August is here...and there is so much to enjoy!
Many people say August is like the Sunday of Summer...a time when after a fun-filled summer, we enjoy our final vacations and summer activities while preparing for fall and the new school year that's just around the corner. In fact, most kids start school in just three weeks!
August Fun Facts
August is named after Augustus Caesar, founder and the first emperor of the Roman Empire.
In the early Roman calendar, August was actually the sixth month of the year. It was originally 30 days in length, but an extra day was added so that it would equal the number of days in July.
The official flower for August is the gladiolus. These vertical-growing flowers were named from the Latin "gladius," meaning a sword.
Fans of Elvis Presley mourn each Aug. 16th, the day the famed singer died in 1977.
On Aug. 24th in 79 A.D., the volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted, destroying the city of Pompeii and others.
The month of August is often referred to as the "dog days of summer" ...but not because of pet pooches. It has to do with the star Sirius, also known as the dog star, which rose at the same time as sunrise during the month of August in ancient Roman times.
Whatever you are doing, we hope your August is a safe and fun conclusion to the summer!