March Holidays & Quirky Celebrations (2024)

March Holidays

Third in my monthly series on celebration-worthy moments, here is a lengthy list of March Holidays and Quirky Celebrations. I hope these posts will help you make every month more memorable this year.

You’ll notice that some items on this list are linked to other pages. Click through for ideas and resources to help your family get the most out of each occasion.

March Holidays and Quirky Celebrations

March 1

  • Employee Appreciation Day (first Friday in March)
  • National Salesperson Day (first Friday in March)
  • National Pig DayHow about reading a porcine book today, such as If You Give a Pig a Pancake or Charlotte’s Web? And for lunch? Pigs in a Blanket, of course!
  • World Compliment DayEncourage everyone around you with words of genuine praise.
  • National Dadgum That’s Good DayThis day is dedicated to celebrating good food and time spent with loved ones.
  • National Horse Protection DayCelebrate by coloring this free horse and rider coloring page and/or watching a horse film classic such as Black Beauty, Sea Biscuit, or National Velvet.
  • Share a Smile Day
  • National Wedding Planning Day
  • National Peanut Butter Lovers’ DayCelebrate by making a batch of our quick and easy peanut butter cookies. Just three ingredients to mix and 10 minutes to bake.
    10-Minute Peanut Butter Cookies

March 2

  • Texas Independence DayI’m planning to post some new Texas history printables on March 2, so watch for them!
  • Dr. Seuss’s birthdayCelebrate Seuss’s birthday with some of these craft, snack, and game ideas.
  • Read Across America Daya perfect day to introduce this Reading Challenge for All Ages
  • Old Stuff Day
  • National Sportsmanship DayThere are lots of good lessons kids learn through sports, beyond the simple rules of the game.
  • National Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Peace Corps Day
  • International Rescue Cat Day I don’t know what kind of hobo sign is secretly scrawled on our sidewalk, but we’ve had three pregnant cats show up on our doorstep over the years — usually during a thunderstorm and ready to deliver. So, we took them in long enough to get them back on their feet and find homes for their kittens. That was the inspiration behind this free cat coloring page.
  • World Teen Wellness DayOur teens need prayer for physical, mental, spiritual and emotional wellness, as they face challenges previous generations never even imagined.
    Pray for Your Teens

March 3

  • National Anthem DayTake this opportunity to review the words and tune of our national anthem with your kids.
  • Peach Blossom Day
  • I Want You to be Happy Daywhich is why you should practice these 6 Simple Secrets of Extremely Happy People
  • 33 Flavors DayJust what we needed… another excuse to eat ice cream! Which flavor is your favorite?
  • National Cold Cuts Day
  • What If Pets Had Opposable Thumbs DayThis sounds like a great creative writing prompt to me.
  • Talk in Third Person DayJennifer routinely does this when writing our annual Christmas letters
  • National Deskfast DayThe first meal of the day is important, even if it’s eaten at your desk at work! Check out these quick and easy breakfast ideas for inspiration.
  • Soup It Forward DayFor this March holiday, make a double-batch of our lentil soup or minestrone and deliver half to a neighbor.

    Lentil Soup

March 4

  • National Walk to Work Day
  • Hug a GI Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Courageous Follower DayFollowing Jesus takes courage, as our Be My Disciple coloring page points out so clearly.
  • International Scrapbooking Industry DayGet industrious with updating your own scrapbooks today. Our series on scrapbooking shortcuts will get you started.
  • National Sons Day
  • National Snack DayIf you’re going to snack between meals, be sure you pick a healthy snack.
  • World Book DayTry reading titles that fit the genres listed on our Reading Challenge for All Ages.
  • National Grammar Day
  • Marching Band DayTurn up the John Phillips Sousa music and “march forth” on March 4th
  • National Hospitalist Day
  • Do Something DayOur free weekly planners will help you plan what you want to accomplish today and everyday.

    Printable Weekly Planners

March 5

  • Dress In Blue Day
  • National Cheese Doodle DayA day for snacking on Cheese Puffs, Cheetos, or Cheese Balls (in moderation, of course).
  • World Day of PrayerTo help with this March holiday, download a few of our free printable prayer guides. Not only are they pretty, but they are Biblically sound!
  • National Day of UnpluggingNeed inspiration for spending a day with no digital devices? Try these 10 tech-free activities.

