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21 Fun, Weird, Obscure, and Unusual Holidays in August

Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.

Thought there were no holidays or special occasions in August? Think again!

Thought there were no holidays or special occasions in August? Think again!

When most of us think of the month of August, no single holiday or special occasion (aside from the odd birthday or anniversary of a friend or loved one) comes to mind. That said, if we dig a little deeper, we just might realize that summer's hottest month is chock full of random, zany, and obscure observances.

This article is a wonderful collection of bizarre, fun, and generally entertaining holidays that occur in August. While some are not necessarily well-known, all are definitely interesting. So if you're in need of something to celebrate at summer's end, dig into the descriptions below, pick a party, and have a ball!

 Emmett Kelly (Weary Willy) With the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus

Emmett Kelly (Weary Willy) With the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus

1. International Clown Week (August 1st–7th)

International Clown Week is celebrated every year from August first through the seventh, and the Saturday of this week is Clown Day.

This is my favorite week of the year, as it is ripe for celebrating my "Three Cs"—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.

2. Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day (August 7th)

August seventh is Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day, so surprise someone with a package that is oddly wrapped! Alternatively, consider celebrating by sending the unnecessarily difficult packaging of a product you've purchased back to the manufacturer with a strongly worded note.

This is the Oceti Sakowin Camp, site of the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

This is the Oceti Sakowin Camp, site of the Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline protests.

3. Water Protectors Recognition Day (August 5th)

August fifth 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 fifth to honor clean water and its protectors. The Chukson and Tuscon Nations adopted this day of remembrance as well.

4. International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9th)

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is observed on August ninth. If you have Native American or First Nations visitor centers in your area, be sure to visit them. More information on this holiday and how to observe it can be found on the UN's website.

August 10th is Skyscraper Appreciation Day.

August 10th is Skyscraper Appreciation Day.

5. Skyscraper Appreciation Day (August 10th)

Skyscraper Appreciation Day is held on August 10th in some parts of the United States and elsewhere. Consider travelling to your nearest metropolis and checking out the view from the highest floor or roof (if publically accessible) of the tallest building you can find!

6. Presidential Joke Day (August 11th)

August 11th is known as Presidential Joke Day. Late-night talk show hosts are having more fun with this one with each successive administration. Head to YouTube and explore clips of comedians' takes on our nation's "leaders."

7. International Elephant Day (August 12th)

International Elephant Day (August 12th) is one of my favorite obscure holidays of the year. 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. Did you know elephants are the world's largest vegans? Visit a sanctuary near you to learn more about one of the planet's largest and most majestic land mammals.

Bill Toledo and Albert Smith served as Navajo code talkers at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Bill Toledo and Albert Smith served as Navajo code talkers at Cannon Air Force Base in New Mexico.

8. Navajo Code Talkers Day (August 14th)

August 14th is Navajo Code Talkers Day, which is very important because it celebrates the dozens of Native American nations that 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.

9. Wave at Surveilance Day (August 16th)

Wave at Surveillance Day is a new, fun holiday that's perfect for the 21st century. Smile and wave at every camera you see along the street, outside of businesses, on public buildings, and especially at traffic lights. Let them know we're watching back!

August 16th is the anniversary of Elvis' death.

August 16th is the anniversary of Elvis' death.

10. Anniversary of Elvis' Death (August 16th)

This day is also the anniversary of the demise of my 13th cousin, Elvis Presley, which hit its 40-year benchmark back in 2017. People flock to his estate, Graceland, during this week every year. In 2017, a resurgence of Elvis sightings during added additional excitement to the festivities. Blogger Linda Sigmon has insisted for decades that Elvis is alive and is her friend. If this is true, then she is blessed and fortunate to know him.

It is rumored that Elvis’ 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 added a $28.75 charge for each guest who wished to visit the graves on the site. A hotel annex and other establishments have also sprung up near the gravesites.

11. Thrift Shop Day (August 17th)

August 17th is Thrift Shop Day in many towns. Thrift shops are growing in popularity as prices of US-manufactured apparel continue to rise compared to imported clothing and accessories. The Ohio thrift 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 daily discounts are a surprise.

12. Aviation Day (August 19th)

Another favorite of mine is Aviation Day. You might celebrate by taking a flight, pursuing flying lessons, or attending a flight show in your area. The Blue Angels, a team of Navy pilots, put on spectacular aerial displays frequently.

13. International Geocaching Day (August 19th)

International Geocaching Day, invented back in 2000, celebrates geocaching, a treasure-hunting activity that involves GPS technology. According to geocaching.com, "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."

14. Spumoni Ice Cream Day (August 20th)

Spumoni Ice Cream Day occurs on August 20th. Old-timers still look for tutti-frutti ice cream without success, but spumoni flavor has become the next big quest. Invented in the 1960s, it was originally sold only by the block or the slice, and ice cream clerks refused to dip it into cones per the manufacturer's mandate. I remember my father being very perturbed by this and ordering strawberry cones instead. Ironically, it is difficult a slice of spumoni today—most shops now scoop it into cones just like the other flavors.

