Historical Holidays

Historical holidays are more than a possible day off from work and huge retail sales — they highlight the events that led us to living in the society we have today. All 98 of these holidays commemorate a day in history that advanced us further as a civilization, and we celebrate them to remember the past and make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future.

DateHolidayCategoryTagsRegion
Martin Luther King's Birthday,
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Burns Night,
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, , ,
National Freedom Day
Abraham Lincoln's Birthday,
Presidents Day
Mardi Gras, , , ,
Purim, ,
Ides of March
St. Patrick's Day, , ,
Passover, , , , ,
Maundy Thursday,
National Winston Churchill Day,
Good Friday,
Easter,
National Lineman Appreciation Day,
National Velociraptor Awareness Day, ,
Tiradentes Day,
St. George's Day,
Anzac Day,
May Day, , ,
Cinco de Mayo, ,
National Armed Forces Day, , , ,
Harvey Milk Day, , ,
National Maritime Day, ,
Memorial Day, , ,
Western Australia Day, ,
National Yo-Yo Day, , ,
Queensland Day, ,
King Kamehameha Day, , ,
National Loving Day, ,
Philippines Independence Day, ,
Army Birthday,
Flag Day, ,
Juneteenth, , ,
National Aboriginal Day, , , ,
International Day of the Seafarer, , ,
World UFO Day, , , ,
Independence Day, , , ,
Asalha Puja, ,
National Bikini Day, ,
International Kissing Day, , , , ,
Nunavut Day, , , ,
Orangemen's Day, , ,
Bastille Day, , ,
National Nude Day, , , , , ,
Nelson Mandela International Day, , , ,
National Moon Day, , , , ,
Civic Holiday, , ,
Heritage Day in Alberta, , ,
Natal Day, , ,
Terry Fox Day, , ,
U.S. Coast Guard Birthday,
National Lighthouse Day,
Peace Festival in Augsburg, , ,
Mountain Day, , , ,
Pakistan Independence Day,
Indian Independence Day, , , ,
Discovery Day,
National Aviation Day
Ninoy Aquino Day, ,
Notting Hill Carnival
VJ Day,
Brazil Independence Day, ,
Labor Day , , , ,
Day of the Homeland, ,
European Heritage Days, ,
Shout of Dolores, , , ,
Constitution Day
National Dogs in Politics Day, ,
Heritage Day, , ,
Johnny Appleseed Day, ,
Sukkot,
World Post Day,
Columbus Day,
​National Fossil Day,
Navy Birthday,
United Nations Day
Marine Corps Birthday,
Remembrance Day, ,
Veterans Day,
National Day of Mourning,
Thanksgiving, , , ,
Saint Andrew's Day, , ,
National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance,
Chanukah, , , ,
National Poinsettia Day, , , , ,
U.S. National Guard Birthday,
National Wreaths Across America Day ,
Christmas Eve, , , ,
Christmas, , , ,
New Year's Eve,
Black History Month, ,
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,
National Soul Food Month, , , ,
Emotional Wellness Month, , ,
​Global Diversity Awareness Month, , ,
Polish American Heritage Month,