10 August Events, Holidays Your Family Won't Want to Miss

Celebrating Youth, Girlfriends, and More in August

By Kara Murphy July 29, 2021

Those hot days of August are upon us — and we're loving all this time outside with our kiddos! But it also feels like summer is drawing to a close, with the start of a new school year just around the corner. Here are 10 holidays and events you and your family can mark this August.

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World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Federation in more than 120 countries, was created with the goal to provide support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. Aug. 1-7

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National Girlfriends Day 

Sounds like a good excuse for a night out with your BFFs! Aug. 1

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National Night Out

National Night Out, observed annually on the first Tuesday of August, is a night for community building. Aug. 3

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Today we raise a glass of milk to Ruth Graves Wakefield, the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie. She made the first batch in 1938 by chopping up pieces of a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar and mixing them into her dough. Aug. 4

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National S'mores Day

That's right. Give me s’more. We’ve got more than a dozen takes on this ooey, gooey, delicious summertime treat. Check out this idea for a S'mores buffet to help you find your favorite combination! Aug. 10

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International Youth Day

International Youth Day, a day designated by the United Nations, is an opportunity to celebrate the involvement of young people in issues worldwide, ranging from the political to the environmental. Take the opportunity to ask your kids what they think the most pressing issues of today are. You might be surprised by their insights. Aug. 12

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International Elephant Day

Elephants are a threatened species and International Elephant Day is a great chance to talk to your kids not only about this amazing creature, but also other endangered animals and the importance of caring for them and our world. Aug 12

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Bad Poetry Day

Get the whole family involved by writing bad poetry together — who can come up with the worst verse? Read them out loud and whoever gets the most groans wins. Aug. 18

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Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech 

Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream” speech on this day in 1963. Today, read the speech in its entirety with your kids and talk about King's message. How far have we come? How far do we have to go? Aug. 28