Unusual August Celebrations

August celebrations are few and far between. It's the only month on the US calendar that doesn't have an official holiday, such as Labor Day, or an unofficial holiday, such as Halloween or St. Patrick's Day. That doesn't mean there aren't some fun things to celebrate, though. Most people take a vacation during August, making it a good time to check out some unusual observances.

National Catfish Month
August was declared National Catfish Month in the late 1980s as a way to honor the importance of catfish to our national economy. August is a great time to get out and hook some catfish to enjoy.

National Water Quality Month
The Environmental Protection Agency has designated August as National Water Quality Month. This is a great time to find out about fresh water conservation efforts in your community. The dog days of August are also a great time to start drinking the six to eight glasses of water a day that will help you stay healthy.

American Artist Appreciation Month
If you prefer air-conditioned summer activities, head to your local library or art museum to celebrate American Artists Appreciation Month. Keep an eye out for special events and exhibits in your community that highlight the contributions of Americans to the visual arts.

National Clown Week
President Richard Nixon set aside the first week of August as National Clown Week in 1970. This event celebrates the traditions, history and silly fun that clowns bring to audiences everywhere. Local libraries and community centers often hold Clown Week events for kids, complete with face painting, baloon animals and performances by professional clowns. If there are no events in your area, head to the party store and grab some makeup for your own clown party.

National Smile Week
Following on the heels of National Clown Week is National Smile Week, during the second week of August. This one's not about dental health, but about making people smile and laugh. Tell a joke or go to a comedy club. See a funny movie. Tickle somebody. There are lots of fun ways to make people smile!

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