The Headwear Association Hosts Ninth 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. To help draw awareness to this issue, The Headwear Association (THA) hosted the ninth annual “Hat Day in the Sun” on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

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 gave away 1000’s of FREE wide-brimmed sun-protection hats in cities across the country, including New York, Milwaukee, Boulder, Detroit and Dallas.

2016 Hat Day in the Sun Locations

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The free Sun Protection Hats were provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, F&M Hats, HATCO and American Hat Makers Head’n Home Hats. 

New York City, NY 

Hosted by: Harlem’s Heaven Hat Boutique, The Milliner’s Guild, Magid Hats, F&M Hats and Bollman Hat Company

TWO LOCATIONS in NYC — Lower East Side and Harlem

LES Location: City Lore

56 East First Street

Time: 2 PM

Harlem 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 Farmer’s Market, School Street

Time: 5:30 PM

Watsonville, CA

Hosted by: American Hat Makers by Head’n Home Hats

Location: American Hat Makers, 125 Aviation Way, Watsonville, California

Time: FRIDAY, June 24th @ 1 p.m.


Dallas, TX

Hosted by: HATCO


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

  Madison, NJ 

Hosted by: Hat Shop Madison NJ, Magid Hats, F&M Hats, & Bollman Hat Company

Location: 81 Main Street, Madison, NJ

Time: 1 PM

Milwaukee, WI

Hosted by: The Brass Rooster, Hen House Hats, Magid Hats, San Diego Hat Company, HATCO 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: Auburn Hills SummerFest, Auburn & Squirrel Roads

Date: Saturday, June 25 10:00AM – 3:00PM


The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years.

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 2016:

  • About 76,380 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 46,870 in men and 29,510 in women).
  • About 10,130 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 6,750 men and 3,380 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”, contact Jill Hammer at