The Headwear Association

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The Headwear Association Launches

Eighth Annual Hat Day in the Sun

FREE Sun Protection Hats to be Distributed Nationwide


Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun over-exposure. With this in mind, The Headwear Association (THA) is hosting the eighth annual “Hat Day in the Sun” on Thursday, June 11th, 2015.

Hat Day in the Sun is an annual national public awareness campaign to educate adults and children about how the right hat can protect against skin cancer, sun damage, and premature aging. To celebrate this event, THA members will be giving away FREE wide-brimmed sun-protection hats in cities across the country, including New York, Milwaukee, Boulder and Dallas. This year's Eighth Annual Hat Day in the Sun event will be the biggest yet, with more locations than ever before!

2015 Hat Day in the Sun Locations

Thursday, June 11, 2015

If you do not live in one of the host cities, you can win a Sun Protection hat on the THA Facebook page. To win a free Sun Protection hat, keep an eye out for the Hat Day in the Sun Giveaway posts. The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, San Diego Hat Company, HATCO and Head'n Home Hats.

New York City, NY
Hosted by: Harlem's Heaven Hat Boutique, Magid Hats and Dorfman Pacific
Location: Harlem's Heaven Hat Boutique | 2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at W. 147th Street)
Time: 6 PM
Stockton, CA
Hosted by: Dorfman Pacific Hat Company
Location: Lodi Farmers Market | School Street between Oak and Locust
Time: 5:30pm
Santa Cruz, CA
Hosted by: American Hat Makers by Head'n Home Hats
Location/Time: Stay tuned for Details
Dallas, TX
Hosted by: HATCO
Location/Time: Stay tuned for Details
Boulder, CO
Hosted by: Wallaroo Hats
Location: Weekends, 1200 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Time: NOON
Lancaster, PA
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: Binns Park - Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
Time: 9 AM
Charleston, SC
Hosted by: The Hat Ladies of Charleston & Bollman Hat Company
Location: Location: Marion Square (Corner of Calhoun & King)
Time: Noon
Milwaukee, WI
Hosted by: The Brass Rooster, Hen House Hats, MAGID Hats, San Diego Hat Company and Dorfman Pacific

The Brass Rooster
2252 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI. 53207

The Hen House
2250 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee Wi. 53207
Detroit, MI
Hosted by: Broner Hats
Location/Time: Stay tuned for Details Hosted by: Broner Hats
Location: Auburn Hills SummerFest, Auburn & Squirrel Roads
Time: Friday, June 19th -- 4:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, June 20 10:00AM – 3:00PM

The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. The American Cancer Society's estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2015:

Cancer of the skin is by far the most common of all cancers. Melanoma accounts for less than 2% of skin cancer cases but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths.

    Here are the American Cancer Society’s estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2015:
  • ~ About 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 42,670 in men and 31,200 in women).
  • ~ About 9,940 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 6,640 men and 3,300 women).
    What makes a perfect Sun Hat? The Headwear Association recommends the following tips:
  • Wide Brims. Choose hats with at least a 2 ½ inch brim and always wear sunscreen and a hat when outside. Women’s hats with brims larger than 5 inches also offer shoulder and décolletage protection from the sun.
  • Curved Shapes. Look for hats that follow the contour of the head and neck. These shapes offer the best protection against ultraviolet radiation. A baseball cap is not recommended as it leaves the cheeks, ears and back of the neck exposed.
  • Opaque Materials. The denser the fabric, the higher the UPF. Choose close-weave fabrics or tightly woven straw. Many hats have been tested for sun protection qualities, and include an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) number on the label.

Fabrics are rated with a UPF rather than SPF, which only applies to sunscreens. UPF labels indicate how much of the sun's UVR is absorbed by the product's fabric. For instance, a hat with a UPF of 50 allows just 1/50th of the sun's UVR to reach the skin.

For more information about The Headwear Association and “Hat Day in the Sun,” visit or contact Jill Hammer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .