Activity Holidays

Here at National Today, we like our couch—but we love celebrating holidays that let us get active, go on adventures, or even just treat ourselves even more. We’re so excited to celebrate 103 activity holidays each year!

DateHolidayCategoryRegion
Jan. 1New Year's DayActivities, FederalWorld
Jan. 4National Trivia DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 8National Bubble Bath DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 10National Houseplant Appreciation DayActivities, EnvironmentalU.S.
Jan. 12Kiss a Ginger DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 13National Rubber Ducky DayActivities, Pop CultureU.S.
Jan. 13National Sticker DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 21National Hugging DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 22Celebration of Life DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 25National Opposite DayActivitiesU.S.
Jan. 29National Puzzle DayActivitiesU.S.
Feb. 2Groundhog DayActivitiesU.S.
Feb. 7National Send a Card to a Friend DayActivitiesU.S.
Feb. 8National Boy Scout DayActivitiesU.S.
Feb. 17Random Act of Kindness DayActivitiesU.S.
Feb. 19Tug of War DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 2National Read Across America DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 4National Grammar DayActivities, EducationU.S.
Mar. 8National Proofreading DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 10National Pack Your Lunch DayActivities, FoodU.S.
Mar. 11National Promposal DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 12National Girl Scout DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 12National Napping DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 14National Pi DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 18Awkward Moments DayActivitiesU.S.
Mar. 19National Let’s Laugh DayActivities, Family, Health, Pop CultureU.S.
Mar. 21World Poetry DayActivitiesWorld
Mar. 22National Goof Off DayActivitiesU.S.
Apr. 1April Fools' DayActivitiesU.S.
Apr. 3World Party DayActivitiesWorld
Apr. 4National Walking DayActivities, HealthU.S.
Apr. 13National Make Lunch Count DayActivities, FoodU.S.
Apr. 16Wear Pajamas to Work DayActivitiesU.S.
Apr. 18National Haiku Poetry DayActivitiesWorld
Apr. 19National High Five DayActivitiesU.S.
Apr. 23National Picnic DayActivitiesU.S.
Apr. 29International Dance DayActivitiesWorld
Apr. 30National Honesty DayActivitiesU.S.
May 1May DayActivities, HistoricalU.S.
May 3National Paranormal DayActivitiesU.S.
May 4World Password DayActivitiesWorld
May 6International No Diet DayActivitiesU.S.
May 6National Tourist Appreciation DayActivitiesU.S.
May 7National Tourism DayActivitiesU.S.
May 12National Limerick DayActivitiesU.S.
May 24National Scavenger Hunt DayActivitiesU.S.
May 26National Paper Airplane DayActivitiesU.S.
Jun. 6National Yo-Yo DayActivitiesU.S.
Jun. 13National Sewing Machine DayActivitiesU.S.
Jun. 21National Selfie DayActivitiesU.S.
Jun. 22National Kissing DayActivitiesU.S.
Jun. 25International Day of the SeafarerActivitiesWorld
Jun. 29Hug HolidayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 1International Joke DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 2World UFO DayActivitiesWorld
Jul. 4Independence DayActivities, Civic, FederalU.S.
Jul. 5National Bikini DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 6International Kissing DayActivitiesWorld
Jul. 12National Simplicity DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 14Pandemonium DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 15National Give Something Away DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 18World Listening DayActivitiesWorld
Jul. 20National Moon DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 22National Hammock DayActivitiesU.S.
Jul. 30National Dance DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 2National Coloring Book DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 9National Book Lovers DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 15National Relaxation DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 16National Tell A Joke DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 22National Tooth Fairy DayActivitiesU.S.
Aug. 30National Beach DayActivitiesU.S.
Sep. 1American Chess DayActivities, SportsU.S.
Sep. 1College Colors DayActivitiesU.S.
Sep. 6National Read a Book DayActivitiesU.S.
Sep. 9International Sudoku DayActivitiesWorld
Sep. 11National Make Your Bed DayActivitiesU.S.
Sep. 14National Coloring DayActivitiesU.S.
Sep. 15International Dot DayActivitiesWorld
Sep. 19International Talk Like a Pirate DayActivitiesWorld
Sep. 25National Cooking DayActivities, FoodU.S.
Sep. 27World Tourism DayActivitiesWorld
Oct. 5National Do Something Nice DayActivitiesU.S.
Oct. 7World Smile DayActivitiesWorld
Oct. 20Sweetest DayActivitiesU.S.
Oct. 30National Checklist DayActivitiesU.S.
Oct. 31HalloweenActivitiesU.S.
Nov. 9Go to an Art Museum DayActivitiesU.S.
Nov. 11Remembrance DayActivities, HistoricalCanada
Nov. 15National Clean Out Your Fridge DayActivitiesU.S.
Nov. 22Go For A Ride DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 1National Christmas Lights DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 7National Letter Writing DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 12National Gingerbread House DayActivities, FoodU.S.
Dec. 21National Crossword Puzzle DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 22National Cookie Exchange DayActivities, FoodU.S.
Dec. 23FestivusActivities, Pop CultureU.S.
Dec. 26National Thank You Note DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 29Still Need To Do DayActivitiesU.S.
Dec. 31New Year's EveActivitiesWorld
FebruaryNational Embroidery MonthActivities, FashionOther, U.S.
MarchNational Crafting MonthActivities, EducationU.S.
AprilNational Decorating MonthActivitiesU.S.
AprilNational Garden MonthActivities, Environmental, HealthU.S.
AprilNational Humor MonthActivitiesU.S.

Where did activity holidays come from?

Before the Industrial Revolution, there were no holidays to celebrate besides the obvious contenders (think Christmas and New Year's). However, around this time, the definition of a holiday slowly started to change. People started to think of holidays as small occasions that could be integrated into their everyday lives rather than large celebrations that required time off, presents, and family gatherings.

Different forces started to capitalize on this shift in thinking. Ordinary folks jumped on the bandwagon—we don't know exactly who started National Rubber Ducky Day (Jan. 13), but we're pretty sure it's a super-fan of Sesame Street. Brands and associations also got in on the fun (National Houseplant Appreciation Day was started by the Gardener's Network, for example).

Today, we have hundreds of activity holidays to celebrate. They allow us to get out of the house and fully appreciate our environment!

Submit your favorite activity holidays

Is there a holiday you celebrate every year you don't see here? Propose your holiday to our curators at our holiday submission page. You'll be asked to share a little bit about the holiday before we accept your submission. Have articles been written about the holiday? Have you seen people celebrating it on social media? If your holiday passes all of the requirements, we'd love to hear from you!

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