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On August 1st, National Girlfriends Day encourages women across the U.S. to get together and celebrate their special bond of friendship. 

Girlfriends fall into many categories. While many grew up together, others meet through work or college. Still, others share a bond much deeper; sisters and mothers meet the definition of girlfriends, too. 

When is National Boyfriend Day?

Though these types of relationships cross our minds frequently, we often fail to set aside time to spend with each other. The day promotes the laughter and joys girlfriends bring. Rarely do girlfriends let another go it alone. Not only do they enjoy spending time together, they support each other, too. While laughing and sharing secrets, girlfriends offer advice, and celebrate successes. When it’s time for a glass of wine, a chat over a cup of coffee or to go for a long walk, girlfriends are there.   

Friendship is one of the most special connections in life. 

Whether we have one or many, girlfriends make life better, fuller, and complete. These are the friends that can make you laugh at life’s silliest things. A girlfriend is who you turn to when life is not so kind. In its simplest form, National Girlfriends Day celebrates the unlimited ways life is better with our girlfriends in it. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalGirlfriendsDay

Today, let your gal pals know just how much they mean to you and how special they are in your life. Whether you go out for lunch or a drink, reminisce about the past or your future dreams. Give a small token of appreciation or mail a note. Maybe pick up the phone and make plans with your girlfriends. Be sure these relationships don’t become neglected.

Whatever you do, reach out often to stay in touch. Share all about Amazon’s Wedding Registry to prepare for that special day. Post on social media using #NationalGirlfriendsDay.


The earliest formal announcement of a National Girlfriends Day that National Day Calendar® found was created by mother-daughter authors Kathleen Laing and Elizabeth Butterfield in 2002. They selected September 20th for their celebration along with the publication of their book Girlfriends Getaway.

However, two other claims to National Girlfriends Day on August 1st appear, too. The first is Mistress Susan at who started celebrating in 2003. The second is website team Allie Savarino Kline and Sally Rodgers of who started celebrating in 2006.


NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY – First Sunday in August


On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the country and world to connect with friends. Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one. 

Friendships come in many forms, and we begin developing them when we’re very young. Throughout our lives, friendships and their meanings evolve. Our classmates and neighborhood pals explored the world with us. Together we shared experiences and made plans for the future. Eventually, paths diverge and new friends find a place in our social experience. Our world expands and our culture changes. 

With each new friend, we expand our view of the world. Their experiences contribute to new meaning in our lives. Through friendships, we grow and broaden our horizons. Eventually, the world becomes smaller and more connected. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFriendshipDay

Celebrate the friends you have and the new ones you have yet to meet!

  • Get in contact with your buddies for a chat or visit.
  • Accept an invitation to meet new people. You might make life-long friendships you didn’t know could exist.
  • Share a memory with old friends to spark a fun conversation.
  • Tell your friends how much you appreciate them.
  • Challenge your circle of friends to share an experience they think none of your other friends have had. You’ll discover new things about your friends and find out just how unique each of them is. 
  • Mail a card to your friend. (It was the original goal of the day.)

Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to connect with each other.


National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. However, by 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually, it died out completely. Then, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations. In April 2011, the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!

The official declaration invites us to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities.”

NATIONAL SISTERS DAY – First Sunday in August


National Sisters Day on the first Sunday in August celebrates the unique bond between sisters. This particular set of siblings embrace moments that make them laugh and cringe. While they don’t always agree, sisters have each other’s backs. 

All siblings have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there’s little way around the natural connection between siblings. Even those who don’t have a natural sister sibling know the bonds of sisterhood. Those who forge a relationship with their spouse’s sisters understand. Also, women who support each other through difficult times form a sisterhood.

Quote markA sister is like yourself in a different movie,
a movie that stars you in a different life. ~ Deborah Tannen

No two sisters are alike. From love interests to cars, sisters will disagree. And food, cleaning, and children require interventions. However, we rely on each other while privately envying a sister’s style, ability or grace. A sister understands when no one else does, sometimes when even you don’t. So, sister time provides vital healing. 

Whether your sisters harrassed you from day one or found you later in life, this day brings you back together. Cherish the memories and make plans to create new ones. Reconnect or patch up any misunderstandings. Sisters are forever.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalSistersDay

Is your sister getting married? Make this day a special celebration for her by telling her all about Amazon’s Wedding Registry.

