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.
A 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.
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.
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.
There’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.
HOW TO OBSERVE AMERICAN FAMILY DAY
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.
AMERICAN FAMILY DAY HISTORY
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.
DATES: 7 August 2022 6 August 2023 4 August 2024 3 August 2025 2 August 2026 1 August 2027 6 August 2028 5 August 2029
Pop a mint and smile on National Fresh Breath Day observed annually on August 6th. The day urges appreciation of oral hygiene and its importance. Dentists and oral care professionals applaud the day dedicated to fighting bad breath.
Oral hygiene and the fresh breath associated with it are part of healthy, daily habits. Over time, poor dental care will cause mouth odor. Of course, the foods we eat contribute to bad breath, too. However, bad breath may be a symptom of a health condition or a side effect of a medication.
There are ways to combat bad breath.
Brush after meals.
Floss before bedtime.
Gargle and rinse with mouthwash regularly.
Chew sugar-free gum to keep the mouth moist.
Seek regular dental care.
He found a new way to cover up his bad breath. He holds up his arms. ~Rodney Dangerfield
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL FRESH BREATH DAY
Remember to brush and floss regularly. Keep your mouth fresh by drinking plenty of water. Alcohol consumption dries out your mouth causing bad breath, so drink moderately. Carry sugar-free gum. When you take out a piece, offer one to your companions. Those with bad breath won’t know you’re giving them a hint; they’ll think you’re being polite and sharing! If you battle bad breath and suspect it’s the result of a deeper issue, consult your physician.
Find more tips at everydayhealth.com. Share your fresh breath tips. Use #NationalFreshBreathDay when posting on social media.
NATIONAL FRESH BREATH DAY HISTORY
The origins of National Fresh Breath Day have yet to be determined.
On August 6th, National Root Beer Float Day tells us to float a scoop of vanilla ice cream in an ice-cold mug of frothy root beer. The classic beverage creates a creamy treat loved by generations!
Also known as the “Black Cow,” the root beer float got its start in Colorado in a mining camp. Frank J. Wisner of Cripple Creek, Colorado, gets the credit for inventing the “Black Cow” way back in August of 1893.
One night Wisner, owner of the Cripple Creek Cow Mountain Gold Mining Company, was staring out the window and thinking about the line of soda waters he was producing for the citizens of Cripple Creek when he came upon an idea. The full moon that night shined on the snow-capped Cow Mountain and reminded him of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. He hurried back to his bar and scooped a spoonful of ice cream into the children’s favorite flavor of soda, Myers Avenue Red Root Beer. After trying, he liked it and served it the very next day. It was an immediate hit.
Wisner named the new creation, “Black Cow Mountain” but the local children shortened the name to “Black Cow”.
Since its inception, hundreds of thousands of root beer floats have been enjoyed around the country each day.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY
Gather up some root beer and ice cream and mix up the perfect root beer float. Enjoy a root beer float over lunch or dinner at your favorite restaurant. Use #RootBeerFloatDay to post on social media and spread the word.
We were unable to identify the creator of National Root Beer Float Day.
August 6th Celebrated History
Congress passes the Confiscation Act. The first of its kind, the act allowed Union seizure of Confederate property. It also essentially freed slaves who fought for the Confederacy.
Pitcher Cy Young makes his MLB debut with the Cleveland Spiders. He pitched the team to an 8-1 victory over the Chicago Colts.
Alice Ramsey drove a 1909 Maxwell DA across the United States. She along with her companions, Nettie Powell and Margaret Atwood, became the first women to complete a transcontinental road trip by automobile.
Starring John Barrymore, Don Juan debuted in New York City. It became the first feature-length film to include a synchronized score and sound effects using Vitaphone sound-on-disc. However, the film contained no dialogue.
At the Berlin Olympics, Japanese athletes Naoto Tajima and Masao Harada take gold and silver in the triple jump.
The United States drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. The B-29 Enola Gay was accompanied by two other B-29s. After being given the all-clear, the bombardier deployed Little Boy containing approximately 141 pounds of uranium.
