social media holiday calendar

By Jacqueline Dooley | August 30, 2019

Plan your social media posts with the holidays listed below, or download our calendar.

While most U.S. companies are familiar with the ten Federal Holidays (eleven, if you include Inauguration Day), there are literally hundreds of additional observed and seasonal holidays (both national and global) that companies can incorporate into their content marketing and promotional strategies each year.

Are you a purveyor of toys and puppets? Make sure you plan a promotion around World Puppetry Day (March 21st). 

Do you need an excuse to reach out to your existing clients to say “Thank You For Your Business?” Send them a voucher for a free donut on National Glazed Donut Day (January 12th). Now’s the time to start planning for that one!

We’ve gone ahead and categorized more than 300 holidays as a quick and easy reference so you don’t have to. We’ve broken down our list into five sections as follows:

  1. 2019 U.S. National Holidays: National, observed, and “other” holidays celebrated or observed in the U.S.
  2. Educational Calendar: These aren’t holidays in the traditional sense, but include a list of key dates which are observed and/or celebrated throughout the world (e.g., Global Family Day).
  3. Food-themed Calendar – There are a staggering number of food-focused holidays observed primarily in the U.S. No need to worry, we’ve listed all of them.
  4. Fun Holidays – This list provides great fodder for content, promotions, and events.
  5. Sports Holidays  – (See fun holidays, above)

Key:

Federal Holiday – Official holiday established by the U.S. Federal government

Observed – A public holiday which is celebrated on a different day than the actual event date (e.g., if a holiday falls on a Saturday but is observed the Friday before)

Religious HolidayA faith-based holiday relevant to a specific religion (Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslum, etc.) In some cases, religious holidays are also federal holidays (e.g., Christmas Day).

Other Events worth noting that do not fall under the category of an official holiday, but may be worth promoting in your marketing or event calendar (e.g., the Super Bowl, the first day of spring, etc.)

2019 U.S. National Holidays

DATE HOLIDAY HOLIDAY TYPE
January
1 New Year’s Day Federal Holiday
21 Martin Luther King Day Federal Holiday
February
2 Groundhog Day Observed
3 Super Bowl Other
12 Lincoln’s Birthday NY State holiday
14 Valentine’s Day Observed
18 President’s Day Federal Holiday
March
1 Read Across America Day Observed
1 Employee Appreciation Day Observed
10 Daylight Savings Time Starts Other
17 St. Patrick’s Day Observed
20 March Equinox Other
21 Holi Religious Holiday
21 Purim Religious Holiday
April
15 Tax Day  Other
20 Passover Religious Holiday
21 Easter Religious Holiday
25 Take our Sons/Daughters to Work Today Observed
May
5 Cinco de Mayo Observed
6 Ramadan Starts Religious Holiday
12 Mother’s Day Observed
25 National Missing Children’s Day Observed
27 Memorial Day Federal Holiday
June
8 Belmont Stakes Other
16 Father’s Day Observed
20 American Eagle Day Observed
July
4 Independence Day Federal Holiday
September
2 Labor Day Federal Holiday
8 National Grandparent’s Day Observed
23 September Equinox Other
30 Rosh Hashana Religious Holiday
October
9 Yom Kippur Religious Holiday
14 Indigenous Peoples’ Day (a.k.a. Columbus Day) Federal Holiday
31 Halloween Observed
November
3 Daylight Savings Time Ends Other
3 NYC Marathon Other
11 Veteran’s Day Federal Holiday
28 Thanksgiving Federal Holiday
December
23 Hanukkah Religious Holiday
24 Christmas Eve Religious Holiday
25 Christmas Day Religious Holiday
26 Kwanzaa Observed
31 New Year’s Eve Observed

