Calendar Holiday List

Calendar Holiday List... Important 2016 Dates for Gift Giving, Gift Making and Gift Ideas Throughout the Year

Here's a handy list of holidays and other special dates to help you with gift ideas all year long. If you want an excuse to get creative, to give something sweet or to have a party, you'll find it here.

Some holidays are kind of silly but who cares, right! Sometimes it's the goofy holidays and the silly themes that help people create the most inspired gifts and celebrations.

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2016 Calendar Holiday List - Click on a Month Below

January February March April
May June July August
September October November December

2016 Calendar Holiday List - Holidays in Order of Date


January is National Hobby Month, National Bath Safety Month and National Braille Literacy Month

  • January 1 is New Year's Day in the United States
  • January 4 is Trivia Day
  • January 5 is National Bird Day
  • January 6 is Feast of the Epiphany a.k.a. Three Kings Day
  • January 10 is Houseplant Appreciation Day
  • January 18 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 19 is National Popcorn Day
  • January 21 is National Hugging Day
  • January 23 is National Pie Day
  • January 23 is National Handwriting Day
  • January 24 is Compliment Day
  • January 25 is Opposite Day
  • January 26 is Australia Day
  • January 27 is Chocolate Cake Day
  • January 29 is National Puzzle Day
  • January 31 is Backward Day


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February is National Heart Month, Black History Month, National Cherry Month, Canned Food Month and National Children's Dental Health Month.

  • February 1 is National Freedom Day
  • February 2 is Groundhog Day
  • February 7 is Super Bowl Sunday
  • February 8 is Boy Scout Day
  • February 8 is Chinese New Years Year 4714
  • February 9 is Mardi Gras... Fat Tuesday
  • February 10 is Ash Wednesday
  • February 12 is Lincoln's Birthday
  • February 14 is Valentine's Day
  • February 15 is Presidents' Day in the United States
  • February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day
  • February 22 is Washington's Birthday
  • February 29 is Leap Day in 2016

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March is National Nutrition Month, National Women's History Month, National Irish American Heritage Month and National Craft Month.

  • March 1 is Pig Day
  • March 2 is Read Across America Day... Dr. Seuss Day
  • March 4 is Employee Appreciation Day
  • March 6 is Mothering Sunday Mother's Day in the UK
  • March 8 is International Women's Day
  • March 12 is Girl Scouts Day
  • March 13 is Daylight Savings Time (2:00 a.m.)
  • March 14 is National Pi Day (Like the value of Pi is 3.14)
  • March 15 is Incredible Kids Day
  • March 15 is Ides of March
  • March 17 is St. Patrick's Day
  • March 20 is First Day of Spring Spring Equinox
  • March 20 is International Earth Day
  • March 20 is Palm Sunday
  • March 23 is Purim beginning at sundown
  • March 25 is Feast of Annunciation
  • March 25 is Good Friday
  • March 27 is Easter Sunday
  • March 30 is National Doctor's Day

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April is Cancer Control Month, Stress Awareness Month, National Pecan Month and National Poetry Month

  • April 1 is April Fool's Day
  • April 1 is National Walk to Work Day
  • April 7 is Caramel Popcorn Day
  • April 7 is National Beer Day
  • April 7 is No Housework Day
  • April 10 is Golfer's Day
  • April 10 is National Siblings Day
  • April 15 is Income Tax Day in the United States
  • April 16 is National Librarian Day
  • April 17 is National Day of Silence
  • April 18 is Patriots Day
  • April 22 is Earth Day
  • April 22 is Passover (lasts 8 days)
  • April 27 is Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day)
  • April 28 is Take Your Daughter to Work Day
  • April 29 is National Arbor Day

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May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

  • May 1 is May Day
  • May 1 is Mother Goose Day
  • May 3 is World Press Freedom Day
  • May 4 is Bird Day
  • May 5 is Cinco de Mayo in Mexico
  • May 6 is National Teacher Day (a.k.a. National Teacher Appreciation Day)
  • May 6 is National Nurses Day
  • May 8 is Mother's Day
  • May 11 is School Nurses Day
  • May 12 is International Nurses Day
  • May 13 is Friday the 13th
  • May 15 is Police Officer's Memorial Day
  • May 15 is National Chocolate Chip Day
  • May 20 is National Bike to Work Day
  • May 21 is Armed Forces Day
  • May 24 is Victoria Day (Canada)
  • May 28 is International Jazz Day
  • May 30 is Memorial Day observed in United States
  • May 31 is World No Tobacco Day

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June is National Rose Month, National Candy Month, National Adopt a Cat Month, National Rose Month and National Dairy Month.

