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Holidays & National Day Calendar

There are eleven Federal holidays and ten California holidays that are observed as major holidays, plus a list of the traditional standard holidays like St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Earth Day, etc. But there are fun and unusual holidays & National days to celebrate every day of the year. Here’s a list of some of those that you may want to celebrate.

See our Federal & California Holiday Calendar

Official and Unofficial National Holidays & Observances

National Holidays & Observances Calendar

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MayJuneJulyAugust
SeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

January

Common Holidays in January:

Monthly Observances

  • National CBD Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Get Organized Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Hot Tea Month
  • National Soup Month
  • It’s OK To Be Different Month

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
Diet Resolution WeekFirst Week
New Year’s Resolutions WeekFirst Week
National Mocktail Week | Dry JanuarySecond Week
National Pizza Week | Best OC PizzaStarts on 2nd Sunday
Hunt For Happiness WeekThird Full Week
National Fresh Squeezed Juice WeekBegins on 3rd Sunday
Meat Week | Best OC BurgersBegins last Sunday in January

National Day Observances

DayObservance
January 1New Year’s Day
National Bloody Mary Day
National Hangover Day
Polar Bear Plunge Day
January 2National Buffet Day
National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
National Science Fiction Day
Run It Up The Flagpole & See If Anyone Salutes It Day
January 4National Spaghetti Day
National Trivia Day
World Braille Day
January 5National Bird Day
National Whipped Cream Day
January 6National Cuddle Up Day
National Technology Day
January 7National Bobblehead Day
National Tempura Day
January 8National Bubble Bath Day
National Winter Skin Relief Day
January 9National Balloon Ascension Day
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
National Word Nerd Day
January 10National Houseplant Appreciation Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
National Save The Eagles Day
January 11Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
January 12National Kiss A Ginger Day
January 13National Rubber Ducky Day
Make Your Dream Come True Day
January 14National Dress Up Your Pet Day
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
January 15National Bagel Day
National Hat Day
World Religion Day
January 16National Nothing Day
January 18National Winnie The Pooh Day
National Thesaurus Day
January 19National Popcorn Day
January 20Get To Know Your Customer Day
National Cheese Lover’s Day
January 21Museum Selfie Day
National Hugging Day
Squirrel Appreciation Day
January 22National Polka Dot Day
National Hot Sauce Day
January 23National Handwriting Day
National Pie Day
January 24Beer Can Appreciation Day
Belly Laugh Day
National Compliment Day
January 25National Opposite Day
January 26National Spouses Day
January 27International Holocaust Remembrance Day
January 28Data Privacy Day
National Have Fun At Work Day
National Kazoo Day
National Lego Day
January 29National Puzzle Day
January 30National Croissant Day
January 31National Backward Day
National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
Plan For A Vacation Day

February

Common Holidays In February:

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
National Marriage WeekFebruary 7-14
National Secondhand Wardrobe Week2nd Week in February
Random Acts of Kindness WeekWeek of February 17

National Day Observances

DayObservance
February 1National Serpent Day
National Freedom Day
February 2Groundhog Day
National Girls & Women In Sports Day
February 4National Hemp Day
National Homemade Soup Day
National Thank A Mail Carrier Day
Rosa Parks Day
February 5National Eat Ice Cream For Breakfast Day
National Shower With A Friend Day
February 6National Frozen Yogurt Day
February 7National Send A Card To A Friend Day
National Periodic Table Day
February 8National Boy Scouts Day
National Kite Flying Day
February 9National Bagel & Lox Day
National Pizza Day
February 11National Make A Friend Day
International Day of Women & Girls In Science
National Guitar Day
February 13Galentine’s Day
February 14Valentine’s Day
National Ferris Wheel Day
February 16National Do A Grouch A Favor Day
February 17National Random Acts Of Kindness Day
February 18National Caregivers Day
National Drink Wine Day
February 20National Love Your Pet Day
February 21Family Day
February 22National Margarita Day
February 25National Clam Chowder Day
February 26National Set A Good Example Day
February 27National Pokemon Day
National Strawberry Day
National Retro Day

March

Common Holidays In March:

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
International Women’s WeekWeek of International Women’s Day
Girl Scout Week Week of March 12
National Agriculture WeekMarch 21-27, 2023
National Introverts Week3rd Full Week In March
National Cleaning WeekStarts 4th Sunday

