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.
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
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.