11th Annual Hat Day in the Sun is Thursday, June 21st, 2018

The Headwear Association will be hosting the 11th Annual Hat Day in the Sun on Thursday, June 21st, 2018. In Santa Monica, CA Hat Day in the Sun will be held on Sunday, June 24th.

The free Sun Protection Hats will be provided by Hatco, Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats and F&M Hats.

If you do not live in one of the host cities, you can win a Sun Protection hat on the THA Facebook and instagram pages. To win a free Sun Protection hat, keep an eye out for the Hat Day in the Sun Giveaway posts.

Host Cities:

Dallas, TX
Singer & Monk
506 North Bishop Ave.
3 P.M.
Hats donated by Hatco

Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by: Hats in the Belfry
Location: Hats in the Belfry, 1824 Chestnut Street
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Hats Donated By: Magid, F & M Hat Company, Broner Hats and Dorfman Pacific

New York City, NY
Hosted by: Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique and The Milliner’s Guild
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

Charleston, SC
Location: Marion Square, corner of King and Calhoun
Time: NOON
Hosted by: The Hat Ladies of Charleston
Hats Donated By: Bollman Hat Company

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

In Santa Monica, Hat Day in the Sun will be held on Sunday, June 24th to coordinate with the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market. 10 a.m. SHARP!

Santa Monica, CA
Bollman Hat Company Store
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: 2665 Main Street
Time: 10 AM
Hats Donated Product By: Bollman Hat Company

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.

Melanoma is on the rise. The American Cancer Society estimates about 91,270 new melanomas will be diagnosed in 2018 (about 55,150 in men and 36,120 in women). About 9,320 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 5,990 men and 3,330 women).
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.