Originally named Sextilis in the Old Roman Calendar, in 8 BC the month was renamed by the Roman Senate to August in honor of Emperor Augustus. As founder of the Roman Empire and its first emperor, the month of August was a time of some of his greatest victories in battle including conquering Egypt.

From past times to recent times, August has been the hottest month of the year and one that is not thought of for having many holiday celebrations. However, there are plenty of smaller recognitions that are remembered in August that help make the month even more special.

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While it may be hot outside, there are certainly plenty of days to celebrate during this month, including those that can help you cool down during the dog days of summer.

National Ice Cream Sandwich Day – August 2nd

A perfect day to celebrate this cold treat, ice cream sandwiches have been popular for over a century thanks to the combination of vanilla and chocolate that is sold in stores or can be created at home with some ice cream between two wafers. While the origins of this day are rather murky and this day is not officially recognized, it is one that perfectly fits with the hot days of summer.

National Friendship Day – First Sunday in August

This is the day to get in touch with old friends and plan something special like a Sunday brunch, picnic, game day or simple get together. While the origins of National Friendship Day are not very clear, it is known that it was considered by the US Congress in 1935, so it does go back several decades. This is a day of celebrating friendships and catching up with old buddies and even making a new friend or two.

National Coast Guard Day – August 4th

This day has been set aside to recognize all those serving in the US Coast Guard. While much of the celebration is internal with those who serve along with their families, it is also a day in which the nation recognizes their valuable service to the country. The actual day of celebrating the Coast Guard goes back to its origins on August 4th, 1790 when the Revenue Cutter Service was created by the U. S. Congress to help protect the shores of the United States. By 1915, this military branch was renamed the “Coast Guard” and the day has been celebrated ever since.

VJ Day – August 14th or 15th

This is the day that celebrates the ending of World War 2 as Japan announced their surrender. The day itself is normally celebrated on the 14th as that is when the announcement from Japan came. However, the news itself was not announced to the world until the following day which sparked a number of worldwide celebrations. While different countries celebrate this event on either the 14th or 15th, what is clear is that VJ day is still recognized as a day of celebrating the end of the most damaging war in world history.

Senior Citizen Day – August 21st

Celebrating the contributions of our elders, National Senior Citizens Day is one that is honored in the U. S.  thanks to the official Presidential Proclamation made by then President Ronald Reagan on August 19th, 1988. On this day, we celebrate by spending time with and showing our appreciation of seniors along with doing any volunteer work that is needed as well.


List of August Holidays

August 1

Braham Pie Day (First Friday)
Girlfriend’s Day
National Minority Donor Awareness Day
Respect For Parents Day
Rounds Resounding Day
Spider-Man Day
US Air Force Day
Tomboy Tools Day
Twins Day  (First Full Weekend)
World Lung Cancer Day
World Wide Web Day
World Scout Scarf Day
International Beer Day (First Friday)

August 2

India Pale Ale Beer Day
National Mustard Day (First Saturday)
Take A Penny/Leave A Penny Day

August 3

Friendship Day (First Sunday)
National Doll Day (First Sunday)
National Kids’ Day (First Sunday)
Sister’s Day (First Sunday)
Watermelon Day

August 4

Coast Guard Day
National Chocolate Chip Day
Single Working Women’s Day
Social Security Day
Assistance Dog Day (Monday of Assistance Dog Week)

August 5

International Beer Day
National Night Out (First Tuesday)
National Oyster Day
National Underwear Day
Tisha B’Av

August 6

Hiroshima Day
National Fresh Breath (Halitosis)
National Root Beer Float Day

August 7

Bratwurst Day (First Full Weekend)
Lighthouse Day
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
Professional Speakers Day
Purple Heart Day

August 8

Dalek Day (See also Dec. 21)
International Cat Day
The Date to Create
Happiness Happens Day
Odie Day (Garfield’s pal)
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night
Worldwide Art Day  (2nd Friday)

August 9

National Bowling Day (Second Saturday)
Kool-Aid Day (2nd weekend)
International Day of The World’s Indigenous People
Veep Day
National Garage Sale Day (2nd Saturday)

August 10

National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
Paul Bunyan Day
Skyscraper Appreciation Day
Smithsonian Day
S’mores Day

August 11

Ingersoll Day
Presidential Joke Day

August 12

International Youth Day
Middle Child Day
Sewing Machine Day
Vinyl Record Day
World Elephant Day

August 13

International Lefthander’s Day

August 14

National Navajo Code Talkers Day
V-J Day

August 15

Best Friends Day
Chauvin Day
Check The Chip Day (Pet chips)
Men’s Grooming Day (3rd Friday)
National Relaxation Day

August 16

Joe Miller’s Joke Day
National Airborne Day
International Geocaching Day (3rd Saturday)
International Homeless Animals Day (Third Saturday)
World Honey Bee Day (3rd Saturday)

August 17

Black Cat Appreciation Day
God’s Preeminence Day (Third Sunday)
Meaning of “Is” Day
National Thrift Shop Day

August 18

Bad Poetry Day
Birth Control Pills Day
Cupcake Day (Third Monday)
Mail Order Catalog Day
Serendipity Day
(World) Daffodil Day

August 19

Aviation Day
World Humanitarian Day

August 20

Earth Over Shoot Day or Ecological Debt Day
National Medical Dosimetrist Day  (Third Wednesday)
National Radio Day

August 21

National Spumoni Day
Poet’s Day
Senior Citizen’s Day

August 22

Be An Angel Day
Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day
Take Your Cat To The Vet Day

August 23

Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition
Hug Your Boss Day
Valentino Day

August 24

Go Topless Day (The Sunday closest to August 26)
Knife Day
Pluto Demoted Day
Vesuvius Day
Wayzgoose Day
William Wilberforce Day
National Waffle Day

August 25

Founders Day  (National Park Service)
Kiss and Make Up Day
National Second-hand Wardrobe Day
National Whiskey Sour Day (Also observed on 29th)

August 26

National Dog Day
Women’s Equality Day

August 27

The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day
Tug-of-War Day

August 28

Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
Radio Commercials Day
Crackers Over The Keyboard Day

August 29

According to Hoyle Day
National College Colors Day (Last Friday)
Individual Rights Day
International Bat Night (Last Full Weekend)
International Day Against Nuclear Tests
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day
National Whiskey Sour Day (Also observed on 25th)

August 30

Bacon Day (Saturday before Labor Day)
International Whale Shark Day
National Holistic Pet Day
National Buffalo Chicken Wings Day
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
Franchise Appreciation Day (Saturday of Labor Day weekend)
International Day of The Victims of Enforced Disappearances

August 31

International Overdose Awareness Day
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
Pony Express Day (Last Sunday)


Rumor Has It …

… that the naming of the month had nothing to do with the Emperor Augustus or the Romans, but instead was named after prehistoric indie rock band, Augustines because their fav teen idols, Moose and Squirrel pumped up the social media Likes.



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