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By Paige Brettingen
Barbecues and fireworks are clearly a great way to kick off any month, but the fun doesn't end there. From the World Wife Carrying Championships to a new album from your favorite '90s boy band, here are 13 can't-miss events happening in July.
Independence Day2 of 14
Fireworks, barbecues, patriotism. What's not to love about the anniversary of winning our independence from the Brits? So, get decked out in red, white and blue and head to a parade. Fun fact: If that parade happens to be in Bristol, Rhode Island, then you've found the oldest Fourth of July parade in the U.S.
Wife-Carrying Championships3 of 14
Yes, really. The World Wife Carrying Championships are held in Finland with husbands hoisting their wives (who must weight at least 108 pounds) over their backs and running the length of three football fields. The course also involves climbing over thigh-high barriers, through a water trench and into a pit of sawdust. The winner's grand prize? His wife's weight in beer.
Fiesta de San Fermin4 of 14
If wife carrying isn't your thing, there's always running with the bulls—or from them. The Fiesta de San Fermin as it's called starts today in Pamplona, Spain. Prior to the bulls' release, runners raise rolled newspapers and chant to an image of San Fermin (the patron saint of the region of Navarra where the festival takes place), asking for his blessing during the run.
The Start of Ramadan5 of 14
With tonight's new moon, Ramadan begins, marking the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. The month is observed with fasting during the hours of daylight and attending special mosque services. Some Muslims also read the entire Quran before the end of the month.
"Visitation Street" Release6 of 14
If you're looking for a summer read that will grab you from page one, check out Ivy Pachoda's Visitation Street, set in Brooklyn's blue-collar neighborhood of Red Hook. The book begins with two teenage girls, both 15, setting out on a raft in the nearby bay. Only one girl returns. What happened to her friend may not be a mystery to all of the town's residents. But we'll leave that for you to discover.
"Camp" Premieres7 of 14
Your days of sleepaway camp may be long gone, but Camp is just getting started. The new NBC dramedy airs Wednesday nights at 10/9c and stars Rachel Griffiths as the determinedly upbeat director of Little Otter Family Camp. Her motto? "Having a good time is not optional." Yep, that sounds about right to us.
Bastille Day8 of 14
Today marks the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, a fortress-prison, which became the turning point in the French Revolution. If you happen to be in Paris, you'll be treated to fireworks, festivals and the largest military parade in Europe. If you're not in France, at least have a crêpe to celebrate. Vive la France!
"The Newsroom" Returns9 of 14
News Night with our favorite anchor, Will McAvoy, is back and we can't wait to watch the all-around uncomfortable hazing he initiates in season 2. Will the team continue to revive the "sorry state of TV news"? We have a hunch they'll make some progress.
ESPY Awards10 of 14
Athletes in suits and Jon Hamm as host ... yes, please! The ESPY Awards honor the top athletic performances of the year, based on votes from the fans. The nominee for Best Moment that we're most rooting for? Jack Hoffman, the 7-year-old cancer patient who scored the winning touchdown at the University of Nebraska's spring game.
Comic-Con Begins11 of 14
Time to dust off your Catwoman costume. Comic-Con International opens in San Diego today, marking the 43rd year for the nation's largest comic book convention. Fans can look forward to a panel with the X-Files cast as it celebrates its 20th anniversary and an opportunity to buy The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper in action-figure form.
"Girl Most Likely" Opens12 of 14
Funny girl Kristen Wiig is back on the big screen with the film Girl Most Likely debuting today. Wiig plays a New York playwright whose downward spiral lands her back at home with her mother (Annette Bening) and mother's boyfriend (Matt Dillon). The critics are already buzzing about Wiig's performance.
National Hammock Day13 of 14
We've been looking forward to this one all year. In honor of the hallowed day, we'd like to formally announce that one nap in a hammock is required today. Don't try to argue. It's the rule.
Backstreet Boys New Album14 of 14
In honor of their 20th anniversary (already?), the Backstreet Boys are releasing their first album in six years. While the new album, In a World Like This, includes songs inspired by their kids, they promise their concerts will still include their original hits and, oh yes, dance moves.