No major national holidays occur in August. But, that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to celebrate. Many other August holidays have emerged over the years to give you a reason to make the day a special occasion. Here are four of them to consider. Let the celebrating begin!
Left Hander’s Day (August 13)
Left Hander’s Day was created by Left Hander’s International in August of 1976. It is intended to raise awareness of all of the inconveniences lefties face in a mostly right-handed world.
Righties take for granted how many things in the world (like scissors, desks and even controls for computers and video games) are designed for right-handed use. So, take some time out of your day on August 13 to appreciate the people you know who are left handed.
Relaxation Day (August 15)
Relaxation day is a day completely dedicated to taking things easy. To celebrate, give yourself time to unwind, or to engage in a bit of your favorite hobby or activity. If you’re in need of something to do, consider taking a trip to the spa. Some spas even offer special Relaxation Day deals to help you celebrate the occasion.
National Tell a Joke Day (August 16)
National Tell a Joke Day is all about sharing good jokes and laughter with your friends. Get together with a group of friends and have a joke-telling competition. Or, head over to a comedy club so you can listen to a few jokes yourself.
Ride the Wind Day (August 23)
Ride the Wind Day on August 23rd celebrates the feeling of soaring high above the earth. If you’ve ever considered parachuting or riding a hang glider or parasail, today is the day to do it. Another fun, less extreme way to celebrate riding the wind is to get out and fly a kite. If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can even try making a kite of your own.
These are just a few of many crazy holidays people celebrate in August. To find more, do a quick search. Chances are, you’ll be surprised by what you discover.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE summer holidays and anything goofy to go with them so these Patriotic Deviled Eggs just fit the bill to be something familiar and yet different for a celebration!
You will need:
1 package of eggs (12 eggs)
red and blue food dye
1 large pot to boil the eggs
1 large bowl for ice water
1/2 C mayo
1/4 C mustard
1/4 C Ketchup
1/4 C sugar
1/4 C milk
3 tbsp distilled white vinegar
1 large bowl to dye the eggs
1 medium bowl to mix the sauce
1 small bowl to smash the yolk
1 piping bag with a star tip
- Using the large pot, add water half way to it and place eggs in it
- Place pot onto the stove top on medium to high heat and bring to a boil
- Once boiling, cover and remove from heat
- Let sit for 10 minutes before transferring eggs to an ice bath
- Once eggs have cooled, peel the shell off
- In a large bowl, fill half way with water and add in about 10-20 drops of blue food dye until you get a light but dark color.
- Place eggs into the dye and let sit for 1 hour
- Once the hour is up, pull the eggs out and let sit to dry for 5 minutes.
- Cut the eggs in half going lengthwise.
- Place the yolk into the small bowl and set aside
- Using the medium bowl, combine the mayo, mustard, ketchup, sugar, milk and vinegar and mix until combined
- Using a fork, smash the yolk until fine but crumbly crumbs
- Gradually add in a little bit of the sauce at a time, you don’t want it to be runny.
- Once you have a paste like mixture add a few drops of the red dye and mix.
- Once you get the red shade that you like, add mixture to the piping bag.
- Pipe some yolk into the center of the eggs and top with chopped chives
Check out some of our other Patriotic Treats:
Looking for a reason to celebrate this summer? Obviously, you don’t need a reason to host a barbecue or pool party. But, celebrating any of these crazy July holidays adds a unique twist to a summer bash.
World UFO Day (July 2)
July 2 is the date officially associated with the mysterious “Roswell Incident” in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s the perfect day to grill up some UFO inspired burgers, watch your favorite alien movies and spend the evening exploring the night sky.
Even if you don’t end up spotting any visitors from outer space, you can still have fun gazing at the stars and constellations with friends and family.
Embrace Your Geekness Day (July 13)
Embrace Your Geekness Day is a day to celebrate all of the things that make you proud to call yourself a geek. What hobby or fandom you truly passionate about? this is the perfect day to celebrate. Whip up some snacks and invite a few friends. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the “geeky” things you love.
National Ice Cream Day (Third Sunday in July)
In 1984, the third Sunday of every month was proclaimed National Ice Cream Day by President Ronald Reagan. This holiday may not seem too crazy on its own. But, you can make this year’s National Ice Cream Day one to remember with an over-the-top ice cream social. Invite your friends to bring their favorite flavors of ice cream, provide a bunch of yummy toppings and let the ice cream feast begin!.
Ugly Truck Day (July 20)
While the origin of this July 20 holiday is uncertain, Ugly Truck Day is a day for everyone who cherishes their reliable, old trucks… even if the vehicles have seen better days. Dust off your ugly truck a think about hosting a tailgate party. If any of your friends happen to own an ugly truck, end the day with an ugly truck contest.