National Day Observances

DayObservance
March 1World Music Therapy Day
National Pancake Day
March 2Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
National Old Stuff Day
National Read Across America Day
March 3National Anthem Day
World Wildlife Day
March 4National Employee Appreciation Day
National Day Of Unplugging
March 6National Frozen Food Day
March 7National Cereal Day
March 8International Women’s Day
National Proofreading Day
March 9National Get Over It Day
National Meatball Day
March 10National No Smoking Day
National Pack Your Lunch Day
March 12National Girl Scout Day
March 14National Napping Day
National Pi Day
Learn About Butterflies Day
March 15The Ides Of March
March 17St. Patrick’s Day
March 18Global Recycling Day
Awkward Moments Day
March 19Certified Nurses Day
National Let’s Laugh Day
National Poultry Day
March 20International Day Of Happiness
National Proposal Day
National Single Parent Day
March 21International Day Of Forests
Harmony Day
March 22World Water Day
National Goof Off Day
March 23National Puppy Day
March 24National Cocktail Day
March 26Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
March 27World Theatre Day
March 29National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day
March 30Take A Walk In The Park Day
March 31 César Chávez Day

April

Common Holidays In April:

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
National Library WeekApril 23-29, 2023
National Wildlife WeekBegins April 10, 2023
National Public Health Week1st Full Week
National Princess WeekLast Full Week
Every Kid Healthy WeekLast Week

National Day Observances

DayObservance
April 1April Fool’s Day
National Handmade Day
National Love Our Children Day
April 2World Autism Awareness Day
International Children’s Book Day
International Fact-Checking Day
April 3National Find A Rainbow Day
April 6California Poppy Day
April 7National Beer Day
National No Housework Day
April 8National Zoo Lovers Day
April 9National Unicorn Day
April 10National Farm Animals Day
National Siblings Day
National Golfers Day
April 11National Pet Day
April 12National Only Child Day
April 13National Scrabble Day
Plant Appreciation Day
April 14National Dolphin Day
National Gardening Day
April 15National Tax Day
National Titanic Remembrance Day
Universal Day of Culture
World Art Day
April 16Emancipation Day
National Wear Your Pajamas To Work Day
April 17Bat Appreciation Day
April 22Earth Day
April 23National Picnic Day
National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
April 25National Telephone Day
National Hug A Plumber Day
April 26National Audubon Day
National Help A Horse Day
April 27National Prime Rib Day
Marine Mammal Rescue Day
April 28National Superhero Day
April 30National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
National Bubble Tea Day

May

Common Holidays In May:

  • Cinco de Mayo – May 5, 2023
  • Mother’s Day – May 14, 2023
  • Memorial Day – May 29, 2023

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
Small Business Week1st Week
National Wildflower Week1st Week
Screen-Free Week1st Full Week
Nurses WeekMay 6-May 12, 2023
Public Service Recognition WeekStarts 1st Sunday
National Hospital Week1st Full Week
American Craft Beer Week2nd Full Week

National Day Observances

DayObservance
May 1May Day
National Loyalty Day
School Principals Day
May 3National Paranormal Day
National Specially-abled Pets Day
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
May 4National Bird Day
National Star Wars Day
May 5Cinco De Mayo
National Astronaut Day
National Cartoonists Day
National Hoagie Day
May 6National Beverage Day
National Nurses Day
May 8National Have A Coke Day
May 9National Homefront Heroes Day
National Sleepover Day
May 11National Eat What You Want Day
May 14National Dance Like A Chicken Day
National Decency Day
Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May)
May 16National Barbecue Day
National Do Something Good For Your Neighbors Day
National Love A Tree Day
National Mimosa Day
May 18National HIV Awareness Day
National No Dirty Dishes Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day
May 20National Armed Forces Day (3rd Saturday)
National Be A Millionaire Day
National Pick Strawberries Day
National Rescue Dog Day
May 22National Craft Distillery Day
National Maritime Day
May 24National Scavenger Hunt Day
May 25National Missing Children’s Day
National Wine Day
May 26National Paper Airplane Day
May 28National Hamburger Day
National Brisket Day
May 30National Creativity Day
May 31National Smile Day

June

Common Holidays In June:

  • Flag Day – June 14, 2023
  • Father’s Day – June 18, 2023
  • Juneteenth – June 19, 2023
  • First Day Of Summer – June 21, 2023

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
National Gardening Week1st Full Week
National Fishing & Boating WeekStarts on 1st full weekend
National Little League Week2nd Week
Community Health Improvement Week1st Full Week

National Day Observances

DayObservance
June 1National Go Barefoot Day
National Say Something Nice Day
World Reef Awareness Day
June 2National Donut Day (1st Friday)
June 6D-Day
National Higher Education Day
National Yo-Yo Day
June 8National Best Friends Day
World Oceans Day
June 9 Donald Duck Day
June 11National Making Life Beautiful Day
National Outlet Shopping Day
June 12National Loving Day
June 13National Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
June 14International Bath Day
National Pop Goes The Weasel Day
June 15National Megalodon Day
National Photography Day
National Smile Power Day
June 16World sea Turtle Day
June 18National Go Fishing Day
National Wanna Get Away Day
Father’s Day (3rd Sunday)
June 19Juneteenth
National Garfield The Cat Day
June 20American Eagle Day
National Hike With A Geek Day
June 21Go Skateboarding Day
National Selfie Day
National Smoothie Day
June 22National Kissing Day
June 30Social Media Day

