Join Us For the Tenth Annual Hat Day in the Sun

The Headwear Association Hosts Tenth Annual Hat Day in the Sun
FREE Sun Protection Hats to be Distributed Nationwide

THA members will be giving away 1000’s of FREE wide-brimmed sun-protection hats in cities across the country, including New York; Philadelphia; Milwaukee, WI; Boulder, CO; Stockton, CA; Watsonville, CA; Charleston, SC and Lancaster, PA.One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and an estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017. To help draw awareness to this issue, The Headwear Association (THA) will be hosting hosted the tenth annual “Hat Day in the Sun” on Thursday, June 22, 2017.


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.

2017 Hat Day in the Sun Locations
Thursday, June 22, 2017

The free Sun Protection Hats will be provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, F&M Hats, HATCO, San Diego Hat Company and American Hat Makers.

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.

Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by: Hats in the Belfry
Location: Hats in the Belfry, 1824 Chestnut Street
Time: NOON
Hats Donated By: Magid, F & M Hat Company and Dorfman Pacific

New York City, NY
Hosted by: Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique, The Milliner’s Guild, Magid, F& M Hats and Dorfman Pacific  

Harlem Location: Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique
2538 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd (at W. 147th Street)
Time: 6 PM
Hats Donated By: Magid, Dorfman Pacific, F & M Hats

Stockton, CA
Hosted by: Dorfman Pacific Hat Company
Location: Lodi Farmer’s Market, School Street
Time: 5:30 PM
Hats Donated By: Dorfman Pacific

Watsonville, CA
Hosted by: American Hat Makers 
Location: American Hat Makers, 125 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA Time: 1:00 PM
Hats Donated By: American Hat Makers

Charleston, SC
Hosted by: The Hat Ladies of Charleston
Hats Donated By: Bollman Hat Company

Boulder, CO
Hosted by: Wallaroo Hats
Location: Weekends, 1200 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
Time: NOON
Hats Donated By Wallaroo

Lancaster, PA
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: Binns Park – Queen Street, Lancaster, PA
Time: 10 AM
Hats Donated Product By: Bollman Hat Company

Milwaukee, WI
Hosted by: The Brass Rooster and The Hen House

Location: The Brass Rooster and The Hen House
2252 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Milwaukee WI. 53207
Hats Donated By: Magid and Dorfman Pacific

Melanoma is on the rise. The American Cancer Society estimates 87,110 new cases of invasive melanoma will be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2017. An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017.  The vast majority of melanomas are caused by the sun. On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns. Melanoma is a common cancer among men and women ages 20-39.
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends wearing a broad-brimmed hat to protect your face, head and neck.

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.

8 thoughts on “Join Us For the Tenth Annual Hat Day in the Sun”

  1. Hi my name is Pat Mixson. I was at Hats in the Belfry on Chestnut St in Philadelpphia on June 22 for national hat day. Unfortunately the line was too long for me to recieve a free hat. I was given a card to recieve a free hat by gettong in touch with Jill Hammer at but I didnt see a space to send my request. Thank you
    Pat Mixson
    973 N. 7th st
    Apt 421
    Phila., Pa. 19123

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