Fourth in my monthly series on celebration-worthy moments, below you’ll find a lengthy list of April 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.
Special observances that last the entire month of April
- Keep America Beautiful Month
- National Humor Month
- Mathematics Education Month – Download our math drills and number writing practice sheets for help!
- Jazz Appreciation Month
- National Card and Letter Writing Month
- National Welding Month
- International Guitar Month
- National Poetry Month – Get a good book of poetry and read a few selections each day. Or commit a poem or two to memory. You’ll find a couple of our favorites here: Teaching Poetry to Children
- National Pecan Month – Celebrate by baking a batch of our scrumptious Pecan Pie Muffins!
- Lawn and Garden Month
- National Frog Month – You’ll find frog-themed printables, frog-themed books and songs, and frog-themed snacks, all on our website.
- Records and Information Management Month
- Alcohol Awareness Month
- Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month
- Stress Awareness Month
- Children and Nature Awareness Month – If you’d like to encourage a love for the great outdoors through nature journaling, check out All Things Bright and Beautiful, my devotional journal for nature lovers.
Week-long Celebrations in the Month of April
First Week of April
- National Robotics Week
- National Library Week – Visit your public library and check out a few new books
- Be Kind to Spiders Week
- Read a Road Map Week
- National Bake Week – This would be an opportune time for baking some blueberry muffins, banana nut bread, or fresh fruit crumble.
Second Week of April
- Garden Week – The perfect time for planning or planting a garden — or at least coloring a picture about it.
Third Week of April
- Organize Your Files Week – I’m determined to get mine in order this month!
- National Pet ID Week
- Medical Labs Week
- Week of the Young Child – Young children are capable of much more than our current culture gives them credit for. For a glimpse at what they can do, check out our free Age-Appropriate Chore Chart and our printable on Encouraging Creativity in Children
Fourth Week of April
- Go Diaper Free Week (week following last Sunday in April)
- Administrative Assistants Week
- National Karaoke Week
- World Immunization Week
April Holidays and Quirky Celebrations
- Maundy Thursday (observed three days before Easter) – Commemorate Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet with this beautiful coloring page.
- April Fool’s Day
- National Atheist Day – It’s fitting this one should fall on April Fool’s Day, since the Bible says, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” (Psalms 14:1). I’m pretty sure they did that on purpose.
- National One-Cent Day
- Poetry and the Creative Mind Day
- National Burrito Day
- National Jump in Muddy Puddles Day – Pull on a pair of galoshes and have at it!
- International Fun at Work Day
- National Trombone Players Day
- National Sourdough Bread Day
- International Tatting Day
- Good Friday (two days before Easter) – Celebrate by attending a Good Friday service at your local church or coloring our No Fault in This Man coloring page, which shows Jesus’ trial before Pilate.
- National Walk to Work Day (first Friday of April)
- International Children’s Book Day
- Reconciliation Day
- National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – Make up a batch of PB&J for lunch. And remind your kids: Don’t waste the crust!
- International Pillow Fight Day (first Saturday in April) – If you have one at home, make sure heads are off-limits!
- National DIY Day
- National Find a Rainbow Day
- American Circus Day
- Pony Express Day – Read a book on the Pony Express.
- Tweed Day
- World Party Day
- Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun Day – Or…how about making work as fun as you can and doing it heartily “as unto the Lord,” whether you particularly enjoy it or not?
- Easter (date varies) – We have all sorts of ideas, printables, recipes, and coloring pages for Easter. View them here.
- Geologists Day (first Sunday in April)
- Hug a Newsman Day
- Walk Around Things Day
- Vitamin C Day
- International Carrot Day
- Sweet Potato Day (first Monday in April)
- National Fun Day (first Monday in April) – For fifty frugal ideas for family fun, download our free printable bucket list.
- National Deep Dish Pizza Day
- Bell Bottoms Day – Hard to believe these are coming back in style again!
- National Caramel Day
- Read a Road Map Day
- Go for Broke Day
- National Dandelion Day – If you can find a few wild ones, you can make a dandalion salad or weave a crown for your hair.
