August Holidays

Is your August calendar at the ready? Mark down these unforgettable days! At National Today, we love celebrating 79 August holidays.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Aug. 1

DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter DogsAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 1

National Girlfriends DayRelationshipsU.S.

Aug. 1

Regatta DayFun, SportsCanada

Aug. 1

Spider-Man DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Aug. 2

National Coloring Book DayArts & Entertainment, FunU.S.

Aug. 2

National Ice Cream Sandwich DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 3

International Beer DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 3

National Watermelon DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 3

Tom Brady's BirthdaySportsU.S.

Aug. 4

Barack Obama’s BirthdayOther

Aug. 4

National Chocolate Chip Cookie DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 4

National Mustard DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 4

U.S. Coast Guard BirthdayFederalU.S.

Aug. 5

National Friendship DayRelationshipsU.S.

Aug. 5

National Sisters DayRelationshipsU.S.

Aug. 5

National Underwear DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Aug. 5

Work Like a Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 6

British Columbia DayInternationalCanada

Aug. 6

Heritage Day in AlbertaInternationalCanada

Aug. 6

Natal DayGovernmentCanada

Aug. 6

New Brunswick DayFederalCanada

Aug. 6

New South Wales Bank HolidayInternationalAustralia

Aug. 6

Northern Territory Picnic DayFood & BeverageAustralia

Aug. 6

Provincial DayGovernmentCanada

Aug. 6

Terry Fox DayCauseCanada, World

Aug. 7

National Lighthouse DayArts & EntertainmentU.S.

Aug. 8

Peace Festival in AugsburgReligiousWorld

Aug. 8

World Cat DayAnimalsWorld

Aug. 9

Discovery DayCulturalCanada

Aug. 9

National Book Lovers DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 9

National Women's DayCauseWorld

Aug. 10

National Lazy DayFunU.S.

Aug. 10

National Spoil Your Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 11

National Bowling DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 11

National Son and Daughter DayRelationshipsU.S.

Aug. 12

International Youth DayCauseU.S.

Aug. 13

International Lefthanders DayFunWorld

Aug. 14

National Financial Awareness DayCauseU.S.

Aug. 15

Chant at the Moon DaySpecial InterestOther

Aug. 15

Feast of the AssumptionReligiousOther

Aug. 15

National Relaxation DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 15

OnamReligiousWorld

Aug. 15

Royal National Agricultural Show DayFunAustralia

Aug. 16

National Rum DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 16

National Tell A Joke DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 17

Gold Cup ParadeCulturalCanada

Aug. 17

National Black Cat Appreciation DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 18

National Fajita DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 19

International Homeless Animals DayCauseWorld

Aug. 19

National Aviation DayTechnologyU.S.

Aug. 19

National Potato DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 19

World Humanitarian DayCauseWorld

Aug. 20

National Lemonade DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 20

National Radio DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 21

​Day of ArafahReligiousWorld

Aug. 21

National Senior Citizens DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 21

Ninoy Aquino DayInternationalWorld

Aug. 22

National Take Your Cat to the Vet DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 22

National Tooth Fairy DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 22

World Plant Milk DayFood & BeverageWorld

Aug. 23

Cheap Flight DayFunWorld

Aug. 23

Health Unit Coordinators DayCareerU.S.

Aug. 23

National Sponge Cake DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 24

National Waffle DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 25

National Banana Split DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 25

National Secondhand Wardrobe DayCauseU.S.

Aug. 26

National Dog DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 26

Raksha BandhanReligiousWorld

Aug. 27

National Heroes' Day holidayInternationalWorld

Aug. 27

National Just Because DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 28

National Red Wine DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 29

National Lemon Juice DayFood & BeverageU.S.

Aug. 30

National Beach DaySpecial InterestU.S.

Aug. 30

National Holistic Pet DayAnimalsU.S.

Aug. 31

National Trail Mix DayFood & BeverageU.S.

August

Back to School Month EducationU.S.

August

International Assistance Dog WeekAnimalsU.S.

August

National Eye Exam MonthHealthU.S.

August

National Immunization Awareness MonthHealthU.S.

What is the significance of August holidays?

Did you know that the month of August was named after the first Roman emperor? Augustus was a big deal—he brought two centuries worth of peace to Rome, developed networks of roads, and rebuilt huge swaths of the city. (He also might have been poisoned by his wife—some people are never happy.) We have August holidays just as epic as his legacy on our calendar, so get ready to celebrate these national days!

What are some memorable August holiday moments?

Summer calls for plenty of watermelon (Aug 3) and ice cream sandwiches (Aug 2)—good thing there's national days in August for both. Did you know that watermelon consumption began as early as the second millennium? The more you know—the more you eat.

Both cat and dog lovers have holidays in August to celebrate: It's World Cat Day on August 8 and National Dog Day on the 26th. And so the cat/dog feud is laid to rest for one month—Augustus would be proud.

We're celebrating some of the most important people in our lives this month. National days in August include National Sisters Day (Aug 6) and National Friendship Day (Aug 7). National Friendship Day might only have been invented to sell greeting cards, but that doesn't make it any less special.

Love books (Aug 9), bowling (Aug 13), or relaxing (Aug 15)? We do too—that's why we'll be celebrating all of these August holidays. Curl up with the world's first book, The Epic of Gilgamesh, or just take a nice nap!

Are we missing your favorite August holiday?

If you don't see a holiday you love to celebrate here, head to our holiday submission page and let us know! Make sure you've compiled a bit of information about your holiday before you submit. Is it celebrated widely? Does it have a track record of media coverage? Let us know about any August holidays we should add!

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