    10 Tech-Free things kids can do

March 6

Remember the Alamo

March 7

  • Finisher’s Medal Day
  • Plant Power Day
  • National Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • National Cereal DayEnjoy a bowl of your favorite for breakfast.
  • Namesake Day
  • National Be Heard Day

March 8

  • National Preschoolers Day (second Friday in March) – Celebrate by doing some activities off our list of ideas for keeping preschoolers occupied.
  • International Women’s Day
  • National Proofreading Day
  • National Peanut Cluster Day
  • Girls Write Now DayDo you know a girl who loves to write? Consider giving her one of my devotional journals to encourage her in her writing endeavors.

Devotional Journals x 12 Lineup

March 9

  • Descendants Day (Saturday in first full week of March) – Also known as Genealogy Day, this would be a perfect time to check into a gene-mapping service such as 23 & Me. (My husband, who is adopted, found two half-brothers that way.)
  • Organize Your Home Office Day
  • National Meatball Day
  • Barbie Day
  • Panic DayAs the Bible tells us repeatedly not to worry or be anxious, this is one March holiday I will NOT be celebrating. Instead, I think I’ll print and laminate some of these pretty printable Philippians 4:6 bookmarks as a personal reminder to “Be anxious for nothing….”

Be Anxious for Nothing Bookmarks

March 10

  • Daylight Savings Time Begins (second Sunday in March) – “Spring forward, fall back” means you need to set your clock ahead an hour today!
  • International Bagpipe DayTake a moment today to listen to a little bagpipe music.
  • Salvation Army DayMarch isn’t the season to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, but you might volunteer to work in their soup kitchen.
  • US Paper Money DayThis would be a perfect time to visit the Federal Reserve Bank if you live close enough to one to do so — it’s one of our favorite “factory tours.”
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Pack Your Lunch DayAnd if you’re packing lunch for family members, tuck a little love note inside.

Love Notes

March 11

  • National Napping Day (the day after Daylight Savings Time begins) – The perfect read-aloud for this March holiday? The Napping House, written by Audrey Wood and beautifully illustrated by her husband, Don Wood.
  • Johnny Appleseed Day
  • World Plumbing Day

March 12

March 13

  • National Good Samaritan Day
  • Ear Muff Day
  • Jewel Day
  • Donald Duck Day
  • K-9 Veterans DaySuggested reading for this March holiday? Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann.

March 14

  • Popcorn Lover’s Day (second Thursday in March) – We definitely have some popcorn lovers in this house! But the two biggest fans disagree: one likes popcorn that’s lightly salted, and the other prefers white cheddar popcorn
  • Learn about Butterflies DayHere are a couple of pretty butterflies to color.
  • National Potato Chip Day
  • National Pi DayWhy today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
  • International Ask a Question DayNeed help thinking of a question to ask? Try the ones in our family-friendly Conversation Starter Series.
  • National Write Your Story Day
  • Science Education Day
  • Genius DayThis March holiday happens to fall on Albert Einstein’s Birthday. Coincidence? I think not!
  • National Children’s Craft DayHow about crafting something today out of some old staple supplies such as empty toilet paper rolls or tin cans?

Toilet Paper Tube Crafts

March 15

  • World Sleep Day (on Friday during second full week of March) – A good day to color my printable page based on Psalm 4:8 – “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for Thou alone O LODD makes me dwell in safetly.”(Psalm 4:8)

    Sleep In Peace

  • Ides of March
  • Dumbstruck Day
  • National Peanut Lovers Day
  • True Confessions DayThe Bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
  • Everything You Think is Wrong DayI’m not sure I agree with the premise of this holiday, although I do concede that “The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

March 16

  • Maple Syrup Saturday (third Saturday in March) – Time to eat syrup-drenched pancakes and read Miracles on Maple Hill.
  • National Quilting Day (third Saturday of March)
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • National Artichoke Heart Day
  • Everything You Do is Right DayThe only human to ever live who could rightly celebrate this holiday is the Lord Jesus Christ. As for the rest of us, “All have turned away; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not a single one!” (Psalm 53:3)
  • National Panda DayTo celebrate, read Pandamonium. Or download our brightly colored, free printable Panda cards in your choice of styles: for birthdays or to say “just thinking of you today.”

