Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for July are:

Disability Pride Month July 1
Minority Mental Health Awareness Month  July 1
Plastic Free July July 1
Shark Week Week-long event
Malala Day July 12
Be Love Day July 16
International Self-Care Day  July 24
World Heart Day July 29
International Tiger Day July 29

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of July:

July Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in July — though the five that often get the most attention include Disability Pride Month, National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, French-American Heritage Month, National Bison Month, and Plastic Free July.

Disability Pride Month

Get ideas for thoughtfully celebrating Disability Pride Month this year

Fragile X (FXS) Awareness Month

French-American Heritage Month

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

Also called BIPOC Mental Health Month. Explore these Black mental health resources

National Bison Month

Read the good news about America’s bison making a comeback

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

Plastic Free July

Sarcoma and Bone Cancer Awareness Month

UV Safety Awareness Month

Wild About Wildlife Month

Learn about the initiatives to take down livestock fences to help support wildlife

Awareness Weeks

Birth Trauma Awareness Week

Week-long event in July

Shark Week

Week-long event in July

National Clean Beaches Week

July 1 to 7

Learn about the YouTubers cleaning up beaches and the ocean through #TeamSeas

Coral Reef Awareness Week

3rd week of July

Learn about the combat diving veterans using their skills to protect coral reefs

National Zoo Keeper Week

3rd week of July

National Moth Week

Last week of July

Awareness Days

Canada Day - July 1

Dive into the best good news from Canada

American Zoo Day - July 1

Independence from Meat Day - July 4

Independence Day - July 4

National Koi Day - July 7

Panic Attack Awareness Day - July 10

National Kitten Day - July 10

Chronic Disease Day - July 10

World Population Day - July 11

Cheer Up the Lonely Day - July 11

Read these ideas on how to cheer yourself up

Malala Day - July 12

Read all of Malala Yousafzai’s most inspiring quotes

GIST Awareness Day - July 13

International Non-Binary People’s Day - July 14

Shark Awareness Day - July 14

World Chimpanzee Day - July 14

Read all of the best quotes from Jane Goodall and learn about famous conservationists

World Orca Day - July 14

National Leimyosarcoma Day - July 15

Celebration of the Horse Day - July 15

International Drag Day - July 16

World Snake Day - July 16

Guinea Pig Appreciation Day - July 16

Be Love Day (King Center) - July 16

World Day for International Justice - July 17

Read and share from our curated collection of the best quotes about justice

Mandela Day - July 18 

Read all of Nelson Mandela’s best quotes

Glioblastama Awareness Day - 3rd Wednesday of July

Anniversary of the First Women’s Rights Convention - July 19

National Urban Beekeeping Day - July 19

World Sjogren’s Day - July 23

National Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Day - July 24

International Self-Care Day - July 24

Explore the ultimate list of self-care ideas, self-care apps, and this collection of inspirational self-care quotes

Samaritans Awareness Day - July 24

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary - July 26

International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems - July 26

World Hepatitis Day - July 28

World Nature Conservation Day - July 28

Meet the world’s most famous animal conservationists

World Rabies Day - July 28

World Heart Day - July 29

International Tiger Day - July 29

Read the good news about Nepal’s huge successes with tiger conservation and endangered Siberian tigers bouncing back in China

International Day of Friendship - July 30

Gastroschicis Awareness Day - July 30

World Ranger Day - July 31

Read about Zimbabwe’s all-women rangers unit fighting poachers and poverty

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers born in July:

Sylvia Rivera’s Birthday - July 2

Tom Hanks’ Birthday - July 9

Arthur Ashe’s Birthday - July 10

Malala Yousafzai’s Birthday - July 12

Read all of Malala Yousafzai’s most inspiring quotes

Chef José Andrés’ Birthday - July 13

Read all of Chef José Andrés’ best quotes

Nelson Mandela’s Birthday - July 18

Read all of Nelson Mandela’s best quotes

Emmett Till’s Birthday - July 25

Learn more about how to honor the life of Emmett Till by supporting his memorials

Alexis Arquette’s Birthday - July 28

C. T. Vivian’s Birthday - July 30

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Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.