26+ Weird "Holidays" in August
This article is a wonderful collection of bizarre, fun, and generally entertaining "holidays" that happen in August. While they might not necessarily be well-known holidays, they are a lot of fun!
First Week of August
This is International Clown Week every year from August 1-7, and Saturday of this week is Clown Day.
This is my favorite week of the year, ripe for celebrating my "Three C's": circuses, clowns, and Creamsicles—the latter of which I first enjoyed at age six at the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus in a baseball stadium at night.
Women in sequined leotards and stained glass colored butterfly wings hung from every light pole in the stadium and twirled as elephants, horses, and tigers marched by in a parade around the inside of the stadium.
Consider the Clown
Who is your favorite clown?
Water Protectors Recognition Day
August 5 has been chosen by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to recognize efforts to preserve clean water and prevent oil and oil tar sands pipelines from interfering with clean water in America.
This holiday was picked up by the Mandan Nation in the Water Protector Legal Collective in North Dakota. They are one of three tribes - Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikawa - that own most of the oil reserves in that state.
Several indigenous groups in Idaho also adopted August 5th to honor clean water and its protectors. The Chukson and Tuscon Nations adopted this day of remembrance as well.
Second Week of August
This week is home to some fun holidays!
- August 7 is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, so surprise someone with a package that is oddly wrapped, but make it easier to open than the one in the accompanying video.
- International Day of the World’s Indigenous People’s is observed on August 9. If you have Native American or First Nations facilities in your area, be sure to visit them.
- Skyscraper Appreciation Day is held on August 10 in some parts of America and August 11th is known as Presidential Joke Day. Late night talk show hosts are having more fun with this one during each successive US administration.
- One of my favorite days is International Elephant Day on August 12. According to defender.org, the Earth today is home to between 450,000 - 700,000 African elephants and 35,000 - 40,000 wild Asian elephants.
- August 14 is very important, because it is Navajo Code Talkers Day. Dozens of Native American Nations volunteered young men to send messages coded in their own systems based on native languages. They helped American win WWII and finally received the Medal of Honor in the 2000s.
Third Week of August
- A new fun day for the 21st century is Wave at Surveillance Day on August 16. Smile and wave at every camera you see along your streets, especially at traffic lights.
- This day is also the anniversary of the demise of my 13th cousin, Elvis Presley, which hits the 40-year benchmark in 2017. People flock to his estate Graceland during this week every year. In 2017, a resurgence of Elvis sightings during the year added excitement to the festivities. Blogger Linda Sigmon has insisted for decades that Elvis is alive and her friend. If this is true, then she is blessed and fortunate to know him.
It is rumored that Elvis’s actual death certificate will remain secretly locked away until 2027. If living at that time he would be 92. Elvis sightings always increase during the week of his death anniversary. Unfortunately in 2017, the estate made a $28.75 charge to each guest who visited only the graves on the site. An annex of a hotel and other establishments have spring up near the grave sites.
- The following day, August 17 is Thrift Shop Day in many towns. Thrift shops are growing in popularity as prices of US manufactured apparel are rising compared to imported clothing and accessories made in China and India. The Ohio Thirst Stores in my area always have racks full of brand new clothing discarded by manufacturers; and, the stores mark everything down to 50% on or near the 15th and the 30th of each month. Other discounts are a surprise everyday.
- Another favorite of mine is Aviation Day on August 19 and it is is also International Geocaching Day, invented back in 2000. You might combine adventures by taking a flight, pursuing flying lessons yourself, and looking for hidden objects on the ground by using your GPS skills.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.— Geochaching.com
- Spumoni Ice Cream Day happens on August 20. Old timers still look for tutti fruitti ice cream without success, but spumoni flavor became the next big quest. Invented in the 1960s, it was sold only by the block or the slice and ice cream clerks refused to dip it into cones, per the manufacturer's mandate. I remembering my father being very perturbed by this and ordering strawberry cones instead. Ironically, you cannot purchase a slice of spumoni today!
Fourth Week of August
- Every August, the United Dairy Farmers convenience stores in my state offer special prices for peach ice cream. August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day, and enjoying peaches in ice cream or a shake is a perfect way to do that. The holiday was created by the California Cling Peach Board to advance their product and it worked. Some taverns turn the holiday into Drink a Peach Day and serve up peach-tinis.
- Here is a new one, invented by the Hubber Paula (fpherj48) and a real dandy! August 22 is now also "New Discoveries Day", in honor of all the new holidays we have found in August and discoveries in general. Thank you, Paula!
- August 24 is National Peach Pie Day . Creamsicles also have there own day and this is it.
- Ideas for National Bow Tie Day on August 28 can be found at nationalbowtieday.com. It even has its own Twitter handle: @NatBowTieDay.
- The ancient Chinese legend of The Bridge of Birds is celebrated on August 28 as well. It is sometimes called the Chinese Valentine’s Day, but on the mainland, it is the Qixi Festival. Traditionally, many couples in China marry this day and single women look for dates.The ancient legend is commemorated by the title of an entertaining novel by Chinese scholar Barry Hughart called Bridge of Birds.
The Story of the Legend
The holiday commemorates the meeting of a humble cow herding boy who was a seventh son and a weaver girl who was a seventh daughter.
The Chinese Emperor separated the couple after their marriage, finally forcing them to live on different stars; but once a year, they could travel by an enchanted bridge of birds to meet for a short time.
To the Greeks and Romans, the 'dog days' occurred around the day when Sirius (the Dog Star) appeared to rise just before the sun, in late July. They referred to these days as the hottest time of the year, a period that could bring fever, or even catastrophe.— Becky Little, National Geographic
The Extra Dog Days of August
August is full of dog days that are very hot in many parts of the world. It also contains four weeks and three days, so it has a few more holidays than those mentioned above:
- Declared by the United Nations in December 2009, International Day Against Nuclear Test is a good one for August 29. It will be a better world if we can eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons around the globe.
- August 30 is known for fun and good stories as Frankenstein Day. to commemorate the birthday of author Mary Shelley. One of the best stage productions of this classic is the National Theater in London UK production in which two famous Sherlock Holmes actors take the roles of the Creature and the Doctor on alternating nights. These are Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch.
- August 31 has one unofficial holiday called Eat Outside Day. Since the month is the official month to celebrate eating catfish, panini, and sandwiches, it sounds as if this day is a good day for a picnic. Get your friends and family together for a cookout of picnic at the end of summer and have all your favorite dishes. Don't forget your pets - they might like to join you.
Eating Outside in August
Where is your favorite place for a picnic?
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- Foodimentary.com, Retrieved August 4, 2017.
- Information Please! Almanac. www.infoplease.com/search/holidays Retrieved August 1, 2017.
- Time and Date at timeanddate.com Retrieved August 4, 2017.