Free Printable Birthday Cards

March 17

March 18

  • Awkward Moments DayYou can read about a few of my most awkward and embarrassing moments here and here.
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • National Sloppy Joe Day
  • National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Supreme Sacrifice Day“Greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friend.” (John 15:13)
    The Ultimate Sacrifice Coloring Page

March 19

  • First Day of Spring (date varies)
  • Proposal Day (observed first day of spring and fall) – If you’re ready to ask for your sweetheart’s hand in marriage, go for it ASAP. No need to wait for Proposal Day to do so. For more advice on mistakes to avoid when popping the question, check out this post: The Wrong Way to Propose Marriage
  • Certified Nurses Day
  • National Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • National Poultry Day
  • Red Nose DayWe donned our read noses at my son’s wedding to tease his bride, since she spent most of her high school years clowning around for hire: entertaining at birthday parties, riding unicycles, juggling, making elaborate balloon animals (she’s multi-talented and extremely well-coordinated)

March 20

  • International Earth Day
  • Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
  • Atheist Pride DayTwo arguments against celebrating this March holiday: Because “The fool has said in his heart there is no God” (Psalm 14:1) and because “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”(James 4:6)
  • Bibliomania DayLove books? Sign up for My Reader Rewards to earn books and Bibles for FREE.
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day For tips on reaching out to the people who live near you, check out this post: 25 Ways to Be a Good Neighbor
  • World Sparrow Day
  • National Ravioli Day
  • International Day of HappinessHappiness is a byproduct, not a goal in and of itself. Here are six secrets to becoming a happier person.

6 Secrets of Happiness

March 21

  • Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (third Thursday in March)
  • Oranges and Lemons Day (third Thursday in March)
  • Memory Day
  • World Down Syndrome Day
  • National Crunchy Taco Day
  • National Common Courtesy Day
  • National Healthy Fats DayHow about a big salad with a hearty helping of avocados and nuts sprinkled on top?
  • World Puppetry Day
  • National Single Parents Day
  • World Poetry DayFor free tips and related printables, check out this post: Teaching Poetry to Children
  • National Flower Day
  • National French Bread Day
  • Fragrance Day
  • International Day of Forests
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • National Teenager DayThis would be a good time to review 10 things your teenager hates — and avoid doing them all.

    10 Things Your Teenager Hates

March 22

  • National Goof Off Day
  • As Young as You Feel Day
  • World Water Day
  • National Sing Out Day
  • National Bavarian Crêpes DayI’m not sure how Bavarian crêpes differ from French crêpes, but here’s my favorite recipe for the latter.

Create-Your-Own Crepes

March 23

  • National Agriculture Day (date varies)
  • Cuddly Kitten Day
  • National Puppy Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • National Chia Day
  • World Meteorology Day
  • National Chip and Dip DayHow about mixing up a batch of my all-time favorite dip, savor-it-slowly guacamole?

    Homemade Guacamole

March 24

  • National Cheesesteak DayA perfect day to put one of my husband’s favorite dishes on the dinner menu!
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisin DayThe only resource I have related to chocolate covered raisins is this funny little treat bag topper.
  • International Day for AchieversA great poem for this March holiday is It Couldn’t Be Done (said no achiever ever)

It Couldn't Be Done Poem

March 25

  • Pecan Day
  • International Waffle Day
  • National Medal of Honor Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day

March 26

  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Purple DayPeople wear purple on this March holiday to increase awareness about epilepsy.
  • National Solitude Day
  • National Spinach DayKick the day off right with our delectable spinach quiche!

Spinach and Turkey Quiche

March 27

March 28

  • Piano Day (observed on the 88th day of the year) – Have a piano student in your house? Check out our free printable practice sheets and musical note flashcards.
  • American Diabetes Association Alert Day (fourth Tuesday in March) – Do you know the signs and symptoms of diabetes? Take time to learn them. It could save your life or the life of someone you love.

    Are You Missing Warning Signs

  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Children’s Picture Book Day
  • Eat an Eskimo Pie DayBe sure to add these chocolate covered ice cream bars to your grocery list this week!
  • Weed Appreciation DayFYI: This day is dedicated to the kind of weeds you pull out of your garden, not the kind people smoke!