July is just around the corner. This is the perfect time to start planning crazy July holiday celebrations. Move over Fourth of July, there’s a new crazy holiday in town!
I just love everything about the holiday! Christmas cookie decorating is a time for me to help my daughter have long lasting memories that hopefully, she will pass on to her own children. It can be fun to make mass batches of cookies as well as smaller batches of a few specials ones that become the stars of any host plate you choose to bless someone with. Here are some easy snowflake cookies you can whip up!
Snowflake Sugar Cookie
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cream of tarter
- 1 1/2 cup powder sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup softened unsalted sweet cream butter
Cookie cutter: Snowflake
- 2 egg whites
- 1 C powder sugar
- 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- blue food coloring
-Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and egg in a mixing bowl until well combined. In a small bowl add the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Gradually pour in dry ingredients into the wet ingredients bowl and mix until well combined. Once all ingredients are mixed and a dough ball has formed. (if still sticky add in a half cup of flour and mix until a firm ball of dough forms.) place dough into a ziplock bag or in a bowl with foil to place on top. Place in fridge for 2 hours so that the dough can rise. it won’t double in size like bread dough.
Separate the egg yolk from the whites. put the egg whites into a mixing bowl and trash the rest of the egg. Add the sugar, cream of tarter and vanilla extra to the egg whites. Beat on medium speed for 6 minutes.
Tip-if the icing has a yellow color and looks like soup add in more powder sugar. about 1 cup.
Once the icing is done, pour it into a container that has a lid to it. Divide the icing into 2 bowls. Put more of the white icing into the bowl for white and less into the other for the blue color. Add in a few drops of coloring into the blue bowl and mix until combined. add in more blue to get the blue that you want for the snowflakes. Scoop a small amount of the icing colors into 2 different piping bags that have a #2 icing tip on the bottom.
For the white icing. add in 1-3 tablespoons of water to thin the icing out. you want it to be thick and runny, not soup like. If it is soup like add in 1/4 cup of powder sugar to thicken it. Pour into a squeeze bottle
– Outline the cookies in the white icing and wait 1 minute before filling it in with the white icing.
-Allow cookie to dry for 2 hours before adding the blue icing for details.
-Using the blue icing, pipe a line down the snowflake to create a X look.
-On the top of the lines create a arrow.
-repeat steps using the white icing.
-sprinkle on white crystals
How to decorate Christmas tree cookies with royal icing
- Green, red, brown and yellow food coloring
- 2-3 C worth White of royal icing
- Soft Sugar cookie dough
- tooth picks
- Christmas tree cookie cutter
- 2 sandwich sized or a little larger zip lock bags
Roll out sugar cookie dough to ¼ inch thick.
Using cookie cutter cut out 12 Christmas trees.
Bake them at 350 for 7-10 minutes.
Once cooked and cooled they are ready to decorate.
In four separate bowls mix royal icing and food colorings. You will need more green color than the other three. Plan accordingly.
Add frosting to the zip lock bags and cut the tip off a corner.
**make sure it is tiny tiny! If it’s too big then you won’t be able to get nice clean edges.
Pipe a line around the border of the Christmas trees with the green royal icing on each of the cookies.
Now fill in each of the Tree-if there are tiny holes you can use a toothpick to smooth it out-you must do it quickly otherwise the frosting may have already hardened and you can’t really fix it without it being noticeable.
let that dry for 10 minutes.
Grab the brown bag and create a border for the tree trunk and then fill it in with the icing.
Grab the yellow bag and pipe a star onto each top of the trees.
Finish with the red bag and create ornament like circles around the tree.
Let dry before serving. Best to let it dry overnight but 1 hr. should be OK too, then rip into them like a monkey on a cupcake!
Makes 12 cookies
Total time to make-1 hr
The 4th of July is coming up quick and it’s everyone’s favorite holiday, but it seems like you can’t enjoy anything without spending money. Most places charge for you to watch their firework displays and putting on your own display can not only be dangerous but can cost a fortune. Not only that but even throwing a little party at home can break you. There is no need to worry about all of that, though. Here are a few ways you can enjoy the 4th of July without spending a dime.
There is no need to pay a fee to watch fireworks. It can be completely free if you just drive or walk around and find a place that is close and has a good view of the fireworks. You can bring your own drinks and snacks and enjoy what everyone else paid to watch. Sometimes if you know your neighbors are going to be having their own displays, you can sit outside in your yard and watch from the comfort of home. That way you won’t have to use any gas either. There is no need to go out and buy your own and risk something dangerous when you can enjoy all the others, free of charge.
Don’t spend all your money on throwing a party for the 4th of July. Take the day to spend with your family instead, make treats at home and play outside. There isn’t the need for the stress of having guests over and if you’ll have enough food or beverages. Let the day be a fun relaxing day for yourself and family without spending all this money on themed decor, food, etc. I promise you will enjoy it just as much and end the end you’ll be happy you didn’t spend a dime.
