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.

DateHolidayCategoryTags
Jan 1 Sunday
Ellis Island Day ,
National First-Foot Day ,
Jan 2 Monday
Saint Basil's Day , ,
Jan 3 Monday
Handsel Monday ,
Jan 4 Wednesday
Dimpled Chad Day ,
Tom Thumb Day ,
Jan 5 Thursday
Twelfth Night , ,
Jan 6 Friday
National Smith Day , ,
Jan 7 Saturday
Distaff Day , ,
Jan 8 Sunday
Argyle Day ,
The Baptism of the Lord , ,
Jan 9 Monday
Balloon Ascension Day , ,
Coming of Age Day ,
Jan 11 Wednesday
Learn Your Name In Morse Code Day , ,
National Arkansas Day ,
Cuckoo Dancing Week , ,
Jan 13 Friday
Calennig , ,
Korean American Day
Public Radio Broadcasting Day ,
Stephen Foster Memorial Day ,
Jan 14 Saturday
Cesarean Section Day , ,
Feast of the Ass Day , ,
Ratification Day , ,
Jan 15 Sunday
Indian Army Day , ,
Makar Sankranti , ,
Jan 16 Monday
Civil Rights Day ,
Idaho Human Rights Day , ,
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 17 Tuesday
Benjamin Franklin Day , ,
National Bootlegger’s Day , ,
Printing Ink Day , ,
Jan 18 Wednesday
National Michigan Day ,
Jan 19 Thursday
Brew a Potion Day , ,
Jan 20 Friday
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti ,
Inauguration Day ,
Jan 22 Sunday
Dance of the Seven Veils Day , ,
Jan 23 Monday
Wellington Anniversary Day , ,
Jan 24 Tuesday
Paul Pitcher Day , ,
Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day ,
Unification Day ,
Jan 25 Wednesday
A Room Of One’s Own Day ,
Burns Night
National Florida Day ,
Jan 26 Thursday
Australia Day ,
Indian Republic Day ,
Jan 27 Friday
Auschwitz Liberation Day , ,
International Holocaust Remembrance Day , ,
Vietnam Peace Day ,
Jan 28 Saturday
Christa McAuliffe Day , ,
Jan 29 Sunday
Auckland Anniversary Day , ,
Kansas Day ,
National Carnation Day , ,
Jan 30 Monday
Martyrs' Day , ,
Nelson Anniversary Day ,
Jan 31 Tuesday
Nauru Independence Day , ,
Feb 1 Wednesday
African American Heritage Month , ,
An Affair to Remember Month , ,
Black History Month ,
From Africa to Virginia Month ,
Abolition of Slavery Day , ,
Federal Territory Day ,
Heroes' Day , ,
National Freedom Day
National Texas Day , ,
Feb 2 Thursday
Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo , ,
Feb 3 Friday
Four Chaplains Day ,
The Day the Music Died , ,
Feb 4 Saturday
National Day Sri Lanka , ,
Feb 6 Monday
Ronald Reagan Day , ,
Sami National Day , ,
Waitangi Day , ,
Feb 10 Friday
National Umbrella Day ,
Feb 11 Saturday
National Foundation Day ,
Feb 12 Sunday
Darwin Day ,
Union Day ,
Feb 14 Tuesday
National Ferris Wheel Day ,
Feb 15 Wednesday
Lantern Festival ,
Liberation Day Afghanistan ,
National Wisconsin Day , ,
Susan B Anthony Day , ,
Feb 16 Thursday
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day , ,
Feb 18 Saturday
Gambia Independence Day , ,
Pluto Day , ,
Feb 19 Sunday
Constantin Brancusi Day ,
Iwo Jima Day ,
Shivaji Jayanti ,
Feb 20 Monday
Daisy Gatson Bates Day , ,
Mizoram State Day , ,
Presidents' Day
Feb 22 Wednesday
Scouts Founder's Day ,
Feb 23 Thursday
National Day Brunei , ,
The Emperor's Birthday ,
Feb 24 Friday
Dragobete , ,
Independence Day Estonia , ,
Yukon Heritage Day ,
Feb 25 Saturday
National Day Kuwait ,
Feb 26 Sunday
Kuwait Liberation Day ,
Feb 28 Tuesday
Floral Design Day ,
Peace Memorial Day (228 Memorial Day) ,
Mar 1 Wednesday
Asiatic Fleet Memorial Day , ,
Independence Movement Day , ,
National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day , ,