Educational Calendar

DATE EVENT NOTES
January
1 Global Family Day  
1 Polar Bear Swim Day Various organizations in Canada
2 National Science Fiction Day (United States)  
4 World Braille Day (birthday of Louis Braille) World Health Organization
20 National Hugging Day (United States) National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States
21 International Holocaust Remembrance Day  
27 School Day of Non-violence and Peace United Nations General Assembly
30 Street Children’s Day Llorenç Vidal Vidal
31 World Religion Day Jugend Eine Welt
February
2 Ice Cream for Breakfast Day First Saturday in February
2 World Wetlands Day  
2 Wear Red Day Raises funds for children and adults with congenital heart disease
11 World Day of the Sick Instituted by Pope John Paul II
11 International Day of Women and Girls in Science UN Women
12 Darwin Day  
12 International Day of Women’s Health Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health
12 Red Hand Day Child Soldier Awareness
13 World Radio Day UN, UNESCO
15 International Childhood Cancer Day Childhood Cancer Foundation
17 Random Acts of Kindness Day (USA)  
20 World Day of Social Justice UN
22 World Thinking Day  
March
1 National Pig Day (USA)  
1 Self-Injury Awareness Day Also known as Self-Harm Awareness Day
2 Employee Appreciation Day  
3 World Wildlife Day UN
8 International Women’s Day  
14 Pi Day  
20 International Day of Happiness UN
20 World Rights to Water Day  
21 International Colour Day  
21 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination UN
21 World Poetry Day UN, UNESCO
21 World Down Syndrome Day UN
21 World Puppetry Day UNIMA
21 International Day of Forests UN
22 World Water Day UN
23 World Meteorological Day UN, WHO
23 National Puppy Day (USA)  
25 International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade UN
25 Observance of National Genocide Day[64] BPCA
25 Tolkien Reading Day  
27 World Theatre Day  
28 International Laser Tag Day[68]  
April
2 World Autism Awareness Day UN
2 International Children’s Book Day  
5 National Maritime Day  
7 Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide UN
7 World Health Day UN, WHO
10 Siblings Day (some countries)  
18 National High Five Day (USA) Third Thursday of April
21 Day of Silence National Day of Silence is a student-led movement to protest bullying and harassment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students and those who support them (changes annually)
22 Earth Day  
22 International Mother Earth Day UN
29 Day of Remembrance for all Victims of Chemical Warfare UN
29 International Dance Day UNESCO
30 International Jazz Day UN
30 Honesty Day (USA)  
May
1 May Day  
3 World Press Freedom Day UN
4 Star Wars Day  
5 Cinco de Mayo  
5 World Laughter Day 1st Sunday in May
7 Teacher’s Day  
8 World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day  
8-9 Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation -Lives Lost WW II UN
11 World Fair Trade Day 2nd Saturday in May
11 Mother’s Day 2nd Sunday in May
15 International Day of Families UN
17 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia  
18 International Museum Day  
20 World Metrology Day BIPM, OIML
20 World Bee Day UN, FAO
21 World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development UN
22 International Day for Biological Diversity UN
23 World Turtle Day  
26 National Paper Airplane Day (USA)  
29 International Day of UN Peacekeepers UN
June
1 Global Day of Parents UN
1 International Children’s Day  
1 World Milk Day  
3 World Bicycle Day UN
4 International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression UN
5 World Environment Day UN, UNEP
6 D-Day  
8 World Oceans Day UN
8 World Wide Knit in Public Day Second Saturday in June
12 Anne Frank Day Anne Frank Centre
12 World Day Against Child Labour[10][125]  
14 World Blood Donor Day[61] UN, WHO
18 Autistic Pride Day  
20 World Refugee Day UN
20-21 International Surfing Day  
21 World Humanist Day  
21 Go Skateboarding Day  
21 International Yoga Day  
21 World Music Day, International Day of Yoga, International Day of Purpose, National Indigenous Day (Canada)  
July
11 World Population Day UN
12 Malala Day UN
14 Bastille Day  
15 World Youth Skills Day UN
17 World Day for International Justice  
17 World Emoji Day (World)  
29 International Tiger Day  
30 International Day of Friendship UN
August
4 International Friendship Day First Sunday in August
9 International Day of the World’s Indigenous People UN
12 International Youth Day UN
13 International Lefthanders Day  
13 National Honey Bee Day 3rd Saturday of August
19 World Humanitarian Day UN
20 World Mosquito Day  
21 World Senior Citizens Day  
23 International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition UN, UNESCO
26 Women’s Equality Day  
29 International Day against Nuclear Tests UN
September
5 International Day of Charity  
5 International Literacy Day UN, UNESCO
10 World Suicide Prevention Day UN, WHO
15 International Day of Democracy UN
16 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer UN
18 World Water Monitoring Day  
21 International Day of Peace UN
22 Hobbit Day  
23 International Day of Sign Languages UN
29 World Heart Day UN, WHO
October
1 World Vegetarian Day  
2 International Day of Non-Violence UN
5 World Teachers’ Day UN, UNESCO
10 World Mental Health Day UN, WHO
11 International Day of the Girl Child UN
11 or 12 National Coming Out Day  
15 Global Handwashing Day  
16 World Food Day  
17 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty UN
24 United Nations Day  
29 National Cat Day (USA)  
November
2 World Vegan Day  
10 World Science Day for Peace and Development UNESCO
13 World Kindness Day  
14 Children’s Day  
15 Day of the Imprisoned Writer  
16 International Day for Tolerance UN
17 International Students Day  
17 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 3rd Sun in Nov
19 World Toilet Day  
21 World Philosophy Day 3rd Thu in Nov, UN, UNESCO
25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women UN
29 National Day of Listening (USA) November (Day after Thanksgiving)
December
2 International Day for the Abolition of Slavery UN
3 International Day of Persons with Disabilities UN
5 World Soil Day UN: A/RES/68/232
5 International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development UN
7 International Civil Aviation Day UN, ICAO[10][227]
10 Human Rights Day UN

