Fun Holidays

Here at National Today, we like our couch—but we love fun holidays that let us get active, go on adventures, or even just treat ourselves even more. We’re so excited to celebrate 42 fun holidays each year!

Date

Holiday

Category

Region

Mar. 10

National Landline Telephone DayFunU.S.

Mar. 19

National Let's Laugh DayFamily, Fun, HealthU.S.

Apr. 3

National Find a Rainbow DayFunU.K., U.S.

Apr. 16

Wear Pajamas to Work DayFunU.S.

Apr. 18

National Haiku Poetry DayFunWorld

Jun. 19

National Garfield the Cat DayFunU.S.

Jun. 21

World Day of MusicFunWorld

Aug. 1

Regatta DayFun, SportsCanada

Aug. 2

National Coloring Book DayArts & Entertainment, FunU.S.

Aug. 10

National Lazy DayFunU.S.

Aug. 13

International Lefthanders DayFunWorld

Aug. 15

Royal National Agricultural Show DayFunAustralia

Aug. 23

Cheap Flight DayFunWorld

Sep. 14

National Coloring DayArts & Entertainment, FunU.S.

Sep. 15

Batman DayArts & Entertainment, FunU.S.

Sep. 20

National Punch DayFunU.S.

Sep. 25

Heritage DayFunWorld

Sep. 25

National Comic Book DayArts & Entertainment, Fun, Sci-FiU.S.

Oct. 1

National Hair DayFunU.S.

Oct. 2

National Name Your Car DayFunU.S.

Oct. 3

National Kevin DayFunOther

Oct. 5

National Be Nice DayFunU.S.

Oct. 5

National Get Funky DayFunU.S.

Oct. 6

National Mad Hatter DayFunU.S.

Oct. 10

National Hug a Drummer DayFunU.S.

Oct. 11

National Kimberly DayFunU.S.

Oct. 15

​National I Love Lucy DayFunU.S.

Oct. 15

National Grouch DayFunU.S.

Oct. 17

National Mulligan Day FunU.S.

Oct. 23

Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day FunU.S.

Nov. 17

National Take a Hike DayFunU.S.

Nov. 18

National Princess DayFunU.S.

Dec. 12

​National Ding-A-Ling DayFunU.S.

Dec. 12

National Poinsettia DayFunMexico, U.S.

Dec. 14

National Free Shipping DayFunU.S.

Dec. 15

National Cat Herders DayFunU.S.

Dec. 22

​National Short Person DayFunU.S.

February

National Embroidery MonthFashion, FunU.S.

March

National Crafting MonthEducation, FunU.S.

April

National Decorating MonthFunU.S.

April

National Garden MonthEnvironmental, Fun, HealthU.S.

April

National Humor MonthFunU.S.

November

National Novel Writing MonthFunU.S.

Where did fun activity holidays come from?

Before the Industrial Revolution, there were no holidays to celebrate besides the obvious contenders (think Christmas and New Year's). However, around this time, the definition of a holiday slowly started to change. People started to think of holidays as small occasions that could be integrated into their everyday lives rather than large, more solemn or official celebrations that required time off, presents, and family gatherings.

Different forces started to capitalize on this shift in thinking. Ordinary folks jumped on the bandwagon—we don't know exactly who started National Rubber Ducky Day (Jan. 13), but we're pretty sure it's a super-fan of Sesame Street. Brands and associations also got in on the fun (National Houseplant Appreciation Day was started by the Gardener's Network, for example).

Today, we have hundreds of lighthearted and fun holidays to celebrate. They allow us to get out of the house and fully appreciate our environment!

Submit your favorite fun holidays

Is there a holiday you celebrate every year you don't see here? Propose your holiday to our curators at our holiday submission page. You'll be asked to share a little bit about the holiday before we accept your submission. Have articles been written about the holiday? Have you seen people celebrating it on social media? If your holiday passes all of the requirements, we'd love to hear from you!

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