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 55 cause holidays each year.

DateHolidayCategoryRegion
Jan. 15Martin Luther King, Jr. DayCause, Federal, HistoricalU.S.
Jan. 21National Squirrel Appreciation DayCauseU.S.
Jan. 23World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld
Feb. 1National Freedom DayCauseU.S.
Feb. 4World Cancer DayCause, HealthWorld
Feb. 27International Polar Bear DayCauseWorld
Mar. 4National Hug a G.I. DayCauseU.S.
Mar. 7National Be Heard DayCause, ShoppingU.S.
Mar. 8International Women's DayCauseWorld
Mar. 8National Day of UnpluggingCauseU.S.
Mar. 13National K9 Veterans DayCause, PetsU.S.
Mar. 18National Biodiesel DayCause, Environmental, TechnologyU.S.
Mar. 20International Day of HappinessCauseWorld
Mar. 24Red Nose DayCauseU.K.
Apr. 2World Autism Awareness DayCauseWorld
Apr. 25International Guide Dog DayCauseWorld
Apr. 27National Day of SilenceCauseU.S.
May 13Fair Trade DayCauseWorld
May 18National No Dirty Dishes DayCauseU.S.
May 27National Sunscreen DayCauseU.S.
Jun. 8World Oceans DayCauseWorld
Jun. 12National Loving DayCauseU.S.
Jun. 15World Elder Abuse Awareness DayCauseWorld
Jun. 20World Refugee DayCauseWorld
Jun. 30International Asteroid DayCauseWorld
Jul. 11World Population DayCauseWorld
Aug. 12International Youth DayCauseWorld
Aug. 19International Homeless Animals DayCause, PetsWorld
Aug. 19World Humanitarian DayCauseWorld
Aug. 21National Senior Citizens DayCause, FamilyU.S.
Sep. 5International Day of CharityCauseWorld
Sep. 8International Literacy DayCauseWorld
Sep. 11National Day of Service and RemembranceCause, HistoricalU.S.
Sep. 21International Day of PeaceCauseWorld
Sep. 28World Rabies DayCauseWorld
Oct. 2International Day of Non-ViolenceCauseWorld
Oct. 10World Mental Health DayCause, HealthWorld
Oct. 13National No Bra DayCause, HealthU.S.
Oct. 15Global Handwashing DayCause, HealthWorld
Oct. 16National Feral Cat DayCause, PetsU.S.
Oct. 16World Food DayCauseWorld
Oct. 24United Nations DayCauseWorld
Nov. 13World Kindness DayCauseWorld
Nov. 14World Diabetes DayCause, HealthWorld
Nov. 16International Day For ToleranceCauseWorld
Nov. 19International Men’s DayCauseWorld
Nov. 19World Toilet DayCause, CivicWorld
Nov. 20Universal Children’s DayCauseWorld
Nov. 25International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenCauseWorld
Dec. 3National Disability DayCauseU.S.
Dec. 18Arabic Language DayCauseWorld
FebruaryNational Bird Feeding MonthCauseU.S.
MarchPoison Prevention Awareness MonthCauseU.S.
AprilDistracted Driving Awareness MonthCauseU.S.
JunePride MonthCauseU.S.
JulyBe Nice to Jersey WeekCauseU.S.

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!

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