Food Calendar

DATE EVENT NOTES
January
12 National Glazed Doughnut Day  
13 National Gluten-Free Day  
23 National Pie Day  
24 National Peanut Butter Day  
27 National Chocolate Cake Day  
28 National Blueberry Pancake Day  
30 National Croissant Day  
31 National Hot Chocolate Day  
February
5 World Nutella Day  
6 National Frozen Yogurt Day  
9 National Pizza Day  
23 National Chili Day  
27 National Strawberry Day  
March
6 National Oreo Day  
7 National Cereal Day  
10 Ranch Dressing Day  
22 National Water Day  
25 International Waffle Day  
April
2 Peanut Butter & Jelly Day  
7 National Beer Day  
8 National Empanada Day  
12 National Grilled Cheese Day  
13 National Peach Cobbler Day  
26 National Pretzel Day  
May
10 National Shrimp Day  
13 National Apple Pie Day & National Hummus Day  
15 National Chocolate Chip Day  
16 National BBQ Day  
25 National Wine Day  
June
4 National Cheese Day  
7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day  
10 National Iced Tea Day  
13 Cupcake Lover’s Day  
15 Lobster Day  
22 National Onion Ring Day  
July
6 Fried Chicken Day  
7 National Macaroni Day  
13 National French Fry Day  
21 National Ice Cream Day  
August
3 National Watermelon Day  
22 National Burger Day  
30 Toasted Marshmallow Day  
September
13 National Fortune Cookie Day  
18 National Cheeseburger Day  
28 National Coffee Day  
October
1 World Vegetarian Day  
4 National Taco Day  
6 National Noodle Day  
12 National Gumbo Day  
28 National Chocolate Day  
30 National Candy Corn Day  
November
3 National Sandwich Day  
4 National Candy Day  
6 National Nachos Day  
8 National Cappuccino Day  
11 National Sundae Day  
28 National French Toast Day  
December
13 National Hot Cocoa Day  
18 National “I love honey” Day