The Headwear Association Hosted the 12th Annual Hat Day in the Sun

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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) hosted the Twelfth annual “Hat Day in the Sun” on Thursday, June 20th, 2019.

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.

The Host Cities this year were Lancaster,PA; Boulder,CO; Lodi,CA; Harlem,NY; Charlotte,SC and Santa Monica,CA.

Enjoy these pictures from each Hat Day in the Sun Event.

Lancaster, PA 
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: Bollman Hat Company’s Store; 2665 Main Street
Hats Donated Product By: Bollman Hat Company

Hosted by: Wallaroo Hat Company
Location: Wallaroo Store
Hats Donated Product By: Wallaroo

Lodi, CA 
Hosted by: Dorfman Pacific Hat Company
Location: Lodi Farmer’s Market, School Street
Time: Thursday, June 20th, 5:00pm
Hats Donated Product By: Dorfman Pacific

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

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

Santa Monica, CA
Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company
Location: Bollman Hat Company Store; 2665 Main Street
Time: Sunday, June 23rd, 11:00am
Hats Donated Product By: Bollman Hat Company

Looking for the perfect Sun Protection Hat?

The Headwear Association recommends the following tips.

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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

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