Events & Celebrations

Events & Celebrations

July Observances and Events

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On June 23, the DEI Council gathered virtually for our monthly meeting. We discussed the significance and importance of Juneteenth, the federal holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We also welcomed a new member, Megan Folkerts, who manages the Tuberculosis Core at TGen North. Welcome, Megan!

To recognize the diversity of cultures and expressions represented at TGen, we’d like to highlight several holidays and observances throughout the month of July. Please click on the links to learn more! If we’ve missed any, please let us know so we can include your observance for 2023.

Independence Day (United States), Monday, July 4

Also known colloquially as the Fourth of July, Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the Declaration of Independence, which was ratified by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. The Declaration proclaimed that the Thirteen Colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain, King George III. Interestingly, both Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, the only two signers of the Declaration to become Presidents of the United States, died on July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the signing.

Eid al-Adha, Evening of July 9 through evening of July 10

Also called "The Feast of Sacrifice," Eid al-Adha signifies the willingness of the Prophet Ibrahim, known as Abraham in Christianity and Judaism, to sacrifice his son Ismail as ordered by Allah. Because Ibrahim was allowed to sacrifice a ram instead of his son, Eid al-Adha is traditionally celebrated with the symbolic sacrifice of a lamb, goat, cow, camel, or other animal and then distributed to family, friends, and the needy. Along with Eid al-Fatir, which commemorates the end of Ramadan, it is one of two major Muslim holidays celebrated across the globe each year.

National Disability Independence Day, Tuesday, July 26

The Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, and later sexual orientation and gender identity, illegal. Despite intense lobbying against the act from religious groups and members of the business community, George H.W. Bush signed the final version of the bill on July 26, 1990.

As always, we welcome questions, concerns, or suggestions, which can be sent to [email protected] or to any of the members listed on the DEI Hub page.

Events & Celebrations