They say August is the one month without any major holidays—but that’s only if you don’t consider “Ride the Wind Day” to be a major holiday.
August 3: National Watermelon Day
While watermelon is now available year-round, there’s just something about it that screams summer. It’s a cool and refreshing fruit enjoyed by millions at cookouts and outdoor festivals, so today’s the day to somehow try and eat your fill, which is almost impossible because the fruit is 90 percent water. By the way, the old wives’ tale is wrong: A watermelon will not grow inside your stomach if you accidentally swallow a seed or two)
August 12: Middle Child’s Day
Probably because the kids that fall in the middle of the birthing order feel more likely to be overlooked or unnoticed, as opposed to their older sibling or younger sibling, someone gave them their own day for recognition. Today’s the day to notice the contributions of the middle children in your life.
August 13: Left Hander’s Day
People with a non-dominant right hand make up somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of the population, and they have to get by in a world designed for the other 90 to 95 percent. It’s got to be pretty annoying for those “southpaws” out there, having to buy twice-as-expensive left-handed golf clubs, or trying to sit and take notes in a right-handed school desk. Ever since August 13, 1976, Left Hander’s Day has been the day to at least acknowledge the minor annoyances of the world’s lefties.
August 23: Ride the Wind Day
No, it’s not about the first thing we here at the BRI think of when we hear the word “wind” (and then giggle). Nor is it the anniversary of the release of Uncle John’s all-time favorite song, Christopher Cross’s “Ride Like the Wind.” Actually, Ride the Wind Day sounds like a pretty fun idea—it’s a day to enjoy all the things you can do with the wind or in the sky, like hang gliding, flying a kite, enjoying a nice summer breeze, or even going sailing. (Just like in “Sailing” by Christopher Cross!)
August 27: Just Because Day
Why should you celebrate this day? Just because. Why does it fall on August 27th? Just because. But seriously, the founders wanted to create a day to just appreciate life, friends, family, and everything else that makes everyday life worth living. In other words—just because.