Mar 2 Thursday
Adwa Victory Day , ,
American Citizenship Day ,
Mar 3 Friday
Bulgaria Liberation Day , ,
Canberra Day , ,
Missouri Compromise Day , ,
Mar 4 Saturday
Benjamin Harrison Day ,
Holy Experiment Day ,
Mar 5 Sunday
Girl Scout Week , ,
Mar 6 Monday
Alamo Day ,
Ghana Independence Day ,
National Heroes and Benefactors Day ,
Purim , ,
Mar 7 Tuesday
Alexander Graham Bell Day , ,
Mar 8 Wednesday
National Oregon Day , ,
Mar 9 Thursday
Amerigo Vespucci Day ,
Mar 10 Friday
Harriet Tubman Day , ,
International Bagpipe Day , ,
Middle Name Pride Day , ,
Paper Money Day ,
Mar 12 Sunday
Aztec New Year ,
Mar 13 Monday
Commonwealth Day in Canada ,
Eight Hours Day , ,
Mar 14 Tuesday
Constitution Day in Andorra ,
Mar 15 Wednesday
Ides of March
Mar 17 Friday
Evacuation Day in Massachusetts , ,
St. Patrick's Day , ,
Mar 18 Saturday
National Supreme Sacrifice Day , ,
Mar 19 Sunday
Feast of Saint Joseph , ,
Mar 22 Wednesday
Nevruz Day , ,
Mar 23 Thursday
Near Miss Day , ,
Pakistan Day
Mar 25 Saturday
Greek Independence Day , ,
​Maryland Day
National Dante Day , ,
Mar 26 Sunday
Independence Day of Bangladesh ,
Prince Kuhio Day , ,
Mar 30 Thursday
National I Am In Control Day ,
Mar 31 Friday
Eiffel Tower Day ,
Transfer Day , ,
Apr 1 Saturday
World Landscape Architecture Month ,
National One Cent Day , ,
Apr 5 Wednesday
Go For Broke Day ,
Passover , ,
Apr 6 Thursday
Maundy Thursday , ,
Apr 7 Friday
Good Friday ,
Apr 9 Sunday
Easter , ,
National Cherish an Antique Day ,
National Former Prisoner Of War Recognition Day , ,
National Winston Churchill Day
Vimy Ridge Day , ,
Apr 12 Wednesday
Yuri's Night , ,
Apr 13 Thursday
Thomas Jefferson Day , ,
Apr 15 Saturday
Titanic Remembrance Day ,
Apr 16 Sunday
Holy Saturday , ,
Apr 17 Monday
Yom HaShoah , ,
Apr 18 Tuesday
National Lineman Appreciation Day , ,
National Velociraptor Awareness Day , ,
Apr 21 Friday
National Yellow Bat Day , ,
Tiradentes Day
Apr 23 Sunday
Orthodox Holy Saturday ,
Shakespeare Day , ,
St. George's Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day ,
UN English Language Day , ,
Apr 25 Tuesday
Anzac Day ,
National Liberation Day , ,
Apr 26 Wednesday
Richter Scale Day , ,
May 1 Sunday
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Haitian Heritage Month , ,
Labor History Month , ,
Local and Community History Month ,
National Heritage Month ,
Marshall Islands Constitution Day ,
May Day , ,
May 3 Tuesday
National Montana Day , ,
May 4 Wednesday
Memorial Day in Israel ,
Yom HaZikaron ,
May 5 Thursday
Cinco de Mayo , ,
Europe Day , ,
Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) ,
May 8 Sunday
Mothers at the Wall Day ,
Victory in Europe Day ,
White Lotus Day ,
May 9 Monday
Guernsey Liberation Day , ,
May 10 Tuesday
National Washington Day , ,
May 11 Wednesday
National Technology Day , ,
May 14 Saturday
National Train Day , ,
May 19 Thursday
Lag BaOmer , ,
May 20 Friday
East Timor Independence Day , ,
May 21 Saturday
National American Red Cross Founder’s Day ,
May 22 Sunday
Harvey Milk Day , ,
National Maritime Day , ,
May 23 Monday
Victoria Day ,
May 24 Tuesday
National Wyoming Day , ,
May 26 Thursday
National Sorry Day
May 30 Monday
Memorial Day , ,
Jun 1 Wednesday
Dinosaur Day , ,
Samoa Independence Day , ,
Jun 2 Thursday
Republic Day Italy ,
Spring Bank Holiday ,
Jun 3 Friday
Mabo Day , ,
Uganda Martyrs Day , ,
