Friday, July 29, 2016

30 Days of Idea Starters for Writers - Calendar Days - August's Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions

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
Happiness Happens Month
Peach Month
Water Quality Month
Family Fun Month
National Eye Exam Month
National Catfish Month
Admit You’re Happy Month
National Picnic Month
American Artists Appreciation Month
What Will Be Your Legacy Month
National Golf Month

Weekly Celebrations
Week 1:
National Simplify your Life Week
National Cleanse Your Skin 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
Respect for Parents Day
World Lung Day
Rounds Resounding Day
NationalGirlfriends Day
World Wide Web Day
Air Force Day
Yorkshire Day

August 2
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
National Coloring Book Day
National Night Out

August 3
Clean Your Floors Day
National Grab Some Nuts Day
National Watermelon Day

August 4
Assistance Dog Day
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
U.S. Coast Guard Day

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

August 6
National Wiggle Your Toes Day
National Disc Golf Day
National Mustard Day
Sandcastle Day
National Root Beer Float Day
National Fresh Breath Day

August 7
Purple Heart Day
National Lighthouse Day
International Forgiveness Day
American Family Day
National Friendship Day
National Raspberries N’ Cream Day
National Sisters Day
Doll Day
Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day
Professional Speakers Day

August 8
National Frozen Custard Day
National Dollar Day
National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
National Happiness Happens Day
International Cat Day
Odie Day (Garfield’s Pal)

August 9
National Veep Day
National Rice Pudding Day
National Book Lover’s Day

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

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

August 12
National Julienne Fries Day
National Vinyl Record Day
National Middle Child Day
International Youth Day

August 13
International Left Hander’s Day
National Bowling Day
National Filet Mignon Day
National Garage Sale 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
Social Security Day
National Navajo Code Talkers Day

August 15
Best Friend’s Day
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
National V-J Day (see note above)
National Relaxation Day

August 16
National Rollercoaster Day
Wave at the Surveillance Cameras Day
National Tell a Joke Day
National Airborne Day

August 17
National Thriftshop Day
National I LOVE My Feet Day
Black Cat appreciation Day

August 18
Bad Poetry Day
National Ice Cream Pie Day
National Mail Order Catalog Day

August 19
Photography Day
National Soft Ice Cream Day
World Humanitarian Day
National Aviation Day

August 20
World Mosquito Day
International Geocaching Day (Third Saturday in August)
International Homeless Animals Day
World Honey Bee Day
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
National Radio Day

August 21
National Spumoni Day
National 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
National Sponge Cake Day
National Ride the Wind Day

August 24
Knife Day
National Waffle Day
National Peach Pie Day
Vesuvius Day
International Strange Music Day
Pluto Demoted Day

August 25
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
National Banana Split Day
National Kiss and Make Up Day

August 26
National Women’s Equality Day
National Cherry Popsicle Day
National WebMistress Day
National Dog Day

August 27
Global Forgiveness Day
National Just Because Day
Franchise Appreciation 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
National Cherry Turnovers Day
Pony Express Day
Radio commercials Day
Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day

August 29
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
Marine Corps Reserve Birthday
Individual Rights Day
National Chop Suey Day

August 30
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
International Whale Shark Day
Slinky Day
National Holistic Pet Day
Frankenstein Day

August 31
Love Litigating Lawyers Day
National Matchmaker 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. I have a question not a comment, although this list is intriguing. Do these special days take place every August all the time or only for this year?

  2. What a fun list. I am celebrating a few: National Girlfriend Day, National Sisters Day, National Book Lovers Day, and of course, Clean Your Floor Day. However, August 14, VJ Day is a reminder that the hostilities ceased; my father and his fellow staff members at the Army hospital in Manilla were allowed to return to their families in the US and build the lives which we are still enjoying.