  • June 2 is National Rocky Road Day
  • June 3 is National Doughnut Day
  • June 4 is National Trails Day
  • June 5 is World Environment Day
  • June 6 is Ramadan
  • June 6 is National Yo Yo Day
  • June 8 is Best Friends Day
  • June 14 is Flag Day
  • June 18 is International Picnic Day
  • June 19 is Father's Day
  • June 19 is Juneteenth (a.k.a. Freedom Day, Emancipation Day)
  • June 21 is International Yoga Day
  • June 20 is Summer Solstice (a.k.a. The 1st Day of Summer and the longest day of the year)
  • June 24 is Take Your Dog to Work Day
  • June 26 is Forgiveness Day

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July is National Blueberry Month, National Ice Cream Month and National Picnic Month

  • July 1 is Canada Day observed in Canada
  • July 2 is World UFO Day
  • July 4 is Independence Day (a.k.a. 4th of July) in United States
  • July 8 is National Blueberry Day
  • July 14 is Bastille Day (French Holiday also called Fete de la Federation)
  • July 17 is National Ice Cream Day
  • July 20 is Moon Day (celebrate the anniversary of the day man first went to the moon in 1969)
  • July 20 is National Lollipop Day
  • July 24 is Amelia Earhart Day (Happy Birthday Amelia!)
  • July 24 is Cousins Day
  • July 24 is Parents Day
  • July 26 is Aunt and Uncle Day
  • July 30 is Father-in-Law Day
  • July 30 is International Day of Friendship
  • July 31 is Mutt's Day

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August is Family Fun Month, National Peach Month and National Golf Month.

  • August 3 is National Watermelon Day
  • August 5 Summer Olympics Begin in Rio
  • August 7 is Sister's Day
  • August 7 is Friendship Day
  • August 7 is International Forgiveness Day
  • August 10 is National S'mores Day
  • August 12 is Middle Child's Day
  • August 13 is Left Hander's Day
  • August 15 is Assumption Day (a.k.a. Assumption of Mary)
  • August 15 is Relaxation Day
  • August 17 is National Thriftshop Day
  • August 19 is National Aviation Day
  • August 20 is National Radio Day
  • August 21 is Senior Citizen's Day
  • August 26 is Women's Equality Day
  • August 26 is National Dog Day
  • August 30 is National Marshmallow Toasting Day

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September is National Hispanic Heritage Month and Classical Music Month.

  • September 5 is Labor Day in the United States and Canada
  • September 11 is 911 Remembrance
  • September 11 is National Grandparent's Day
  • September 11 is National Pet Memorial Day
  • September 16 is Mexican Independence Day
  • September 16 is Stepfamily Day
  • September 16 is National Play Doh Day
  • September 16 is Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day
  • September 17 is Constitution Day
  • September 17 is Citizenship Day
  • September 18 is National Women's Friendship Day
  • September 21 is International Day of Peace
  • September 22 is Autumnal Equinox (a.k.a. The 1st Day of Fall and equal periods of daylight and dark)
  • September 23 is Native American Day
  • September 28 is National Good Neighbor Day

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month and National Pizza Month.

  • October 1 is World Vegetarian Day
  • October 1 is International Frugal Fun Day
  • October 2 Rosh Hashanah begins
  • October 4 is National Golf Day
  • October 5 is World Teacher Day
  • October 7 is World Smile Day
  • October 10 is Columbus Day observed
  • October 10 is Thanksgiving Day in Canada
  • October 11 is Yom Kippur "Day of Atonement"
  • October 15 is Sweetest Day
  • October 16 is National Bosses Day
  • October 22 is Make a Difference Day
  • October 23 is Mother-in-Law Day
  • October 24 is United Nations Day
  • October 31 is Halloween

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November is Aviation History Month, American Indian Heritage Month, National Adoption Awareness Month and Peanut Butter Lovers Month.

  • November 1 is Dia de los Muertos in Mexico-a.k.a. Day of the Dead
  • November 1 is All Saint's Day
  • November 2 is All Soul's Day
  • November 6 is End of Daylight Savings Time in the United States
  • November 8 is U.S. General Election Day
  • November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States
  • November 13 is Caregiver Appreciation Day
  • November 13 is Sadie Hawkins Day
  • November 13 is World Kindness Day
  • November 17 is World Peace Day
  • November 17 is Electronic Greeting Card Day
  • November 19 is National Adoption Day
  • November 20 is Universal Children's Day
  • November 24 is Thanksgiving Day in the United States
  • November 25 is Black Friday
  • November 27 is Advent (Advent begins)

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December is Write a Friend Month.

  • December 1 is AIDS Awareness Day
  • December 4 is Santa's List Day
  • December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • December 9 is Christmas Card Day
  • December 10 is Human Rights Day
  • December 11 is International Children's Day
  • December 12 is Poinsettia Day
  • December 21 is Winter Solstice (a.k.a. The 1st Day of Winter and the shortest Day of the Year)
  • December 23 is Festivus
  • December 24 Hanukkah beginning at sunset, lasts 8 days
  • December 24 is Christmas Eve
  • December 25 is Christmas Day
  • December 26 is Boxing Day
  • December 26 Kwanzaa
  • December 27 is National Fruitcake Day
  • December 31 is New Year's Eve

That concludes our calendar holiday list... if you know of a holiday or occasion that should be added to this list, please let us know...

Where do I get my info? I use both physical calendars and Internet research to find and verify holidays that appear to be most valid and valuable to my readers. I double check dates for accuracy and validity using more than one source. I find info everywhere but I consistently find great info on:
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