Go for a little picnic or if you’ve been invited to go somewhere go! There’s nothing better than free food and fun. Most festivities on the 4th of July will empty your wallet, so try and avoid them. They may look or sound fun but in the end, it isn’t worth it. You can find better things to do that are free of charge, if you’re planning on staying home with the family, find some DIY activities online that you can do with your kids.
The 4th of July is fun but very costly, it doesn’t have to be, though. With these few tips to help you, you can enjoy the 4th of July without spending a dime and I promise you it will be worth it. No need for all those expensive festival treats, rides, etc. You don’t have to empty your bank account just to have a good time. There are so much more ways you can enjoy this 4th of July cost-free, these are just a few. How are you going to be spending your 4th of July? Do you know of any other ways to have a fun 4th of July without spending any money? Tell me in the comments!
Red, White and Blue Cupcakes
While these seem very labor intensive, they really aren’t! They make for a very impressive addition to a potluck and certainly bring a smile to anyone enjoying a festive occasion.
1/2 C unsalted butter, room temp
2 egg whites
2 C flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 baking soda
3/4 C buttermilk
1 1/2 C sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Red and Blue gel food coloring
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
-Line cupcake pan with paper liners.
-Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda together in a bowl.
-Beat butter on high for 30 seconds.
-Add sugar and vanilla extract to the butter until well combined.
-Add egg whites, one at a time, mixing after each.
-Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each.
-Add 1/3 C flour mixture to the wet mixture followed by adding 1/3 C of the buttermilk; add 1/3 C flour mixture again then add 1/3 C buttermilk mix on low speed, add 1/3 C of flour and add the rest of 1/3 C of buttermilk mix in low speed until thoroughly blended.
-Divide the batter into three bowls…. add red gel food coloring to one…. add blue gel food coloring to the second and the third remains white. Stir well.
-Begin by spooning in some of the red batter then the blue… using a spoon twirl the two colors together.
-Place your star in the center and build the cupcake…. continue with the blue batter then the red batter…. using a spoon twirl the two colors together.
-The batter should reach 2/3rds of the top of the lined cupcake holders.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted
toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool for 10 minutes.
-Remove to a wire rack until fully cooled
-Spoon the white batter onto a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 24 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
-Allow to completely cool.
-Using a small star cookie cutter and cut out the stars for the cupcakes.
1 C unsalted butter, softened
3 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 C heavy cream
Red and Blue gel food coloring
-Beat the softened butter on its own until smooth.
-Add vanilla extract.
-Add powder sugar with heavy cream into the creamed butter until it becomes a smooth and thick texture.
-If the frosting is too thick, add more heavy cream, if the frosting is too thin, add more powder sugar.
-Take a spoonful of the frosting and hold the spoon upside down
if the frosting drops off the spoon add more powdered sugar ….
-Divide the frosting into three bowls….. One bowl add several red drops of gel food coloring… stir well……Second bowl add several drops of blue gel food coloring…. stir well…. Third bowl remains white.
-Scoop individual colors of the frosting at a time into a pastry bag… Start with the blue frosting, second the red frosting and lastly add the white frosting.
-Twist the open end of the pastry bag to push the frosting to the tip. Test it out before applying the frosting to the cupcakes. The frosting should come out in a mixture of the red, white and blue.
-Frost the cupcakes.
Now, share them with your friends so they can rip into them like a monkey on a cupcake!
If it’s one thing the little people like to do, its a hands-on craft activity that ties in with the current theme. This is a great list of kids crafts for Memorial Day, 4th of July, even Veterans Day with all the fun red white and blue activities for the munchkins. we scoured around, and found 15 fun and easy ideas to help keep them busy…and these kids crafts are very budget-friendly.
- Paper Sparklers via It Happens in a Blink
- Patriotic Pinwheels via Practically Functional
- Patriotic Recycled Wind Chimes via Creative Green Living
- Patriotic Flip Flops via Baby Loving Mama
- Patriotic Duct Tape Parade Stick via Crafts by Amanda
- Easy Painted Flag Tee via Organized 31
- Uncle Sam Top Hat via Condo Blues
- Patriotic Sun Catchers via The Suburban Mom
- American Flag Popsicle Stick Craft via My Heavenly Recipes
- Confetti Popper Rockets via Alpha Mom
- Patriotic Cardboard Tube Bracelet via Crafts by Amanda
- DIY Patriotic Sidewalk Chalk by Project Alicia
- Paper Plate Patriotic Hat via Tutus & Tea Parties
- Patriotic Paper Lantern via Kids Activities Blog
- Tissue Paper Flag via The Suburban Mom