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 68 cause holidays each year.

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Jan. 15

Martin Luther King, Jr. DayCause, FederalU.S.

Jan. 21

National Squirrel Appreciation DayCauseU.S.

Jan. 23

World Spay DayCause, PetsWorld

Feb. 1

National Freedom DayCauseU.S.

Feb. 4

World Cancer DayCause, HealthWorld

Feb. 27

International Polar Bear DayCauseWorld

Mar. 4

National Hug a G.I. DayCauseU.S.

Mar. 7

National Be Heard DayCauseU.S.

Mar. 8

International Women's DayCause, InternationalWorld

Mar. 8

National Day of UnpluggingCauseU.S.

Mar. 13

National K9 Veterans DayCause, PetsU.S.

Mar. 18

National Biodiesel DayCause, Environmental, TechnologyU.S.

Mar. 20

International Day of HappinessCause, InternationalWorld

Mar. 24

Red Nose DayCauseU.K.

Apr. 2

World Autism Awareness DayCause, InternationalWorld

Apr. 25

International Guide Dog DayCauseWorld

Apr. 27

National Day of SilenceCauseU.S.

May 13

Fair Trade DayCauseWorld

May 18

National No Dirty Dishes DayCauseU.S.

May 22

Harvey Milk DayCauseU.S.

May 27

National Sunscreen DayCauseU.S.

Jun. 8

World Oceans DayCauseWorld

Jun. 12

National Loving DayCauseU.S.

Jun. 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness DayCauseWorld

Jun. 20

World Refugee DayCauseWorld

Jun. 28

National Nude DayCauseU.S., World

Jun. 30

International Asteroid DayCause, InternationalWorld

Jul. 11

World Population DayCauseWorld

Jul. 12

Orangemen's DayCauseU.K., U.S.

Jul. 18

Nelson Mandela International DayCause, Education, Health, InternationalWorld

Aug. 6

Terry Fox DayCause, Fun, HealthCanada, World

Aug. 9

National Women's DayCauseWorld

Aug. 12

International Youth DayCause, InternationalWorld

Aug. 12

International Youth DayCauseWorld

Aug. 19

International Homeless Animals DayCause, International, PetsWorld

Aug. 19

World Humanitarian DayCauseWorld

Aug. 21

National Senior Citizens DayCause, FamilyU.S.

Sep. 5

International Day of CharityCause, InternationalWorld

Sep. 8

International Literacy DayCause, InternationalWorld

Sep. 11

National Day of Service and RemembranceCauseU.S.

Sep. 21

International Day of PeaceCause, InternationalWorld

Sep. 28

World Rabies DayCauseWorld

Oct. 2

International Day of Non-ViolenceCause, InternationalWorld

Oct. 10

World Mental Health DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 13

National No Bra DayCause, HealthU.S.

Oct. 15

Global Handwashing DayCause, HealthWorld

Oct. 16

National Feral Cat DayCause, PetsU.S.

Oct. 16

World Food DayCauseWorld

Oct. 24

United Nations DayCauseWorld

Nov. 13

World Kindness DayCauseWorld

Nov. 14

World Diabetes DayCause, HealthWorld

Nov. 16

International Day For ToleranceCause, InternationalWorld

Nov. 19

International Men’s DayCause, InternationalWorld

Nov. 19

World Toilet DayCauseWorld

Nov. 20

Universal Children’s DayCauseWorld

Nov. 24

Small Business SaturdayCauseU.S.

Nov. 25

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against WomenCause, InternationalWorld

Nov. 27

Giving TuesdayCauseU.S.

Dec. 3

National Disability DayCauseU.S.

Dec. 7

National Pearl Harbor Day of RemembranceCauseU.S.

Dec. 18

Arabic Language DayCauseWorld

Dec. 26

Boxing DayCauseWorld

February

National Bird Feeding MonthCauseU.S.

March

Poison Prevention Awareness MonthCauseU.S.

April

Distracted Driving Awareness MonthCauseU.S.

May

National Teen Self-Esteem MonthCauseU.S.

June

Pride MonthCauseU.S.

July

Be 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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