Holidays in August

Holidays in August give you Coast Guard Day, Family Day, Friendship Day, and even the Sturgis Motorcyle Rally! One thing you might notice is that August has no Federal holidays!

But that doesn't keep people from celebrating Smokey Bear's birthday or looking for double trouble on Twins Day.

For those of you interested, the flower for August is the gladiolus or poppy. The birthstone is peridot.

Summer Poems

Holidays in August

August 4

Coast Guard Day

August 6

Atomic Bomb Day

August 9

Smokey Bear's Birthday

August 14

V-J Day

August 15

National Relaxation Day

August 19

National Aviation Day

August 26

Women's Equality Day

More Holidays in August

Family Day - Arizona state holiday - celebrated the 1st Sunday in August
- Quotes About Family

Friendship Day - celebrated the 1st Sunday in August
- Poems About Friendship
- Quotes About Friendship
- Friendship Bible Verses

Sister's Day - celebrated the 1st Sunday in August
- Sister Poems
- Sister Quotes

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - rolling thunder the first full week in August

Twins Days - a double-take the first full weekend in August

National Homeless Animals Day - the 3rd Saturday in August

Holidays in August Full Month Celebrations

National Immunization Awareness Month

National Psoriasis Awareness Month

Women's Small Business Month

National Back to School Month

National Goat Cheese Month

Notable August Dates

August 1, 1936 - 11th Olympic Games - Berlin, Germany. August 3-9, 1936, Jesse Owens becomes the first American to win four Olympic gold medals in track and field.

August 2, 1876 - Wild Bill Hickok, famed American lawman, gunfighter, scout, and gambler, was shot dead by Jack McCall. Wild Bill was playing poker at the time in Saloon No. 10, in Deadwood, South Dakota.

August 2, 1943 - In the dark, early morning hours off the Solomon Islands, the American patrol boat PT-109, was hit and ripped in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri. PT-109 was commanded by Lt.jg John F. Kennedy, Jr. (later President of the United States), who was instrumental in saving his crew.

August 3, 1492 - Christopher Columbus sets sail from the Spanish port of Palos in search of a western route to the Indies.

August 1914 - World War I (The Great War) begins although the United States did not enter the war until April of 1917.

August 5, 1957 - American Bandstand, a music show for teenagers and hosted by Dick Clark, made it's national television debut out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

August 10, 1821 - Missouri became the 24th state to join the Union. It was also the first state west of the Mississippi.

August 12, 1908 - Model T Ford (also known as the Tin Lizzie) rolled off an assembly line in Detroit, Michigan for the first time.

August 12, 1960 - Echo 1, NASA's first experimental communications satellite, was sent into orbit. It was a large metallized balloon.

August 13, 1860 - Annie Oakley, born as Phoebe Ann Moses but also known as "Little Sure Shot", was born on this day in Darke County, Ohio.

She started shooting at the age of 8 to help feed her family and continued to hone her sharpshooting skills throughout her life. With Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show she would shoot the flame off distant candles as well as apples off her husband's head. Sioux Chief Sitting Bull gave her the name "Little Sure Shot" and she met royalty while traveling in Europe.

The Broadway musical Annie Get Your Gun is based on her life and Will Rogers called her the "greatest rifle shot the world has ever produced. Nobody took her place. There was only one."

August 14, 1945 - World War II ends. President Truman announces that Japan has surrendered.

August 15, 1945 - V-J Day (Victory over Japan) was declared. (The formal surrender ceremony was performed aboard the battleship U.S.S. Missouri on September 2, 1945.)

August 15-18, 1969 - Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur's farm near Bethel, New York. Some 500,000 people attended. It was listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll.

August 16, 1977 - Elvis Presley died in Memphis, Tennessee. Born Elvis Aaron Presley on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi, he was 42 when he died.

August 18, 1587 - England had been trying to establish a colony in the New World. In 1587, a second group was sent to America under the leadership of John White. They established a colony at Roanoke, later to become the Virginia Colony and on August 18, 1587, his daughter, Eleanor White Dare, gave birth to a baby girl named Virginia Dare. This little girl was the first child of English parents to be born in America.

John White then had to return to England for much needed supplies. Because of war between England and Spain, he was unable to return to America for three years.

On August 18, 1590, Virginia Dare's third birthday, John White returned but found no one left. There is speculation that the colonists may have tried to return to England or that they were killed by hostile Indians or Spaniards or that they moved inland and lived with friendly natives.

Whatever happened, John White had to return to England and was never able to return to America. This early colony became known as the Lost Colony of Roanoke.

August 21, 1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state when President Eisenhower signed an executive order.

August 24, 1814 - It was on this date during the War of 1812 that British troops marched on Washington, DC and set fire to the US Capitol and White House. This is the only time in US history that our nation's capital has fallen into enemy hands.

August 28, 1963 - Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.

" ... when we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

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