There are great food holidays to celebrate year-round—it just so happens that July has some of the best ones on the calendar!
If you're a New Englander, then you know what it means to make the most out of the summer season. It's time to relax, unwind and even escape your own backyard for a quick weekend getaway.
If you're a foodie living in the Boston area, it's time to get out and explore new restaurants with outdoor dining!
Here are some food holidays to celebrate in July that will give you an excuse to try something different from your normal spots:
July 1: National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
- Where to Go: Gracie's Ice Cream—22 Union Square, Somerville, MA
- Why?: Change up your classic ice cream preferences from any one of Gracie's ever-changing selection of homemade flavors
- More suggestions: The Coolest New Boston Ice Cream Shops (Eater)
July 3: National Fried Clam Day
- Where to Go: B&G Oysters—550 Tremont Street, Boston, MA
- Why?: Winner of Best of Boston's 2017 Fried Clams
- More suggestions: Best of Boston, Fried Clams (Boston Magazine)
July 4: National Spare Ribs Day
- Where to Go: Myers + Chang—1145 Washington Street, Boston, MA
- Why?: Their tea-smoked pork spare ribs will leave you and your date begging for more
- More suggestions: Boston's Ultimate BBQ Guide: 12 Must-Hit Spots (Zagat)
July 6: National Fried Chicken Day
- Where to Go: Buttermilk & Bourbon—160 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
- Why?: Order the signature buttermilk fried chicken dinner and you'll fall in love with the New Orleans-inspired Southern comfort food
- More suggestions: Haute Top 5: The Best Spots for Fried Chicken in Boston MA (Haute Living)
July 10: National Pina Colada Day
- Where to Go: Hojoko—1271 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
- Why?: Find a modern twist on the pina colada at Boston's very own "Japanese tavern"
- More suggestions: Fabulous Frozen Cocktails (BostonChefs.com)
July 14: National Mac and Cheese Day
- Where to Go: JM Curley—21 Temple Place, Boston, MA
- Why?: The "T-Money" goes for the gold with a crispy, baked herb panko crust, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms—all served in a cast iron pan.
- More suggestions: Glorious Mac and Cheeses Around Boston (Eater)
July 24: National Tequila Day
- Where to Go: Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar—271 Dartmouth Street, Boston, MA
- Why?: Choose from 200 different tequilas. Enough said.
- More suggestions: Boston's Best Outdoor Dining (Boston Magazine)
July 25: National Wine & Cheese Day
- Where to Go: Fromage Boston—401 W Broadway, Boston, MA
- Why?: Take your pick of wines and cheeses from all over the world with several different cheese boards. Not a cheese fan? Feel free to indulge with one of the charcuterie platters.
- More suggestions: Cheese and Charcuterie Boards of Boston (Boston Foodies)
July 30: National Cheesecake Day
- Where to Go: 7ate9 Bakery—199C Highland Ave, Somerville, MA
- Why?: Food Network named the bakery as one of the top 11 places in the nation for cheesecake!
- More suggestions: Best Bakeries in Boston (airbnb)
Where are your favorite restaurants and bars to explore in Boston?