July weekend nearest 27th - International Greyhound Memorial Weekend
In 2002, Grey2K USA helped conceive and organize the first National Greyhound Memorial Day held on July 27. On that day, rallies took place in the United States from coast to coast and widespread print, radio, and TV media coverage provided a way for thousands of people to learn about the killing and cruelty of greyhound racing.
In July of 2003, the event turned into one of global scope with greyhound advocates from around the world particpating in the first International Greyhound Memorial Weekend.
July 3 - August 11 - Dog Days of Summer
The Dog Days of Summer, also known as Canicular Days, are typically the hottest and most unhealthy days of the year. The traditional timing of Dog Days is the 40 days beginning July 3rd and ending August 11th coinciding with the heliacal (at sunrise) rising of Sirius. Sirius, the Dog Star, is visible with the rising Sun at this time of year. Ancients associated this sky picture with the hot days that coincided with it. Sirius is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Major (Greater Dog).