Third Judicial Circuit Court
The Third Circuit Court Diversity and Inclusion Team’s Mission: "We appreciate our common connection and respect our diverse and unique human experiences. We move forward as an inclusive organization as we provide accessible and equal justice."

The Court’s Diversity & Inclusion Team strives to ensure the values of its diverse bench, staff, and court users are acknowledged and reflected in our delivery of service as well as our work environment.

In that spirit, the team creates and shares a monthly list of various holidays and observations along with some celebration suggestions. We invite our work community and the community at large to contribute.

July 2022
Canada Day – July 1
Independence Day – July 4
Hajji (Start) – July 7
Day of Arafat – July 8
Eid al-Adha – July 9-11
World Population Day – July 11
Bastille Day (France) – July 14
Nelson Mandela International Day – July 18
Colombian Independence Day – July 20
International Self Care Day – July 24
National Parents Day – July 24
Peru Independence Day – July 28
Islamic New Year – July 29- 30
International Day of Friendship – July 30

Local Activities and Highlights:
Willow Metropark Fireworks (July 1st, 2022)
Every July, Willow Metropark, located southwest of Detroit, holds a free celebration of America's Birthday. Live entertainment starts at 6 p.m. The popular fireworks display is scheduled for 10 p.m. Plan to arrive early and make sure to have a Metropark vehicle pass to get in.
Kensington Metropark Fireworks (July 2nd, 2022)
Milford, Michigan, northwest of Detroit, hosts a vibrant Independence Day celebration at Kensington Metropark. Festivities begin after dark at 10 p.m. Tens of thousands of spectators have picnics under the sky, waiting for the dazzling displays. A Metropark pass will be required to drive into Kensington Metropark.

Many local organizations host activities and play an ongoing role in holidays and observances listed above.
Eid al-Adha, (Arabic: “Festival of Sacrifice”) marks the culmination of the hajj (pilgrimage) rites at Minā, Saudi Arabia, near Mecca, but is celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. Eid al-Adha is the Muslim holy day that honors the sacrifice Ibrahim (Abraham) was willing to make in obedience to God’s command: the life of his beloved son Isaac. But when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, God —impressed with Ibrahim’s faith — provided a sacrificial ram in the boy’s place. Muslims now celebrate this event by sharing a slaughtered animal in three parts: one part for themselves, one for their family, and the third part is given to the needy. We can all join in this spirit of sharing on this special day. 
It is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer at daybreak on its first day. It begins on the 10th of Dhū al-Ḥijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar, and continues for an additional three days (though the Muslim use of a lunar calendar means that it may occur during any season of the year).During the festival, families that can afford to sacrifice a ritually acceptable animal (sheep, goat, camel, or cow) do so and then divide the flesh equally among themselves, the poor, friends and neighbors. Eid al-Adha is also a time for visiting with friends and family and for exchanging gifts. This festival commemorates the ransom with a ram of the biblical patriarch Ibrāhīm’s (Abraham’s) son Ismāʿīl (Ishmael)—rather than Isaac, as in Judeo-Christian tradition. 
Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subordinate to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. The Congress had voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2, but it was not declared until July 4.
Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, political speeches, and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the national day of the United States.
Source: Wikipedia *This information is excerpted from Wikipedia.
The Islamic New Year — also known as the Arabic New Year or Hijri New Year — begins on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar. The Islamic calendar is lunar-based and only 354 days long. Islamic New Year falls on July 29 of the Gregorian calendar this year.

The Islamic New Year is observed as a public holiday in the majority of Islamic countries. The customs and traditions are different in various sects of the Islamic religion but generally involve religious recitals and religious acts of worship. Unlike the New Year celebrations of other calendars, the Islamic New Year is usually quiet, with Muslims reflecting on time and their mortality.
The month of Muharram itself is an important one for Muslims. Special prayers and sermons are carried out at mosques and some public places.


For Shias: mourn the passing of Hussein, Prophet Muhammad’s grandson
The leader’s murder was an outrageous event in Muslim history, when he was committed during a month where violence is especially shunned. Join the community at your mosque, or take a solemn moment to shed a tear at the injustice.

For Sunnis: contemplate peace and new beginnings
Again, the mosque is a good location to join others of the faith, but even alone or with close family, today is the time for remembering what it all means and planning how to carry on and move forward into a whole new year.

For everybody: remember that all people are the same
Even if your interest is purely academic, the day of Islamic New Year can be a place to start cataloguing all the differences between cultures that only serve to accentuate the similarities. Days of fasting, revering your prophet, taking a sabbath day each week, or even being agnostic or atheist among friends and acquaintances who worship — whoever you are, there are people like you in every country and under any creed.

The Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found on the Court’s website or clicking below.