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The Department of Health Sciences is pleased to recognize the following observances and celebrations for the months of June and July:

LGBT Pride Month*

June 1-30, 2023

LGBT Pride Month is a holiday observed typically in June, dedicated to the celebration and commemoration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) pride. It is celebrated annually in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to promote equality for LGBTQ+ individuals worldwide. Learn more about LGBT Pride Month. 

*UNC does not observe LGBT Pride Month in June but instead observes National Coming Out Day in October 

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)

June 16, 2023

Commemorating Guru Arjan Dev Sahib becoming the first martyr. Common traditions include praying, singing hymns, and attending Sikhism-based lectures. 


June 19, 2023

Juneteenth is a holiday observed in the United States, commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is observed on June 19th each year on the anniversary of the order that was issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming the freedom of slaves in Texas. Learn more about this significant holiday. 

Independence Day

July 4, 2023

Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, ratified on July 4, 1776, establishing the United States of America. Learn more about Independence Day.

UNC-Chapel Hill provides a calendar of Holy Days and Observances as a resource for education and accommodation. The Department of Health Sciences will share monthly observances and recognitions as a part of its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.