10 Special Holidays and Events in August

Celebrating our youth, our girlfriends, our dogs, and much more!

By Kyrie Collins, Macaroni KID Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher August 1, 2022

The hot days of August are upon us, and I'm loving all this time outside with my kiddos! But 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 celebrate to make the most of all that is August.

World Breastfeeding Week
August 1-7

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.

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National Girlfriends Day
August 1

Sounds like a good excuse to plan a night out with your BFFs!

Need ideas? Our guide to Babysitter-Worthy Events in August has more than 20 suggestions we think you won't want to miss!

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National Night Out
August 2

National Night Out, observed annually on the first Tuesday of August, is a night for community building. Check out these local events:

  • Tuesday, August 2: National Night Out at Philip S. Miller Park in Castle Rock will have a number of hands-on activities, demonstrations, and giveaways. Plus, the Castle Rock Police will serve up free hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks!
  • Wednesday, August 3: Ice Cream Social at Civic Green Park in Highlands Ranch will have all-you-can-eat ice cream treats and snow cones for $2. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting their Highlands Ranch location of National Night Out at the event.
  • Saturday, August 6: National Night Out Car Show & Shine at O'Brien Park in Parker features special police demonstrations and vehicles, food trucks, and much more.

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Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Front Porch Day
August 8

Overrun by zucchini from your garden? Sneak some onto your neighbor's porch today! Yep, there's really a day for this!

Or you could try one of our delicious recipes:

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National S'mores Day
August 10

Few things say "summer" better than a toasted marshmallow paired with chocolate on a graham cracker!

No fire? No problem! We've got 10 No-Campfire S'mores Ideas for you to try!

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International Youth Day
August 12

This 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 are the most pressing issues of today. You might be surprised by their insights.

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Pluto Demoted Day
August 24

This commemorates the day in 2006 when it was announced that poor Pluto had been demoted from its planetary status.

Have kids interested in space? It's the perfect time to pique your kids' interest with the James Webb Space Telescope sending back unbelievable pictures.

Follow the telescope and its latest images on NASA's site.

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Dog Day
August 26

Celebrate the pup in your life today! Don't have one? Stop by your local animal shelter for a pet, or to give a donation.

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Women's Equality Day
August 26

Women’s Equality Day marks the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted the right to vote to women.

We still have a ways to go to achieve equity... and voting has never been so important. Exercise that right!

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Anniversary of "I Have a Dream" Speech
August 28

Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream” speech on this day in 1963. Read the speech (or watch the video below) with your kids and talk about Dr. King's message.

How far have we come? How far do we have to go?