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Celebrate the end of summer

Summer vacation is drawing to a close, and preparing for your kids to head back to school can be stressful. That's why August is a great time to make the most of as many celebrations as possible, and wrap up the summer with a bang.

Start by getting familiar with some of the things you can observe all month long. For example, August holds the titles of everything from American Adventures Month to Golf Month and National Panini Month to Orange and Papaya Month. Sounds like that gives you 31 days to stuff yourself with fresh fruits and summer sandwiches while either going on adventures or relaxing with a slow-paced sport.

Perhaps one of the main observances to focus on, however, is the fact that August is also What Will Be Your Legacy Month. Think of it almost like a second shot at New Year's Eve halfway through the year.

Your resolution to make positive changes in life may have fallen through by the second week of January, but if you're still working toward being known as the optimist who achieves great things, make it happen in August.

In amongst the several monthlong titles August holds, each day is also designated its own celebration, and some have several. Take Aug. 1 for example -- it's known as Girlfriend's Day, Spiderman Day and World Wide Web Day. So grab some gals, search the Internet and watch any of the popular Spiderman movies online to honor the day.

Just two days later, start enjoying some of the foods and beverages that August highlights. Begin with the perfect summer treat on Friday for Watermelon Day. Cook up some hot dogs on Saturday and top them with a well-known yellow condiment for National Mustard Day. Adults can close out the weekend with an icy drink in honor of International Beer Day on Sunday.

If none of that tickles your fancy, be patient for a bit longer because there's a lot more deliciousness later in the month. Camp out with chocolate bars and graham crackers under the stars as you observe S'mores Day on the 10th.

Aug. 19 gives you an excuse to cool off with scoops and scoops of ice cream for Root Beer Float Day. Cupcake Day follows on the 20th, National Waffle Day is celebrated on the 24th and National Toasted Marshmallow Day is set aside for the 30th.

Observing holidays centered on food might possibly be the most fun, but August offers a few unusual days that should be pretty entertaining to celebrate.

Wednesdays tend to be pretty relaxed since they fall in the middle of the work week, so liven one up this month by recognizing Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night Aug. 8.

While you're looking to liven things up, start celebrating some holidays in the office at work. Aug. 28, otherwise known as Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day, encourages you to stay entertained while waiting for things to load on your computer.

Nearing lunch time? Use the same day to eat carelessly around electronics while you recognize Crackers Over the Keyboard Day.

As you find events and activities to honor throughout August, consider getting the rest of your family involved as well -- especially everyone's four-legged friend.

Dogs get lots of credit this time of year, mainly for Assistance Dog Day on Aug. 5 and National Dog Day on Aug. 26. Even Garfield's buddy, Odie, has a day all to himself on the 8th.

Many of the celebrations in August will keep you busy right up until the end of summer, but try to clear your schedule for the middle of the month and make time for National Relaxation Day on the 15th. With back-to-school preparations and final summer vacation plans filling your days, you'll be glad to have an excuse to take 24 hours off.