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Campfire Day and Campfire Night

Campfire Day

About Campfire Day and Night

When is Campfire Day? This holiday is celebrated on the first Saturday in August

The first Saturday in August is forever proclaimed to be Campfire Day and Night! Why, day and night, you might ask? It’s simply because a campfire can and should be enjoyed any time, any day or night. Plan your fire so you can cook a meal and/or a snack over it.

Most people start a campfire at or near dusk, to enjoy its warmth and light late into the evening, or even early morning hours. A campfire can be equally enjoyable, without the mosquitos, during daylight hours. Although in mid-summer, it might be too hot to enjoy the fire in the middle of the day. To properly enjoy this holiday, start your campfire around 4:00 in the afternoon. Then, keep it going late into the evening.   

This is a very special time to enjoy the relaxing calm and peacefulness of a campfire with family or friends. It can be enjoyed in your backyard, at a campout, by the shore, or just about anywhere that you can build a fire on the ground, or in a firepit. 

This holiday is designated for celebration on the first Saturday in August for a couple of reasons. It is celebrated on a Saturday, as most people are off work, and don’t have to work the next day. So, they can stay up late to really enjoy the fire. Early August was selected, as sunset is already beginning to be noticeably earlier. And, children in some states, will soon go back to school. We want the kids to enjoy and cherish the memories of a summer campfire, too.

Have a safe and happy Campfire Day and Night!

Enhance the Campfire Experience

  • Cook dinner over the fire. Hot dogs and foil dinners are real hits.
  • Make campfire cooked apples.
  • Cook toasted marshmallows and/or S’mores.
  • Got kids? Teach them how to build and manage fires safely.
  • Plan some campfire stories
  • Sing a few campfire songs.
  • Tell stories.
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Campfire Safety

Safety around the campfire is essential Here are some tips for a safe and fun time by the fireside:

  • Keep small children away from the fire.
  • Always have a bucket of water nearby. 
  • Better still, have a hose near the fire.
  • Never have a fire when there is a ban or in dry conditions that could allow errant sparks to start an uncontrolled fire.
  • Never leave a fire unattended, not even for a minute.
  • Always put the fire out completely when you leave it for the evening.
  • Don’t make the fire too big.

How to Celebrate and Participate in Campfire Day

 Here are some ways to enjoy Campfire Day:

  • Start the fire early and keep it going into the late evening when you’re ready to go in for the night.
  • Invite family and friends.
  • Make S’mores!
Campfire Day and Campfire Night

Today's Chuckle

How Rare is it for someone to die falling into a campfire?   …. Probably medium rare.

History and Origin of Campfire Day and Night

In 2017, Bob Matthews of Rochester N.Y., and author of  Holiday created Campfire Day. In researching special holidays for over a dozen years, Bob was simply amazed that no one had created a special day to celebrate and appreciate summer campfires.

The date was selected for two reasons. First, August is a perfect month for campfires as the evening temperatures begin to cool. Second, Matthews chose a Saturday night because most people have off of work on Sunday, so they can stay up late at the fireside.

According to Bob Matthews, the creator, this special holiday IS NOT a “National” day.

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