- Army Day – Teach your kids the words to the Army Anthem or read them the poem, The Boy Enlists.
- Caramel Popcorn Day
- Fresh Tomato Day
- Jump Over Things Day
- National Student Athlete Day
- World Table Tennis Day – Ping-Pong, anyone? No table? No worries! This retractable table tennis net lets you play almost anywhere.
- National Tartan Day
- Plan Your Epitaph Day
- Sorry Charlie Day – How about eating some tunafish salad for lunch?
- Global Day of the Engineer (the first Wednesday in April)
- National Beaver Day
- National Coffee Cake Day
- World Health Day
- Whole Grain Sampling Day
- Metric System Day
- No Housework Day – If you’ll teach your children housekeeping chores, you’ll eventually work yourself out of a job. Until then, housekeeping matters. So attend to it faithfully, even if you do opt to take a break now and then.
- All is Ours Day – This is “a day to embrace all the wonderful things in life and enjoy the beauty of nature.” Maybe a better name would’ve been “Count Your Blessings Day.”
- National Take Your Parents to the Playground Day
- National Empanada Day
- Zoo Lover’s Day
- Draw a Picture of a Bird Day – Check out this free printable tutorial for drawing a variety of bird species.
- Step into the Spotlight Day
- Name Yourself Day
- National Unicorn Day
- National Chicken Little Awareness Day –
- Appomattox Day
- National Cherish an Antique Day – A fun day to go “antiquing.”
- Winston Churchill Day – The British Bulldog had a way with words. Here are a few of my favorite Churchill quotes, as applied to marriage
- Golfer’s Day
- National Siblings Day – For ideas on cultivating friendship among siblings, check out this post.
- Global Work from Home Day
- National Farm Animals Day
- Safety Pin Day
- National Hug Your Dog Day
- National Cinnamon Crescent Day
- Encourage a Young Writer Day – Try one of my devotional journals to encourage your children to write more. Beautiful vintage artwork, relevant Scripture verses, and thoughtful writing prompts on every page.
- Eight Track Tape Day
- Holocaust Remembrance Day
- National Pet Day
- National Cheese Fondue Day
- Good Deeds Day
- National Submarine Day
- Barbershop Quartet Day – I love the tight, four-part harmony showcased by Barbershop Quartets. Don’t you?
- Big Wind Day – Sounds like another great day for flying a kite!
- Russian Cosmonaut Day
- National Licorice Day
- Wear a Star Day – The stars symbolize “little stars in heaven” and are meant to give hope to parents who have lost children at a young age, including through stillbirth or miscarriage.
- National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
- Walk on Your Wild Side Day
- Drop Everything and Read Day – We have lots of great resources for book lovers, including this fun reading challenge for folks who want to drop everything and read every day:
- National Library Workers Day (observed on Tuesday of second full week in April)
- International Be Kind to Lawyers Day
- Scrabble Day – An opportune time to play one of my all-time favorite games.
- National Peach Cobbler Day – You could make traditional cobbler, or use peaches in our Fresh Fruit Crumble recipe.
- National Make Lunch Count Day
- Thomas Jefferson Day – Celebrate the birthday of our 3rd President by coloring this great Jefferson quote.
- School Librarians’ Day (on Wednesday of second full week in April)
- Ex-Spouse Day
- International Moment of Laughter Day
- Look up at the Sky Day
- National Pecan Day
- Reach as High as You Can Day
- National Dolphin Day – If you get the chance to see some dolphins up close and personal, this April holiday would be a great time to take it.
- National High Five Day (third Thursday in April)
- National Ask an Atheist Day (third Thursday) – I’m all for striking up conversations with atheists, and asking questions is a great way to do so. But I recommend you make sure you are well-grounded in your faith before doing too much of this.
- Take a Wild Guess Day
- World Art Day
- National Laundry Day – Click here for a free printable stain removal guide.
