This is a repost of July Food Observances from 2015 (because they don’t change much from year to year!). July is one of my favorite Food Holiday months because, Ice Cream! Read on to discover some of the best food holidays for vegans to celebrate.

Veggies On The GrillJuly is the height of summer, the time for barbeques and picnics. Time to gather around the grill and cook great food. The food holidays for this month reflect the outdoor philosophy, appealing to the paleo monster inside all of us.

As a vegan it’s hard to feel included in these outdoor food events. I have a few suggestions that can take your vegan grilling experience to the next level. Check out this post from last year about tofu pups and try our Southwest veggie patty, it’s a triple protein threat combining black beans, quinoa, and chickpeas and is perfect for cooking over the flames. Served with summer citrus coleslaw and hearty potato salad, these salads are definitely crowd-pleasers.

With that said, here are a few of my favorite month-long celebrations in July: National Grilling Month, National Ice Cream Month, National Picnic Month, and also National Pickle Month.

The weekly celebrations are on the light side. The last week of the month is Don’t Eat Meat Week and National Salad week. There are great ideas on the recipe page for what you can whip up and take to the local BBQ Picnic.

The daily food observances are really fun this month. Some might seem a little unusual for vegans, but what’s life without a little candy and ice cream (made with non-dairy milk of course), and evaporative cane sugar. Here are a few of my favorite days: National Strawberry Sundae Day, National French Fries Day, National Peach Ice Cream Day, and National Ice Cream Day itself, nestled right in there with National Ice Cream Month. Genius!

However you like your food, here’s your monthly guide to the vegan-friendly July Food celebrations

National Watermelon MonthNational Watermelon Month

National Ice Cream Month

National Hot Dog Month

National Pickle Month

National Picnic Month

National Grilling Month

National Culinary Arts Month

National July Belongs to Blueberries Month


July 1: Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day

July 3: Eat Beans Day

July 7: National Strawberry Sundae Day

National Ice Cream MonthJuly 7: National Macaroni Day

July 7: National Chocolate Day

July 8: National Chocolate with Almonds Day

July 11: National Blueberry Muffin Day

July 13: National French Fries Day

July 17: National Peach Ice Cream Day

July 15: National Gummy Worm Day

July 19: National Ice Cream Day

July 21: National Junk Food Day

July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 23: National Hot Dog Day

July 25: National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 30: National Cheesecake Day

July 31: Jump for Jelly Beans Day