Celebration Time, Come On!

Summer CelebrationFor some, August in Washington, D.C. can feel oppressively humid and lengthy with no major U.S. holidays to offer a break from it all. Well, cheer up, because there are plenty of unique August celebration days to observe if you seek quirky party planning ideas or random vacation day excuses.

Don’t forget to stop by the library for a unique and topical book or DVD to enjoy with your children while you're celebrating! A few suggestions and their catalog links are listed below:

Daily August Celebrations
1 Girlfriends/Boyfriends Day: The Ultimate Teen Relationship Guide!: Step-by-Step Handbook for Love and Dating that Young People Can Really Use
2 National Ice Cream Sandwich Day: Sweet Cream and Sugar Cones: 90 Recipes for Making your Own Ice Cream and Frozen Treats from Bi-Rite Creamery
3 National Watermelon Day: Watermelon Wishes
4 National Mustard Day (First Saturday in August): The Mustard Book
4 U.S. Coast Guard Day: Mayday! Mayday!: A Coast Guard Rescue
5 Friendship Day – (First Sunday in August) and International Forgiveness Day – (First Sunday in August):  I Like You, If You Like Me: Poems of Friendship         
6 Sisters’ Day – (First Sunday in August): The Delany Sisters Reach High
6 Wiggle Your Toes Day: Whose Toes Are Those?
6 Fresh Breath Day: Dog Breath: The Horrible Trouble with Hally Tosis
7 National Lighthouse Day: The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge
8 Happiness Happens Day: Happily N'Ever After
8 Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day: I Heard It From Alice Zucchini
9 Book Lover's Day (FYI--Petworth Library staff strongly endorses this day!): A Family of Readers: The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature
10 Lazy Day: Lazy Stories
10 National S'mores Day: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
11 Presidential Joke Day: Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country)
11 Son and Daughter Day: Families Change: A Book for Children Experiencing Termination of Parental Rights
12 Middle Child's Day: Martha in the Middle 
12 Youth Day: Directory of American Youth Organizations: A Guide to Over 400 Clubs, Groups, Troops, Teams, Societies, Lodges, and More for Young People
13 Left Hander's Day: The Case of the Left-Handed Lady: An Enola Holmes Mystery
14 National Creamsicle Day: Should I Share My Ice Cream?
14/15  “Victory in Japan” Day – (Marks the end of the U.S. fighting against Japan in WWII): World War II : Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the Conflict that Changed the World, 1939-1945
15 Relaxation Day: Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Children