August 14th V-J Day

Germany had already surrender during World War 2 but Japan did not concede until a few months later after the allies brought the full weight of their power to the venture. Japan actually surrendered on August 14th, 1945 but it was not released to the press until August 15th so many people celebrate August 15th as V-J Day. The formal surrender was received on the the USS Missouri on September 2nd, 1945 closing out the end of one of the darkness times of humanities history.

How to celebrate – Remember those who gave their lives for freedom. Read about the war with Japan. See if you had any family members who fought against Japan.

August 13th National Garage Sale Day

There are some 100,000 to 165,000 garage sales across the United States every week, most falling on weekends. It’s a great way to make a little extra cash from those things you have in the house that you don;t want or so seldom use that you don’t even remember you have. Remember, one mans trash is another man’s treasure! It’s also a nice way to meet neighbors and enjoy a day outdoors. And keep in mind, people go to garage sales to dicker over the pricing so don’t get upset with them because it is the nature of the beast!

How to celebrate – Throw a garage sale. Go to a garage sale. Form a neighborhood garage sale.

August 12th World Elephant Day

For being a 13,000-pound animal, Elephants are pretty graceful. They general eat some 16 hours day to keep their weight mass up. They are called nature’s gardeners as they only eat plants. Its only real enemy is man and we have done a lot of damage in the name of getting ivory. Over half of the world’s population of elephants, both in Africa and Asia have been slaughtered by man. Elephants do have a great memory as well and can live up to 86 years, There have been over some 300 different species Elephants over time some of which have been completely hunted down.

How to celebrate – Go on Safari so you can see the animal’s natural habitat. Get an Elephant for a pet, but you probably need to house break them. Care about your world and the animals in it

August 11th Son and Daughter Day

Most parents want to have a boy and a girl if they have two children, naturally they settle for (And love) whatever they get. And in a perfect world, we would probably like to get to experience having one of each, or more. Today we celebrate those families that have at least one son and one daughter. We should probably just call this children’s day because we don’t want to leave out those who have two girls or two boys or just one child. Of course you have all the non-binary associations today as well that even though you may have had a son and daughter born to you they may actually be neither!

How to celebrate – Let your children know you love them no matter who they are. Be proud of your children, most are doing their best. Celebrate your children everyday.

August 10th World Lion Day

So you like cats? How about really, really big cats!?! Like the size that plays with you instead of you playing with it! Yes, we are talking about the “King of the Jungle”, the lion. They can run up to 50 miles an hour, weigh as much as 420 lbs and live from 15-16 years in the wild. That is if man lets them live that long. Today was created by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, of “Big Cat Rescue”, in 2013.

How to celebrate – Help save the lions in the wild before they are gone. Go on a picture taking Safari, not a gun hunting Safari. (Though you might want to take a gun along just in case) Live and let live.

August 9th Book Lover’s Day

I look forward to this day every year, it is a day to enjoy the books you read. Hopefully you read more than one book a year but if you don’t, that’s cool too. Books educate us, entertain us and take us places we might not otherwise be able to go. Even if you just look at the pictures there is a lot to be for every kind of book out there! One I think you should read is a short story called, “Why the Evergreens Stay Green”. Check it out! https://www.amazon.com/Evergreens-Stay-Green-John-Olbert-ebook/dp/B01NCI7RAZ

How to celebrate – Read a book! Keep a list of your favorite authors books, see how many you have not read already. Explore new authors, or at least give them a try to decide whether their style is something you enjoy or not.

August 8th International Cat Day

So today we celebrate the household cat, all 500 million of them worldwide. Here in the US there are 95 million alone, I sort of would have expected more. We have 10, well nine that stay with us and one that wanders. Every day they find some reason to hate each other but eventually, around suppertime, find a way to get along. The oldest cat known to have lived was Creme Puff who lived to be 38 years and 3 days old. That’s a long time for any animal with a few exceptions. Today was created by in International Fund for Animal Welfare in 2002.

How to celebrate – Check to see how many cats live at your house, you might be surprised. Cats were originally a working animal used to keep the rodent population down. There are 40 different species of cats, yes that includes tigers, leopards, see how many you can name.

August 7th National Lighthouse Day

Lighthouses were vital to shipping back in the days of the sail, and even in early powers ships. Navigational tools were not what they are today and ships often went aground or sailed into rocks where no lighthouses existed. The first lighthouse in the world is believed to be one built in 300-200 BC in Egypt. The first lighthouse in America was in Boston , 1716. It was privately owned which eventually became a problem so the Federal Government took over the operations of most lighthouses in the United States on August 7th, 1789. Today was created by the U.S. Congress in 1989.

How to celebrate – Though most lighthouses are no longer operative you can still find ones to climb and view out of. Read about the exploits of lighthouse keepers over the years. See how many lighthouses there are in your state, you might be surprised.

August 6th National Mustard Day

August 6th National Mustard Day

The first Saturday in August brings out the mustard enthusiast in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin. They paint the town yellow to honor the mustard industry and the National Mustard Museum created by Barry Levenson since 1991. In recent years, weather allowing, the festival has turned into a street party where all seventeen brands of mustard made for the American market can be ample on hotdogs, pretzels, ham sandwiches, and anything your heart desires. Mustard adds a tangy flavor to everything that is used in combination with it, sometimes it even gets spicy hot! Make sure to sample just a taste of the mustard you are choosing so you know what you are getting yourself into.

How to celebrate – See how many of the National Mustard brands you can name that celebrate National Mustard Day. Try mustard on something new. Learn the different in yellow mustard and brown mustard.

August 6th Campfire Day

I don’t believe there is anything as relaxing as sitting around a campfire. It just seems to melt the day and your worries away, unless you are concerned about starting a forest fire of course. You don’t even have to have a conversation with those sharing the fire with you for the most part. But if you do, its a great time to cook hotdogs, roast marshmallows or make smores. They say it is best to start your fire before dark so that it at it’s peak when it actually does get dark, which is why Bob Matthews of Holiday Insights. com set this day in August because the sun begins to set a little earlier. He created today in 2017 but I think most of us have been celebrating it long before that.

How to celebrate – Start a campfire. (Make sure to follow all safety precautions) Invite friends to come you your campfire. Go camping.