August – 2023 Holidays and Observations
It’s August! Summer is moving right along and just about ready to pass us by. Students are heading back to school, and days are getting shorter.
Below you’ll find some month, week, and daylong celebrations/observations (mostly US based). They are holidays/observations related to the content of this site that we’ve selected to highlight. Maybe we missed some, maybe we added some you don’t think apply.
If you’re interested in Food/Drink/Travel holidays, we have a list of those too over at Grecobon.
Which celebrations will you be making note of this month?
Black Business Month
Recognizing Black owned businesses across the country, August is Black Business Month! Approximately two million companies are owned by African Americans. They account for about 10 percent of U.S. businesses.
Black Business Month was founded by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. in August, 2004. You can learn more about Black Business Month from their website.
Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
Kindergarten as a concept dates as far back as the late 18th century in Austria and Strasbourg. The first English speaking Kindergarten in the United States was founded in 1860. In addition to learning letters and numbers or how to spell their name, children also benefit from being put into social situations if they aren’t normally around children their age. Check out library groups, or local playdates to get your child used to being around a group of children their age if they normally are not.
Whether your soon to be Kindergartner is your first child, last, or one in between, enjoy these last moments before Kindergarten begins. Document every memory, always.
National Back to School Month
As mentioned above, summer is coming to an end. Teachers prepare classrooms and lesson plans amongst a mile long of other to-do list items. Parents are getting school supplies and new clothes/sports equipment for their children while getting ready to adjust to an entirely new schedule for the coming school year.
Simplify Your Life Week
Observed the first week in August, Simplify Your Life Week focuses on decluttering your life. Not just objects but anything that causes stress or anxiety. Clutter doesn’t just fill our homes, but also our minds. Freeing up your time from things that drain you mentally and psychologically allows you to unwind, or focus on things you enjoy more.
On the other side of that, decluttering actual objects from your home saves you time and money. Think about it, less to clean or keep track of, less to take care of, and you can sell or donate items which will make you money or get you a write off for tax season.
“We’re all familiar with the idea of spring cleaning, but some late-summer simplifying is a great way to keep the clutter to a minimum going into fall. But simplifying your life isn’t just about removing the physical clutter out of your life. It’s meant to make us look closer at our lifestyle, and eliminate the things that keep us from enjoying life.”~Ideal Living website
August 5th – National Work Like A Dog Day
The term “work like a dog” means to work as hard and long as possible. Or think of a sheep dog, a dog who works with purpose. Pick a project and work hard at it so you can enjoy a “dog’s life” – one of happiness.
August 8th – National Dollar Day
This day commemorates this day in 1786 when Congress established the U.S. monetary system.
August 9th – National Book Lovers Day
Celebrate the devoted reader in your life. While some of us (me) have been working on the same book for months now, some people can push right through a book in a few days. I admire their ability to turn off outside distractions and immerse themselves in whatever they’re reading.
Did you know that public libraries first appeared in the middle ages?
August 9th – International Coworking Day
Coworking is when employees of different companies share a common space. There are cafes and rentable office spaces all over the world for such an environment. Many people who work from home crave the social interaction a few times a week. Working like this can create friendships and networking opportunities. Are you in a coworking situation? Or do you work from home every day or go into an office daily?
August 12th – National Bowling Day
National Bowling Day is celebrated the second Saturday in August. The modern game is believed to have originated in Germany as a way to have your sins forgiven, some version of the sport probably existed even in Ancient civilizations.
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August 12th – National Garage Sale Day
Who loves a good garage sale? National Garage Sale Day is celebrated the second Saturday in August. Check your online sale sites, browse neighborhoods having sales this day, or gather your gently used but no longer used items, price them, and put them up for sale! Whatever you don’t sell, donate!
August 15th – National Relaxation Day
Slow down, unwind, and relax. National Relaxation Day encourages us to take a break from the day to day grind. Being too stressed and tired can lead to illness, mental exhaustion, mood swings, and more. Take a breath and let it all out today!
August 17th – National Thrift Shop Day
Raise your hand if you love a bargain! August 17th celebrates national Thrift Shop Day. Grab some awesome gently used items for low low prices. Save yourself some money on clothes, home decor, and more!
August 25th – National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
Following up to last week’s Thrift Shop Day, August 25th is National Secondhand Wardrobe Day! Don a vintage outfit from your favorite fashion era, give your grandmother’s favorite sweater some love, and know that you saved money on your style!
August 26th – National Women’s Equality Day
Finally on this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment granted women in the United States suffrage. This momentous occasion is commemorated yearly on August 26th. Learn more about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Lucy Stone, and Alice Paul in this post about Leaders of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
August 26th – National Webmistress Day
Recognize and celebrate women in web development today! A male overrun industry, some forget that women are domineering in this field as well. If you want to remain gender neutral, you can always use the term – Web Guru.
There’s August for you.
For more celebrations in August you can check out one of our favorite sites – National Day Calendar.
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