From Girlfriends to S'mores: 10 August Events You Won't Want to Miss

Our favorite events, holidays, and anniversaries in August

By Kara Murphy, publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie July 31, 2019

Those hot days of August are upon us -- and we're loving all this time outside with our kiddos! But it also feels like summer is drawing to a close, with the start of a new school year just around the corner. Here are 10 holidays, events, and anniversaries you and your family can celebrate this August:

World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week, supported by UNICEF and the World Health Federation in more than 120 countries, was created with the goal to provide support for breastfeeding moms everywhere. Aug. 1-7.

Join us in celebrating world breastfeeding week at the Big Latch On as we build a community of support and normalize breastfeeding as part of everyday life.

Global Big Latch On events take place online and at registered locations around the world. Breastfeeding women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other.
Their friends, family, and community join these celebrations to promote and support breastfeeding.
Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a
Global Big Latch On event creates a lasting support network for the community.
At exactly 10:30 AM, babies around the world will latch and be counted to set a new world record.

For more information for Riverside County, click here.

National Girlfriends Day

Sounds like a good excuse for a night out with your BFFs! Aug. 1

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Today we raise a glass of milk to Ruth Graves Wakefield, the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie. She made the first batch in 1938 by chopping up pieces of a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar and mixing them into her dough. Aug. 4.

National Night Out

National Night Out is a night for community building. Aug. 6

The Corona Police Department invites you and your neighbors to a National Night Out (NNO) on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. This year’s event will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on the City Hall South Lawn, located at 400 S. Vicentia Avenue.

Celebrated annually, National Night Out is part of a community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships as well as neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods a safer, better place to live. 

The community is invited to meet and greet with the K-9 Unit, Mounted Unit, Forensics Team, Raider, and other members of the Corona Police Department. Kids can enjoy a free fun zone with jumpers, snacks, and face painting! Dog owners can check out dog vendors, a dog play area, and meet adoptable dogs. Stop by to learn safety information and purchase refreshments from local food vendors!

National S'mores Day 

That’s right. Give me s’more. We’ve got more than a dozen takes on this obey gooey delicious summertime treat. Check out a compilation of our s’more recipes here! Aug. 10

International Elephant Day

Elephants are a threatened species and International Elephant Day is a great chance to talk to your kids not only about this amazing creature, but also other endangered animals and the importance of caring for them and our world. Aug 12.

Hawaii Admission Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the Aloha state's admission to our union. Aug. 17.

Bad Poetry Day

Get the whole family involved by writing bad poetry together — who can come up with the worst verse? Read them out loud and whoever gets the most groans wins. Aug. 18

Waffle Iron Patented

On this day in 1869 Cornelius Swarthout of Troy, New York, patented the waffle iron, changing Sunday brunches forever. Aug. 24

Anniversary of 'I Have a Dream' Speech 

Martin Luther King Jr. made his "I Have a Dream” speech on this day in 1963. Today, read the speech in its entirety with your kids and talk about King's message. How far have we come? How far do we have to go? Aug. 28

Kara Murphy is the publisher of Macaroni Kid Erie, Pa.