Happy August 4th!
August 4th is a special holiday. In fact, every day’s a holiday for someone and for some reason.
Although we may not know the origins of many of these holidays, avid celebrants will participate eagerly in marking August 4th as a most special day for so many different reasons.
Here are several of the most popular holidays celebrated on August 4th (arranged alphabetically):
August 4th is Backgammon Day. Line up those checkers, and shake that dice cup!
The board game of Backgammon, or something like it, has been around for millennia. Ancient ruins in Egypt, India and Rome have been unearthed, revealing pictographs and artifacts for backgammon or its likely predecessors.
Backgammon offers a stimulating solution to midsummer boredom, particularly on Backgammon Day – August 4th. Roll the dice!
Chocolate Chip Day
With the month of August underway, the calendar is chipping away at summer. Aptly, August 4th is Chocolate Chip Day.
Are you ready to chip in for some baking ingredients on August 4th? Why not whip up some chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip brownies or another favorite chocolate chip pastry? Or simply scoop up a delicious portion of chocolate chip ice cream on a hot August 4th summer day.
And let the chips fall where they may.
CTRL-click here to read “Blond Brownies: A Three-Ingredient Family Favorite” (in a new window). One of the ingredients, of course, is chocolate chips.
Hooray for Kids Day
Kids rock, especially on August 4th. It’s Hooray for Kids.
No one seems to know the actual origins of this happy holiday for hooligans, but it probably started with a bunch of youngsters. Still, who hasn’t been a kid – at least once?
Celebrate youth. Act like a child. Skip a rope, toss a ball or ride a bike on August 4th. Hooray for Kids!
Is mustard really the King of the Condiments? Some spice enthusiasts may contend that it is. From Dijon to horseradish, mustard may be the makings of a super sandwich, especially on August 4th. It’s National Mustard Day in the United States – and Mustard Day in many other locales.
What foods go best with mustard? Many folks squirt mustard on hot dogs, deli sandwiches and even pretzels. Others mix mustard into salad dressings, deviled eggs, potato salad, egg salad and other recipes. August 4th celebrates this zesty condiment.
Pass the grey poupon, if you please!
American author John Bartlett (1820 – 1905) published Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations on August 4, 1855. The classic tome has become a mainstay for public speakers, writers, teachers and other quotations fans.
Celebrating this memorable and quotable date in history, August 4th is known as Quotations Day. Bibliophiles (book lovers) may spout familiar sayings from Scripture, literature, celebrities and other sources.
What is your favorite quotation? Whom do you like to quote the most? Have you ever been misquoted?
U.S. Coast Guard Day
“Semper Paratus” (always prepared) is the motto of the United States Coast Guard, a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. Are you prepared to celebrate U.S. Coast Guard Day on August 4th?
The Revenue Cutter Service was formed on August 4, 1790. In 1915, this organization was docked with the Life Saving Serving, creating a group which came to be known as the U.S. Coast Guard.
August 4th is U.S. Coast Guard Day in the United States, where Americans salute those who serve.
Special Saints Days (Various)
The Calendar of the Saints lists the following for August 4th: Agabius, Aristarchus of Thessalonica, Eleutherius, Epimachus, Ia, Isidore, Lua, John Mary Vianney, Maceratus, Peregrinus, Raynerius of Spalatro, Sithney, Tertullinus, Viventius and William Horne.
Notable Anniversaries on August 4th:
The Saturday Evening Post published its first issue on August 4, 1821.
On August 4, 1944, Dutch diarist Anne Frank (The Diary of Anne Frank) and her family were arrested by German Nazis.
Elvis Presley’s hit single “Hound Dog” first hit the airwaves and record stores on August 4, 1956.
Various Other August 4th Holidays
August 4th is also Blueberry Festival Holiday (Pennsylvania), Celtic Tree Month of Tinne (last day), Colombian Constitution Day, Constitution Day (Cook Islands), Fairies’ Drying-Out Day,Huancavelica Anniversary Holiday (Peru), Munchkins of Oz Convention Holiday and Nicole Robin Day (Caribbean).
Additional August 4th holidays include Peer Gynt Festival Days (Norway), Revolution Day (Burkina Faso), St. Dominic the Confessor Day, St. John Baptist – Maris Vianney Cure of Ars Day, St. Luanus – Moles Feast Day (Ireland), St. Sithney’s Mad Dog Holiday, Taxpayer Appreciation Zoo Holiday, Transfiguration Bank Holiday (El Salvador) and the Vigil of St. Oswald.
Happy August 4th to one and all!
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