If you don’t have a sister, celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girls’ night out! Other ways to celebrate sisters include:

  • Watch a sisterly movie like Sisters, Hannah and Her Sisters, Soul Food, Little Women, Frozen, or The Other Boleyn Girl.
  • Make memories together by taking a road trip with your sisters.
  • Get a professional photo taken of you and your sisters to cherish forever.

Post on social media using #NationalSistersDay to encourage others to do the same.


We were unable to identify the creator of National Sisters Day. 



On August 1st, Respect for Parents Day recognizes the leadership roles parents play in not only a child’s life but also in our communities. 

Parents provide their children with the first expression of love and a sense of security. As protectors and nurturers, parents set a foundation for leading and teaching children to be responsible. Each parent provides a form of communication and a way of making decisions and correcting mistakes.

A parent’s role in the community is essential, too.

In an effort to “make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have, and to reinstate the respect for parents that was evident in the past,” Respect for Parents Day was born.  These are the words of Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, as she created the day, which is observed on August 1st.

This day was created as a reminder that parents deserve and require respect and for all to consider the value that parents have in society. This isn’t limited to children only. Those who hold power over families must likewise respect the parent.

HOW TO OBSERVE #RespectForParentsDay

How do you show respect for your parents? If it isn’t something you think about much, consider these approaches on August 1:

  • Call your parents and ask them about their day.
  • Schedule time each week to spend time with your parents doing something they enjoy.
  • Tell your parents how much you appreciate everything they’ve done.
  • Ask their opinion. Even if you don’t take their advice, at least consider their perspective.
  • Help them with chores around the house, especially the heavy-duty ones, if your parents are older.
  • Listen to their wants and needs. When you do, you’ll learn something you may not have known before.
  • Surprise them with a token of your love and respect. If you’ve been listening to them, you might even surprise them with something they’ve wanted for a while.
  • While you may disagree with them, consider their perspective. Their environment, when they were young, the experiences they have lived through (both good and bad) shape our parents and influence their choices.
  • Give your parents some credit for your successes. Showing them gratitude for the love, support, and lessons they’ve instilled in you will allow them to show pride in their children.
  • Cook for them. It’s their turn to take a break and enjoy a relaxing conversation while someone else cooks for them.

Post on social media using #RespectForParentsDay and encourage others to join in.


Marilyn Dalrymple from Lancaster, CA, created Respect For Parents Day, which is celebrated annually on August 1st. You can sign the proclamation written by Mrs. Dalrymple, too. 



On August 1st, National Raspberry Cream Pie Day takes advantage of the ripe berries available this time of year. If you’re fortunate enough to enjoy some fresh-baked raspberry cream pie, it’s a day to celebrate!  

Raspberries are the edible fruit of the raspberry plant. Not only do they grow on woody stemmed perennials, but they’re a very commercial crop, too. If their thorny stems remind you of a rose bush, that’s because they are in the rose family. Their genus name is Rubus.   

Approximately 100 tiny drupelets cling together to make up one raspberry. Raspberry pulp and juice fill the drupelets. The drupelets adhere to a receptacle attached to a stem. Once the receptacle is removed, the raspberry is left with a hollow core.

When you’re eating your pie, keep in mind that raspberries are rich in vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. They also contain vitamins B1, B3, folic acid, magnesium, copper, and iron. 

  • All temperate regions of the world grow raspberries.
  • At one time, raspberries were a midsummer crop. However, with new technology, cultivars, and transportation,
    they can now be obtained year-round.
  • Did you know, an individual raspberry weighs 0.11 – 0.18 oz.
  • One raspberry bush can yield several hundred berries a year.

HOW TO OBSERVE #RaspberryCreamPieDay

Invite some friends to go picking raspberries. Afterward, bake up a raspberry cream pie. Then be sure to enjoy a slice with everyone. We even have some recipes for you to try:

Also, don’t forget to share your results by using #RaspberryCreamPieDay to share on social media. 


We were unable to find the creator of this pie holiday.

International Mahjong Day - August 1st


On August 1st, International Mahjong Day deals a game to get the celebration started! Play your tiles well, and perhaps you’ll honor the day with a win.

