August 2, 2015 – NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY – NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY – NATIONAL SISTERS DAY – NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY – NATIONAL KIDS DAY – AMERICAN FAMILY DAY
NATIONAL COLORING BOOK DAY
National Coloring Book Day is celebrated annually on August 2. Coloring and coloring books have always been popular with children, but over the years adults have gotten more and more involved with coloring. Adult coloring is now a huge trend and many are finding that it is not only fun but also a great way to reduce stress. Founded in 1941, Dover Publications led the way, releasing their first coloring book for adults, Antique Automobiles Coloring Book, in 1970. Dover now publishes Creative Haven®, a popular line of coloring books specially designed for adult colorists.
Find a coloring party near you or participate online. Spend some time coloring with your friends, children or grandchildren or by yourself. Enjoy the creativity of making a picture come to life. Download the official National Coloring Book Day 2015 color page. Post your pictures on social media using #NationalColoringBookDay to encourage others to find the enjoyment in coloring.
National Coloring Book Day was submitted by Dover Publications in May 2015. The Registrar at National Day Calendar declared National Coloring Book Day to be observed annually on August 2.
NATIONAL ICE CREAM SANDWICH DAY
National Ice Cream Sandwich Day is observed each year on August 2nd. This food holiday is one that will refresh each one of us, across the United States, on a warm summer day with a delicious frozen ice cream sandwich.
The modern version of the ice cream sandwich was invented by Jerry Newberg in 1945 when he was selling ice cream at Forbes Field. There are pictures from the early 1900′s, “On the beach, Atlantic City”, that show Ice Cream Sandwiches were popular and sold for 1 cent each.
There are alternatives to the classic ice cream sandwich using chocolate cookies, oatmeal cookies or a rice crispy wafer in place of the original chocolate one.
Following are a few of the names that ice cream sandwiches are known around the world:
- Giant Sandwich
- Monaco Bar
- Cream Between
- Vanilla Slice
- Nougat Wafer
- Ice Cream Wafers
- Double Nougat
Enjoy an ice cream sandwich today! Post on social media using #IceCreamSandwichDay and encourage others to join in.
We were unable to find the creator and origin of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL SISTERS DAY
National Sisters Day is observed the first Sunday in August. This is your chance to show your appreciation for that special family relationship. All sisters have the odd argument here and there, but deep down there is a special bond that exists.
Make this day a special celebration for your sister or sisters. If you don’t have a sister, you can still celebrate the friendships of sisterhood by having a girl’s night out! Post on social media using #NationalSistersDay and encourage others to do the same.
The origins of National Sisters Day, an “unofficial” National day, has not been determined.
NATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY
National Friendship Day is observed annually on the first Sunday in August. According to the National Friendship Day declaration, we are invited to “observe this day in an appropriate manner, in accordance with the culture and other appropriate circumstances or customs of their local, national and regional communities, including through education and public awareness-raising activities”.
Get in contact with your friends for a chat or visit. Post on social media using #NationalFriendshipDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
National Friendship Day was originally founded by Hallmark in 1919. It was intended to be a day for people to celebrate their friendship by sending each other cards. By 1940 the market had dried up, and eventually it died out completely. However, in 1998 Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations, and in April 2011 the United Nations officially recognized 30th July as International Friendship Day; although most countries celebrate on the first Sunday of August!
NATIONAL KIDS DAY
On the first Sunday in August, all kids across the nation have a special day to celebrate as it is National Kids Day.
Spend some time with your kids. Post on social media using #KidsDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
To encourage adults to spend more meaningful and quality time with their children, National Kids Day was created in 1994 by KidsPeace. KidsPeace is a national children’s charity that was started over 130 years ago.
AMERICAN FAMILY DAY
American Family Day is observed annually on the first Sunday of August. Established as a day discouraging families from buying gifts or other material items to celebrate, American Family Day is intended as a separate day to appreciate family members by spending time with them.
“American Family Day brings families are brought together to share their love and appreciation of one another.”
(The Georgia Department of Education Parent Engagement Program)
(This day is not to be confused with American Family Day, Inc., a commercial company which popularized on the American Family Day holiday name.
Enjoy your family! Post on social media using #AmericanFamilyDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.
Now annually celebrated across the United States on the first Sunday in August, this day began as a 1-year proclamation signed by Governor Raul Castro, declaring August 7, 1977 as American Family Day. The following year, Governor Bruce Babbit signed American Family Day into law as an official Arizona holiday.