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July Diversity Holidays

July is Disability Pride Month - celebrates the diversity of the disability community and recognizes the accomplishments of people with disabilities. During this month we raise awareness of the challenges that people with disabilities face and to advocate for equal rights and opportunities.


  • Canada Day, or Fête du Canada, a Canadian federal holiday that celebrates the 1867 enactment of the Constitution Act, which established the three former British colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick as a united nation called Canada.


  •   Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July), a US federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original thirteen American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.

JULY 7 - 8

  • Hijri New Year, the day that marks the beginning of the new Islamic calendar year.


  • The Martyrdom of the Bab, a day when Bahá’ís observe the anniversary of the Báb’s execution in Tabriz, Iran, in 1850.


  • St. Benedict Day, the feast day of St. Benedict celebrated by some Christian denominations.
  • World Population Day, an observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Program. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues. 


  • International Nonbinary People’s Day, aimed at raising awareness and organizing around the issues faced by nonbinary people around the world while celebrating their contributions.
  • Bastille Day, a French federal holiday that commemorates the Storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison in Paris that held political prisoners who had displeased the French nobility. The Storming of the Bastille, which took place on July 14, 1789, was regarded as a turning point of the French Revolution. Celebrations are held throughout France. 


  • St. Vladimir of the Great Day, feast day for St. Vladimir celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.

JULY 16 - 17 (sundown to sundown)

  • Ashura, an Islamic holiday commemorating the day Noah left the ark and the day Allah saved Moses from the Egyptians.


  • Nelson Mandela International Day, launched on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices in which he stated, “It is in your hands now.” It is more than a celebration of Mandela’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honor his life’s work and to change the world for the better.


  • Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day, a celebration of Buddha’s first teachings.


  • The birthday of Haile Selassie I, the former emperor of Ethiopia whom the Rastafarians consider to be their savior.


  •  Pioneer Day, observed by Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter-day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.


  • St. James the Greater Day, feast day for St. James the Greater celebrated by some Christian denominations.


  •  Disability Independence Day, celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.


  • Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, whose aim is to raise awareness about the wider-than-average pay gap between Black women and White men. Black women are paid 62 cents for every dollar paid to White men.


  •  International Day of Friendship, proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.