Fun, family events happening in June: Juneteenth, Father's Day ... and don't forget Donut Day!

By Macaroni KID June 3, 2024

June is such a big month. For most of us, it is the time when school is ending. Summer officially arrives. And we are six months into the year already! How did that happen?!?

We have plenty of ideas for your family to mark the month and the change in the season. Here is our list of the top events and holidays happening in June.

June 1- 30: National Ocean Month

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The ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface and is where life began 3.5 billion years ago ... and yet about 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored! Celebrate National Ocean Month by learning more about our amazing bodies of waters — from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Great Lakes in between! But there's nothing like actually going to an ocean, lake, or creek to really appreciate them ... so get out there and explore!

June 7: National Donut Day

National Doughnut Day, has been celebrated the first Friday in June since 1938 thanks to the Salvation Army. A group of women, the Salvation Army Lassies, first introduced the idea of serving doughnuts to World War I troops in 1917, according to The Eagle. At that time, more than 250 volunteer Salvation Army officers traveled to France to serve the American soldiers fighting that war. The women, nicknamed the doughnut lassies, boosted morale for the servicemen with home-cooked meals and doughnuts, often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of U.S. soldiers.

Now, it’s a fun excuse for restaurant chains nationwide to offer sweet discounts and freebies on doughnuts. Do-nut let this day go by without a celebration. Get one ... or a dozen!

  • Krispy Kreme will give you a FREE original glazed Krispy Kreme donut on National Doughnut Day. 
  • At Dunkin’  get a free classic donut of your choice with the purchase of any beverage, while supplies last.
  • 7-Eleven has a buy one, get one free doughnut deal for 7Rewards and Speedy Rewards members at participating 7-Eleven, Speedway and Stripes stores. 
  • Visit Duck Donuts in Alpharetta on June 7th, and receive a FREE Cinnamon Sugar donut (in-shop only).

Or make your own delicious EASY TWO-INGREDIENT DONUT HOLES.

June 8: Georgia FREE Fishing Day

Do you have an aspiring fisherman in your family? Georgia residents can enjoy FREE fishing without a license on 3 days in 2023. Free fishing days are a perfect opportunity for beginners to try out fishing for the first time. 


June 14: Flag Day 

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Everyone knows the story of Betsy Ross, but have you heard the story of Bob Heft? In 1958, shortly after Alaska gained statehood, the 17-year-old from Ohio took apart his family's 48-star flag and added two more in a symmetrical pattern for a class project. He explained to his teacher he believed Hawaii would soon gain statehood status as well.

He sent the flag to his congressman who, in turn, presented it to then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Eisenhower selected Heft's design for the 50 star flag after Hawaii became a state and, on July 4, 1960, Eisenhower and Heft raised the 50 star flag together for the first time.

The best part of the story? Heft’s teacher, initially unimpressed with his project, had given him a B-. The teacher later changed his grade to an A. Listen to Bob Heft tell his story on NPR's StoryCorps.

June 16: Father's Day

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Celebrate the men in your life who have had an impact on a child's life.

June 17: Eat Your Vegetables Day

Let your kids choose a new vegetable to try at the grocery. Or plant a garden together. Need some ideas on how to get kids excited about veggies? Check out this easy recipe for kale chips and our Sneaky Mac & Cheese for Picky Eaters.

June 18: International Picnic Day

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Everyone loves a picnic! You can head to your favorite park for an elaborate grill out or simply throw a blanket down in your backyard and serve PB&Js. The joy of a picnic is in spending time together enjoying the outdoors. That amazing potato salad? Well, that's just a bonus.

June 19: Juneteenth

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Juneteenth marks the date Texas slaves were told in 1865 that they were free — two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. Today, Juneteenth emphasizes African American education and achievement and is a time marked with everything from family reunions to rodeos. The Pan-African flag was created in 1920. The colors represent freedom, pride, and the political power of Black Americans. 

For information on the Atlanta Juneteenth Parade and Music Festival and other ways to celebrate, click HERE

June 20: First Day of Summer

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Get outside and celebrate! 


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