Jun 5 Sunday
Constitution Day ,
Jun 6 Monday
D-Day , ,
National Yo-Yo Day , ,
Queensland Day ,
Western Australia Day
Jun 7 Tuesday
Anniversary of the Memorandum of the Slovak Nation , ,
Daniel Boone Day , ,
Jun 8 Wednesday
Bounty Day , ,
Thomas Paine Day ,
Jun 11 Saturday
King Kamehameha Day , ,
Jun 12 Sunday
National Loving Day ,
Philippines Independence Day ,
Jun 14 Tuesday
Army Birthday ,
Flag Day , ,
Jun 17 Friday
Bunker Hill Day ,
Jun 19 Sunday
Juneteenth ,
Jun 20 Monday
National West Virginia Day , ,
Jun 21 Tuesday
Canada's National Indigenous Peoples Day , ,
Jun 25 Saturday
International Day of the Seafarer , ,
Jul 1 Friday
Keti Koti
Jul 4 Monday
Alice in Wonderland Day , ,
Independence Day , ,
Jul 5 Tuesday
National Bikini Day ,
Jul 9 Saturday
Martyrdom of the Bab , ,
Nunavut Day , ,
Jul 10 Sunday
National Clerihew Day , ,
Jul 11 Monday
Bowdler's Day , ,
Day of the Flemish Community
Jul 12 Tuesday
Orangemen's Day , ,
Jul 13 Wednesday
Asalha Puja ,
Jul 14 Thursday
Bastille Day , ,
Jul 17 Sunday
Wrong Way Corrigan Day , ,
Jul 18 Monday
Nelson Mandela International Day
Jul 20 Wednesday
National Moon Day , ,
Jul 24 Sunday
National Amelia Earhart Day , ,
Pioneer Day ,
Jul 27 Wednesday
National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day , ,
Aug 1 Monday
Civic Holiday , ,
Heritage Day in Alberta , ,
Natal Day , ,
Terry Fox Day , ,
Aug 4 Thursday
U.S. Coast Guard Birthday ,
Aug 6 Saturday
Hiroshima Day ,
Mead Day , ,
Aug 7 Sunday
National Lighthouse Day
Aug 8 Monday
National Dollar Day , ,
Peace Festival in Augsburg , ,
Aug 9 Tuesday
National Veep Day , ,
Aug 11 Thursday
Ingersoll Day ,
Mountain Day , ,
Aug 14 Sunday
Navajo Code Talkers Day , ,
Pakistan Independence Day
Aug 15 Monday
Discovery Day ,
Indian Independence Day , ,
Liberation Day , ,
Aug 16 Tuesday
National Airborne Day ,
Aug 17 Wednesday
Baby Boomers Recognition Day , ,
Aug 18 Thursday
National Mail Order Catalog Day ,
Aug 19 Friday
National Aviation Day
National Aviation Week , ,
Aug 20 Saturday
St. Stephen’s Day ,
Aug 21 Sunday
Ninoy Aquino Day ,
Aug 23 Tuesday
National Valentino Day ,
Slavery Remembrance Day , ,
Aug 24 Wednesday
Pluto Demoted Day ,
Vesuvius Day , ,
William Wilberforce Day ,
Aug 26 Friday
Women’s Equality Day , ,
Aug 28 Sunday
Notting Hill Carnival
Aug 29 Monday
Individual Rights Day , ,
Aug 31 Wednesday
Independence Day ,
Sep 1 Thursday
Bourbon Heritage Month , ,
Sep 2 Friday
Calendar Adjustment Day ,
VJ Day ,
Sep 6 Tuesday
Bonaire Flag Day , ,
Sep 7 Wednesday
Brazil Independence Day ,
Grandma Moses Day ,
Sep 9 Friday
Heritage Open Days , ,
Sep 11 Sunday
Day of the Homeland , ,
Sep 13 Tuesday
European Heritage Days ,
Uncle Sam Day , ,
Sep 15 Thursday
Hispanic Heritage Month ,
Shout of Dolores , ,
Sep 16 Friday
Malaysia Day , ,
Mayflower Day ,
Sep 17 Saturday
Constitution Day
Sep 18 Sunday
Independence Day , ,
Sep 22 Thursday
Chainmail Day ,
Sep 23 Friday
National Dogs in Politics Day , ,
Native American Day ,
Sep 24 Saturday
Heritage Day ,
Sep 26 Monday
Johnny Appleseed Day ,
Sep 27 Tuesday
Ancestor Appreciation Day ,
Day of the French Community ,
Sep 28 Wednesday
St. Wenceslas Day — Statehood Day , ,
Sep 29 Thursday
CONFUCIUS DAY ,
Oct 1 Saturday
Emotional Wellness Month ,
​Global Diversity Awareness Month , ,
Italian-American Heritage and Culture Month , ,
LGBTQ+ History Month , ,
Polish American Heritage Month
