This handy calendar of national days in August will give you a quick look at the month to find out how to celebrate your favorite national days with recipes, crafts ideas, and outdoor activities.
Each time I cover a new and fun national day about August on the blog, I add new links to the list below, to gives you more ideas for ways to celebrate these days.
Unfamiliar with the national days? Head on over to the national day guide. It has loads of information that tells you why we celebrate these special days.
August is the eighth month of the year in our calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is getting close to the end of summer, but in the Southern hemisphere, Spring is approaching.
August was named after Augustus Caesar in 8 B. C. Before this, it was called Sextilla which means 6. This is because it was the 6th month on the Roman Calendar.
August Monthly Observances
August is National Back to School month, which is apt, since many children will head back to school at the end of the month.
But it is also a time to catch up on some last out door activities. It is National Family Fun Month, National Golf Month and National Motorsports Awareness Month.
This is the full list of National Monthly observances:
- Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month
- International Peace Month
- Medic Alert Awareness Month
- Motorsports Awareness Month
- National Brownies at Brunch Month
- Get ready for Kindergarten Month
- Black Business Month
- National Immunization Awareness Month
- Family Fun Month
- National Catfish Month
- National Eye Exam Month
- National Golf Month
- National Peach Month
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month
- National Back to School Month
- National Wellness Month
- National Crayon Collection Month
- Happiness Happens Month
- National Sandwich Month
- National Water Quality Month
- Romance Awareness Month
- National Goat Cheese Month
- National Panini Month
But don’t stop with just these activities, with all these fun and offbeat holidays, there is more than just finishing up summer to celebrate this month.
Fun Facts about August
The month of August has arrived, so let’s catch up with a few facts about the eighth month of the year.
- The birthstones for the month of August are peridot and sardonyx.
- Flowers that honor the month are the gladiolus and the poppy.
- If you follow the signs of the Zodiac, August 1 to 22 is associated with Leo and August 23 to 31 with Virgo.
- Famous August birthdays are Barack Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck, Madonna, Robert DeNiro, and Peter O’Toole.
- Thomas Edison invented the phonograph on 12th August in 1877.
- On August 1, 1944, Anne Frank wrote her last entry in her famous diary.
- On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency of the United States, making him the only US president to do so.
Calendar for the national days in August
The calendar below lists the national days of August, day by day. Some of these days have links to pages on my site where you can find more information about that interesting national day.
Even though the outdoor summer days are prominent in August, there are many other ways to celebrate, as well.
From National Girlfriends day on August 1, to National Relaxation Day on the 15th, this month is full of fun.
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- National Girlfriends Day
- National Minority Donor Awareness Day
- Respect for Parents Day
- National Mahjong Day
- National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
- Homemade Pie Day
- Play Ball Day
- Rounds Resounding Day
- Woman Astronomers Day
- Spiderman Day
- World Lung Cancer Day
- World Wide Web Day
- Yorkshire Day
- National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
- National Coloring Book Day
- National CAD Day
- Dinosaurs Day
- National Grab Some Nuts Day
- National Georgia Day
- National Watermelon Day
- Airplane Crop Duster Day
- National Coast Guard Day
- National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- National White Wine Day
- Hooray for Kids Day
- Single Working Woman Day
- National Oyster Day
- National Underwear Day
- National Work Like A Dog Day
- Green Pepper Day
- International Traffic Light Day
- National Fresh Breath Day
- National Wiggle Your Toes Day
- National Gossip Day
- National Root Beer Float Day
- Corporate Baby Name Day
- Hiroshima Day
- National Lighthouse Day
- National Raspberries N’ Cream Day
- National Sea Serpent Day
- Purple Heart Day
- Beach Party Day
- Professional Speakers Day
- Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
The first week is done but there is so much more to experience. Check out these national days!
