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DEI holidays to celebrate in August

We’ve curated a list of holidays for August to keep you in the loop on what’s most commonly celebrated. Plus download our 2024 DEI holiday calendar.

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Are you eagerly anticipating the August DEI holidays? 

Our curated list of holidays for August includes common celebrations, plus unique and engaging DEI-focused opportunities for creating inclusion and supporting a high-performance culture. Stay informed and celebrate with us.

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Month-long celebrations in August

National Wellness Month

August is National Wellness Month, which promotes self-care, stress management and healthy routines. National Wellness Month is an excellent opportunity to encourage your employees to focus on their wellbeing by making small changes – like trying a new activity or drinking more water – to improve their overall health. 

Black Business Month

In 2018, more than 3.2 million Black-owned U.S. businesses employed more than 1.18 million workers, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. National Black Business Month was established in 2004 by two Black entrepreneurs, Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton, to showcase and encourage Black business owners. 

Supporting Black business owners is crucial. Patronage is needed as companies rebound from the pandemic while facing systemic racism. Plus, advocating for and promoting Black businesses can promote diversity and inclusion, as Black-owned companies tend to hire more diverse workforces.

National Back to School Month

National Back to School Month is a great time to provide additional support to your team's parents as they prepare for the new school year. Consider celebrating with local school supply drives or engaging classes that support parents and caregivers.

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Additional August DEI holidays

August 1

International Childfree Day

International Childfree Day honors people who have chosen to live a childfree life. In addition to celebrating choice and the childfree lifestyle, International Childfree Day helps normalize adulting without children.

August 4

National Coast Guard Day

National Coast Guard Day commemorates the establishment of the United States Coast Guard. It's a day to honor the bravery and dedication of the people who serve and served in the Coast Guard.

August 7

Purple Heart Day

The Purple Heart was created on August 7, 1782, to honor those wounded or killed in the line of combat. Purple Heart Day is designated to remember their sacrifices. 

August 9

International Coworking Day

In an increasingly remote world, coworking helps bring human connection to those who don’t go into an office daily. Additionally, coworking fosters collaboration and provides a space for professionals to share ideas and collaborate. You can celebrate International Coworking Day with classes about collaboration or by renting coworking spaces in communities where you have enough employees to support the initiative.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

There are more than 476 million indigenous people worldwide, representing 5,000 cultures. Despite their cultural differences, they share common problems in protecting their rights. For years, indigenous people have sought recognition of their identities, their ways of life and their rights to traditional lands, territories and natural resources. The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is commemorated to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups.

August 13

International Left-Handers Day

Celebrate while raising awareness about the challenges left-handed people face in a world designed for right-handed individuals. In preparation for International Left-Handers Day, research how your organization can make things more accessible to the left-handed members of your team. (Left-handed accessories can boost productivity!)

August 15

National Relaxation Day

Self-care isn't selfish. Take a deep breath, and help your employees enjoy National Relaxation Day! Here are some ideas to observe the holiday:

  • Practice mindfulness: Take a few minutes to meditate, focus on your breath or pay attention to your surroundings without judgment.
  • Spend time in nature: Being in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health.
  • Treat yourself: Take some time to indulge in something that makes you feel good.
  • Disconnect: Turn off your phone, log off social media and disconnect from the digital world for a few hours. Disconnecting can help you feel more present and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

August 19

World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed in memory of the 22 humanitarian aid workers who lost their lives in the 2003 bombing of the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq. The day focuses on advocating for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises, and for the safety and security of aid workers.

August 26

Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which gave women the right to vote. Women’s Equality Day also recognizes ongoing efforts toward achieving gender equality.

August 30

National Grief Awareness Day

Grief is a natural response to loss of any kind, often coming from life changes, identity shifts and trauma. As a people leader, it’s important to recognize and honor all types of grief as valid. National Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate everyone on grief and offer resources for those experiencing grief. 

*Indicates a holiday that begins at sundown the day prior.

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