Cause Holidays

At National Today, we know the importance of cause holidays that take a stand for what we believe in, so we work hard to bring attention to each of the 101 cause holidays that occur throughout the year. From lighthearted days like Red Nose Day on March 15 to extremely serious days like RAINN on April 15, we’re passionate about commemorating the significance of each and every cause holiday.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day,
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
National Youth Day,
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, ,
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, ,
National Financial Awareness Day
World Humanitarian Day
National Secondhand Wardrobe Day
International Day of Charity,
International Literacy Day, , ,
Patriot Day
German Language Day,
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,
National No Bra Day, , ,
Maths Day
World Food Day,
National Pets for Veterans Day, ,
​National Immigrants Day
National Chicken Lady Day
STEM/STEAM 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,
World Lewis Day,
Giving Tuesday
National Disability Day,
International Mountain Day
Monkey Day,
National Short Girl Appreciation Day,
National Wreaths Across America Day ,
​National Short Person Day,
Boxing Day
National Mentoring Month, ,
Canned Food Month,
National Bird Feeding Month, , ,
Irish-American Heritage Month,
National Music in Our Schools Month, ,
Poison Prevention Awareness Month, ,
​National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week, ,
Distracted Driving Awareness Month,
Keep America Beautiful Month, ,
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
National Teen Self-Esteem Month, ,
Pride Month, , , , ,
Be Nice to Jersey Week, ,
Back to School Month ,
Hispanic Heritage Month, ,
​Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, , ,
German-American Heritage Month,
​Global Diversity Awareness Month, , ,
​Italian-American Heritage Month,
​National Bullying Prevention Month, ,
​National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, ,
No-Shave November, ,
PTA Healthy Lifestyles Month,
Safe Toys and Gifts Month,
Universal Human Rights Month,

Where did cause holidays come from?

The best part of human nature is our innate sense to look out for others. One of the very first organized movements started with the publication of the now-classic novel, "The Jungle." Author Upton Sinclair was a journalist who turned to fiction to portray the exploited conditions of immigrants in Chicago.

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 follow today.

"The Jungle" was one movement of many that showed organizers if they speak, people will listen. Entire days were created to bring attention to their causes, from animal rights days like World Spay Day on January 23 to human-centric holidays like World Cancer Day on February 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. Click the submit button below and let us know which holidays we're missing. All you have to do is give us the name of the holiday, what cause it raises awareness about, and fill us in on a bit of the background. We'll take care of the rest.