The Headwear Association

Promoting hats and headwear awareness worldwide

The Headwear Association Launches

Seventh 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. With this in mind, The Headwear Association (THA) is hosting the seventh annual “Hat Day in the Sun” on Thursday, June 19th. 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, including New York, Los Angeles, Boulder and Boston. This year's event will be the biggest yet, with more locations than ever before!




2014 Hat Day in the Sun Locations - Thursday, June 19th

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. To win you need to LIKE the THA Facebook page and comment on your favorite hat! The free hats are being provided by Broner Hats, Dorfman-Pacific, Bollman Hat Company, Magid Hats, Wallaroo Hats, Korber Hats, San Diego Hat Company and Head'n Home Hats.



New York City, NY 

Hosted by: Harlem's Heaven Hat Boutique & Magid Hats 

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: Stay tuned for Details

Santa Cruz, CA

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

Location: Esplanade Park - Capitola, CA 95010

Time: 1 - 3 PM

Boston, MA

Hosted by: Salmagundi for Ladies & Gents

Location: Post Office Square

Time: NOON

Lancaster, PA

Hosted by: Bollman Hat Company

Location: Binns Park - Queen Street, Lancaster, PA

Time: 9 AM

Los Angeles, CA

Hosted by: Magid Hats & Dorfman Pacific Hat Company

Location: MediaNoche Boutique, 5048 Eagle Rock Blvd

Time: 4 PM

Charleston, SC 

(Kick-off Event)

Hosted by: The Hat Ladies of Charleston & Bollman Hats

Location: Marion Square (Corner of Calhoun & King)

Time: Thursday, June 13th

              NOON to 1 (or as long as supplies last)

Philadelphia, PA

Hosted by: Philadelphia Fashion Group Int. & Magid Hats

Location: Stay tuned for details




The rates of melanoma have been rising for at least 30 years. The American Cancer Society's estimates for melanoma in the United States for 2013:

- About 76,100 new melanomas will be diagnosed (about 43,890 in men and 32,210 in women). 

- About 9,710 people are expected to die of melanoma (about 6,470 men and 3,240 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,” visit or contact Jill Hammer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .




THA Hat Day in the Sun 2012

THA Hat Day in the Sun 2013