Welcome into month number eight of the Craziest Year Ever. When I was casting about for something nice to say about this month that we can all agree is the hottest, most humid, and most conducive to hurricanes (we have one off the coast even as I’m posting this), I realized that August is the only month without an official holiday.
It’s true. You can look it up.
- January has New Year’s Day and MLK Day.
- February gets all the love with Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.
- March goes green with St. Patrick’s Day and a lot of basketball madness.
- April gives us Spring, Easter, and tax day (except when it’s a crazy year like this one).
- May is remembered for Mother’s Day and Memorial Day.
- June celebrates Father’s Day.
- July waves the Independence Day flag.
- August – ???
- September touts Labor Day.
- October has Columbus Day and Halloween.
- November revels in the Thanksgiving four-day-weekend.
- December gives us Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
See? No holidays for August. It’s also one of the months with 31 days, which only adds insult to injury: More workdays without a break. No parties for you, August. It’s like the month is constantly in trouble.
Helpful Wikipedia informs me that August was originally called Sextilis – which might explain why it’s always in trouble … haha, kidding … no seriously, sextilis actually means “sixth” in Latin (back then it was the sixth month) – and then around 700 BC it became the eighth month when January and February were added. (Wouldn’t you like to see the minutes of that meeting? “We don’t seem to have enough months, and that’s messing up my PTO. I move that we add two more and put them at the beginning.” “Second!”)
Years later, Julius Caesar, whose ego required him to name things after himself, created the Julian calendar (see?), added two days to August (a-ha, I bet that’s why they stabbed him!), and renamed it August (again with the ego). Apparently he chose this month as his namesake because that’s when he enjoyed most of his triumphs, including the conquest of Egypt.
Which still doesn’t count as a holiday.
Fortunately, in my quest for something praiseworthy about August, I stumbled across a site (nationaltoday.com), which has quite the list of celebratory moments for each month. (It’s a fabulous site. Go bookmark it.) One in August is National Just Because Day on August 27, which pretty much sums up the whole month.
Here are some of August’s more interesting festive features. Plan accordingly.
Food and Beverage
- August 1: National Mustard Day
- August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
- August 3: National Watermelon Day
- August 7: International Beer Day
- August 16: National Rum Day
- August 18: National Fajita Day
- August 19: National Potato Day
- August 23: National Sponge Cake Day
- August 24: National Waffle Day
- August 28: National Red Wine Day
- August 31: National Trail Mix Day
- August 8: International Cat Day
- August 10: National Spoil Your Dog Day
- August 17: National Black Cat Appreciation Day
- August 26: National Dog Day
- August 28: National Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
- August 1: National Coloring Book Day
- August 9: National Book Lovers Day
- August 12: National Middle Child Day
- August 13: International Left-Handers Day
- August 16: National Tell A Joke Day