Chinese National Day , ,
Model T Day ,
Oct 3 Monday
Labour Day , ,
National Unity Day , ,
World Architecture Day , ,
Oct 6 Thursday
NATIONAL GERMAN-AMERICAN DAY , ,
Oct 8 Saturday
Alvin C. York Day , ,
Oct 9 Sunday
Leif Erikson Day
Sukkot ,
World Post Day
Oct 10 Monday
Columbus Day
Indigenous Peoples' Day , ,
Oct 11 Tuesday
General Pulaski Memorial Day ,
Oct 12 Wednesday
International Top Spinning Day , ,
​National Fossil Day ,
Oct 13 Thursday
Navy Birthday ,
Oct 17 Monday
Black Poetry Day , ,
Oct 24 Monday
United Nations Day
Oct 26 Wednesday
Austrian National Day , ,
Oct 27 Thursday
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage , ,
Oct 28 Friday
Ohi Day , ,
Oct 31 Monday
Girl Scout Founder’s Day , ,
Reformation Day ,
Nov 1 Tuesday
Aviation History Month , ,
Family Stories Month ,
Haryana Day , ,
Prime Meridian Day , ,
World Communication Week , ,
Nov 5 Saturday
Bonfire Night ,
Nov 9 Wednesday
Cambodia Independence Day , ,
Carl Sagan Day ,
National Louisiana Day , ,
World Freedom Day , ,
Nov 10 Thursday
Marine Corps Birthday ,
Nov 11 Friday
French Armistice Day ,
Remembrance Day ,
Remembrance Day Australia , ,
Veterans Day ,
Nov 13 Sunday
Remembrance Sunday ,
Nov 16 Wednesday
National Indiana Day , ,
Nov 17 Thursday
International Students Day , ,
Nov 18 Friday
Latvia Independence Day , ,
Nov 19 Saturday
Monaco National Day , ,
Nov 20 Sunday
Black Consciousness Day ,
Nov 24 Thursday
D.B. Cooper Day ,
National Day of Mourning
Nov 25 Friday
Maize Day , ,
Native American Heritage Day ,
Nov 27 Sunday
Lancashire Day , ,
Nov 28 Monday
Chatham Islands Anniversary Day , ,
Mauritania Independence Day , ,
National Sovereignty Day Argentina
Nov 30 Wednesday
St. Andrew's Day , ,
Dec 1 Thursday
Commemoration Day , ,
Kazakhstan’s First President's Day ,
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting , ,
Romania Independence Day ,
Romania National Day ,
Rosa Parks Day , ,
Dec 2 Friday
Asom Divas , ,
Business of Popping Corn Day ,
International Day for the Abolition of Slavery ,
Lao National Day ,
Dec 4 Sunday
Chester Greenwood (Earmuff) Day , ,
Dec 6 Tuesday
Día de la Constitución ,
Independence Day , ,
National Influenza Vaccination Week , ,
Dec 7 Wednesday
Feast of St. Ambrose , ,
National Illinois Day , ,
National Pearl Harbor Day of Remembrance ,
Dec 8 Thursday
Bodhi Day , ,
Uzbekistan Constitution Day ,
Dec 9 Friday
Tanzania Independence Day ,
Weary Willie Day , ,
Dec 10 Saturday
Nobel Prize Day
Dec 11 Sunday
Anniversary of the Statute of Westminster , ,
Dec 12 Monday
Jamhuri Day
National Poinsettia Day , ,
Dec 13 Tuesday
Malta Republic Day
U.S. National Guard Birthday ,
Dec 14 Wednesday
Halcyon Days ,
Martyred Intellectuals Day ,
National Alabama Day ,
Dec 15 Thursday
Bill of Rights Day ,
Dec 16 Friday
Bahrain National Day , ,
Bangladesh Victory Day ,
Kazakhstan Independence Day ,
Dec 17 Saturday
Wright Brother's Day , ,
Saturnalia , ,
Dec 18 Sunday
Hanukkah , ,
National Wreaths Across America Day ,
Qatar National Day ,
Republic Day of Niger , ,
Dec 19 Monday
Goa Liberation Day , ,
Dec 21 Wednesday
December Solstice ,
Dongzhi , ,
National Maine Day ,
Yule , ,
Dec 22 Thursday
Forefathers’ Day , ,
Dec 23 Friday
National Roots Day , ,
Dec 25 Sunday
Quaid-e-Azam Day
Dec 26 Monday
St. Stephen's Day (Ireland) , ,
Dec 28 Wednesday
Pledge of Allegiance Day ,
Dec 31 Saturday
New Year's Eve ,
Restoration Day in Geneva , ,