National Beach Day

National Beach Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on August 30th and encourages everyone to grab their swimsuit, towel, and friends and head out to their local beach. Of course, we know that since not everyone lives close to the beach, and in those cases, some people might have to take a trip to actually enjoy some surf and sand.

However, if even that is an impossibility, then people can take the time to learn more about the beaches around the world and plan for the day when they’ll eventually be able to visit one. Now, before we head off to the beach, let us explain to everyone reading a little bit more about this holiday.

The History of National Beach Day

Although this might be the first time that some people have learned about National Beach Day, it’s actually a holiday that’s been around for a few decades now. It was first created by the Knights of Columbus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1929. They created this holiday to encourage chapters to make field trips out to their local beaches, but their idea never really took off.

National Beach Day would eventually fall out of the public’s eye and almost ended up in the dustbin of holidays. Then something miraculous happened. Colleen Paige ended up resurrecting the holiday in 2014. She wanted to raise the public’s awareness about beaches and show them how important it is to keep them clean. This holiday has been celebrated ever since.

Important Facts About Beaches

Below are some facts about beaches that we feel everyone will appreciate. We uncovered the following facts while researching National Beach Day. We hope that the following facts prove to be entertaining and educational as well.

  • Most of the sand on the planet is made of a silica-based mineral known as quartz.
  • Black sand comes from eroded volcanic materials.
  • The largest sand island in the world is Fraser Island.
  • Shell Beach is made of trillions of tiny shells and is located in Australia.
  • In 2019, over 400 million people visited the beach.

Observing National Beach Day

In our minds, we think traveling to a local beach is the quintessential way of observing this holiday. Not only to enjoy the sand, surf, and sun but also to socialize with friends and family members. Of course, this isn’t the only way to observe this holiday. People can also observe this holiday in a number of other ways.

People who are environmentally conscious can take the time to organize a beach cleaning expedition. Or, they can donate to an organization that keeps beaches clean. Another way for people to observe this holiday is to learn more about beaches and to share that knowledge with friends and family members.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 30 Friday
Next year (2025)
August 30 Saturday
Last year (2023)
August 30 Wednesday
Nature & Environment