Special Days and Observances in August

Join in Celebration of These Special Times

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The month of August has some really fun and interesting days to celebrate. The days listed here are those that should be of special interest to gifted children and their families. The month has also been set aside to focus on some special interests. You can find information and activities for the month as well as the special days in it.

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Month-Long Observances

Consider planning month-long activities with and for your child.

If you have a pre-kindergartner, now is a great time to work with your child on school preparation. You might even take a field trip to visit your child's new school!  If your child is older, consider making August a time to sharpen skills, purchase necessary supplies, and get a head start on schoolwork. Then grab some family fun before school starts.

  • American Artists Appreciation Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • Family Fun Month
  • National Back To School Month

Week-Long Observances

Weeklong holidays give families a chance to do something together more than once. Scrabble is a terrific game for gifted children and one they can enjoy for a lifetime. It may take more than a week to get kids into the exercise habit, but a few bike rides or runs together can be terrific for health and bonding.

  • National Scrabble Week: August 6 - 10
  • Exercise with Your Child Week: August 7 - 13
  • Aviation Week - August 15 - 21 (Always week of Orville Wright's Birthday on 19th)

    Special Days and Holidays

    Scan these special events to see if there are one or two you could celebrate together. Is your child a left-hander or a photographer? Is he or she particularly interested in volcanoes? August is a slow month, and a good time to learn or have fun together.

    • Military holidays that take place during the first week of the month offer a great opportunity to learn about our nation's history, visit landmarks, or take a field trip a museum.
    • During the second week of August, combine books, lazy fun, and playing in the sand for a lovely day at the beach.
    • The third week is loaded with creative opportunities. Bad poetry can be great fun for gifted kids and isn't it great that Poets Day offer an opportunity to improve that bad poetry into literature to be proud of!
    • The final week of the month offers a chance to something brand new. Strange Music Day, created by Patrick Grant, a New York City musician, is all about listening to a style of music you've never heard before.

    First Week

    • August 1 US Air Force Birthday
    • First Sunday in August National Friendship Day
    • First Sunday in August   4  American Family Day
    • August 4  Coast Guard Day
    • August 7  Sea Serpent Day

    Second Week

    • August 9  Book Lovers Day
    • August 9  Lazy Day
    • August 11  Play in the Sand Day
    • August 13  International Left Handers Day
    • August 14  National Financial Awareness Day

    Third Week

    • August 16  Tell a Joke Day
    • August 18  Bad Poetry Day
    • August 19  World Photography Day
    • August 20  Virtual Worlds Day
    • August 21  Poets Day

    Fourth Week

    • August 23  Ride the Wind Day
    • August 24  Strange Music Day
    • August 24  Vesuvius Day
    • August 29  Individual Rights Day

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