Let’s Celebrate: August. Festive Books, Activities and Celebrations for August.

How is it the start of another month, and the last one in Summer for that? I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to crave Fall…the weather, the food, the activities, I just love everything about it! But while I wait on Fall, I’m definitely going to make the most of August. It certainly has some fun days to celebrate. Check out our list of holidays, books and activities below, and then share all your ideas for making the most of August below!

Days to Celebrate

  • Aug. 3- National Watermelon Day– Watermelon is a summer staple around our house, so we are happy celebrate this delicious fruit.
  • Aug. 9- National Book Lover’s Day– Seems like the perfect day to spend reading together!
  • Aug. 10- National S’mores Day– Is is even summer if you don’t have s’mores? We love swapping the classic hershey’s bar for a reese’s pb cup. If you are really feeling adventurous have a create-a-smore challenge and see who can create the best new s’more recipe. Check out this post with some fun ways to celebrate smores.
  • Aug. 13th- National Left Hander’s Day– My oldest is left handed so we love to take him out for a special treat to celebrate his unique trait!
  • Aug. 17th- Thrift Shop Day– I’m not a thriftier, but the thrill of the hunt intrigues me, and I think we will hit our local thrift shop as a little money lesson for homeschool.
  • Aug. 20th- National Lemonade Day– Sip a glass, hit happy hour, make a lemonade treat or set up a stand!
  • Aug. 24th- National Waffle Day– Serve up waffles for breakfast, dinner or both! My personal favorite is an Alaskan waffle…one served with ice cream on top.
  • Aug. 31st- National Eat Outside Day– If the weather is nice we love to eat on the back deck, picnic style under a tree or outside at a restaurant!

Feast Days– Here are some of the Feast Days that might interest you this month. I have two Godchildren with name days this month, so I’m going to have to get my act together!

  • Aug. 11th- St. Clare
  • Aug. 14th- St. Maximillian Kolbe
  • Aug. 15th- The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)
  • Aug. 23rd- St. Rose of Lima
  • Aug. 27th- St. Monica
  • Aug. 28th- St. Augustine
  • Aug. 29th- Passion of St. John the Baptist

Memories to Make

  • Have a back to school Celebration. Doesn’t have to be a big bash, be do something fun to mark the end of the summer and the beginning of the new school year. Here are some traditions that you might want to try.
  • Make S’mores together.
  • Explore a new park. We love to spend the morning checking out new parks in other towns around ours. It’s a fun adventure to find cool parks we’ve never played at before.
  • Dine Al Fresco
  • Visit a local thrift shop

Books to Checkout

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T Higgins is one of our favorite back to school books. It’s silly and cute and applicable to traditional and home schoolers. (You know, since eating siblings or classmates is not a good idea).

This is My Home, This is My School by Jonathan Bean. This is a new to us book, but it is fun to have a book that is more geared toward a homeschool family.

She’s Got This by Laurie Hernandez. This was one of our favorite Olympic reads with sweet illustrations and a message about the importance of making mistakes and trying again that is applicable to new school years as well.

If you are looking for more back to school books check out this post.

Spread Some Love

Send some back to school love to some students or teachers in your life. Show them you are rooting for them with a little happy mail of porch drop off!

A Treat to Share

I recently came across an old recipe card with a lemon pie recipe that was my great grandmother’s recipe. I think National Lemonade Day is the perfect excuse to try it out. Here is a lemonade pie that looks super yummy and refreshing to try on Lemonade Day, or try this recipe for frozen lemonade.

Here are August printables to make your planning easy! Print of the blank pdf and add the holidays you want to celebrate!

I hope you have a great August! How will you be celebrating this month?



Hey, I’m Megan, wife to Chad, mama to our three rambunctious boys, Grady, Marshall, Stafford and our sweet little girl, Ainsley Nell.  I have a passion for celebrating holidays, cherishing seasons, creating memories, collecting traditions, connecting hearts and chasing joy.   Thanks for coming along for our journey.