Cause Holidays

At National Today, we believe it’s incredibly important to stand up for what you believe in and make the world a better place. We’re passionate about commemorating 95 cause holidays each year.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
National Youth Day,
Martin Luther King's Birthday
National Daisy Day
National Get Up Day
World Cancer Day
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
International Polar Bear Day
National Read Across America Day
World Wildlife Day
National Hug a G.I. Day
International Women's Day
National Proofreading Day
Red Nose Day
National Biodiesel Day, ,
International Day of Happiness
Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®,
World Water Day
RAINN Day
Tax Day
Tiradentes Day,
Earth Day,
World Migratory Bird Day
National Endangered Species Day
International Day for Biological Diversity
Learn About Composting Day
World Environment Day, ,
World Oceans Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
International Day of the African Child, ,
Juneteenth, ,
National American Eagle Day
World Refugee Day
National Insurance Awareness Day
World Population Day
Orangemen's Day,
National Nude Day,
Terry Fox Day, , ,
National Women's Day
International Youth Day
World Humanitarian Day
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
International Day of Charity
International Literacy Day
National Day of Service and Remembrance
International Day of Democracy
International Day of Peace
​National Voter Registration Day
​International Day of Older Persons
International Day of Non-Violence
World Cerebral Palsy Day
World Maths Day
World Food Day
National Pets for Veterans Day,
​National Immigrants Day
National Chicken Lady Day
S.T.E.M. - S.T.E.A.M. Day
World Kindness Day
National Philanthropy Day
International Day For Tolerance
International Men’s Day
World Toilet Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Universal Children’s Day
International Survivors of Suicide Day,
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
National Day of Mourning,
Giving Tuesday
National Disability Day
International Mountain Day
National Monkey Day
National Wreaths Across America Day ,
Boxing Day
National Bird Feeding Month
Irish-American Heritage Month,
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Scottish-American Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
National Teen Self-Esteem Month
Pride Month
Be Nice to Jersey Week
Hispanic Heritage Month,
​Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week
​Global Diversity Awareness Month, , ,
​Italian-American Heritage Month,
​National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
German-American Heritage Month,
​National Bullying Prevention Month, ,
​National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, ,
No-Shave November
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month,
Safe Toys and Gifts Month,
Universal Human Rights Month

Where did cause holidays come from?

Throughout humanity, people have looked out for others and advocated for human rights. However, one of the first organized movements started with the publication of a fateful book called The Jungle. Upton Sinclair was a journalist who turned to fiction to portray the exploited conditions of immigrants in Chicago—and raise a public outcry.

When his book was published, it shocked and galvanized readers. But there's a twist: he wrote about the meatpacking industry as the backdrop to his story, and readers were most shocked at the health violations he revealed. This led to massive reforms like the Meat Inspection Act that we still hold dear today.

The Jungle was only one of the movements that made organizers realize if they caused a stir, people would listen. So they started creating entire days to bring attention to their causes, from animal rights days like World Spay Day (Jan. 23) to human-centric holidays such as World Cancer Day (Feb. 4).

Submit your favorite cause holidays

If you're passionate about a cause that's not listed on National Today, we'd love to hear from you. Head over to our holiday submission page to submit you special day, and make sure you've compiled a bit of information about the day for context. What is its track record of media coverage? Is it celebrated widely? We'd love to hear from you!