Epoch's Month of Events - August 2023

Epoch's Month of Events - August 2023

Explore the special days and themes for the month of August!

This calendar is a guide for you and your team to use as you plan meaningful, internal events and activities virtually for the month of August. Bring everyone together this month to focus on celebrating National Civility Month and spreading kindness.

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Month Themes: National Civility Month

With August’s focus on National Civility and politeness, many workplaces give their employees daily challenges to improve employee relationships and a way to engage with others on different teams. Another idea is to plan webinars or fireside chats with various guest speakers to inspire employees and happy hour events to come together as a team for some fun. 

August 2 - National Ice Cream Sandwich Day 🍦

Cool yourself down on this summer day with an ice cream sandwich! Treat your team, friends, or family by ordering everyone ice cream sandwiches. Another fun way to celebrate this team is to create your ice cream sandwiches.

Idea: Get creative with your peers by hosting a funky ice cream sandwich challenge! Participants are encouraged to look through recipes and decorate their sandwiches with their creativity. Share photos of your creation on Slack and vote who has the funkiest ice cream sandwich! Here are 30+ Ice Cream Sandwich recipes for you to choose from.

August 3 - Watermelon Day 🍉

Watermelon is the refreshing fruit of the summertime. It is enjoyed best outside on a hot day. Bring your team together and have a creative challenge of different recipes and ways of enjoying watermelon. Share photos of everyone’s creations on Slack!

Idea: If you are in search of some watermelon recipes to get your team started, check these out. They cover everything from drinks and desserts to salads and apps. There’s a recipe for everyone.


August 4 - National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 🍪

National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is an annual celebration in the United States that takes place on August 4th. The day celebrates the beloved chocolate chip cookie, a classic American dessert that has been enjoyed for decades. On this day, people bake and enjoy chocolate chip cookies, and many businesses offer promotions and discounts on cookies and related products. Consider offering some to your team!

August 8 - International Cat Day 🐱

Calling all cat lovers! On this day we want to show appreciation and love to our pet cats. A great way to celebrate is to treat your furry ones with treats, walks, and cuddles! For those who do not have a cat, no worries as you can show off your love for these cute furry animals in many ways. 


Idea: Spoil your cats with some treats (but not too many!), cuddles, a walk around the neighborhood, or with new toys! Take pictures on this day and share them with your friends and family through social media! For those who don’t have a pet cat, share your love for them by wearing clothing with your favorite cat design!


August 9 - International Day of the World’s Indigenous People 🌟

Did you know there are over 476 million indigenous peoples living in 90 countries across the globe? This special day aims to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. There is also a focus on celebrating and recognizing their history and cultural contributions.

Idea: One way you can encourage your team to support and celebrate this special day is by supporting Indigenous artists. Another way is to educate your team on issues that Indigenous People face not just in your area, but around the globe. Hosting panels or learning talks is a great place to start.

August 12 - International Youth Day 👧🏻

Kids are the future and International Youth Day (IYD) helps to empower youth around the world to organize activities and make a difference for the youth in their country.  Learn more about International Youth Day 2023 here.

Idea: Empower the kids of the working parents on your team to join a day of activities and events (virtually). Provide learning talks, mentorship programs, and fun activities to get youth of all ages to participate and be engaged.

August 14 - National Financial Awareness 💰

‍National Financial Awareness Day is an annual observance in the United States that takes place on August 14th. The day is dedicated to promoting financial literacy and helping people become more aware of their finances. On this day, people are encouraged to review their financial goals, create budgets, and learn about financial planning and investing. Many organizations also offer financial education programs and resources to help people improve their financial knowledge and skills.

Consider hosting a financial literacy workshop for your employees, and make sure they’re aware of benefits such as contribution matching!

August 17 - Marcus Garvey Day 🙌

On August 17, we will be celebrating the first National Black Holiday. It’s a celebration of the life of Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican politician, and activist who led the largest Black movement in US history. He promoted the ideals of pride, freedom, self-reliance, and education and influenced the world through so many different people.


Idea: Set a time to educate your team, friends, or family about the history and impact that Marcus Garvey has made on the US.

August 19 - World Humanitarian Day 🌎

World Humanitarian Day is dedicated to recognizing humanitarian workers who were killed and injured in the course of their work. This day is especially important again this year as the world is continuing to fight against COVID-19, and access to assist those in humanitarian crises is more difficult.

Idea: If you are looking to spread the word and amplify the voices of others on World Humanitarian Day on social media, use the #RealLifeHeroes. This campaign helps to celebrate the people who have committed their lives to help others.

April 19 - World Photography Day 📸

World Photography Day is an annual celebration that takes place on August 19th. The day commemorates the art and science of photography and its impact on the world. On this day, people share and enjoy photographs, attend photography exhibits and workshops, and participate in photo contests and challenges. The goal of the day is to inspire and promote creativity, raise awareness of photography as an art form, and celebrate its role in documenting history and culture.

Consider hosting a photo challenge in the office and giving prizes to the winning teams!

August 26 - Women’s Equality Day 👩🏻‍🤝‍👩🏾

This special day commemorates American women getting the constitutional right to vote. This year marks 101 years since this right was granted back in 1920. The color purple also symbolizes women's equality internationally, so don’t forget to deck out in purple on this day. In the present day, efforts are continuing to be made to ensure women are treated equally and there are many women-focused organizations to help and support all year long.

Idea: Host a women empowerment panel where women leaders in your organization can come together and share their successes and struggles to inspire your team. Women supporting other women is the best way to come together and make a difference.

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