National Today was created in the name of FUN. We believe there’s something worth celebrating every day. If you’re doing just that, you’re having fun in the process! With over 60 opportunities throughout the year to celebrate quirky, fun-filled holidays, we’ll ensure you’re never left without a reason to throw a party. Whether you’re staying home or leaving the house to celebrate, what matters the most is that you’re enjoying yourself.
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). As a result, we have hundreds of lighthearted and fun holidays to celebrate today.
Some holidays, like International Lefthanders Day (August 13), allow us to acknowledge those in our life who have to use the predominantly less-used hand, while National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (January 27) embraces enthusiasts of the entertaining package wrapping that snaps, crackles, and pops with every click. No matter what you love, there's a holiday for it and a reason to celebrate. And at National Today, we want to celebrate you.
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!