It’s finally summer! Well, if it will ever stop raining.

Outside of Independence Day, July is home to all sorts of holidays, including seven involving ice cream and six involving alcohol, that capture the essence of summer.

Diving right into ice cream, first up is tomorrow: National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day. It is just a day to sample or wonder about the awkward or silly kinds of ice cream flavors. It is meant for more than the love of the traditional vanilla, chocolate and strawberry ice cream.

But for lovers of traditional flavors, July 7 is National Strawberry Sundae Day, July 23 is National Vanilla Ice Cream Day and July 25 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day.

If those days are too much to remember, just remember the big day: National Ice Cream Day on July 21. It’s always on the third Sunday in July. The day is also National Junk Food Day.

Other ice cream days this month include National Coffee Milkshake Day on July 26 and National Peach Ice Cream Day on July 17. 

July 17 is also National Hot Dog Day – though I don’t understand how hotdogs and peaches go together. The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, yes that’s a real thing, designated July as Hot Dog Month in 1991 to coincide with a hot dog lunch on Capitol Hill every year on a Wednesday in July. Hot dogs truly capture that summertime American feeling.

Back to this week, on Friday is National Bikini Day, the same day as National Graham Cracker Day – hello s’mores.

If you’re interested in wearing even less clothes, July 14 is National Nude Day. Nudist groups around the world celebrate this holiday and take it quite seriously. It’s also National Mac & Cheese Day, so it’s a chance to dig into some cheesy noods while in the nude.

Those looking to enjoy more food this month, there’s National Fried Chicken Day on July 6, National Pecan Pie Day and Eat Your Jell-O Day on July 12; and July 13 is National French Fry Day and National Beans ’N’ Franks Day.

Some other random summery holidays in July include National Hammock Day on July 22 and National Waterpark Day on July 28.

One of the more goofy holidays in July is Gorgeous Grandma Day on July 23. The day recognizes all women of a certain age whether they are grandmothers or not. Nationaldaycalendar.com encourages all women to flaunt their granny attitudes with purpose and style that day.

Finish out the month with National Mutt Day on July 31. The day is to embrace, save and celebrate mixed breed dogs. If you can’t adopt one, visit an animal shelter and give them some skritches – because all dogs are good dogs.

If you want to see what other days you can celebrate, I get most of my information from nationaldaycalendar.com.

If you see a holiday you think I should highlight, email me at anewman@TheHP.com or find me on Twitter @HPANewman.

Alexandra Newman is a staff writer for The Herald-Palladium.