Well July is almost over. The next big holiday on the calendar is Labor Day in September. So, what are you going to celebrate in August? Here are some opportunities according to the nationaltoday.com website.
August first has many choices with lots of events for appreciation, family and love. For example, it’s American Family Day. First celebrated in Arizona in 1977, the day “celebrates the bonds that laid the foundation for our lives, be it blood or otherwise.” Gift-giving is discouraged, except for the gift of time. The intent is to celebrate the “relationships built in a family and cherishing them in person.” August first is also National Friendship Day, National Girlfriend Day and National Sisters Day.
If you’re into food and beverages, August has many choices. Raspberry Cream Pie Day is on the first and Ice Cream Sandwich Day on the second. On the third you have both Grab Some Nuts Day and White Wine Day. Chocolate Chip Cookie Day falls on the fourth. Grab a beverage on the sixth either for International Beer Day or National Root Beer Float Day. A favorite condiment celebrates on the seventh with National Mustard Day. S’mores have their day on the tenth. Creamsicle falls on the fourteenth. You like a rum and coke? Your day is on the sixteenth. Potato lover? Get ready for National Potato Day on the nineteenth. Or on the twentieth grab a chocolate pecan pie and lemonade on their day. You can try a Cuban Sandwich on the twenty-third. Enjoy National Waffle Day on the twenty-fourth and National Red Wine Day on the twenty-eighth.
Circling back to relationships, I always look forward to the United States Coast Guard birthday on August fourth. This was my family for over 42 years, and on this day, we celebrate shipmates, our history and enjoy foods and beverages with the women and men, and their families, who served and are serving our nation. Speaking of families, August 11 is National Son and Daughter Day and on the twelfth it’s National Middle Child Day. If either of those apply, make sure to let them know it’s their day! Likewise, August 18 is National Couple’s Day. Whatever combination of “couple” applies to you, celebrate it together. Also reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors as appropriate on National Senior Citizens Day which is August 21. We shouldn’t forget about them!
Neither should we forget our fur babies. The death of a beloved pet can be a sad occasion. It was for Deborah Barnes when she said goodbye to her cat Mr. Jazz in 2013. She “published an emotional book that detailed her journey of letting Mr. Jazz go.” It was called “Purr Prints of the Heart – A Cat’s Tale of Life, Death and Beyond.” Her feelings were shared by many others, so she created Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day. First observed in 2015, now it falls on August 28 each year. On this day, folks take time out to remember their pets.
Some other days you might be interested in during August are Cycle to Work Day on the sixth, National Book Lovers Day on the ninth, National Bowling Day on the fourteenth, National Roller Coaster Day on the sixteenth, World Photo Day on the nineteenth and National Radio Day on the twentieth. You can also celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on the seventeenth and National Secondhand Wardrobe Day on the twenty-fifth. Both are good days to support our many thrift shops in Rohnert Park.
In closing, a day well worth celebrating is Women’s Equality Day on August 26. Tracing its origin to the early 19th century when women began campaigning for the right to vote, the right was secured in 1920 when the 19th Amendment was ratified. That amendment ensured voting rights for everyone regardless of gender. “Women aren’t done fighting for equal rights.” The wage gap still exists between men and women which impacts their economic power. And gender-based discrimination still exists in many workplaces and institutions. “To remind us of the struggles of the past, present, and future, Congress designated August 26 as Women’s Equality Day in 1971.” We give thanks to those women who fought to secure our rights. So, on this day, thank the women in your life. Support women-owned small businesses. Remember the women serving our nation in the military, and in our community as teachers, on boards and councils and through our churches and non-profits.