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26+ Weird "Holidays" in August

Updated on September 5, 2017
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Ms. Inglish offers 25+ years successful experience in medicine, psychology, STEM courses, and aerospace education (CAP).

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!

 Emmett Kelly with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Emmett Kelly with Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. | Source

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.

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An Orange Creamsicle or Dreamcicle, like the one I enjoyed at my first circus at age six. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey put on their show at a baseball stadium under the lights at night.
An Orange Creamsicle or Dreamcicle, like the one I enjoyed at my first circus at age six. Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey put on their show at a baseball stadium under the lights at night. | Source

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.

Lake Tahoe. The USA still has areas of clean water to enjoy.
Lake Tahoe. The USA still has areas of clean water to enjoy. | Source

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.

Bill Toledo and Albert Smith, Navajo Code Talkers, at Cannon Air Force Base, new Mexico, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2013.
Bill Toledo and Albert Smith, Navajo Code Talkers, at Cannon Air Force Base, new Mexico, Jan. 30 - Feb. 1, 2013. | Source

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!

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Spumoni in a cone today: pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, and candied fruits.A slice of spumoni.
Spumoni in a cone today: pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, and candied fruits.
Spumoni in a cone today: pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, and candied fruits. | Source
A slice of spumoni.
A slice of spumoni. | Source

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.

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  • Ideas for National Bow Tie Day on August 28 can be found at nationalbowtieday.com. It even has its own Twitter handle: @NatBowTieDay.

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President Barack Obama.Allen Wright,  principal chief of the Choctaw nation from Fall 1866 to 1870. He also became a Presbyterian minister.
President Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama. | Source
Allen Wright,  principal chief of the Choctaw nation from Fall 1866 to 1870. He also became a Presbyterian minister.
Allen Wright, principal chief of the Choctaw nation from Fall 1866 to 1870. He also became a Presbyterian minister. | Source
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  • 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 Weaver Girl and the Cowherd on the Bridge of Magpies.
The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd on the Bridge of Magpies. | Source

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.

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Try a Renn Festival this year!
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Try a Renn Festival this year!
Try a Renn Festival this year!
  • 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

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Sources

  • California Cling Peach Board. http://calclingpeach.com/ Retrieved August 5, 2017.
  • 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.

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image
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      Patty Inglish 2 weeks ago from North America

      Dogs and stars! I did not know about this until I visited a observatory and planetarium way back when.

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      Kari Poulsen 3 weeks ago from Ohio

      I always wondered why they were called the dog days of summer, lol :)

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Good deal....I'm all for it and I think you're right that others will be in favor of our new special day!

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      Patty Inglish 4 weeks ago from North America

      Sounds like fun! I will add it to this article, to begin with, and flag my calendar to remind me next year.

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      You are officially in charge! I'd have to have it tattooed on my forearm in order to remember! But it does sound like it would be fun, especially the writing challenge....such as, the best article filled with the most "largely unknown facts!"

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      Patty Inglish 4 weeks ago from North America

      Fine by me -- others are sure to follow, don't you think? We'll have to have an event next year, like a writing challenge or something. What fun!

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      It's settled. Hear ye hear ye!...............! August 22nd = "New Discoveries Day" Patty, U & I may be the only celebrants for a while til it catches.. LOL

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      Patty Inglish 4 weeks ago from North America

      I like "Happy New Discoveries Day"! It can be our own HubPages holiday and spread from there. Good idea you have!

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      Paula 4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Patty.....As you might suspect, I was not aware of any of these "special days." If not for your great article, I would still be unaware! So, I think I just created a new one: "Happy New Discoveries Day," Patty and thanks a lot! Peace, Paula

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      Patty Inglish 4 weeks ago from North America

      @Dora and Maria: This was fun to compile and seems a good variety to enjoy, I think. Glad it has been entertaining.

      I watched the Solar Eclipse online and saw it in four places, but in Columbus, Ohio the sky became dark as well and the street lights came on! I watched the spectacle as a reflection in my car's tinted window. Fabulous!

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      Maria Jordan 5 weeks ago from Jeffersonville PA

      This was mostly all new info to me - thank you, Patty.

      Happy Solar Eclipse day!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      What an interesting medley of history, culture, folklore and just plain fun! An enjoyable read, for sure.

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      Patty Inglish 5 weeks ago from North America

      Thanks for all the fun comments! The Shrine Circus should be here pretty soon and I'll attend. Lots of clowns in bow ties. LOL

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      mckbirdbks 5 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Patti - President Barack Obama must have lost a bet, to wear that bow tie. ha. You bring both warmth and charm here in this outline of the activities that go on in your area as they celebrate life during the month of August.

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      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for creating this interesting article, Patty. I didn't know that there were so many holidays in August!

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      Patty Inglish 5 weeks ago from North America

      Hi Eric. We still have circuses operating in America, like the Shrine Circus, small family-owned operations, the UniverSoul Circus, and a few others. August calendars could use some holidays added!

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      Eric Dierker 5 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you, this was a great hub. It is just fascinating that we have these days. I think calendars should have them on them.