- National CBD Day
- National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
- National Dollar Day
- National Zucchini Day
- National Happiness Happens Day
- National Frozen Custard Day
- International Cat Day
- The Day to Create
- National Rice Pudding Day
- National Book Lovers Day – Also first Saturday in November
- National Holding Hand Day
- National Veep Day
- National Polka Day
- International Day of the World’s Indigenous People
- National Lazy Day
- National S’mores Day
- National Shapewear Day
- National Connecticut Day
- National Spoil Your Dog Day
- National Duran Duran Appreciation Day
- Smithsonian Day
- World Lion Day
- National Son’s and Daughter’s Day
- National Presidential Joke Day
- National Panini Day
- National Raspberry Bombe Day (also known as National Raspberry Tart Day)
- Annual Medical Check up Day
- Play in the Sand Day
- Presidential Joke Day
- Ingersoll Day
- National Middle Child Day
- National Julienne Fries Day
- National Vinyl Record Day
- Baseball Fans Day
- IBM PC Day
- Truck Driver Day
- International Youth Day
- World Elephant Day
- National Filet Mignon Day
- Left-Handers Day
- National Prosecco Day
- National V-J Day (unofficial, also September 2)
- National Creamsicle Day
- National Financial Awareness Day
- National Navajo Code Talkers Day
- National Wiffleball Day
- Colorbook Day
- National Leathercraft Day
- National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
- National Relaxation Day
- National Failures Day
- I Love Cowboys and Cowgirls Day
- Julia Child’s Birthday
Additional national days of August that change each year
Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year. These days depend on the calendar for the current year.
Changeable national days in the first half of August
- American Family Day – (First Sun.)
- National Friendship Day – (First Sun.)
- National Doll Day – (First Sun.)
- National Sisters Day – (First Sun.)
- National Kids Day – (First Sun.)
- International Forgiveness Day – (First Sun.)
- Assistance Dog Day – (Monday of First full Week)
- National Night Out Day – (First Tues.)
- National IPA Day – (First Thurs.)
- International Beer Day – (First Fri.)
- National Disc Golf Day – (First Sat.)
- National Jamaican Patty Day – (First Sat.)
- National Mustard Day – (First Sat.)
- Mead Day – (First Sat.)
- Taxpayer Appreciation Day – (First Sat.)
- Gay Uncles Day – (Second Sun.)
- Victory Day – (2nd. Mon.)
- National Kool Aid Day – (2nd Fri.)
- National Model Aviation Day – (Second Sat.)
- National Bowling Day – (Second Sat.)
- National Garage Sale Day – (Second Sat.)
- Celebrate your lakes Day – (Second Sat.)
- National Spirit of ’45 Day – (Second Sun.)
More National Days in August
Here we are at the half way mark. Has your favorite national day been listed yet? Don’t give up. We have lots more fun in store.
How about National Bratwurst Day or National Tooth Fairy Day? Both are still to come!
- National Airborne Day
- National Rum Day
- National Tell a Joke Day
- National Roller Coaster Day
- National Men’s Grooming Day
- National Bratwurst Day
- True Love Forever Day
- National I LOVE My Feet Day!
- National Thrift Shop Day
- Black Cat Appreciation Day
- National Nonprofit Day
- National Massachusetts Day
- National #2 Pencil Day
- National Vanilla Custard Day
- Baby Boomers Recognition Day
- Balloon Airmail Day
- National Ice Cream Pie Day
- National Fajita Day
- National Bad Poetry Day
- National Mail Order Catalog Day
- Serendipity Day
- Helium Discovery Day
- Never Give Up Day
- National Aviation Day
- National Soft Ice Cream Day
- National Hot and Spicy Food Day
- National Potato Day
- National Sand Castle and Sculpture Day
- International Bow Day
- Cupcake Day
- International Orangutan Day
- ‘Black Cow’ Root Beer Float Day
- World Humanitarian Day
- National Radio Day
- National Bacon Lover’s Day
- National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
- World Mosquito Day
- National Brazilian Blowout Day
- National Spumoni Day
- National Senior Citizens Day
- National Surgical Oncologist Day
- National Bao Day
- National Eat a Peach Day
- National Be an Angel Day
- Never Bean Better Day
- National Tooth Fairy Day
- National Pecan Torte Day
- Black Woman’s Equal Pay Day
- National Ride The Wind Day
- National Sponge Cake Day
- Hug Your Sweetheart Day
- Buttered Corn Day
There is just one more week to come. Perhaps your favorite day will happen this week. We celebrate National Waffle Day and National Chop Suey Day and so many more!