    Last Minute Gift Ideas for Mother's Day

March 29

  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day – You’ll find a wealth of free printables for honoring veterans by following this link.
  • Smoke and Mirrors DayIf you’ve never seen The Cabanaro Effect, this would be the perfect day to watch some of these amazing illusions.
  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

March 30

  • National Doctor’s Day
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • I am in Control DayI beg to differ here, but there are actually very few things that you con control other than your attitude, words, temper, and reactions. Everything else, you’ll have to trust to God.
  • National Virtual Vacation Day

March 31

  • Bunsen Burner Day
  • National Clam on the Half Shell Day
  • National Crayon Day
  • Dance Marathon Day
  • World Backup Day
  • Eiffel Tower Day
  • César Chávez Day
  • National Farm Worker’s Day
  • National Tater DayMake a potato bar for dinner, or serve up some piping hot bowls of our creamy potato soup in honor of this March holiday.

Week-long Celebrations in the Month of March

First Week of March

  • National Cheerleading Week (begins March 1) – “We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how about you?”
  • Peace Corps Week (begins March 1)
  • National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week (begins March 1) – Use our free, pretty printable thank you note cards to participate in this week’s project.
  • Read an eBook Week (first full week of March)
  • Teen Tech Week (first full week of March)
  • Celebrate Your Name Week (first full week of March)
  • Return the Borrowed Books Week (first full week of March) – Our free printable bookplates will help any books you loan find their way home

    Free Printable Book Plates

Second Week of March

  • National Bubble Gum Week (second full week of March) – Get a bucket of bubble gum and have a bubble blowing contest.
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Week (begins second Sunday in March)
  • National Older Workers Employment Week (second full week of March)
  • National Sleep Awareness Week (week following the second Sunday of March)
  • Sunshine Week (celebrated the week of March 16) – How about teaching your kids to sing “You Are My Sunshine” this week?

Third Week of March

  • Consider Christianity Week (begins 14 days before Easter) – One easy way to get friends and acquaintances to consider Christianity is by passing along one of our free printable gospel tracts.
  • Teach Music Week (week following the third Monday in March) – Use our free musical note flashcards to make this task easier.
  • International Goof Off Week (third full week of March)
  • Jobs for Teens Week (third full week of March) – Download our free financial printables to help your young entrepreneur get off to a good start.
  • National Introverts WeekI’m guessing they’d rather celebrate this holiday alone.
  • American Chocolate Week (third full week of March) – Why not whip up a batch of our no bake chocolate cookies to celebrate? They’re yummy!
  • Clutter Awareness Week (third full week of March) – Even if you aren’t aware of your clutter, others are, and it likely bothers them. Why not spend this week tidying up and getting organized? Need extra inspiration? Check out Don Aslett’s Clutter’s Last Stand or Abby Lawson’s Impactful Habits/ Organized Home.
  • National Clean Out Your Closet WeekIf it needs to be done, now’s the time to do it!

Fourth Week of March

  • Holy Week (dates vary) – Test your knowledge of the seven days leading up to Easter by taking our Passion Week Quiz.
  • National Second-Hand Shopping Week (fourth full week of March)- Before you go, check out these tried-and-true tips for shopping garage sales and thrift stores more successfully
  • National Cleaning Week (fourth full week of March) – Use my spring cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.

    Free Printable Spring Cleaning Checklist

Special observances that last the entire month of March

  • Texas History Month
  • National Women’s History Month
  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • National Craft MonthSome of my favorite sources for kids crafts are Timberdoodle and Kiwi Co
  • National Crochet Month
  • Optimism Month
  • National Frozen Food MonthThis would be a great time to try freezer cooking, if you’ve never done so before (or to restock the freezer if you’re a bulk-cooking pro).
  • National Umbrella Month
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • Worldwide Homeschooling Awareness MonthThe fact 2020 shut down so many schools has made more people aware of homeschooling than ever before, but we were teaching our kids at home long before the pandemic. Here are our reasons for homeschooling.
  • Small Press Month
  • National Nutrition MonthOur Daily Dozen Chart will keep you more cognizant of the foods you eat.
  • National Noodle Month
  • Red Cross Month
  • National Professional Social Work Month
  • National Peanut Month
  • Adopt-a-Rescued-Guinea-Pig Month
  • Preschool Education MonthThe preschool years provide a perfect opportunity to lay a foundation for learning that will help children succeed in all the schooling that comes later.

    Laying the Foundation for a Lifetime of Learning: practical suggestions for preschoolers

That completes our list of March holidays. To view a similar list for other months, follow this link: Monthly Holidays and Quirky Celebrations

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