Weird August Holidays – List of Strange & Unusual August Observances

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Strange and Weird August Holidays & Observances

 We have some strange and very weird August holidays ahead of us that you will not believe! Have you ever heard of Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day? How about Crackers Over The Keyboard Day?Neither did I – until this long list of August monthly, weekly, and daily observances came together. 

MamaNYC features a list of the strangest and most bizarre holidays observed each and every month. Looking for more months in the calendar? Want to see what strange holidays fall on your birthday? Scroll to the bottom of

August Monthly Observances

American Adventures Month

American Indian Heritage Month

American History Essay Contest (8/1 – 12/15) 

Black Business Month

Cataract Awareness Month  Get Ready For Kindergarten Day

Celery, Fennel and Cactus Month 

Children’s Eye Health & Safety Month

Children’s Vision & Learning Month

Get Ready for Kindergarten Month

Golf Month

Happiness Happens Month 

Motorsports Awareness Month

National Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Month 

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Panini Month 

National Minority Donor Awareness Month

National Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month

National Runaway Prevention Month

National Water Quality National Truancy Prevention Month 

National Water Quality Month 

National Win With Civility Month

Neurosurgery Outreach Month

Orange and Papaya Month 

Psoriasis Awareness Month 

What Will Be Your Legacy Month

August Weekly Observances

International Clown Week: 1-7 

Simplify Your Life Week: 1-7 

Rock for Life Week: 4-7 

National Farmers’ Market Week: 5-11 

Assistance Dog Week: 5-11   (Second Week)

Knights of Columbus Family Week: 5-11

National Resurrect Romance Week: 5-11 (2nd  Full Week)

Exercise With Your Child Week: 6-12

National Fraud Awareness Week: 6-10 (sponsored by the FCC to promote phone & mail fraud.)

Exhibitor Appreciation Week: 6-10 National Breastfeeding Week

Psychic Week: 6-10   (First full week)

Single Working Women’s Week: 6-10 

World Breastfeeding Week: 6-10 

Sturgis Rally: 6-12

National Hobo Week: 9-12

Elvis Week: 10-18

National Scrabble Week: 11-15

Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week: 12-18  (Always 2nd Week)

Weird Contest Week: 13-17 (Third Week)

National Aviation Week: 15-21  (Always week of Orville Wright’s Birthday)

Little League Baseball World Series: 17-26

Minority Enterprise Development Week: 19-25

Be Kind To Humankind Week: 25-31

National Safe at Home Week: 27-31 (Last M-F Week)

August Daily Observances 

Girlfriend’s Day: 1

Lughnasa (Celtic Harvest Festival): 1

National Minority Donor Awareness Day: 1

Respect For Parents: 1

Rounds Resounding Day: 1

Spiderman Day: 1

US Air Force Day: 1 

World Wide Web Day: 1

Braham Pie Day: 3

 Watermelon Day: 3

Coast Guard Day: 4

National Chocolate Chip Day: 4 

National Mustard Day: 4 (First Saturday)

Single Working Women’s Day: 4

Social Security Day: 4

Assistance Dog Day: 5 

Friendship Day: 5 (First Sunday) 

International Beer Day: 5 

National Doll Day: 5  (First Sunday) 

National Kids’ Day: 5 (First Sunday) 

National Underwear Day: 5

Sister’s Day: 5 (First Sunday)

Hiroshima Day: 6

National Fresh Breath (Halitosis)  Day: 6

Lighthouse Day: 7  

National Night Out: 7 (First Tuesday)

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day: 7

Professional Speakers Day: 7

Purple Heart Day: 7

The Date to Create: 8

Happiness Happens Day: 8

Odie Day: 8 (Garfield’s pal) Purple Heart Day August

Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night: 8

International Day of The World’s Indigenous People: 9

Veep Day: 9

National Duran Duran Appreciation Day: 10

Smithsonian Day: 10

S’mores Day: 10 

Kool-Aid Day: 11-12   (Always 2nd weekend)

Ingersoll Day: 11

National Garage Sale Day: 11 (2nd Saturday)

IBM PC Day: 12

International Youth Day: 12 International Lefthander's Day

Sewing Machine Day: 12

Vinyl Record Day: 12

International Lefthander’s Day: 13 

National Navajo Code Talkers Day: 14

V-J Day: 14

Best Friends Day: 15

Chauvin Day: 15

National Medical Dosimetrist Day: 15  (Third Wednesday)

National Relaxation Day: 15

Joe Miller’s Joke Day: 16

National Airborne Day: 16  

Meaning of "Is" Day: 17

National Thrift Shop Day: 17 

Men’s Grooming Day: 17   (3rd Friday)

Hug Your Boss Day: 17    (3rd Friday)

Bad Poetry Day: 18

Birth Control Pills Day: 18

International Geocaching Day: 18 (3rd Saturday)

Mail Order Catalog Day: 18

Serendipity Day: 18

(World) Daffodil Day: 18

Aviation Day: 19

"Black Cow" Root Beer Float Day: 19

August Cupcake Day Eid-Al Fitr: 19

World Humanitarian Day: 19

Cupcake Day: 20   (Third Monday)

International Homeless Animals Day: 20

Earth Over Shoot Day or Ecological Debt Day: 21 

Poet’s Day: 21

Senior Citizen’s Day: 21 

Southern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo Day: 22

Be An Angel Day: 22

Day For The Remembrance of The Slave Trade & Its Abolition: 23

Valentino Day: 23

Pluto Demoted Day: 24

Vesuvius Day: 24

National Waffle Day: 24

International Bat Night: 25-26

Kiss and Make Up Day: 25

National Second-hand Wardrobe Day: 25

National Dog Day: 26

Women’s Equality Day: 26

The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day: 27

Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day: 28

Radio Commercials Day: 28

Crackers Over The Keyboard Day: 28

According to Hoyle Day: 29

International Day Against Nuclear Tests: 29

Sarcoidosis Awareness Ribbon Cure More Herbs, Less Salt Day: 29

National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day: 29

XIV Paralympics Games: 29-9/9

National Holistic Pet Day: 30

National Toasted Marshmallow Day: 30  

Love Litigating Lawyers Day: 31


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  • Jo-Ann Brightman

    I guess the 2 children’s vision holidays go with Getting ready for Kindergarten, but why have National Truancy Prevention in the month when most schools are closed?- unless it’s for the very beginning of school when most truancies don’t occur?

  • Sarah L

    I’ll be celebrating National Thrift Shop Day: 17, National Mustard Day: 4 (First Saturday)National Mustard Day: 4 (First Saturday), Happiness Happens Day: 8 and Happiness Happens Month.

    Don’t worry, be happy!

  • Christine

    If only we could have a day off each holiday. Haha.
    And my boyfriend missed National Girlfriend’s Day. Grr.

  • LIndsay Lee

    Yum I guess I will have to make cupcakes on national cupcake day and make smores on national toasted marshmallow day! I never would have guess that august had that many holidays. =)

  • Richard Hicks

    Oh my! I think we have overdone it with celebrating just about anything on any day.

  • Liz

    I am most interested in the Cupcake day.

  • Michelle S

    Some of these are pretty tame, but then there are the bizarre ones. I wonder what goes into making something a national “day” lol.

  • Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle

    Thanks for sharing this. I run a postcard swap group and every month I try my best to observe some of the weird and off holidays we have. This was a great helper in thinking of swap ideas. Thanks so much again :)

  • Scott Prock

    We have one more entering Kindergarten this year, only two more left (seven have already entered before them). The funny thing … our youngest will be entering school the same year our two oldest will be on their senior year in high school.

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