July

Common Holidays In July:

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
Nude Recreation WeekWeek after 4th of July
Everybody Deserves A Massage Week3rd Week of July
National Zookeeper Week3rd Week of July

National Day Observances

DayObservance
July 1National Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
July 2National Wildland Firefighter Day
July 3National Fried Clam Day
July 4Independence Day
National BBQ Spareribs Day
July 5National Bikini Day
National Workaholics Day
July 6National Fried Chicken Day
National Hand Roll Day
July 7National Dive Bar Day
July 10National Pina Colada Day
July 11All American Pet Photo Day
National 7-Eleven Day
National Mojito Day
July 14National Mac & Cheese Day
July 15National Give Something Away Day
National I Love Horses Day
July 19National Hot Dog Day (3rd Wednesday in July)
July 20National Fortune Cookie Day
National Moon Day
July 21National Junk Food Day
July 22National Hammock Day
July 24National Amelia Earhart Day
National Drive-Thru Day
National Tequila Day
July 25National Hot Fudge Sundae Day
National Merry Go Round Day
National Wine & Cheese Day
July 26National All Or Nothing Day
National Bagelfest Day
National Disability Independence Day
July 27National Crème Brulee Day
National Love Is Kind Day
July 28Buffalo Soldiers Day
National Waterpark Day
July 31National Avocado Day

August

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
Simplify Your Life Week1st Week of August
National Farmers Market Week1st Week of August
National Bargain Hunting Week2nd Week of August
Elvis WeekWeek of August 16
Be Kind To Humankind WeekLast Week of August

National Day Observances

DayObservance
August 1National Night Out (1st Tuesday in August)
National Girlfriend Day
August 5National Oyster Day
National Underwear Day
August 7National Lighthouse Day
August 8Global Sleep Under The Stars Night
August 9National Book Lovers Day
August 10National Lazy Day
August 12National Vinyl Record Day
August 13International Left Handers Day
August 15National Relaxation Day
August 14National Creamsicle Day
August 16National Roller Coaster Day
National Tell A Joke Day
August 17National Nonprofit Day
National Thrift Shop Day
August 18 National Fajita Day
National Pinot Noir Day
August 19National Aviation Day
National Potato Day
August 20National Radio Day
August 21National Senior Citizens Day
August 24National Peach Pie Day
National Waffle Day
August 25National Kiss & Make Up Day
National Park Service Founders Day
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
August 26National Women’s Equality Day
August 27National Just Because Day
August 28National Red Wine Day
Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day
August 30National Beach Day
National Grief Awareness Day
National Toasted Marshmallow Day
August 31National Eat Outside Day
National Matchmaker Day

September

Common Holidays In September:

  • Labor Day – September 4, 2023
  • Patriot Day – September 11, 2023
  • First Day Of Autumn – September 22, 2023

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

Observance Week
National Childhood Injury Prevention WeekSeptember 1-7
National Farm Animals Awareness Week3rd Week in September
National Singles Week3rd Full Week in September
National Keep Kids Creative WeekLast Week in September

National Day Observances

DayObservance
September 1National Hotel Employee Day
September 4National Wildlife Day
September 5National Be Late For Something Day
National Cheese Pizza Day
September 6National Read A Book Day
September 7National Beer Lover’s Day
September 8Star Trek Day
September 9National Teddy Bear Day
September 10National TV Dinner Day
National Swap Ideas Day
September 11National Make Your Bed Day
Patriot Day
National Day of Service & Remembrance
September 12National Chocolate Milkshake Day
National Day Of Encouragement
National Hug & High 5 Day
National Video Games Day
September 13National Bald Is Beautiful Day
National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
September 14National Cream Filled Donut Day
National Parents Day Off
National Sober Day
September 15Greenpeace Day
National Double Cheeseburger Day
September 16National Guacamole Day
National Step Family Day
National Working Parents Day
September 17Constitution Day & Citizenship Day
September 18National Cheeseburger Day
September 19National Talk Like A Pirate Day
September 20National Care For Kids Day
National Fried Rice Day
National Pepperoni Pizza Day
September 22Car Free Day
Elephant Appreciation Day
Hobbit Day
National Girls’ Night
September 23National Hunting & Fishing Day (4th Saturday in September)
September 24National Punctuation Day
September 25National Comic Book Day
National Lobster Day
National One-Hit Wonder Day
September 26National Pancake Day
September 27National Day of Forgiveness
September 28National Drink Beer Day
September 29National Coffee Day
Urban National Wildlife Refuge Day
September 30National Family Health & Fitness Day (Last Saturday in September)
National Ghost Hunting Day (Last Saturday in September)