The 19th-century strategy game became popular in the United States in the 1920s. While we play the game with tiles, it’s much like rummy. The players meld beautifully designed tiles with Chinese characters and symbols to earn points. Melds include pongs, kongs, chows, and the mighty Mahjong.

Because Mahjong traveled great distances, it challenges people from many different backgrounds. As a result, Mahjong also breaks down communication barriers, bringing neighborhoods and communities together. Since people of all ages play, the game also bridges the gap between generations.

There are also a variety of styles of Mahjong, including American, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japanese, just to name a few. Find the version you enjoy best to play. Learn several different ways to play and play them all. If you’ve never played, the season is perfect to learn.

HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalMahjongDay

Take time to teach someone how to play Mahjong. If you don’t know how to play, gather some friends together, and learn! It’s simple once you can recognize the different characters and symbols. The tiles make Mahjong ideal for playing all year long, indoor, and in a park on a summer day.  Use #InternationalMahjongDay to share on social media.


Riichi Mahjong Central founded International Mahjong Day to increase the awareness of Mahjong and how to play. Japanese style Mahjong is growing in popularity in Japan. This platform especially lends itself to a social element. As a result, professional leagues, much like those in the United States, are growing, too.

In September of 2018, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed International Mahjong Day to be observed annually on August 1st.


American Family Day on the First Sunday in August encourages us to enjoy the waning summer rays with those dearest to us.

Principally, the day encourages families to spend time with one another. Unlike some other familial holidays, the proclamation of the day discourages gift giving. Instead, the observance urges focusing on family relationships.

Quote mark
In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past, bridge to our future. ~ Alex Haley

While we all may not need a reminder to focus on our family, sometimes we get caught up in the business of life. Perhaps there’s never time for the whole family to be together. Occasionally, we realize one family member or another needs more attention. Time slips by, and we need to check in on a parent or an elderly relative.

Quote markThere’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on. ~ Leo Christopher

Connecting with those who mean the most to us maintains our foundations. Even our newest family members need nurturing, so they continue to grow and blossom. The best gift we can give our families is ourselves.


On August 1, 2021, enjoy time with your family! There are many ways to do that, too.

  • Play games outdoors or go for a walk.
  • Pick up some fresh fruit together.
  • Visit grandparents and bring them a picnic lunch.
  • Take an art class together.
  • Tour a museum. 
  • Try out a new recipe and get the whole family involved in the cooking.

How will you celebrate your family? Gather with other families and use #AmericanFamilyDay to post on social media.


Now annually celebrated across the United States on the first Sunday in August, this day began as a 1-year proclamation. It was signed by Governor Raul Castro, declaring August 7, 1977, as American Family Day. The following year, Governor Bruce Babbit signed the day into law as an official Arizona holiday.



On August 1, National Minority Donor Awareness Day focuses attention on the need for minority donors. The day is part of the awareness campaign of National Minority Donor Awareness Week. 

The day highlights the need, especially among minorities, for more organ, eye, and tissue donors. Another focus of the day includes honoring minorities who have donated. While providing education, the day also encourages others to register as donors. At the same time, part of being informed includes practicing good health habits. The healthier the population, the fewer transplants needed.  

Within the African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander-American communities, there is a serious shortage of transplants. Minorities make up 57% of those on the organ waiting list. Due to chronic conditions, minority patients see an increased need for transplants affecting the heart, kidney, pancreas, and liver. 

Facilities take into consideration several factors when matching donors to recipients. However, blood type is the most critical component. Ethnic groups often have similar blood types. As a result, success rates increase when recipients are paired within the same ethnic or racial group. It’s necessary to know organ donation isn’t based on race or ethnicity. Anyone can donate because all organs can save a life.

HOW TO OBSERVE #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay

On August 1, learn more about organ donation. While you’re reading up, consider joining a fundraiser or creating an event in your community. Find out more about the different types of donations and the technologies making a donation more successful. If you’re a donor or a recipient, share your success stories.

Post on social media using #MinorityDonorAwarenessDay.


National Minority Donor Awareness Day is an observance that is paired with National Minority Donor Awareness Week. Both observances work to create awareness of the minority community’s need to increase donorship. 

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National Days

August 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Scientist Joseph Priestly isolates oxygen from the air for the first time and soon publishes his results. Earlier the same year, chemist Carl Wilhelm Scheele performed experiments and made similar observations. However, he delayed publishing his discovery until 1777.


