August Days, Dates and Information

August Is…

Crayon Collection Month
National Dog Month
Family Fun Month
Golf Month
Happiness Happens Month
Immunization Awareness Month
Panini Month
International Peace Month
MedicAlert Awareness Month
Motorsports Awareness Month
Sandwich Month
Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
August was named in honor of Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. Augustus led the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire and established the framework of the Roman government that would be used for centuries. August was originally named “Sextilis” in the Roman calendar because it was the sixth month. However, in 8 BCE, Augustus renamed it to honor himself and his many accomplishments.
The First Tuesday in August is…
National Night Out (weather permitting) is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The event enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a sense of community. It was introduced in 1984 and is held on the first Tuesday in August of each year. Matt Peskin first introduced it, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and promotion of various crime prevention programs, including neighborhood watch groups, law enforcement agencies, state and regional crime prevention associations, and civic groups, to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
The First Thursday in August is…
IPA Day provides a platform for brewers, consumers, retailers, and industry professionals to come together and enjoy the unique characteristics of this popular beer style. India Pale Ale (IPA) is a type of beer that originated in England in the late 1700s. The beer was initially brewed to British soldiers and officials in India, which then was a British colony. The long voyage from England to India was very challenging, regular beers would spoil on the way, but the high alcohol and hops content of the IPA helped to preserve the beer during the journey. The beer became very popular among the British in India, and demand for it grew back in England. The style eventually spread to other countries and is now a popular style of beer around the world.

The First Friday in August is…
International Beer Day celebrates all things beer, from its history and culture to the people who create it and enjoy it. It’s a day to recognize brewers and their craftsmanship, to share experiences with friends and family, and to toast one another for the efforts put into making some of our favorite beverages. 

National Water Balloon Day was originally launched by the town of Newmarket, New Hampshire, in 2019. The earliest known reference to water balloons was in a patent filed in 1844 by J.G. Ingram, who described a “water-ball” made of rubber that could be filled with water and thrown.

The First Saturday in August is…
National Disc Golf Day: Disc golf is where players throw a flying disc, or Frisbee, into a basket or target. The goal is to complete each hole in the fewest number of throws. The sport is played on a course, similar to traditional golf, with a set number of holes, and the layout and terrain of the course can vary widely. The sport is governed by the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA). On August 2, 1974, the disc golfers in Rochester, NY, decided to make their annual City of Rochester Disc Golf Championship a big national tournament to find out how many other people around the country were playing disc golf.

Jamaican Patty Day was founded in 2015 by Golden Krust, a US-owned Caribbean fast-casual restaurant. A Jamaican Patty is a popular snack food in Jamaica, typically made with ground beef, spices, and sometimes other ingredients such as vegetables or cheese. The patty is then deep-fried or baked and served in a soft, flaky pastry shell. It is often served as a snack or part of a meal, such as Jamaican Jerk Chicken or Oxtail Soup.

Mustard Day was founded by Jill Sengstock in 1988, and in 1991, the National Mustard Museum took the holiday as its own. Mustard as a condiment has a long history dating back to ancient civilizations. The ancient Romans were known to mix ground mustard seeds with unfermented grape juice, known as “must,” to create a spicy condiment. Monks in the medieval monasteries of Europe began to make mustard by mixing ground mustard seeds with a liquid, such as vinegar or wine, to create a paste. This type of mustard quickly became a popular condiment throughout Europe and was used as a seasoning for various foods. During the 18th century, mustard began to be produced on a larger scale and sold as a prepared condiment. The first commercial mustard plant was established in Dijon, France, in 1777. This new type of mustard, made with brown mustard seeds and verjuice (a type of unripe grape juice), became known as “Dijon mustard,” and it is still popular today.

National Play Outside Day (Every month) encourages people to get outside and enjoy spending time in nature and the great outdoors. People are encouraged to explore parks, forests, beaches, mountains, and other outdoor locations to experience all that nature offers.

Mead Day celebrates mead, an ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey, water, and yeast. The day celebrates the history and rich cultural heritage of this beverage, which has been enjoyed for centuries by people all over the world. This is a time to learn about the wide varieties of mead and how it’s made and to sample some unique mead recipes.

