Family Holidays

There’s no one who knows us better than our families—whether that’s knowing when we need a care package with our favorite candy or exactly how to push our buttons. We love celebrating 20 family holidays at National Today!

DateHolidayCategoryRegion
Jan. 26National Spouses DayFamily, RelationshipsU.S.
Mar. 19National Let’s Laugh DayActivities, Family, Health, Pop CultureU.S.
Apr. 10National Siblings DayFamilyU.S.
Apr. 15National Laundry DayFamilyU.S., World
Apr. 21Husband Appreciation DayFamilyU.S.
May 2National Brothers and Sisters DayFamilyU.S.
May 13Mother's DayFamilyU.S.
May 15International Day of FamiliesFamilyWorld
May 24National Brother's DayFamilyU.S.
Jun. 1Global Day of ParentsFamilyWorld
Jun. 17Father's DayFamilyU.S.
Jul. 22National Parents’ DayFamilyU.S.
Jul. 23National Gorgeous Grandma DayFamilyU.S.
Jul. 24National Cousins DayFamilyU.S.
Jul. 26National Aunt and Uncle DayFamilyU.S.
Aug. 6National Sisters DayFamilyU.S.
Aug. 11National Son and Daughter DayFamilyU.S.
Aug. 21National Senior Citizens DayCause, FamilyU.S.
Sep. 10National Grandparents DayFamilyU.S.
Sep. 26National Family DayFamilyU.S.
FebruaryNational Bake For Family Fun MonthFamily, FoodU.S.

Where did family holidays come from?

It all started with Mother's and Father's Day—but can you guess which one was celebrated first?

It was Mother's Day! In post-Civil War West Virginia, an activist named Ann Reeves Jarvis started "Mother's Work Days" to bring together the mothers of both confederate and union soldiers. Nearly 50 years later in 1908, Jarvis's daughter wanted to pay tribute to her mother by turning the day she invented into a national holiday. It immediately caught on, with 45 states celebrating it in 1909.

By 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a resolution into law that officially made Mother's Day a national holiday. Concurrently, a tenacious women was trying to start an official Mother's Day equivalent for the fathers we all hold dear. In 1910, she got Washington State to celebrate Father's Day for the first time. But it wasn't until 1916 that it caught national attention.

After Mother's Day and Father's Day paved the way for family celebrations, children, spouses, and more flocked to create their own national days to celebrate the ones they love.

Submit your favorite family holidays

Are we missing a family holiday that you love to celebrate? If so, do a little research and verify that it's celebrated widely—you can do this by seeing if people are posting about it on social media, for example. Then, submit it at our holiday submission page.

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