15 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August
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At first glance, August might seem light on the holiday offerings. We dug a little deeper to find a healthy helping of celebrations to help you beat the heat.
1. August 1st: National Girlfriends Day
Rest easy, boyfriends of the world, this holiday has nothing to do with you. National Girlfriends Day honors the lady friends who are there for their lady friends. If you like gendered activities, today would be the perfect day to schedule mani-pedis with your best gal pals.
2. August 5th: International Beer Day
Back in 2007, a group of friends decided to internationally dedicate a day to “gather with friends and enjoy the deliciousness that is beer, celebrate the dedicated men and women who brew and serve our beer, and bring the world together under the united banner of beer.” And to that we say, cheers. Or salud! Or prost! Or gan bei! Well, you get the idea.
3. August 5th: National Underwear Day
Though we cannot prove it, we smell quite the collusion between International Beer Day and this fest of unmentionables. Whether coincidence or conspiracy, celebrating these two August 5th holidays does not have to be mutually exclusive. You may even get a free pair of undies out of it.
4. August 6th: National Fresh Breath Day
If ever there were a day to stage an intervention with your halitosis-afflicted friends, today’s the day. Or, give yourself an extra brush and a bonus swirl of mouthwash and say ah. Probably a good idea to lay off the onions and garlic for the day, too.
5. August 8th: National Dollar Day
On this day all the way back in 1786, the Continental Congress established a monetary system for the United States of America. Sure, there were some Greenbacks along the way, but in our lifetime most of us have been carrying around George Washington’s in our wallets. Today, you can honor the birth of cold hard USD with a few Georges, Andrews, and Abrahams. If you decide to invite Benjamin, give us a call!
6. August 9th: Book Lover’s Day
Granted, for most book lovers every day is a day to celebrate reading, but for the sake of celebration let’s open up the floor to all interpretations of what it means to be a “book lover.” Perhaps you just love the physical feel of a book, and have no interest in cracking one open. Or maybe, this day is meant to honor books in love with each other. Today is the day to exalt book lovers of all shapes, sizes, covers, and word counts.
7. August 10th: Lazy Day
And a lucky day because this year it falls on a Friday! Start the weekend early by doing positively nothing.
8. August 11th: Presidential Joke Day
On this day in 1984, during a sound check for a radio broadcast Ronald Reagan cracked the following joke:
“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.”
Who knew the Gipper had such a dark sense of humor? He certainly didn’t know the mic was already recording, and the tape leaked. Since this little gaffe, August 11th has lived on as Presidential Joke Day.
9. August 13th: International Left-handers Day
For those world citizens who have found themselves in a right-handed-scissors-world, today the world honors your special gift. The other 364, we righties are still secretly jealous. If you’re in the UK on the 13th, the Left-handers Club sponsors members-only areas called “Lefty Zones.” Okay fine, we’re jealous all 365 days.
10. August 18th: National Bad Poetry Day
Roses are red/ Violets are blue/ You probably saw this joke coming/ But we made it anyway.
11. August 19th: National Aviation Day
Franklin Delano Roosevelt laid out the ultimate burn by declaring Orville Wright’s birthday National Aviation Day. Why he chose to honor Orville over Wilbur in 1939 is a mystery to historians, but we think National Aviation Day is a great time to start preposterous rumors based on wild speculation. For example, Wilbur Wright was a figment of Orville’s imagination.
12. August 21st: National Senior Citizens Day
Now this is the holiday for which Reagan would have wanted to be remembered. On August 19th, 1988, a proclamation was made by the then-president that deemed August 21st as a national day to give older US citizens thanks and a heartfelt salute.
13. August 22nd: National Tooth Fairy Day
Because anyone who can make a dollar bill magically appear under your pillow deserves a day of feting.
14. August 24th: National Hug Your Boss Day
While it appears to have originated in the UK, the principles of this special day apply around the world. For one day of the year, set aside your frustrations and show your boss a little appreciation with a physical embrace. Please make sure to first check all company HR codes – thoroughly.
15. August 31st: National Trail Mix Day
Also known as National GORP Day. We love us a handy bag of “good ol’ raisins and peanuts,” but let’s be honest – the addition of M&M’s are what make trail mix truly great.
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