National Summit Day is a day to appreciate (and climb) hills, mountains, and high locations. backpacks are suggested but not required. It also recognizes the importance of bringing people together to reach their fullest potential. People are encouraged to gather in groups and discuss personal development, self-improvement, career growth, and networking opportunities. 

The First Sunday in August is…
American Family Day dates back to the early 20th century. It is a day dedicated to celebrating and appreciating the strength and importance of family relationships. It usually falls on the fourth Sunday in July, but it can also be celebrated in other ways throughout the year. People are encouraged to spend time with their families and develop deeper connections. 

National Friendship Day is dedicated to celebrating and appreciating our relationships with our friends. It was first established by Hallmark Cards in 1919, and is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of August each year. On this day, people worldwide recognize their friendships and celebrate the bonds they share with those they cherish.

Sisters Day was created in 1998 by Claudia Evart to honor her two sisters who had passed away. She hoped the day would bring families closer together and strengthen sisterly relationships.

The Second Saturday in August is…
National Bowling Day: The Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, Inc. sponsored the first National Bowling Day in association with the General Cigar Company and NBC-TV in 1956. owling can be traced back to ancient civilizations, with versions of the game found in Egypt, Rome, and Germany. However, the modern form of the game is believed to have originated in Germany in the 400s. The first standardized rules for the game were established in New York City in 1895. Bowling quickly became a popular pastime in the United States and has evolved into various forms, such as ten-pin, candlepin, and duckpin bowling. Today, it is enjoyed as a recreational activity and competitive sport worldwide.

National Garage Sale Day was created in 2001 by C. Daniel Rhodes of Alabama in the U.S. after he saw his neighbors continuously hold garage sales seemingly every weekend. Garage sales, also known as yard sales or tag sales, can be traced back to the early 20th century in the United States. These sales typically occurred when families wanted to get rid of unwanted or unused items and would set up tables in their garages or yard to sell them. The popularity of garage sales grew in the post-World War II era as suburbanization increased and families had more space to store and accumulate items.

Over the years, garage sales have continued to be a popular way for people to declutter their homes and make some extra money. They are often held on weekends and advertised in local newspapers or online classifieds. Some communities even organize large-scale garage sale events, community sales, or neighborhood sales, where multiple households participate. In recent years, virtual garage sales have been introduced as people started to use social media and online marketplaces to sell unwanted items.

The Third Saturday in August is…
World Honeybee Day was established to raise awareness about the importance of honeybees and other pollinators in our ecosystem. The origins of World Honeybee Day can be traced back to 2009 when beekeeping organizations and bee enthusiasts in the United Kingdom began to celebrate the day. The day quickly gained popularity and spread to other countries, with beekeeping groups and organizations worldwide joining in the celebration.

The purpose of World Honeybee Day is to educate people about the vital role that honeybees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem and the importance of protecting them. Activities on World Honeybee Day include honey tastings, beekeeping demonstrations, and educational events that teach people about the importance of bees and other pollinators. Beekeepers celebrate the event, along with farmers, scientists, educators, and other bee enthusiasts, for the importance of honeybees in pollination and honey production.

The Friday Before Labor Day is…
National College Colors Day was established to promote college spirit and support college teams across the United States. The origins of National College Colors Day can be traced back to the late 1990s, when the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), which manages the trademarks and licensing for colleges and universities, created the event. CLC’s goal was to promote school spirit and create community among college alumni, students, and fans. National College Colors Day is celebrated by encouraging people to wear their favorite college colors and gear, displaying college banners, and participating in other activities supporting their favorite college teams. Colleges, universities, athletic departments, student organizations, and sports fans nationwide observe the event. The event is not only limited to the US; it’s also celebrated in other countries where college sports are popular.
The Saturday Before Labor Day is…
International Bacon Day can be traced back to the United States, and it’s unclear who started it or when it was first celebrated. However, the day has gained popularity recently, and it’s celebrated by bacon lovers worldwide. On International Bacon Day, people celebrate by cooking and eating bacon in various forms, such as bacon-wrapped foods and bacon-based dishes, and by sharing their love for bacon on social media using hashtags. Some restaurants and food establishments also offer special bacon-based menu items or discounts on bacon dishes. The event is celebrated by individuals, foodies, chefs, and bacon lovers; it’s a day to indulge in delicious and crispy bacon. #bacon
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