- Celebrate Teen Literature Day
- Micro-volunteering Day
- Rubber Eraser Day
- Tax Day
- Titanic Remembrance Day
- ASL Day
- Jackie Robinson Day
- McDonald’s Day
- National Eggs Benedict Day
- Four Square Day – This April holiday is all about the app, not the game, but I think a 4-Square tournament sounds like a fun way to celebrate the occasion, anyway.
- Save the Elephant Day
- National Librarian Day
- National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day – Admittedly a little easier to pull off for folks who work (or school 🙄) at home!
- World Semicolon Day – The majority of people seldom use semicolons; therefore, this holiday seems the perfect time to review this punctuation mark’s proper placement.
- Day of the Mushroom
- National Stress Awareness Day – For some practical tips on going from stressed to blessed, check out this post.
- Husband Appreciation Day (third Saturday in April) – Husband’s need all the appreciation they can get, so ditch any notions of entitlement and cultivate an attitude of gratitude instead.
- World Circus Day (third Saturday in April)
- National Cheeseball Day
- International Haiku Day – Teach your kids this 5-7-5 pattern and challenge them to write a haiku or two for the occasion.
- Nothing Like a Dame Day
- National Kickball Day
- Bat Appreciation Day
- Go Fly a Kite Day (third Sunday in April) “Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…”
- National Animal Crackers Day
- International Amateur Radio Day
- National Lineman Appreciation Day
- National Velociraptor Awareness Day – Sounds like a good day to watch Jurassic Park!
- Piñata Day
- Pet Owners Independence Day
- National Harmonica Day – It’s easy to learn how to play a harmonica. Check out this post for directions, plus the harmonica music for several free printable hymns.
- National Newspaper Columnists’ Day
- International Juggler’s Day – Whether you’re juggling balls or scarves or household chores or children’s school and extra curricular schedules, this day is for you! (And so are these tips on multitasking in ways that make good sense.)
- Patriots’ Day (third Monday in April) – If you consider yourself a patriot, I wrote this journal especially for you!
- Boston Marathon Day (third Monday in April)
- National Hanging Out Day – This is not a day for lounging around with your buddies, but for drying your clothes out in the fresh air and sunshine.
- Humorous Day
- National Garlic Day – My new favorite way to eat garlic? Roasted!
- Bicycle Day – Hop on and take a ride around the block! Then come back home and color this free printable.
- Chinese Language Day
- Lima Bean Respect Day
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
- Volunteer Recognition Day
- National Look Alike Day – Our family has several celebrity look-alikes. Don’t you think these could qualify as doppelgängers?
- National Banana Day (third Wednesday in April) – Celebrate with banana bread, banana pudding, or banana splits!
- Kindergarten Day – I share my kindergarten recommendations here.
- Big Word Day
- National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day – I’m all for celebrating chocolate covered anything!
- San Jacinto Day – Hooray for Texas Independence!
- Thank You for Libraries Day
- World Creativity and Innovation Day
- Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
- Keep Off the Grass Day
- National Administrative Professionals Day – Better known as Secretaries Day!
- British National Tea Day – Celebrate by taking our Tea Time Trivia Test.
- Take Your Kids to Work Day (Fourth Thursday)
- Love Your Thighs Day – For me, there’s a lot there to love… especially after birthing 12 babies!
- National Teach Children to Save Day – Download free saving tips and financial charts for kids here.
- In God We Trust Day
- April Showers Day
- Girl Scout Leader Day
- Earth Day
- National Jelly Bean Day – Print up a few copies of this jelly bean gospel to share with friends, a long with a bagful of beans.
- Lover’s Day – This one happens to coincide with the day I met my husband. How perfect is that?
- World Laboratory Day
- Spanish Language Day – Follow this link for our Spanish language resources.
- English Language Day – I guess English couldn’t let Spanish steal all the attention. Ha! So we’ll just celebrate both languages today.