October

Common Holidays In October:

Monthly Observances

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
Mental Illness Awareness Week1st Week of October
National Fire Prevention WeekWeek of October 9th
National Healthcare Quality Week3rd Full Week of October
National Wolf Awareness Week3rd Full Week of October
National Friends of Libraries Week3rd Full Week of October
National Food Bank WeekWeek of October 16th
National Red Ribbon WeekLast Week of October

National Day Observances

DayObservance
October 1National Pumpkin Spice Day
National Homemade Cookies Day
October 2National name Your Car Day
October 3National Boyfriend Day
National Techies Day
October 4National Golf Lovers Day
National Taco Day
October 5National Do Something Nice Day
National Get Funky Day
World Teachers Day
October 6National Coaches Day
National Mad Hatter Day
National Noodle Day
October 7National Inner Beauty Day
October 8National Hero Day
October 10National Walk To A Park Day
World Mental Health Day
October 12National Farmer’s Day
National Savings Day
October 13National Train Your Brain Day
October 14National Dessert Day
October 15National I Love Lucy Day
National Grouch Day
October 16National Dictionary Day
National Sports Day
October 21National Reptile Awareness Day
October 22National Make A Dog’s Day
October 23Swallows Depart from San Juan Capistrano Day
October 27National American Beer Day
October 28National First Responders Day
October 29National Cat Day
October 30National Candy Corn Day
October 31Girl Scout Founders Day
Halloween
National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

November

Common Holidays In November:

Monthly Observances

  • Aviation History Month
  • Family Stories Month
  • Movember
  • National Adoption Month
  • Military Family Month
  • National Gratitude Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • Vegan Month

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week1st Full Week of November
World Kindness WeekWeek of November 13th
National Young Readers Week2nd Week in November
National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness WeekWeek Before Thanksgiving
American Education WeekWeek Before Thanksgiving
National Game & Puzzle WeekThanksgiving Week

National Day Observances

DayObservance
November 1National Author’s Day
National Cook For Your Pets Day
November 3National Sandwich Day
November 4National Candy Day
November 5National Donut Day
November 6National Nacho Day
November 8National STEM/STEAM Day
November 11Veteran’s Day
November 12National Chicken Soup For The Soul Day
National French Dip Day
November 13World Kindness Day
November 14National Family PJ Day
National Pickle Day
November 15America Recycles Day
National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
National Philanthropy Day
November 16International Check Your Wipers Day
National Fast Food Day
November 17National take A Hike Day
November 18Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
November 28National French Toast Day
November 29Electronic Greetings Day
November 30National Personal Space Day
Stay Home Because You’re Well Day

December

Common Holidays In December:

  • Hanukkah – December 7, 2023
  • First Day Of Winter – December 21, 2023
  • Christmas Eve – December 24, 2023
  • Christmas Day – December 25, 2023
  • New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2023

Monthly Observances

  • Learn A Foreign Language Month
  • National Human Rights Month
  • Exotic Fruits Month
  • Farm To Foodbank Month
  • Winter Squash Month

Weekly Observances

ObservanceWeek
National Cookie Cutter Week1st Full Week
National Influenza Week1st Full Week
Computer Science Education WeekBegins 2nd Monday

National Day Observances

DayObservance
December 1Day With(out) Art Day
National Christmas Lights Day
National Pie Day
Rosa Parks Day
December 2National Mutt Day
Special Education Day
December 3National Roof Over Your Head Day
December 4World Wildlife Conservation Day
National Cookie Day
National Sock Day
December 5Bathtub Party Day
International Ninja Day
International Volunteers Day
December 6St. Nicholas Day
December 7National Cotton Candy Day
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 8National Christmas Tree Day
National Brownie Day
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
December 9Christmas Card Day
National Pastry Day
National Llama Day
December 10Dewey Decimal System Day
Human Rights Day
Animal Rights Day
National Lager Day
Nobel Prize Day
December 12Gingerbread House Day
Poinsettia Day
December 13National Cocoa Day
National Day Of The Horse
December 14National Monkey Day
December 15National Cupcake Day
Bill Of Rights Day
National Wear Your Pearls Day
December 16National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
December 18National Twin Day
Answer The Phone Like Buddy The Elf Day
December 20Go Caroling Day
National Sangria Day
December 21Crossword Puzzle Day
Humbug Day
National Fried Shrimp Day
December 23Festivus
December 24Christmas Eve
National Eggnog Day
December 25Christmas Day
National Pumpkin Pie Day
December 26Boxing Day
National Candy Cane Day
National Thank You Note Day
December 27National Fruitcake Day
Visit The Zoo Day
December 28National Card Playing Day
National Short Film Day
Pledge Of Allegiance Day
December 30Bacon Day
December 31New Year’s Eve
Make Up Your Mind Day
National Champagne Day

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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.