Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2023)



Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for June are:

Pride Month June 1
Alzheimer’s Awareness Month June 1
Gun Violence Awareness Day June 3
World Oceans Day June 8
World Sea Turtle Day June 16
Juneteenth June 19
World Refugee Day June 20
Helen Keller’s Birthday June 27
Stonewall Uprising Anniversary June 28

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of June:

June Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in June — though the five that often get the most attention include LGBTQ+ Pride Month, Men’s Health Awareness Month, Gun Violence Awareness Month, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Immigrant Heritage Month.

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Read about this music program supporting people with Alzheimer’s

Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) Awareness Month

Audiobook Appreciation Month

Audiobooks are a great accessibility tool — check out our recommendations for the best audiobook platforms (that aren’t Amazon’s Audible)

Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month

Cancer Survivors Month

Read the good news about how cancer deaths are rapidly decreasing

Carribean-American Heritage Month

Great Outdoors Month

Learn about this year’s fee-free days at national parks and read the best quotes about national parks

Gun Violence Awareness Month

Take action to prevent gun violence in the United States

Hemiplegic Migraine Awareness Month

Immigrant Heritage Month

Migraine and Headache Awareness Month

National Men’s Health Awareness Month

National Pollinators Month

National Rose Month

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Pride Month

Read the ultimate guide on ideas for how to thoughtfully celebrate Pride Month — and explore this curated list of the best LGBTQ+ pride quotes

PTSD Awareness Month

Listen to our podcast conversation with Richard Casper, a veteran using art to help other veterans recover from PTSD

Awareness Weeks

National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Celebrated in early June

Oceans Week

Week-long event in June

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week

Week-long event in June

National Black Family Cancer Awareness Week

Week-long event in June

Infant Mental Health Awareness Week

June 10 to 16

Bed Bug Awareness Week

1st full week of June

Pet Appreciation Week

1st week of June

Learning Disability Week

Week-long event in June

Animals Rights Awareness Week

3rd week of June

National Insect Week

Last week of June

Fish Are Friends Not Food Week

Last week of June

Rabbit Awareness Week

Last week of June

Helen Keller Deafblind Awareness Week

Last week of June

Awareness Days

National Trails Day – 1st Saturday of June

National Black Bear Day – 1st Saturday of June

National Cancer Survivors Day – 1st Sunday of June

Learn about Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green changing the way America treats cancer

World Reef Day – June 1

Meet the all-women conservation group working to protect our coral reefs

National Say Something Nice Day – June 1

Global Day of Parents – June 1

World Eating Disorders Action Day – June 2

National Gun Violence Awareness Day – June 3

Read and share quotes about gun violence

International Corgi Day – June 4

Tiananmen Square Anniversary – June 4

Seaweed Day – June 4

Read the good news story about Maine harvesting more seaweed instead of lobster

National Animal Rights Day – 1st Sunday of June

HIV Long-Term Survivors Day – June 5

World Environment Day – June 5

International Day for the Fight Against Illegal Unreported and Unregulated Fishing – June 5

Anniversary of MMWR: The first cases of HIV – June 5

June Bug Day – June 7

World Oceans Day – June 8

Intersectional Environmentalist’s Birthday – June 8

Learn more about intersectional environmentalism and dive into the whole topic in The Intersectional Environmentalist Edition of the Goodnewspaper, guest-edited by Leah Thomas

International Day of Action for Elephants in Zoos – June 8

World Brain Tumor Awareness Day – June 8

Listen to our podcast interview with cancer survivor and Olympic figure skater, Scott Hamilton

Coral Triangle Day – June 9

International Lynx Day – June 11

Pulse Night of Remembrance  – June 12

National Cougar Day – June 12

World Day Against Child Labor – June 12

Pulse Day of Remembrance – June 12

International Albinism Awareness Day – June 13

World Blood Donor Day – June 14

Nature Photography Day – June 15

Global Wind Day – June 15

Nature Photography Day – June 15

World Sea Turtle Day – June 16

Read this good news story about sea turtles

World Crocodile Day – June 17

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought – June 17

CDKL5 Worldwide Awareness Day – June 17

Autistic Pride Day – June 18

World Sickle Cell Day – June 19

Juneteenth – June 19

Get ideas for how to thoughtfully celebrate Juneteenth

World Refugee Day – June 20

Learn about the organization Rainbow Railroad is helping LGBTQ+ refugees

National American Eagle Day – June 20

Ugliest Dog Day – June 20

While not exactly dog-focused, check out this collection of ugly animals (and learn how to protect them)

World Giraffe Day – June 21

Global Day of Recognition of ALS/MND – June 21

World Camel Day – June 22

World Rainforest Day – June 22

Read these good news stories about Indigenous activists protecting rainforests

Dravet Syndrome Awareness Day – June 23

Neuropathy Action Awareness Day – June 23

World Kidney Cancer Day – 3rd Thursday of June

First Use of LGBTQ+ Pride Flag – June 25

World Vitiligo Awareness Day – June 25

LGBTQ+ Equality Day – June 26

Anniversary of the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S. – June 26

World Drug Day – June 26

National HIV Testing Day – June 27

PTSD Screening Day – June 27

Stonewall Uprising Anniversary – June 28

World Scleroderma Awareness Day – June 29

Arthrogryposis Awareness Day – June 30

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers born in the month of June:

Brandi Carlile’s Birthday – June 1

Abby Wambach’s Birthday – June 2 

Troye Sivan’s Birthday – June 5

Read about Troye Sivan’s acting debut in a film that fights HIV/AIDS stigma

The Dalai Lama’s Birthday – June 6 

Michael J. Fox’s Birthday – June 9 

E.O. Wilson’s Birthday – June 10

Learn about biologist E.O. Wilson’s contributions to our planet by reading his most famous quotes

Abigail Harrison’s Birthday – June 11 

Lou Gehrig’s Birthday – June 19 

Larry Kramer’s Birthday – June 25

Helen Keller’s Birthday – June 27 

Michael Phelps’ Birthday – June 30 

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Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.