Looking for new ways to spice up the doldrums of Summer? Try celebrating one of these obscure holidays. From Hammock Day to National Dog Day, there are tons of unique holidays to choose from! Pick a few (or all of them) and start celebrating!
1. National Ice Cream Day- July 20. In 1984 Ronald Reagan proclaimed July to be National Ice Cream Month and instituted National Ice Cream Day on July 15, the third Sunday (or Sundae?) of the month. Although the holiday was initially celebrated on the 15th, National Ice Cream Day is now most commonly recognized on the third Sunday of July. Whatever day you choose to celebrate (maybe both?), this holiday is the perfect excuse to cool down with the delicious treat.
2. Hammock Day – July 22. This one’s pretty self explanatory. As if you needed an excuse to relax on a hammock on a hot July afternoon.
3. International Friendship Day- August 3. Although it is also celebrated on July 30 and April 8, Friendship Day is most widely celebrated in the U.S. on the third Sunday of August. Although this holiday may have initially been a marketing gimmick for Hallmark to sell more greeting cards, it’s still a fun one to commemorate. To celebrate try grabbing a few friends and learning how to make friendship bracelets or even just spending time together.
4. Lazy Day & National S’more Day- August 10. I don’t think I could invent a more perfect combination of “holidays.” Lounge around all day, toast marshmallows and make s’mores around the firepit at night; that sounds pretty perfect to me. You can get creative with your s’mores recipes too; try making this s’more cake in a jar or this s’mores pie if you don’t have access to a fire pit or just want to try something new.
5. Left-Handers’ Day- August 13. If you’re left handed, today is your day! If not, try going lefty for the day, or maybe just a few minutes—switching to your non-dominant hand is hard. If you are a lefty, treat yourself with an order from or visit to a left-handed store like Lefty’s in San Francisco.
6. National Thrift Shop Day- August 17. Hey Macklemore! Can we go thrift shopping? Whether you love finding those 99 cent bargains at actual thrift stores or just want to use August 17th as an excuse to jam out to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, today is the day to celebrate. If you really want to go all out, try throwing a thrift shop party and challenge guests to come in their most outlandish Thrift Shop fashions.
7. National Waffle Day- August 24. This day marks the anniversary of the first U.S. patent of a waffle iron. Celebrate by treating yourself to a delicious waffle brunch or trying out a new waffle recipe. Eat waffles with every meal; try out a waffle sandwich for lunch and whip up some chicken and waffles, a Southern classic, for dinner.
8. National Dog Day- August 26. Founded in 2004 with the goal of increasing public awareness of the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, National Dog Day is a great opportunity to give back to give back to your local animal shelter or even just appreciate your own pets. Try organizing a collection of new blankets and towels for rescue dogs or consider volunteering at your shelter, many have programs that allow volunteers to help walk dogs once or even a few times a week.