What to Celebrate in August

What to Celebrate in August

Cara Chatellier

August, the eighth month of the year and the last full month of summer. A month where we continue to relish in all things that encompass the season. From cookouts to beach trips, we find ourselves spending more time together and less time worried about the day-to-day grind. Although there are no official holidays to celebrate this month, most families use August as a last hoorah of sorts, getting in all that is remaining of sweet summertime before back to school comes in like a whirlwind of sorts. August is a time to celebrate daily jewels of summertime and a more relaxed atmosphere with our loved ones. 

Here are a few must-know facts about August:

  • Astrology Signs: Leo (July 23 - August 22), Virgo (August 23 - September 22)

  • Color of the Month: Orange, Red and Light Green

  • Birthstone: Peridot or Sardonyx

  • Flower: Gladiolus

With the end of summer on our heels we encourage you to enjoy all of the fun and unconventional National Holidays that August has to offer. Make the most of the last summer month with some of our favorites below. 

August 1st

National Girlfriends Day

It’s always a good time to get together and celebrate with your girlfriends. Plan a fun getaway or a night out on the town with your favorite girls and relish in all of the memories of your friendship while making new memories together. Genuine friendships are the most wonderful thing in life, celebrate them today. 

August 2nd

National Coloring Book Day

Embrace your inner creative child today and spend some time coloring. Whether you have an adult coloring book that you use during your downtime or are hoping to try something new, grab a coloring book and a box of colored pencils and get creative. Invite your children or grandchildren to join in on the fun and celebrate the day together. Frame your favorite piece of art. 

August 3rd

National Georgia Day

Whether you’re a bulldog or yellow jackets fan, today is the day to celebrate all things Georgia. From their juicy peaches to their mouth watering pecans and heartwarming hospitality, Georgia is a beauty from inland to the coast. If you’ve never been to Georgia, consider spending a few minutes today to read up on their history or enjoy a Georgia dessert staple like peach cobbler. 

August 4th

National Coast Guard Day

The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus, meaning always ready. Today we recognize and celebrate the Coasties who are always ready and willing to support and defend our freedoms from all around the country. Share a special thank you with a Coastie you know or spread your support on social media. 

August 5th

National Underwear Day

Oh, underwear. The necessity that can feel like a luxury if we allow it to. Pull on a pair of your favorite undies and take on the world today. Spread holiday cheer by surprising a friend or loved one with a pair of funny or heartfelt underwear. 

August 6th

National Wiggle Your Toes Day

Since we’ve reached the last month of summer, celebrate today by wiggling your toes in the sand or ocean to really take in all the feels. If you can’t make it to the beach, have some fun with loved ones by wiggling your toes together and dancing around the room in your favorite pair of socks

August 7th

Purple Heart Day

Every year, August 7th is a day set aside to honor and remember the servicemembers who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Today we recognize those who gave their lives and those who suffered life-changing conditions through combat service. Take a second to reach out to Purple Heart recipients or their families in your area or online and let them know that they are thought of, honored and always cared for.

August 8th

National Happiness Happens Day

It’s no coincidence that a day meant to be filled with happiness shares the date with Global Sleep Under the Stars Day. Today we encourage you to whatever it is that makes you the happiest. Our suggestion? Pull out some sleeping bags and camp out under the stars… even if it's right in your backyard. Start a fire and roast some marshmallows for s’mores. The perfect pairing to a night under the stars. We promise there is a whole lot of happiness that can come with a star-lit outdoor adventure with your family. 

August 9th

National Book Lovers Day

It’s always a good day when we are celebrating books. From mystery and suspense to romance and comedy, today we celebrate those who love to dive headfirst into a book and go on the ultimate adventure. Pick up your favorite book and spend time reading today. 

August 10th

National Connecticut Day

The Constitution State, housing over 3.5 million people, is celebrated today. If you're in a neighboring state, take a drive to Connecticut’s coast and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean with family and friends. If not, take some time to explore and read up on their history. 

August 11th

National Son’s and Daughter’s Day

The joys of our lives. The center of our universe. The apples of our eye. Today is the day to celebrate the sons and daughters in our world. Whether full-blood, half or step, there is no difference when it comes to love and parenting. Set up a fun day out with your kids or enjoy time at home, cooking a meal together, playing a board game or watching your favorite family movie. 

August 12th

National Middle Child Day

Often coined as the “risk taker” and the most assertive of the child’s group, the middle child is a force to be reckoned with. Today is a day to celebrate all the facets of your middle child that make them perfectly who they are. Set some time aside to enjoy one on one time, send them a special gift basket to let them know they’re on your mind or, simply, reconnect with them on phone or video chat. 

August 13th

National Filet Mignon Day

Say hello to the perfect Friday night dinner. Whether you decide to grill your steak at home or pencil yourself in at a fancy restaurant in town, tonight is the night to indulge in the deliciousness of filet mignon. Make it a date night with your spouse or have a girls night on the town. Whatever you decide, make sure the main course is filet mignon. Yum!

August 14th

National Bowling Day

Falling on the second Saturday in August, National Bowling Day is the perfect excuse for a night out with family and friends. Invite your closest loved ones to a game or two of bowling and set up friendly competitions to see who is the top bowler amongst you. Consider finding extra fun options for kids, like cartoon-themed bowling adventures or nighttime glow bowling. 