The British Empire abolishes slavery with the Slavery Abolition Act.


The United States admits Colorado to the Union as the 38th state.


A Nebraska senator and lawyer, Henry Perky, patents shredded wheat. He later founded the Natural Food Company in Niagara Falls, NY. The company would go on to produce the Triscuit which are still popular today.


Lord Baden-Powell hosts the first scout camp for boys at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset, England. The camp would lead to a worldwide scouting organization and inspires the Girl Scouts, too.


U.S. Army establishes the Signal Corps, the first aeronautical division in the United States military. It was the precursor to the U.S. Air Force.


Adolf Hitler presides over the opening ceremonies of the Berlin Olympics


The Joint Chiefs of Staff establishes the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) under the direction of Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara. The organization integrated military intelligence efforts.


The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY inducts right fielder Reggie Jackson. He played 21 seasons with four different teams in Major League Baseball.


The movie Ghostbusters ranks #1 at the box office. The movie would launch a franchise that’s still popular today.

Recipe Of The Day
Bowl of ricotta cheese blended with lemons and baguette bread

Lemon Zest Ricotta Dip
Prep: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 15 minutes
Servings: 8-10 servings


15-16 oz. container ricotta cheese (any brand)
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
2-3 lemons
Zest of one lemon
salt to taste


Zest lemon into a small bowl. Set aside. Do not discard lemon.

Cut 2 lemons in half for juicing.

Using a small bowl, squeeze lemon over a fine-mesh sieve to catch the seeds. Collect 1/4 cup of lemon juice.

In a large bowl, add Ricotta cheese, lemon juice, honey and salt. Blend until light and smooth. You can either use a food processor or by hand. Fold in the lemon zest.

Chill for 1 hour.

Serve as a spread over crackers or baguette bread. Or, us it as a dip for veggies.

August 1st Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Herman Melville – 1819

After spending time at sea, Melville began writing his masterpiece, Moby Dick, at the age of 25. However, it wouldn’t be recognized as a masterpiece during the 20th century, long after his death.

William Clark – 1770

Along with Meriwether Lewis, Clark would set off on the Corps of Discovery on March 4, 1804. Now known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the explorers would last for over two years and 8,000 miles.

Francis Scott Key – 1779

Author of the Star-Spangled Banner, the lawyer wrote the words to the song aboard the ship Tonnant. The sight of his country’s flag after a brutal bombing of Fort McHenry inspired Key to compose the song that would later become the National Anthem of the United States.

Maria Mitchell – 1818

After discovering a comet while searching the night sky with her telescope, Mitchell became America’s first female astronomer. The official name of the comet is 1847 VI. However, during Mitchell’s lifetime, it came to be known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet” around the world.

Charlotte Hughes – 1877

Born in Hartlepool, United Kingdom, Hughes lived to the age of 115, making her a supercentenarian. She lived through, 27 changes in Prime Minister, 6 monarchs, women’s suffrage movement, two world wars, the sinking of the Titanic, the Beatles, and more.

Jackie Ormes – 1911

A pioneering artist in her day, Ormes became the first African American cartoonist. Her syndicated comic strips, Torchy Brown, Patty-Jo and Ginger, and Candy all featured Black female characters.

Dom DeLuise – 1933

The multi-talented entertainer starred in movies, directed, and even put his talents to work in the kitchen as a professional chef.

Yves St. Laurent – 1936

The French designer launched his world-famous fashion label in 1961.

Jerry Garcia – 1942

Garcia made a name for himself as the lead guitarist and vocalist for the band the Grateful Dead. Fun fact, the band was originally known as The Warlocks.

Tommy Bolin – 1951

Best known as guitarist and songwriter for the band Deep Purple, Bolin also launched a successful solo career.

Coolio – 1963

Rapper Coolio rose to stardom in the mid-1990s with the single “Fantastic Voyage.” He also brought a new level of artistry to Gangsta Rap.

Tempestt Bledsoe – 1973

Known for her role as Vanessa Huxtable on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, Bledsoe continues a career in both television and movies.

Jason Momoa – 1979

As a model and actor, Momoa is best known for his role as Aquaman in the DC Comics film series and Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones television series.

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