Government NewsCelebrate National Park and Recreation Month
Since 1985, America has officially recognized National Park and Recreation Month in July. The community parks and recreation centers we celebrate play a vital role in promoting the health and well being of people of all ages. Parks—whether city, state or national—provide safe places for residents to socialize and enjoy the outdoors. They have been attributed to overall good health, stress reduction and economic stimulation. Similarly, recreation programs provide residents the opportunity to get active and participate in sports and other activities, which can decrease obesity, ease chronic health conditions, reduce depression and promote self-esteem.Local parks and recreational programs serve as a critical front-line resource to improve the health and happiness of our communities and their members. This year, continue the tradition of celebrating National Park and Recreation Month by promoting your local parks and recreational facilities to the community. Here are some ways you can promote all they have to offer.

  • Get the word out: Let your community members know National Park and Recreation Month is approaching and why it’s a reason to celebrate. Print flyers and Rack Cards with the “Top 5 Reasons to Visit Your Local Parks and Recreational Facilities.” Distribute them with monthly water or utility bills, or post them at local pools, golf courses, park buildings and other publically owned facilities.
  • Hold a contest: Ask community members to share pictures or videos on your social media sites of them participating in their favorite park activities or recreational programs. Hold a contest for best photo or video, pick weekly winners and distribute golf umbrellas, garden tool sets and beach towels as prizes.
  • Reward involvement: Promote parks and recreation all month long by rewarding those that use your facilities with a small gift. If you run a community pool, imprint mini beach balls that say, “National Park and Recreation Month 2014” and provide them to swimmers. Or, if your community has a state park, offer a frequent flier program during the month of July where, for every visit, park-goers receive an entry into a drawing for a prize—Trailblazer Excursion Sets or camping chairs make nice choices.
  • Host an event: Are you planning your own National Parks and Recreation Month celebration? Register as an official participant on the National Recreation and Park Association website to share event details, including date, time and location—there’s even a spot to include your website and social media channels.

Regardless of what your community offers and how you choose to promote it, don’t miss out on the great opportunity to celebrate during National Park and Recreation Month.

“July Is Park and Recreation Month.” Nrpa.org. National Recreation and Park Association, n.d. Web. Retrieved 11 Feb. 2014.

Harper, Logan. “Celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month.” MPAUNC. N.p., 10 July 2013. Web. Retrieved 11 Feb. 2014.

“National Recreation and Park Association.” National Recreation and Park Association. N.p., n.d. Web. Retrieved 11 Feb. 2014.

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Lightning Safety Awareness Week: 22-28
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week: 22-28
Watermelon Seed Spitting Week: 26-29
National Prevention of Eye Injuries Awareness-7/4
Water Ski Days: 28-29
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1: Global Day of Parents
1: Heimlich Maneuver Day
1: National Cancer Survivors Day
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2: National Bubba Day
2: National Leave the Office Early Day
2: National Thank God It’s Monday Day
2: Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day
3: Chimborazo Day
3: Shavuot: 3
4: Audacity To Hope Day
4: International Day of Innocent Children 4: Victims of Aggression
4: National Tailors Day
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5: Apple II Day
5: Hot Air Balloon Day
5: National Moonshine Day
5: National Running Day
5: World Environment Day
6: Atheists Pride Day
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8: World Oceans Day
9: Abused Women and Children’s Awareness Day
9: Donald Duck Day
9: World APS Day
10: Alcoholics Anonymous (Founders) Day
10: Ball Point Pen Day
10: Iced Tea Day
10: World Pet Memorial Day
11: Corn on the Cob Day
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12: Loving Day
12: National Jerky Day
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12: Career Nurse Assistants Day
12: Superman Day
12: World Day Against Child Labor
13: Blame Someone Else Day
13: Ryan Moran Day
13: Work@Home Father’s Day
14: Army’s Birthday
14-15: Dollars Against Diabetes Day(s)
14: Family History Day
14: Flag Day
14: International Young Eagles Day
14: National Bourbon Day
14: Pause for the Pledge Day
14: (World) Blood Donor Day
14: World Juggling Day
14: Worldwide Knit (and crotchet) in Public Day
14: Queen’s Official Birthday
15: Family Awareness Day
15: Father’s Day
15: Husband Caregiver Day
15: Magna Carta Day
15: Native American Citizenship Day
15: Nature Photography Day
15: National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
15: Worldwide Day of Giving
16: Bloomsday
16: Fudge Day
16: Ladies’ Day (Baseball): 16
16: Ride To Work Day (Motorcycles)
17: Stewarts Root Beer Day
17: World Day To Combat Desertification and Drought: 17
18: International Sushi Day
19: Garfield the Cat Day
19: Juneteenth: 19
19: Recess At Work Day
19: World Sickle Cell Day
19: World Sauntering Day
20: American Eagle Day
20: Dump The Pump Day
20: National Flip Flop Day (Shoes)
20: Take Your Dog To Work Day
20: Ugliest Dog Day
20: World Productivity Day
20: World Refugee Day
21: Ann & Samantha Day
21: Atheists Solidarity Day
21: Go Skateboarding Day
21: National Daylight Appreciation Day
21: Polar Bear Swim (Nome, AK)
21: Summer Solstice (Summer) at 6:51 am
21: World Handshake Day
21: World Humanist Day
22: Global Smurfs Day
22: Stupid Guy Thing Day
23: Baby Boomer’s Recognition Day
23: International Widows’ Day
23: Let It Go Day
23: Pink Flamingo Day (Lawn Ornaments)
23: Public Service Day
23: SAT Math Day
24: Celebration of the Senses
24: International Fairy Day or Faerie Day
24: National Columnists Day
25: Color TV Day (CBS): 25
25: Day of The Seafarer
25: Global Beatles Day
25: National Catfish Day
25: Tammuz
26: International Day Against Drug Abuse and 26: Illicit Trafficking: 26
26: International Day in Support of Victims of Torture: 26
26: National Canoe Day
26: National Hand Shake Day
27: Decide To Be Married Day
27:  “Happy Birthday To You” Day
27: Industrial Workers of The World Day
27: National HIV Testing Day
27: National Bomb Pop Day
27: PTSD Awareness Day
28-29: ARRL (American Radio Relay League) Field Day
28: Great American Backyard Campout
28: Ramadan begins: 28
29: America’s Kids Day
29: Log Cabin Day
30: Descendants Day
30: Leap Second Time Adjustment Day
30: Please Take My Children To Work Day
30: NOW (National Organization For Women) Day
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