The month of June brings beautiful bouquets, delicious fruits and vegetables, and an urge to get out there and enjoy the sunshine. Check out June holidays, wacky times, gardening tips, and even a fun quiz!
It is the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
–N. P. Willis (1807-67)
The Month of June
June was most likely named for the Roman goddess Juno, patroness of marriage and the well-being of women. Another interpretation says that the name came from the Latin juvenis, “young people,” who were celebrated at this time. Learn more about the origins of the months’ names.
- June 5 is World Environment Day—a day meant to raise environmental awareness across the globe.
- June 14 is Flag Day (U.S.). Be sure to raise the flag! Learn about the U.S. Flag Code, which provides guidelines for displaying the American flag properly.
- June 19 is Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day). On this day in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation aloud in Galveston, Texas, effectively liberating slaves in the state, which had thus far been beyond control of the Union Army.
- June 20 is the summer solstice, which heralds the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s the day with the most hours of daylight, so enjoy! In the Southern Hemisphere, winter begins at this time.
- June 20 is also Father’s Day this year. Find activity ideas and learn about the history of Father’s Day here.
- June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day (Canada). This holiday is meant to remind Canadians of the contributions of the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.
- June 24 brings Midsummer Day, traditionally the midpoint of the growing season, halfway between planting and harvesting.
Cut your thistles before St. John [June 24],
You will have two instead of one.
“Just for Fun” Days
Here are more fun things to celebrate this June:
June 1: Say Something Nice Day
June 3: Chimborazo Day
June 6: National Yo-Yo Day
June 8: Upsy Daisy Day
June 21: Go Skateboarding Day
June 30: Asteroid Day
The Strawberry Moon
June’s full Moon, the full Strawberry Moon, occurs on Thursday, June 24. It reaches peak illumination at 2:40 P.M. (EDT) that afternoon, but will not appear above the horizon until just after sunset. Find out why it’s called the Strawberry Moon!
June’s Moon Phases
Last Quarter: June 2, 3:26 A.M. EDT
New Moon: June 10, 6:54 A.M. EDT
First Quarter: June 17, 11:54 P.M. EDT
Full Strawberry Moon: June 24, 2:40 P.M. EDT
Which of the following is a traditional gift to give on a 19th wedding anniversary?
(To see answer, scroll to bottom of page!)
Recipes for the Season
Summer brings juicy fruit ripened by the Sun and many garden treats to the table! Try:
See “What’s in Season: Summer Recipes” for more seasonal recipes.
- Everything’s coming up roses in June! See our Roses Growing Guide.
- How are the tomatoes doing? See our Tomato Growing Guide for pest control and tips.
- Got slugs, weeds, or other annoying insects? See our Pests and Problems library.
- Mow grass when it’s 2 to 3 inches high. See our top lawn care tips.
- For all your cut flowers, see how to make your bouquets last!
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It looks like this summer will be another hot one! Surprised? Check out our Summer Forecast to find out what summer has in store for your area!
If June be sunny, harvest comes early.
June damp and warm does the farmer no harm.
Since the weather is warm, try saving some money this summer by using a clothesline to dry your clothes instead of the dryer.
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Nature and Wildlife
June is also a big month for fishing. Check out the best fishing days for the year.
If you’re an angler, learning something new or share your own tip:
To help you catch this year’s prize fish, check out the Four Fundamentals of Successful Fishing.
June’s Birth Flower: Honeysuckle or Rose
June’s birth flowers are the honeysuckle and the rose.
- A rose in general indicates love or desire. Specific roses may relate other messages. For example, a white rose may mean “silence” or “new beginnings,” while a yellow rose signifies “jealousy.”
- The honeysuckle denotes the bonds of love, or generous and devoted affection.
Learn more about June’s birth month flowers.
June’s birthstone is generally considered to be the Pearl, as well as Alexandrite and Moonstone.
Pearls are associated with purity, honesty, and calmness. If you dream of a pearl ring, expect romance.
Click here to learn about June’s birthstone.
Ah, happy day, refuse to go!
Hang in the heavens forever so!
Forever in midafternoon,
Ah, happy day of happy June!
–Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford, American writer (1835–1921)
Answer to Quiz: A.
B., 20th year; C., 35th year; D., 13th year.