Activity Ideas

10 Senior Community Activity Ideas: July Edition

May 30, 2022
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Katie Stewart
Welbi

Summer is in full swing! For this month, we’re sharing activities based on quirky holidays and celebrations that take place in the month of July, to help you get an early start on your July calendar and celebrate those fun summer holidays.

  1. July 1st – Canada Day 

Oh, Canada! Our home and native land. Celebrate all things Canada on July 1st with your residents. Here are some ideas to consider:

  • Make an authentic Canadian breakfast with maple leaf-shaped pancakes, peameal bacon, and real maple syrup, and encourage your residents to wear their red and white
  • Watch the Canada Day Festivities that take place in Ottawa on TV
  • Gather your residents together in the evening for sparklers and fireworks
  • Do Canadian music trivia!


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  1. July 1 – International Joke Day

What’s another great way to celebrate the first of July? With laughter of course! It’s International Joke Day and what a great excuse to laugh more. Host an Amateur Comedy Night in your community and encourage residents to sign up for a five minute time slot to deliver their best punches and one-liners. It might also be a good opportunity to pop some old comedy shows on throughout the day. 

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  1. July 1 – International Chicken Wing Day

Who knew that the first of July was so hoppin’?! It’s also International Chicken Wing Day, a fun and messy way to celebrate one of our most popular finger foods. Not only could you have your meal plan covered, but you could do taste testing with various wing sauces: mild, hot, honey garlic, and sweet chili Thai. Maybe encourage some friendly competition with your dining staff and get them to submit their best chicken wings and sauce for residents to try and rate. 

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  1. July 2 – World UFO Day

What a great reason to come together on a warm summer night and think about our world and whether we think there’s something out there bigger than the humans here on Earth. There are plenty of documentaries or movies you could put on for your residents: Bob Lazar, Close Encounters of a Third Kind, E.T., and Signs.


You could also head outdoors and do some stargazing and sky-gazing and have discussions about who believes in aliens, UFOs, and life beyond our planet.

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  1. July 4 – Independence Day 

For our U.S. communities, no doubt you’ll be wanting to celebrate the fourth of July with your residents! Get those red, white, and blue outfits out and consider celebrating with the following activities:

  • Host a BBQ outdoors and have a sing-along with rousing renditions of America the Beautiful, This Land is Your Land and of course, the National Anthem
  • Find a local spot to watch an Independence Day Parade or fireworks
  • Do a picnic in a park and bring some fun conversational games or easy activities to play
  • Head over to a good old fashioned baseball game and enjoy hot dogs while singing “Take me out to the Ballgame”
  • Host an American History trivia contest with your residents. Divide them into teams and the winning team can get their dessert first!


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  1. July 7th – World Chocolate Day 

Do you have some chocoholics in your community? Well, this is the day for them! And really, who doesn’t love to have a reason to indulge in this favourite sweet treat. There are so many ways you could celebrate this day with your residents:

  • A chocolate tasting game where residents have to guess the chocolate bars
  • Create chocolate boxes as a craft and deliver to staff or other residents who may need a pick me up
  • Whip up some chocolate fudge, chocolate chip cookies, or chocolate pudding with a group of residents who love to bake

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  1. July 14th – Bastille Day

A moment in history where France saw the beginning of the French Revolution. On Bastille Day, folks enjoy family activities, celebrations, as well as in Paris, there’s a military parade on the Champs-Elysees, followed by fireworks and dancing. You can mark this occasion by doing an Armchair Travel or Travelogue with your residents to France or by doing a “Guess that France Landmark” game, showing photos of The Eiffel Tower or the Palace of Versailles. Encourage your culinary team to serve French food for dinner, a wine and cheese board, or even french fries with a glass of french champagne as your residents listen to french music.


Image via Reuters

  1. July 20th – International Chess Day

A day for those chess enthusiasts in your community! A game of great skill, this might be a great opportunity to organize an intergenerational program where some of your chess masters teach the younger generation how to play chess. You could also host a chess marathon during the day to see who will come out on top. For those who may not play, but have an interest, you could play some chess movies, such as Queen of Katwe or the Queen’s Gambit.


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  1. July 24th – International Self-Care Day

Self-Care is important at any age so that we stay healthy, both mentally and physically. Along with eating a nutritious diet, exercising regularly, avoiding smoking and taking care of mental health, there are ways you can mark this day to help your residents actively participate in self-care: doing an outdoor walk as a group, hosting a yoga or stretching class, offering a meditation “how-to” class, and maybe even a trip to the spa (either by bus or in your activity room with some nail polish). Give your residents an opportunity to rest and recharge.


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  1. July 30th – International Day of Friendship High Tea Party 

We know there are some very special bonds between residents at your communities. Why not celebrate these beautiful friendships at the end of July on International Day of Friendship with a High Tea Party. Teas, sandwiches, scones, jams, cakes, sweets- the options are endless. You can seat close friends together and/or encourage residents to invite their closest friend to attend the event and find ways to showcase their friendship: writing a poem, sharing their favourite thing about the other person, taking photos of friends together in a fun photo booth. There’s lots of ways to celebrate the important connections between people.


Image via New York Times


Wendy Riopelle

Wendy studies English Language and Literature at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.

Katie Stewart

Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.

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