- National Picnic Day
- National Lost Dog Awareness Day
- International Nose Picking Day – If all nose-picking could be relegated to a 24 hours per year, I’d be all for this holiday. But if it only reinforces a bad habit, I’d rather skip the “celebration” altogether!
- Take a Chance Day
- World Book Day
- National Day of Puppetry (fourth Saturday in April)
- Eeyore’s Birthday (last Saturday in April)
- Independent Bookstore Day (last Saturday in April)
- National Go Birding Day (last Saturday in April) – For a list of suggested birdwatching supplies, scroll to the bottom of this post.
- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (last Saturday in April)
- Save the Frogs Day (last Saturday in April)
- National Rebuilding Day (last Saturday in April)
- National Sense of Smell Day (last Saturday in April) – Lots of people are missing this in post-COVID society. So if you’ve still got your sense of smell, don’t take it for granted.
- New Kids on the Block Day
- Pig in a Blanket Day
- East meets West Day
- National DNA Day – Get yours mapped today with 23andMe.
- World Penguin Day
- Hairstylist Appreciation Day
- National Crayola Day – Use them to color some of our free Christian coloring pages.
- National Telephone Day
- Hug a Plumber Day
- National Mani-Pedi Day
- International Financial Independence Awareness Day
- Red Hat Society Day
- National Zucchini Bread Day
- National Pretzel Day
- Alien Day
- Hug a Friend Day
- Hug an Australian Day
- World Intellectual Property Day
- Richter Scale Day
- Get Organized Day
- National Static Cling Day
- Audubon Day – Today would be a great day to download our Audubon State Bird coloring pages!
- School Bus Driver’s Day (fourth Tuesday in April) – How about singing a rousing round of “The Wheels on the Bus” today?
- National Prime Rib Day
- Babe Ruth Day
- Morse Code Day — Teach your kids how to signal SOS (dot dot dot – dash dash dash – dot dot dot) on this April holiday?
- Marine Mammal Rescue Day
- National Tell a Story Day
- Denim Day (last Wednesday in April)
- Stop Food Waste Day (last Wednesday in April) – Time to clean out the fridge and eat up all those leftovers!
- International Pay It Forward Day
- Superhero Day
- National Blueberry Pie Day
- Clean Comedy Day
- World Day for Safety and Health at Work
- International Astronomy Day – Weather permitting, throw down a blanket and go stargazing tonight!
- Great Poetry Reading Day – My go-to book of poetry? Favorite Poems Old and New
- Kiss Your Mate Day – Knock out three April holidays at once: Kiss your mate, then read some poetry together under the stars!!
- Thank You Thursday (observed six days before the first Wednesday in May) – For help on writing personal notes of gratitude, check out my step-by-step guide: How to Write a Thank You Note
- International Dance Day – Put on some upbeat music and dance around with your kids or look up some instructional videos on YouTube to get the moves down right.
- Poem in Your Pocket Day
- World Wish Day
- Zipper Day
- National Shrimp Scampi Day
- Viral Video Day – A great day for viewing something viral or trying to film your own. Here are our past attempts: Flanders Family Videos. The closest to “viral” we’ve ever come is with footage of the two baby squirrels we raised to adulthood:
- Arbor Day (last Friday of April) – How about celebrating by planting (or transplanting) a tree?
- Hairstyle Appreciation Day – If you’ll learn to cut hair at home, you can do all the hairstyling yourself.
- National Oatmeal Cookie Day
- Bugs Bunny Day – I grew up watching Bugs Bunny bright and early every Saturday morning, but many kids today wouldn’t recognize Bugs if they saw him on the street. Good thing you can stream the original theatrical cartoons for FREE with your Amazon Prime membership.
- National Mr. Potato Head Day
- Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
- National Military Brats Day – In that their fathers were full-time military men, my husband was such a “brat,” and so are a couple of my grandkids. Today’s the day to celebrate that fact!
- International Jazz Day
- National Honesty Day – These four principles will help you teach your children to tell the truth.
And that wraps us our April Holidays post. For more posts in this series, please follow this link: Monthly Holidays & Quirky Celebrations