The 6th of August is Root Beer Float Day.
A root beer float is a classic North American summer drink.
Today, why not got a bunch of friends together and let everyone debate their favourite brand of root beer. Then, do a root beer tasting with the brand names concealed and see how well they do picking out their favourites.
The Oakland A’s baseball team hold a fundraising Root Beer Float Day on a Wednesday in July or early in August, while playing baseball.
In some years, A&W Restaurants in North America offer free A&W Root Beer Floats on the 20th of June.
A few people plump for this day being held on 19 August.
The earliest print mention that CooksInfo is aware of for a Root Beer Float Day in August dates from 1983 in Florida:
“No doubt intended for the portly and proud of it is the ‘1984 Calendar of Self-Indulgence’, which features cartoons and food holidays. Owners of this calendar, for example, will be pleased to learn that the week of Aug. 5-11 not only features National Waffle Day and National Root Beer Float Day, but National Raspberries-And-Cream, Frozen Custard, Rice Pudding, S’Mores and Raspberry-Bombe days as well.” — Judds, Ann. 1984. A new year requires a new calendar. Tallahassee, Florida: Tallahassee Democrat. Wednesday, 28 December 1983. Page 2C, col. 3.