Diversity Holidays

The City of DeKalb publicly recognizes and acknowledges the holidays, celebrations, and commemorations observed by the members of our diverse community.

Diversity Holidays for the month of July

Date Event Title Description
July 1
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.
July 4
Independence Day (also known as the Fourth of July) A United States federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The original 13 American colonies declared independence from Britain and established themselves as a new nation known as the United States of America.
July 9-10 (sundown to sundown)
The Martyrdom of the Bab A day when Bahá’ís observe the anniversary of the Báb’s execution in Tabriz, Iran, in 1850.
July 11
St. Benedict Day The feast day of St. Benedict celebrated by some Christian denominations.
July 11
World Population Day An observance established in 1989 by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme. The annual event is designed to raise awareness of global population issues.
July 14
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.
July 15
St. Vladimir of the Great Day Feast day for St. Vladimir celebrated by the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches.
July 16
Asalha Puja, or Dharma Day Is a celebration of Buddha’s first teachings.
July 18
Nelson Mandela International Day Launched on July 18, 2009, in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via unanimous decision of the U.N. General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices: “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.
July 23
The birthday of Haile Selassie I The former Emperor of Ethiopia whom the Rastafarians consider to be their savior.
July 24
Pioneer Day Observed by the Mormons to commemorate the arrival in 1847 of the first Latter Day Saints pioneer in Salt Lake Valley.
July 25
St. James the Greater Day Feast day for St. James the Greater celebrated by some Christian denominations.
July 26
Disability Independence Day Celebrating the anniversary of the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
July 30
International Day of Friendship Proclaimed in 2011 by the U.N. General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

Please visit the Diversity Best Practices website for a complete listing of diversity holidays.

Make sure to check back each month for an updated listing of monthly holidays, celebrations, and commemorations.