Chubby Checker performs “The Twist” on American Bandstand for the first time. Soon after, the dance and song became a dance craze that swept the nation. It also caught the attention of those in authority. Some communities around the world banned “The Twist” along with Rock and Roll music.
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act. The act guaranteed the right to vote for African Americans. While the legislation was weakly enforced, it did provide a legal foothold for Black voters across the country.
Muhammad Ali maintains his undisputed heavyweight champion title. In a fight held at Earl’s Court in London, the American boxer knocked out English boxer Brian London in the third round.
Hank Aaron breaks the record for home runs with a single team when he hit his 660th and 661st home runs. Babe Ruth previously held the record for 38 years.
Roberto Clemente is inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The milestone made him the first Latin American and Caribbean player to join the Hall of Fame. Other players enshrined that day were Warren Spahn, Billy Evans, Mickey Welch, and High Pockets Kelly.
Debbie Doom, the right-handed pitcher for the United States Softball Team, pitched two consecutive perfect games at the 1991 Pan American Games. Hosted by Havana, Cuba, the games put Doom in the spotlight. She would go on to pitch professionally in Women’s Pro Fastpitch.
August 6th Celebrated Birthdays
Catharine Beecher – 1800
Along with her sister, Mary, Beecher founded Hartford Female Seminary. She became an advocate for women’s education and the school provided a wide range of academic subjects.
Alfred Tennyson – 1809
One of the world’s best-known Victorian poets, Tennyson earned notoriety during his lifetime. Poems like “Ulysses” and “The Charge of the Light Brigade” are just two of his renowned poems.
Edith Roosevelt – 1861
As the second wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, Edith served as the 1st Lady of the United States.
Alexander Fleming – 1881
The microbiologist made the accidental discovery of the anti-bacterial properties of a mold called Penicillium. His discovery would lead to the antibiotic penicillin.
Inez Milholland – 1886
As a lawyer, Milholland pursued the law but as a woman, she did not have the right to vote. The activist became a high profile leader in the Suffrage Movement. While her efforts led to success with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18, 1920, she would die nearly 4 years before.
Lucille Ball – 1911
As an actor and comedian, Ball thrilled generations with her timing and skill. Best known for her role in the I Love Lucy television series, the comedian also starred in numerous films and variety shows.
Robert Mitchum – 1917
Over his 54 year career, actor Robert Mitchum played roles in westerns, romances, and war films. He is probably best known for his roles in The Story of G.I. Joe and Cape Fear.
Andy Warhol – 1928
The eclectic artist, director, and producer is best known for his pop art. His subjects included public figures and commercial logos.
M.Night Shyamalan – 1970
As an American filmmaker, Shyamalan is known for his subtle misdirection in his storytelling, keeping viewers guessing until the very end of his films. A few of his best-known films include The Sixth Sense, The Village and Signs.
Soleil Moon Frye – 1976
Actor and voice actor, Frye is best known for her role as Punky Brewster in the sitcom by the same name.
National Wiggle Your Toes Day on August 6 offers people the chance to show off the digits on their feet! The day encourages giving our feet (and our toes) a little extra attention.
Take a walk in the fresh grass and give your phalanges a little vacation. They’ll thank you. While you’re giving them some freedom, provide them with a buff, too. That’ll give them something to wiggle about. Another thing naked toes like to do is dangle in the water. Take them for a swim. Some spas even hire fish to nibble your toes to give them a fresh look. Afterward, they’ll give them a gentle massage. Your toes will wiggle in delight, then!
Even little feet enjoy a gentle rub. Once everyone relaxes, perhaps a few toe tickling games will ensue.
Another way to look at this day is by going shoe shopping. Soon school will be starting up if it hasn’t already. Comfortably fitting shoes definitely make for happy feet, and happy feet wiggle their toes. Be sure everyone in the family tries on their shoes.
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 NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY
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.
Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to connect with each other.
NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY HISTORY
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.”
DATES: 7 August 2022 6 August 2023 4 August 2024 3 August 2025 2 August 2026 1 August 2027 6 August 2028 5 August 2029
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