Thursday, July 30, 2015

Calendar Days—August’s Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions—Idea Starters for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s time again for Calendar Days. These are fun to read and also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. 

They’re also a fun writing prompt idea. 

In addition, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

August is:
Romance Awareness Month
Family Fun Month
National Catfish Month
Admit You’re Happy Month
National Picnic Month
Inventor’s Month
American Artists Appreciation Month
American Indian Heritage Month
National Goat Cheese Month
National Immunization Awareness Month
National Panini Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month
Peach Month
National Golf Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
National Simplify your Life Week

Week 2:
National Smile Week

Week 3:
Friendship week

Week 4:
Be Kind to Humankind Week

Individual Days
August 1
National Raspberry Cream Pie Day
Rounds Resounding Day
National Mustard Day
Girlfriends Day
World Wide Web Day
Us Air Force Day
Yorkshire Day

August 2
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Friendship Day
International Forgiveness Day
Sister’s Day

August 3
National Watermelon Day

August 4
Assistance Dog Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day
Social Security Day

August 5
Work Like a Dog Day
National Oyster Day
National Underwear Day

August 6
Wiggle Your Toes Day
National Root Beer Float Day
Fresh Breath Day

August 7
National Lighthouse Day
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
Professional Speakers Day
Purple Heart Day

August 8
Garage Sale Day
Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
Happiness Happens Day
International Cat Day
Odie Day (Garfield’s Pal)

August 9
Rice Pudding Day
Book Lover’s Day

August 10
Lazy Day
World Lion Day
National Duran Duran Day
Skyscraper Appreciation Day
National S’mores Day

August 11
Son and Daughter Day
Ingersoll Day
Play in the Sand Day
Presidential Joke Day (did you hear the one about…)

August 12
Middle Child’s Day
World Elephant Day
Vinyl Record Day
International Youth Day

August 13
International Left Hander’s Day

August 14
V-J Day (marks the end of WWII. There are actually 3 dates with this designation. August 14—Japan surrenders; August 15Surrender announced to the world; September 2Ceremony and formal signing of surrender.)
National Creamsicle Day
National Navajo Code Talkers Day

August 15
Corn on the Cob Day
World Honey Bee Day
International Geocaching Day (Third Saturday in August)
International Homeless Animal Day
V-J Day (see note above)
National Relaxation Day

August 16
Rollercoaster Day
National Tell a Joke Day
National Airborne Day

August 17
National Thriftshop Day
Black Cat appreciation Day

August 18
Bad Poetry Day
Mail Order Catalog Day

August 19
Photography Day
World Humanitarian Day
Aviation Day

August 20
World Mosquito Day
Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
Lemonade Day
National Radio Day

August 21
Spumoni Day
Men’s Grooming Day
Senior Citizen’s Day
Poets Day

August 22
Be an Angel Day
National Tooth  Fairy Day (also celebrated on February 28)
Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 23
Valentino Day
Ride the Wind Day

August 24
Knife Day
Vesuvius Day
International Strange Music Day
Pluto Demoted Day

August 25
Kiss and Make Up Day

August 26
Women’s Equality Day
National Dog Day

August 27
Global Forgiveness Day
Just Because Day
Burger Day
The Duchess Who Wasn’t Day (Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, she’s responsible for the popular phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” It’s from her book, Molly Bawn) Just Because Day

August 28
Bow Tie Day
Radio commercials Day
Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day

August 29
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Individual Rights Day
Franchise Appreciation Day
According to Hoyle Day

August 30
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
Slinky Day
National Holistic Pet Day
Pony Express Day
Frankenstein Day

August 31
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
We Love Memoirs Day
National Trail Mix Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for next month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Don't forget to join the conversation!


  1. Aug. 9th (Book Lovers Day) and Aug. 10th (Lazy Day) sure make a nice pair! I'd love to celebrate by reading another new book and doing absolutely nothing else!

    1. Amanda, you picked my favorite two of the month! Thanks for sharing! Blessings, E

  2. HI Edie, the click to tweet is not working. I always tweet these.
    My Birthday is Aug 2. Love that it is friendship day and Ice cream is involved.

    1. Cherrilynn, thank you. I just fixed the Tweetables, not sure why it didn't take the first time! Happy early birthday! Blessings, E

  3. I always love your posts and love to share them. I just retweeted "old-fashioned" way through the twitter icon. This is great, Edie!

    Thanks so much.

    1. Julie, thanks for the extra work to retweet! And thank you for stopping by, Blessings, E

  4. I love when you post these, Edie!! Thanks for the blogging help. :-)

    1. Ane, thank you! I never want to overuse any idea, but I love crazy holidays and I'm glad you all do too! Blessings, E

  5. I love these posts, Edie! My son's birthday is on the 3rd. I think we'll be eating watermelon that day. :)

    I love the idea of creating posts about the first week in August—ideas for simplifying your life. If I don't write about it, I can at least take steps in this direction of simplifying my life. ;) Friendship week would be another good topic to write on—maybe those friendships that have made a difference in my life, or impacted me in some way.

    1. Jeanne that's a great idea! And I'm glad you mentioned ideas for the designated weeks. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, E

  6. I love this! My son's birthday is the 11th, and it's Son and Daughter day! Whoop!! Thanks for the list. Great idea for story starters.

    1. That's a cool coincidence! Thanks for sharing, Blessings, E