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National Relaxation Day on August 15th encourages us to slow down and unwind. It’s a day to focus on taking care of ourselves and take a moment to relax. 

National Relaxation Day is an important day as we all need a break from the fast-paced and often hectic lifestyles we live. Taking time to recuperate and rejuvenate our tired minds and bodies may help prevent many health risks, too. Like the founder of this day suggested, too much work can make us sick, run-down, tired and that’s just wrong.  

But he was right! It has been proven that stress can be harmful to our health, both mentally and physically. Most doctors will agree that finding ways to relax and finding ways to reduce stress will improve overall health.

What is your favorite relaxation activity?

  • Reading a book
  • Fishing with a friend
  • A picnic in the park
  • Walking along the beach
  • Taking a drive in the country
  • Spa
  • Golfing
  • Photography
  • A movie
  • Window shopping
  • Lunch with friends
  • Drinks with friends
  • Watching sports
  • Swimming

These are just a few of the many possible relaxation ideas that you may want to use to celebrate this holiday.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRelaxationDay

Take a deep breath, unwind while viewing your favorite TV show, or just find a quiet spot in a park and enjoy the summer breeze. Use #NationalRelaxationDay to post on social media and spread the word.

We also have 8 More Chill Ways to Relax that you might find helpful.


Sean Moeller founded National Relaxation Day in 1985 as a fourth-grader. In an interview with Valerie Monson in The Des Moines Register Sean suggested people shouldn’t do anything of real value.  Cleaning and real work are not part of relaxation.

Relaxation FAQ

Q. How do I reduce stress at work?
A. The American Psychological Association recommends several tips for lowering stress at work. Similar to how we approach stressing our personal lives, it’s important to know what causes our stress. Once we know what those triggers are, we can develop ways to reduce our stress response. Taking deep breaths, stretching, reducing our workloads or even speaking to our supervisor can improve the kinds and amount of stress at work. In turn, we can learn to relax more easily. 

Q. What’s the most relaxing job in the United States?
A. We’re fairly confident you can rule out President of the United States. However, doing something you love improves your job satisfaction. For example, working in an environment that is relaxing to you will be less stressful. If you don’t love the outdoors but you spend most of your workday outdoors, you might find your job more stressful than someone who loves the outdoors. So, it’s a matter of perspective. 



National Lemon Meringue Pie Day on August 15th gives pie lovers and lemon lovers a chance to celebrate. Tart lemon curd and delicate meringue sing together in this deliciously bright pie. 

When making a lemon meringue pie, the crust is usually made with a shortbread pastry. The filling for the pie is lemon curd. Of course, the topping is a fluffy and crisp meringue.

Whip egg whites to stiff peaks to make a meringue. Add sugar to make it sweet. Meringues are baked in a slow oven so when they’re finished, they come out crisp and golden. 

Quote markWhen life throws you lemons, make lemon meringue pie!

Since meringue is versatile, it can be baked into individual servings with fruit fillings. Pastry chefs also like to make meringue cookies, too. By adding cocoa, coffee or any number of flavorings, the light, airy cookies melt in your mouth. The same applies to meringue pies. 

The meringue was perfected in the 17th century. Meanwhile, lemon meringue pie as we know it today was developed in the 19th century.

HOW TO OBSERVE #LemonMeringuePieDay

As the first pie day in August, be sure to get in on this celebration! Whether you make a pie yourself or go out for a pie, invite someone to join you. Pie is so much better when there is someone to share it with you. Have a cup of tea or coffee with it and some good conversation. Try this Lemon Meringue Pie recipe.  Be sure to share your favorite recipes with us and use #LemonMeringuePieDay to post on social media.


While our research was unable to locate the creator of the day, we do have so many more pie days to celebrate!

  • Peach Pie Day
  • Chocolate Pecan Pie Day
  • Pie Day
  • Cherry Pie Day



    National Leathercraft Day on August 15th honors the rich heritage, artistry, and skill of leathercrafting. 

    The versatility of leather has proven to be artistic and utilitarian since ancient times. In the hands of a skilled craftsperson, leather transforms. Some of the most durable and usable products come from leather. A supple leather belt or a hard-working saddle hold up to their intended purpose. Stylish boots and clothing often do double duty making us look good and keeping us safe. The options are endless. Perfected over time, specialty techniques and designs give leather products long-lasting wear and use. And today, leather continues to be as fashionable as ever. 

    National Leathercraft Day recognizes the dedication and creativity of leather workers. Passionately, their inspiration comes alive through their designs and time-honored traditions. When a leatherworker designs a piece, expect outstanding quality and skill. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalLeathercraftDay

    So many options are available on National Leathercraft Day.

    • Take a leathercrafting class to create your own cherished pieces that will become family heirlooms.
    • Appreciate the leatherwork around you from luxurious upholstery to classic clothing, taking note of the finest details.
    • Admire the stitching and the smoothly burnished edges, too.
    • Order a custom piece from a local leathercrafter.
    • Wear the durable, superb quality of leather.

    Share your preferred leather styles and stitches. Do you have a favorite leather piece? Use #NationalLeathercraftDay to share on social media.


    Tandy Leather logoTandy Leather created National Leathercraft Day on August 15, 2018, to recognize the art of leathercrafting and to encourage everyone to become interested in the craft.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Leathercraft Day to be observed on August 15th, annually.

    About Tandy Leather

    Founded in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1919, Tandy has become synonymous with leather and leather crafting. A century later, the company, sitting headquartered in Fort Worth, lives by its mission statement “to teach and inspire the art of leather crafting one person, one class, one neighborhood, one community at a time.”

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August 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

Tivoli Gardens opens in Copenhagen, Denmark. The amusement park is the second-oldest running amusement park in the world.


Julian Carlton sets fire to Taliesin, the home Frank Lloyd Wright shares with his mistress, Mamah Chaney. Carlton and his wife were working as servants in the home and the blaze killed seven people, including Chaney and two of her children.


The Panama Canal, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, opens to traffic.


A plane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska kills aviator Wiley Post and humorist Will Rogers.


The Metro Goldwin Meyer film, The Wizard of Oz, premiers at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.


The birth of stadium rock begins when The Beatles perform for a crowd of 60,000 at Shea Stadium in New York.


The three-day Woodstock Music and Art Fair opens. The festival hosted 32 acts and an estimated 1/2 million attended the fair.


Astronomer Jerry Ehman discovers a signal from the Big Ear Radio Observatory located in Ohio. The signal earned the name “Wow!” due to the note Ehman wrote on the data log.


Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now opens in theaters.


The Los Angeles Dodgers retire the number of Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda.

Ryan Lochte swims a world record backstroke at the Beijing Olympics

The mammal named olinguito is discovered in the Andes. Related to the raccoon family, it is the first carnivore discovered in the Americas in 35 years.

Recipe Of The Day

Name: Yema
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 45 minutes
Servings: 6-8


1 can sweetened condensed milk
8 egg yolks
2 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts (walnuts, peanuts, or pecans), optional
powdered sugar


In a medium saucepan, heat sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, and butter over low heat until thickened. Stir constantly.

Add nuts.

Pour onto a baking sheet and let cool.

Divide into squares. Roll each square into a ball. Coat in powdered sugar.

August 16th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Napoleon Bonaparte – 1769

The French military leader and emperor rose to power during the early 17th century.

Edith Nesbit – 1858

The poet and children’s author published more than 60 books under the name E. Nesbit.

Florence Harding – 1860

Before becoming the 29th First Lady of the United States, Florence Harding helped run the Marion Star newspaper owned by her husband and future president, Warren Harding.

Edna Ferber – 1885

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright published notable works such as So Big.

Elizabeth Bolden – 1890

When Lizzie Bolden died at the age of 116 years and 118 days, she had lived through 21 U.S. Presidents. At the age of 30, the passage of the 19th Amendment would provide Bolden with her first opportunity to vote in a Presidential election. The supercentenarian was the oldest living person in the world at the time of her death.

Julia Child – 1912

Child revolutionized television with her cooking shows. The chef hosted several cooking shows and published several cookbooks, most notably Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She was also known as “The French Chef.”

Paul Rand – 1914

As a graphic designer, Rand became known for his corporate designs. Many are recognizable today, including logos for UPS, Google and IBM.

Stieg Larsson – 1954

Best known for his crime novels, Larsson’s novels were published after his death. The first book in his Millennium series was Men Who Hate Women. The novel was marketed under the title The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo when it was published in English.

Debra Messing – 1968

Best known for her role as Grace Adler in the TV sitcom Will & Grace, Messing was nominated nine times for a Golden Globe but has never won. She did, however, win an Emmy in 2003.

Ben Affleck – 1972

Since his breakthrough role in the film Good Will Hunting, Affleck has acted in and produces several films. Films to his credit include Argo, Gone Girl, Pearl Harbor.

Kerri Walsh Jennings – 1978

In 2016, Walsh-Jennings earned her fourth Olympic medal, making her the most decorated beach volleyball Olympian. She won three golds with Misty May-Treanor and one bronze with April Ross.

Carl Edwards – 1979

The retired professional stock car driver, Carl Edwards, was nominated to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2020.

Joe Jonas – 1989

The singer/songwriter and actor first gained fame in the music world with the band the Jonas Brothers.

Jennifer Lawrence – 1990

Actress, Jennifer Lawrence, is best known for her role as Katniss Everdeen in the dystopian series The Hunger Games.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar® is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months. In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.

There’s a celebration for everyone. While National Road Trip Day satisfies the itch to wander, many pet days let us share our love of animals. National 3-D Day and National Astronaut Day honor the advancement of technology, too. Every food day you can imagine (National Avocado Day, for example), will keep you celebrating, also!

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