August 22nd is National Eat-a-Peach Day.

August 22nd is National Eat-a-Peach Day.

15. National Eat-a-Peach Day (August 22nd)

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.

16. New Discoveries Day (August 22nd)

Here is a new one, invented by fellow author Paula (fpherj48), and it's a real dandy! August 22nd is now also New Discoveries Day, in honor of all the new holidays we have discovered in August and new discoveries in general. Thank you, Paula!

17. National Bowtie Day (August 28th)

National Bowtie Day exists to revitalize the fantastic fashion-rival of the necktie. Ideas for National Bow Tie Day on can be found at nationalbowtieday.com. It even has its own Twitter handle: @NatBowTieDay.

The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd on the Bridge of Magpies

The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd on the Bridge of Magpies

18. The Qixi Festival/Chinese Valentine's Day (August 28th)

The ancient Chinese legend of The Bridge of Birds is celebrated on August 28th as well. It is sometimes called Chinese Valentine’s Day, but on the mainland, it is the Qixi Festival. Traditionally, many couples in China marry on 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 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 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.

19. International Day Against Nuclear Tests (August 29th)

Declared by the United Nations in December 2009, International Day Against Nuclear Tests is a good one for August 29th. It will be a better world if we can eliminate the threat of nuclear weapons around the globe.

August 30th is Mary Shelly's birthday.

August 30th is Mary Shelly's birthday.

20. Frankenstein Day (August 30th)

August 30th is known as Frankenstein Day and commemorates the birthday of author Mary Shelley. One of the best stage productions of this classic was by the National Theater production in London, UK, in which two famous Sherlock Holmes actors—Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch—took the roles of the creature and the doctor on alternating nights.

21. Eat Outside Day (August 31st)

August 31st has one unofficial holiday called Eat Outside Day. Since it is also the official month to celebrate eating catfish, paninis, and sandwiches, it sounds as if this day is a good day for a picnic. Get your friends and family together for a cookout or picnic at the end of summer and enjoy all your favorite dishes. Don't forget your pets—they might like to join you.

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.

Comments

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on July 17, 2020:

Eating on the top of the garage sounds like fun. Rooftop dining without the expense of a restaurant - very creative.

Abby Slutsky from LAFAYETTE HL on July 17, 2020:

We have been eating on the top level of a public garage. If it rains, you can just go a level down and be covered (which has happened a few times). This article was great. I did not know about most of those holidays. I bet there are some unknown ones in the other months too.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 24, 2018:

@Kaliq Farhan - Thanks very much for that information and Happy Holidays to you in your part of the world!

Khaliq Farhan on December 24, 2018:

For 'Eat Outside Day', I would like to eat at Merdeka Square in Kuala Lumpur (31 August is also Malaysia's National Day)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 23, 2018:

@B. Leekley -- So many celebrations in a month many Americans once thought had no holidays at all! So interesting!

Brian Leekley from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA on March 23, 2018:

Canadians celebrate Civic Holiday on the first Monday of August because they needed an August holiday.

Janmashtami, a Hindu festival in India celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna, is sometimes in August and sometimes in September.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 22, 2018:

It was definitely fun to write!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 22, 2018:

Not at all - I look forward to reading it! Should be fun.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 22, 2018:

Patty - I hope you don't mind - I took an example from you and wrote a hub with weird holidays in March. Thanks for the inspiration!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 17, 2018:

Spumoni is a good treat! I've never waved at the cameras yet, but I may start. I'll like to see the facial expressions of the screen-watching monitors.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on March 17, 2018:

What an interesting article! I particularly like Spumoni Day and the one where you wave at every surveillance camera you see. Must drive someone batty!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on January 31, 2018:

Shyron - Thanks for your wonderful words. Tar sands were re-routed to another pipeline and I am following up on that. I hope to find good news.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 30, 2018:

Patty, I hope our Native American Ancestors

With clean water to drink

Without the threat from the approved pipeline

A blemish in our lives

From men who do not care if our nation dies

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Blessings my dear friend

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 09, 2017:

How about that!? You're book-ended by good company of those elephants and code talkers. Happy birthday late for this year and early for next year.

Rochelle Frank from California Gold Country on November 09, 2017:

I always liked having an August birthday-- because it didn't get overshadowed by other major holidays. It's right between International Elephant day and Navajo Code Talkers day.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on September 05, 2017:

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

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on September 02, 2017:

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

Suzie from Carson City on August 25, 2017:

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

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 25, 2017:

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

Suzie from Carson City on August 25, 2017:

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!"

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 23, 2017:

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!

Suzie from Carson City on August 23, 2017:

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

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 23, 2017:

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

Suzie from Carson City on August 22, 2017:

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

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 22, 2017:

@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!

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on August 21, 2017:

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

Happy Solar Eclipse day!

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on August 18, 2017:

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

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 17, 2017:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on August 17, 2017:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 16, 2017:

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

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 16, 2017:

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!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 16, 2017:

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