August 15th

National Relaxation Day

Sunday is synonymous with rest and relaxation, so, it's perfect that National Relaxation Day falls on a Sunday this year. Pull out your favorite throw blankets, cozy up in your loungewear and dive into your latest book or show while enjoying the true art of relaxation today. If you want to go the extra mile, consider booking a spa day or enjoying spa-like treats at home. Did someone say face masks, foot rubs and mimosas? Yes, please!

August 16th

National Tell a Joke Day

Knock knock… just kidding! Today is a day to let out your inner goofball and tell all the jokes you want. Break the ice, set the mood and get people laughing. 

August 17th

National Massachusetts Day

The Bay State is celebrated today. Home of the Patriots, Dunkin’ and Cape Cod, this wicked pissah state is a must-see on your bucket list. From skiing in the Berkshires and fall foliage in the Valley to summers on the shore, there is something for everyone, every season. Explore the rich history of Boston or learn all about the creation of Basketball in Massachusetts today.

August 18th

National Fajita Day

The next best thing to Taco Tuesday may be Fajita Wednesday. We know it doesn’t have the alliteration we’d hope for, but the level of deliciousness is totally there. Dine out at your favorite local Mexican restaurant or chef up a fajita bar at home. Choose your favorite meats, veggies and toppings and dinner is served. 

August 19th

National Soft Ice Cream Day

Soft serve on a warm summer day is always a good time. Venture out to your favorite soft serve ice cream spot today and indulge in a twist. 

August 20th

National Radio Day

With all the streaming services offered these days, the radio is sometimes thought of as a thing of the past. Today, crank up the tunes on your radio and dance to your heart’s content. 

August 21st

National Senior Citizens Day

Whether you refer to them as “older adults” or “senior citizens,” today is a day to celebrate the matriarchs and patriarchs in your life. Bring them out to dinner, give them a phone call, stop by for a visit. Whatever you decide to do, celebrate them today. 

August 22nd

National Tooth Fairy Day

Oh the magic that comes from the Tooth Fairy and her pixy dust of surprises. Today is a day to celebrate the magic and wonder of believing. If you have little ones in your life, share the story of the tooth fairy with them and watch their wonder unfold. Bonus points if they have wiggly teeth!

August 23rd

National Sponge Cake Day

Known as one of the most classic cakes in the world, sponge cake is celebrated today. Bake your own or pick one up at a local bakery and indulge yourself a little. Enjoy with your favorite berries, fruit or ice cream. 

August 24th

National Maryland Day

The 7th state to join the union is acknowledged today. With a deep maritime heritage, Maryland’s culture is rooted in all things sea-based. Famous for their blue crab and the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, this state boasts unique and spectacular features. From their mouthwatering seafood to their history as a major trading port, Maryland is a must-see destination. Add it to your bucket list or celebrate today by learning about some of Maryland’s vast history. 

August 25th

National Banana Split Day

Is there ever a bad day to celebrate the infamous banana split? We think not. Celebrate today by building your own using your favorite ice cream, toppings, and of course, bananas! Yum!

August 26th

National Dog Day

A human’s best friend is recognized today. We wouldn’t be half the people we are today without our amazing pooches. Whether you have a dog (or two!), have ever been classified as a dog mom or dog dad or hope to add to your fur family in the future, today is a day to celebrate all things dog. Maybe today you can adopt your first puppy? Or take your furry friend on a walk to their favorite dog park and give them extra treats and cuddles. Enjoy the day with your adorable pet!

August 27th

National Just Because Day

Today celebrates our favorite reason why… “just because.” Make the most of the day by surprising a loved one or friend, just because. Send a bouquet of flowers, drop off a gift basket or reconnect with a friend you’ve lost touch with. Whatever you do today, make your reason, “just because.”

August 28th

National Red Wine Day

Cheers! Today is a day to enjoy a glass of red wine (or two!). Pick up your favorite brand, sit back, sip and relax. 

August 29th

National Lemon Juice Day

An iconic summertime fruit staple, the lemon, is in the spotlight today. Whether you love the scrunchy face of a baby trying a lemon for the first time or prefer to enjoy your lemon blended into your favorite drink, today is a day to add it to your menu. Celebrate by topping off your summer salad with lemon zest, adding a squeeze of lemon over your favorite seafood dish or whipping up a lemon pound cake. The options are endless.

August 30th

National Beach Day

There is no better way to round out the summer than by enjoying your time at the beach. Pack your weekender bag with your favorite swimsuit, cover-up and towel combo and indulge in life by the shore. 

August 31st

National South Carolina Day

A southern charm of a state, South Carolina, is honored today. Chock full of rich history, diverse landscapes and southern charm, South Carolina exudes what it means to be part of the southern set of states. Celebrate today by learning some fun facts about the Palmetto State or taking a visit to one of their glorious beaches. 

We encourage you to celebrate a few national holidays this month as a last ode to summertime fun. Whether you decide to learn more about one of the states featured or indulge in some delicious cuisine with your loved ones, there is always a reason to celebrate the day.