National Beach Day
When is National Ocean Beach Day? This holiday is always celebrated on August 30
Yes, sand does get in everywhere. Despite this, where else would you rather be on a hot summer day? Exactly… the beach. So, you’re really going to enjoy National Beach Day. You’re going to love the natural beauty of the beach and seashore. If you can, call in to work and take a vacation day, as Labor Day is upon us, and summer is almost over. Then, enjoy this August 30 holiday by the shore and savor the cool, gentle breeze as it wafts in off of the water. Beaches first became popular in Europe in the mid-18th century. Now, hundreds of millions of people around the world visit the beach at least once a year.
While working on your suntan sounds like a great way to spend one of the last few days of summer, frolicking at the beach is not the intended goal of the author of this holiday. Rather, Life style expert Colleen Page created National Beach Day to raise awareness of the beauty of beaches around the world. And, we should make efforts to preserve and maintain beaches. It is ecologically important for us to express our appreciation of beaches by keeping them clean and safe for both tomorrow’s beachgoers as well as future generations.
In addition to preserving our beaches, the best way to show our appreciation is to hit the beach on this warm, summer day. Make up a picnic lunch and grab your beach blanket. Pack the suntan lotion and sand toys into your car. Then, head to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.
Today’s Slogan: “A bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work.”
Looking for a little Beach trivia to impress your friends? Try these little factoids.
- Most sand is quartz, a silica-based mineral.
- Sand is commonly used to make glass.
- Fraser Island in Australia is one big beach. It is the world’s largest sand island.
- In 1948, the U.S. Congress passed the Clean Waters Act establishing water quality and pollution standards.
- 73 percent of beachgoers go into the water. That means 27 % stay on the beach without even putting their toes in the water!
- The world record sandcastle was constructed on the beach in Blokhus, Denmark. Over 4860 tons of sand were used. Dutch artist Wilfred Stijger assisted by 30 other sand sculptors, built a sandcastle measuring 69 ft 5 inches tall.
- Sandy beaches are a variety of colors, including white, tan, pink, and black.
- Black sand comes from volcanic material.
- Since 1990 more people have died falling into holes in sand at the beach than by sharks.
- Water covers about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface.
- The United States sees the most shark bites of any country. In 2021, there were 73 confirmed cases worldwide. Of those, 47 occurred in the United States. Florida had 28 confirmed cases.
How to Participate in National Beach Day
Here are some ideas on how to participate in National Beach Day:
- Spend a fun day on the beach working on your suntan and having a picnic along the shore.
- Do your part. While you are there having fun, make sure to take your trash to a receptacle, or bag it and take it home to discard.
- If you see trash, pick it up and discard it properly. This includes cigarette butts, bottles (especially broken bottles), plastic materials, food waste, and any other trash.
- Join a beach clean-up crew.
- Play beach volleyball.
- Take sunrise and sunset pictures over the water.
“Blowing on the wine in your coffee mug will convince participants of your Zoom meeting that your coffee is hot.” – – Author Unknown
History and Origin of National Ocean Beach Day
In 2014, Colleen Page, a family lifestyle expert, created National Beach Day. The goal is to promote and preserve safe and clean beaches.
While the selection of this end-of-summer August 30 date to celebrate this holiday may seem odd, the goals of this day are not directly about enjoying the beach. Rather is to restore, maintain, and preserve them. So, it makes sense to hold this holiday after the heavy use beaches receive all summer long. You can help to rejuvenate them.
Our research did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. We found no congressional records or presidential proclamation.
Definition of “National” Days – and why it is so important to distinguish and identify true national days.
More August 30 Holidays
More About Today
Holiday Insights, where every day in August is a holiday, a bizarre or wacky day, an observance, or a special event. Join us in the daily calendar fun each and every day of the year.
Did You Know? There are literally thousands of daily holidays, special events, and observances, more than one for every day of the year. and many of these holidays are new. People and organizations are creating new holidays regularly. August holidays are no exception. Consequently, at Holiday Insights, we take great efforts to thoroughly research and document the details of each one, as completely and accurately as possible.