcBeaverhausen!