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On August 27th National Just Because Day offers up an opportunity to do stuff…just because.  Feel free to celebrate this day any way you choose.  Just because!

Every day we all do things that are expected or required of us. Sometimes we even do things because we have to do them, we don’t know why.  Well, on this occasion, that does not apply.  This day is a chance to do something without rhyme or reason.

  • It could be that there is an outfit at the mall that you are admiring; buy it…just because.
  • Maybe you want to use a vacation day just to go fishing; do it…just because.
  • Perhaps you would like to pay the tab for the table next to you at your favorite restaurant; do it…just because.
  • Possibly you want to sing really loud while you’re in your car, by yourself, with your windows rolled down; do it…just because.
  • Surprise someone with flowers…just because!
  • Make something up…just because!
  • Or maybe, just maybe, do something just because Mom said so.  

HOW TO OBSERVE #JustBecauseDay

Do something just because. Sometimes, we need to say things, just because. We have 11 Things to Say…Just Because right here. Use #JustBecauseDay to post on social media.

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Educators, taking the Just Because Day theme to heart, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ways to use this day in your classroom, just because.


In the late 1950s, Joseph J. Goodwin of Los Gatos, California created Just Because Day. It began as a family holiday and grew into an annual celebration across the United States.



On August 27th, National Pots De Creme Day sets the table with a delicious custard dessert. Collect your ramekins, because this day gives you another excuse to use them!

Recipes for this delightful French dessert date back to the 17th century. Its name means “pot of custard” or “pot of creme” which also refers to the baking dish. While a pots de creme traditionally bakes in small pots with lids, they may also be baked in other small porcelain dishes. On the spectrum of custards, pots de creme is a loose custard. It should not set when baking completes.  

Stressed spells desserts backward. 

Recipes vary, however, the basic ingredients in pot de creme remains the same. Count on needing eggs, egg yolks, cream or milk and either chocolate or vanilla for flavor. The mixture is baked in the porcelain cups at a low temperature. A water bath helps the custard bake evenly. 

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While chocolate and vanilla are common flavors, don’t hesitate to explore other flavorings. For example, espresso or zesty orange may be the creamy and decadent touch you’re seeking. Fresh berries and whipped cream add a custom touch. Depending on your choice of flavorings, adding chocolate shavings, mint leaves or a dusting of powdered sugar demonstrates a subtle elegance. How about a drizzle of homemade fruit syrup? Do we have you thinking #CelebrateEveryDay with pots de creme?


Savor a delicious serving of Pots De Creme. Test different flavors and compare it to other custards, too. Need a recipe? Enjoy this recipe!
Chocolate Pots de Cream

Use #PotsDeCremeDay to post on social media.


We were unable to find the creator of Pots de Creme Day.

August 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

After nearly a year of drilling, Edwin Drake strikes oil near Titusville, PA. The well is the first successful commercial oil well in the United States.


Nestle registers the trademark for Toll House for the first time in preparation for marketing Ruth Wakefield’s chocolate chip cookies.


Roman Holiday starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn is released in the U.S.


Students Norris and Ross McWhirter publish the Guinness Book of World Records for the first time.


Walt Disney premiers the live-action and animated series, Mary Poppins, at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.


Alice Waters, restaurateur and food activist, opens the French restaurant Chez Panisse. The restaurant on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley, California continues to operate with a menu of fresh ingredients, entrees, pasta and pizza.


The country music artist, Garth Brooks, releases his 2nd album, No Fences.


Hasbro hosted the world’s largest and simultaneous game of Monopoly. In 21 locations around the world, 2918 people played the popular board game. No word on how many game boards were tossed in angry defeat.


The Del Mar Dive Club located in Wigston, Leicestershire, UK hosted 60 people playing dominoes underwater setting a world record.

Recipe Of The Day
Raisin Spice Bar Recipe

Spiced Raisin Bars
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook:  20 minutes
Total Prep:  35 minutes
Servings:  80 servings


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2/3 cup vegetable shortening
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon rum extract
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 – 1/2 cups golden raisins
3/4 cup walnuts, chopped

Glaze (optional):

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons rum
2 teaspoons water


Preheat oven to 375°F.

Prepare a 15x10x1 jelly roll pan by greasing bottom the bottom and sides.

Mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. Sift all ingredients together twice.

Cream together shortening and sugar.

Add molasses, egg, rum extract, water, and vinegar.

Pour batter into baking pan evenly.

Bake 17-20 minutes until bars turn light brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Let cool for 10 minutes.

Turn the pan onto a cooling rack to cool for an additional 10 minutes.

Place on a cutting board.

Glaze (optional):

Combine confectioners’ sugar, rum, and water in a small bowl.

Brush glaze over the bars and allow to harden.

Cut bars into desired serving sizes.

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August 27th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Charles Dawes – 1865

The businessman and banker was elected as the 30th Vice President of the United States when he ran with Calvin Coolidge in 1924.

Katharine McCormick – 1875

The women’s suffrage activist and philanthropist fully funded research for the birth control pill.

C.S. Forester – 1899

The English novelist is known for The Hornblower series as well as The Good Shepherd and The African Queen.

Lyndon B Johnson – 1908

Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, completing the term of John F. Kennedy after he was killed by an assassin.

Alice Coltrane – 1937

Jazz musician and spiritual leader, Coltrane also played piano for a short time in the John Coltrane Quartet.

Paul Reubens – 1952

Best known for his character Pee-wee Herman, the performer is also a comedian, writer and producer.

Aaron Paul – 1979

The actor is best known for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the television series Breaking Bad.

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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