14 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in August
Soak up the last bit of Summer with a month full of odd holidays.
1. August 2: Sister Day
I will be celebrating appropriately with a visit from that lovely lady right up there.
2. August 3: The Start of Psychic Week
But don't bother planning a surprise party for your resident clairvoyant.
3. August 5: Underwear Day
Underwear emporium Freshpair founded National Underwear Day on August 5, 2003. Since then it has grown to include events around the country that encourage the 80 percent of people who have worn the same style of underwear their whole lives to branch out.
4. August 7: National Lighthouse Day
In 1989, on the 200th anniversary of having signed "An Act for the Establishment and Support of Lighthouse, Beacons, Buoys and Public Piers" into law, Congress decreed August 7 to be National Lighthouse Day.
5. August 8: Middle Children's Day
Even though birth order doesn't really affect your personality.
6. August 9: Veep Day
Commemorates the day in 1974 when Gerald Ford became President without ever having been elected as either vice president or president. Ford had become vice president after Spiro Agnew resigned due to a kickback scandal. When Nixon later resigned amid the Watergate scandal, Ford found himself occupying the Oval Office. This was the first time the VP had become president under these terms.
7. August 10: S'Mores Day
The original recipe, published in Scout leader Loretta Scott Crew's 1927 Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts, called these campfire treats Some Mores.
8. August 12: Vinyl Record Day
First declared such in 2002, Vinyl Record Day is held on the anniversary of when Thomas Edison invented the phonograph in 1877.
9. August 15: Chauvin Day
If you're worried that this is a day to celebrate chauvinists—you're actually kind of right. But don't worry. On the anniversary of Napoleon Bonaparte's birthday we celebrate the interesting etymological history of the word "chauvinism," which comes from a man named Nicholas Chauvin, who so idealized Napoleon that he became internationally mocked for his blind loyalty to a cause. From there the term became associated with any misguided or ill-intentioned adherence to a particular cause, and finally, the discriminatory mindset it refers to today.
10. August 16: National Roller Coaster Day
This thrilling holiday is celebrated on the anniversary of the first U.S. patent awarded for a roller coaster, Richard Knudsen and J.G. Taylor's 1878 wooden design. The first roller coaster wouldn't be built, however, for another couple years by someone else entirely.
11. August 19: National Aviation Day
In 1939, Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Presidential Proclamation 2343, making August 19, Orville Wright’s birthday, National Aviation Day.
12. August 21: National Poets Day
A day to soothe the bruised egos of poets mocked just three days prior on August 18's Bad Poetry Day.
13. August 25: Founders' Day
Head to your nearest park on the anniversary of the 1916 founding of the National Park Service.
14. August 26: Women's Equality Day
Celebrated on the anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment, which prohibits discrimination in voting rights on the basis of sex. Also coincides with National Dog Day.
For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.
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