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!
|National Landline Telephone Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Let's Laugh Day||Family, Fun, Health||U.S.|
|National Find a Rainbow Day||Fun||U.K., U.S.|
|Wear Pajamas to Work Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Haiku Poetry Day||Fun||World|
|National Garfield the Cat Day||Fun||U.S.|
|World Day of Music||Fun||World|
|Regatta Day||Fun, Sports||Canada|
|National Coloring Book Day||Arts & Entertainment, Fun||U.S.|
|National Lazy Day||Fun||U.S.|
|International Lefthanders Day||Fun||World|
|Royal National Agricultural Show Day||Fun||Australia|
|Cheap Flight Day||Fun||World|
|National Coloring Day||Arts & Entertainment, Fun||U.S.|
|Batman Day||Arts & Entertainment, Fun||U.S.|
|National Punch Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Comic Book Day||Arts & Entertainment, Fun, Sci-Fi||U.S.|
|National Hair Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Name Your Car Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Kevin Day||Fun||Other|
|National Be Nice Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Get Funky Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Mad Hatter Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Hug a Drummer Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Kimberly Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National I Love Lucy Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Grouch Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Mulligan Day ||Fun||U.S.|
|Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day ||Fun||U.S.|
|National Take a Hike Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Princess Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Ding-A-Ling Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Poinsettia Day||Fun||Mexico, U.S.|
|National Free Shipping Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Cat Herders Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Short Person Day||Fun||U.S.|
|National Embroidery Month||Fashion, Fun||U.S.|
|National Crafting Month||Education, Fun||U.S.|
|National Decorating Month||Fun||U.S.|
|National Garden Month||Environmental, Fun, Health||U.S.|
|National Humor Month||Fun||U.S.|
|National Novel Writing Month||Fun||U.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!