July 20

July 20 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on July 20, include:

  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • International Cake Day 
  • International Chess Day 
  • Moon Day 
  • Nap Day
  • National Bridal Sale Day - July 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in July)
  • National Ice Cream Soda Day 
  • National Lollipop Day 
  • National Ugly Truck Contest Day 
  • National Woodie Wagon Day - July 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in July)
  • Space Exploration Day 
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Wine Day - July 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in July)
  • Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day - July 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in July)
  • Women's Dive Day - July 20, 2024 (Third Saturday in July)
  • World Jump Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include July 20, are:

  • Air Conditioning Appreciation Days - July 3 - August 15
  • Captive Nations Week - July 14-20, 2024 (Third Week in July)
  • Celebration of the Horse Day - July 19-21, 2024 (Third Weekend)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week - July 15-21, 2024
  • Dog Days of Summer - July 3 - August 11
  • Every Body Deserves a Massage Week - July 14-20, 2024 (Third Full Week in July)
  • Hemingway Look Alike Days - July 17-21, 2024
  • National Baby Food Week - July 17-20, 2024 
  • National Moth Week - July 20-28, 2024 (Last Full Week in July and two weekends in July)
  • National Scrabble Week - July 20-24, 2024
  • National Ventriloquism Week - July 17-20, 2024
  • Perseid Meteor Showers - July 17 - August 24, 2024, will peak on  August 12, 2024)
  • Rabbit Week - July 15-21
  • RAGBRAI - July 20-27, 2024
  • Restless Leg Syndrome Education & Awareness Week - July 18-25
  • Robin Hood Day - July 19-20, 2024
  • Sports Cliche Week - July 14-20, 2024 (Week of Major League Baseball All Stars Game

2024 Monthly Holidays that include July 20, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our July Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of July.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Tour de France - June 29 - July 21, 2024 - this is the world's most high profile bicycle race.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for July 20 is Cancer.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month of July are:

  • Larkspur - Levity and lightness. Strong bonds of Love are represented by Larkspur.
  • Waterlily
  • Delphinium




The Birthstone(s) for July is:

  • Rubies which are said to guarantee health, wisdom, wealth, and success in love

Famous Birthdays

  • 356 BC - Alexander the Great, Macedonian King (d. 323 BC)
  • 1889 - John Reith, 1st Baron Reith, Scottish broadcaster who co-founded BBC (d. 1971)
  • 1929 - Mike Ilitch, American businessman who co-founded Little Caesars (d. 2017)
  • 1938 - Natalie Wood, American actress (d. 1981)
  • 1945 - Kim Carnes, American singer and songwriter (Bette Davis eyes)
  • 1969 - Josh Holloway, American actor (Lost)
  • 1973 - Sandra Oh, Canadian actress (Grey's Anatomy)

Famous Deaths

  • 1923 - Pancho Villa, Mexican general and politician, (b. 1878)
  • 1973 - Bruce Lee, American actor and martial artist and instructor (b. 1940)
  • 2017 - Chester Bennington, American singer who was the lead singer of Linkin Park (b. 1976)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1991 - Growing Pains actor Kirk Cameron marries his co-star Chelsea Noble 
  • 1996 - Actress Bernadette Peters marries investment adviser Michael Wittenberg

Quote of the Day

Today, July 20th is Fortune Cookie Day! It's silly, but I love the tradition of receiving a fortune when I order Chinese Food!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

Understanding your food history is the lifestyle solution to successful weight control and weight loss! I am convinced of this! Two quotes that have changed my entire thinking on this matter are:

  • Weight Control may be the only area of health care, where a person's history is totally ignored!

  • Most people gain back the same weight, with the same foods, on the same days of the week, at the same times, over and over again!

Your personal food history will show you all of your unique patterns and how you deal with food in your life. You are predictable and can develop unique strategies that work for you! 

Your personal food history will show you all of your unique patterns and how you deal with food in your life.

Find out more about your food history from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website!

This Day in History

  • 1848 - Seneca Falls, New York hosts the first Women's Rights Convention
  • 1871 - British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada
  • 1903 - The Ford Motor Company ships its first automobile
  • 1934 - During the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934, Police fire upon striking truck drivers, killing two and wounding sixty-seven
  • 1934 - In Seattle, WA police fire tear gas on 2,000 striking longshoremen
  • 1940 - Denmark leaves the League of Nations
  • 1940 - California opens its first freeway, the Pasadena freeway or the Arroyo Seco Parkway as it is officially known
  • 1944 - During World War II, Adolf Hitler survives an assassination attempt by German Army Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg
  • 1949 - Israel and Syria sign a truce to end their nineteen-month war
  • 1951 - King Abdullah I of Jordan is assassinated by a Palestinian
  • 1960 - A Polaris missile is successfully launched for the first time from a submarine, the USS George Washington
  • 1969 - Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin become the first humans to walk on the Moon during the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility
  • 1976 - The American Viking 1 lands successfully on Mars
  • 1977 - Under the Freedom of Informationa Act, the CIA releases documents that it had engaged in mind-control experiments
  • 1977 - The Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania kills 84 people and causes millions of dollars worth of damages
  • 1985 - The government of Aruba passes legislation to secede from the Netherlands Antilles
  • 1997 - The fully restored USS Constitution celebrates its 200th birthday by setting sale for the first time in 116 years
  • 2012 - James Holmes opened fire at a move theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 and injuring 70 others
  • 2015 - After five decades the United States and Cuba resume full diplomatic relations

This Day in Music

  • 1965 - Do You Believe in Magic? by The Lovin' Spoonful is released
  • 1965 - Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan is released
  • 1968 - Trumpet composition Grazing in the Grass by Hugh Masekela hits #1 in America
  • 1986 - Santana celebrates their 20th anniversary by playing a concert in San Francisco with all 17 current and former members

Above is a cover of Do You Believe in Magic? by Aly and AJ

This Day in Sports

  • 1968 - The first International Special Olympics Summer Games are held at Soldier Field in Chicago with around 1,000 athletes participating
  • 1976 - Playing against the Angels, Hank Aaron hits his last home run for a career total of 755 home runs

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Punctilious (adjective)

1.  Strictly attentive to detail; meticulous or fastidious, particularly to codes or conventions.
2.  Precise or scrupulous; finicky or nitpicky.

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