- National Maryland Day
- National Knife Day
- National Peach Pie Day
- National Waffle Day
- Shooting Star Day
- Pluto Demoted Day
- International Strange Music Day
- Can Opener Day
- National Kiss and Make Up Day
- National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
- National Banana Split Day
- National Park Service Founders Day
- National Whiskey Sour Day
- National Women’s Equality Day
- National Cherry Popsicle Day
- National Toilet Paper Day
- National WebMistress Day
- National Dog Day
- Musical Yoga Day
- Make your Own Luck Day
- National Pots De Creme Day
- National Petroleum Day
- National Just Because Day
- Kiss me Day
- Tarzan Day
- National Power Rangers Day
- National Bow Tie Day
- National Cherry Turnovers Day
- Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
- Red Wine Day
- Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day
- Radio Commercial Day
- International Read Comics in Public Day
- Checkers over the Keyboard Day
- National Chop Suey Day
- National Lemon Juice Day
- According to Hoyle Day
- More Herbs, Less Salt Day
- National Toasted Marshmallow Day
- National Grief Awareness Day
- National Beach Day
- National Holistic Pets Day
- Frankenstein Day
- International Day of the Disappeared
- National Diatomaceous Earth Day
- National Trail Mix Day
- National South Carolina Day
- National Matchmaker Day
- We Love Memoirs Day
- Eat Outside Day
- Love Litigating Lawyers Day
More national days of August that change each year
These days of the year don’t fall on the same date each year, although most of them happen on the same day of the week.
Changeable national days in the second Half of August
- Stay Home with your Kids Day – (3rd Mon.)
- National Medical Dosimetrist Day – (3rd Wed.)
- World Honey Bee Day – (Third Sat.)
- International Homeless Animal’s Day – (Third Sat.)
- World Honeybee Day – (Third Sat.)
- Sacrifice our Needs for Other’s Wants Sunday – (last Sun.)
- Motorist Consideration Day – (last Mon.)
- Touch a Heart Day – (Last Tues.)
- Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday – (last Wed.)
- Forgive your Foe Friday – (Last Fri.)
- Speak Kind Words Saturday – (last Sat.)
- Pony Express Day – (Last Sat.)
- National College Colors Day – (Fri. before Labor Day)
- International Bacon Day – (Saturday before Labor Day)
- Franchise Appreciation Day – (Saturday before Labor Day)
Just for the foodies!
If you are a foodie, I have some special National Day Calendars just for you.
Each month has its own list of Foodie National days and each month celebrates different food holidays. Here are some other foodie National Day Calendars that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:
- January food holidays
- February holidays for foodies
- March national food days
- List of food days in April
- May national food holidays.
- List of food days in June
- Calendar of food days in July
- August national food days
- September national food days
More to come later!
National days calendar printables
If you like to plan ahead, be sure to check out my monthly printable calendars. Each one features one National Day that I have featured. It’s great for planning craft projects, recipes and outdoor activities to honor the special days.
For all my national days calendar printables check out these pages:
- January national day calendar
- March national day calendar
- April national day calendar
- May national day calendar
- June national day calendar
- July national day calendar
- August national day calendar
- September national day calendar
- October national day calendar
- November national day calendar
- December national day calendar
All 2021 calendars have been updated now! (2022 calendars to come in a few months)
Monthly national day lists
There are over 2000 National Days in the year and each month has over 150 special days to celebrate. Get all the monthly calendars here:
- National days of January
- National days in February
- March national days
- List of national days in April
- Calendar of national days in May
- National days of June
- National days of July
- National days in August (this month)
- National days in September
- List of national days in October
- November national days
- December national days
Need more inspiration for national days?
If you are looking for some inspiration for discovering more about all the National Days, be sure to check out my National Days board on Pinterest.
Which are your favorite national day in August?
Pin the list of national days in August for later
Would you like a reminder of these national days? Just pin this image to one of your boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.
Print out a to do list of national days in August
Would you like to keep track of your favorite national days of August? Print out this to do list and fill in things to do your your favorite days. It will help you plan your food and activities all month long!
Print out the to-do list out here on your web browser, or use the card below to print out a slightly smaller version of the to do list.
- Heavy cardstock or printer paper
- Computer printer
- Pen or pencil
- Add your heavy cardstock or printer paper into your Deskjet printer.
- Choose portrait layout and if possible "fit to page" in your settings.
- Print the to do list and fill in your favorite national days.
- Start planning!
- Using this print function on this card will print a calendar that fills about 1/2 - 3/4 of an 8 x 11 sheet of paper.
- To fill the entire page, choose 125% or "fit to page" on your printer if you have this setting, You can also use the link above this card to print on your browser.