April Holidays & Quirky Celebrations (2024)

April Holidays

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.

April Holidays and Quirky Celebrations

April 1

  • 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.

50 Frugal Ideas for Family Fun

  • April Fool’s Day
  • National Atheist DayIt’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
  • National Burrito Day
  • National Jump in Muddy Puddles DayPull 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
  • Poetry and the Creative Mind DayCelebrate by reading a few favorite poems.

Teaching Poetry to Children

April 2

  • International Children’s Book DayHere are a few of our favorite Children’s Books — all on the theme of spring!
  • Reconciliation Day
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly DayMake up a batch of PB&J for lunch. And remind your kids: Don’t waste the crust!

April Holidays - PB&J Day

April 3

  • Global Day of the Engineer (the first Wednesday in April)
  • National DIY Day
  • National Find a Rainbow Day
  • American Circus DayThis is the anniversary of first circus performance in America, which took place in Philadelphia in 1793.
  • Pony Express DayRead a book on the Pony Express.
  • Tweed Day
  • World Party Day
  • Don’t Go to Work Unless it’s Fun DayOr…how about making work as fun as you can and doing it heartily “as unto the Lord,” whether you particularly enjoy it or not?

Do Your Work Heartily Coloring Page

April 4

  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Walk Around Things Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • International Carrot Day

April 5

  • National Walk to Work Day (first Friday of April)
  • 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 DayIf you can find a few wild ones, you can make a dandalion salad or weave a crown for your hair.

Rebekah with Dandelions

April 6

  • International Pillow Fight Day (first Saturday in April) – If you have a pillow fight at home, make sure heads are off-limits!
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • Jump Over Things Day
  • National Student Athlete Day
  • World Table Tennis DayPing-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 DayHow about eating some tunafish salad for lunch?
  • Army DayTeach your kids the words to the Army Anthem or read them the poem, The Boy Enlists.

Military Anthems

April 7

  • Geologists Day (first Sunday in April)
  • National Beaver Day
  • National Coffee Cake DayFor a super quick and easy coffee cake recipe, make these sticky buns in a bundt pan.
  • 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.


April 8

  • All is Ours DayThis 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
  • Step into the Spotlight 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.

How to Draw Birds

April 9

  • Name Yourself Day
  • National Unicorn Day
  • National Chicken Little Awareness Day
  • Appomattox Day
  • National Cherish an Antique DayA fun day to go “antiquing.”
  • Winston Churchill DayThe British Bulldog had a way with words. Here are a few of my favorite Churchill quotes, as applied to marriage.

Wise Words from Winston Churchill

April 10

April Holidays - National Siblings Day

  • 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 DayTry 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.

Moment by Moment (and other devotional journals by Jennifer Flanders)

April 11

  • Eight Track Tape Day
  • Holocaust Remembrance Day
  • National Pet DayCelebrate this April holiday with our Prov. 12:10 coloring page: “The righteous care for the needs of their animals.” Or use this handy chart to help care for the needs of yours.

Keeping track of your pet's medications

  • National Cheese Fondue Day
  • Good Deeds DayKindness starts at home. Use this free printable to help your kids brainstorm good deeds they can do for family members.
  • National Submarine Day
  • Barbershop Quartet DayI love the tight, four-part harmony showcased by Barbershop Quartets. Don’t you?

Barbershop Music Appreciation Day

April 12

  • Big Wind DaySounds like another great day for flying a kite!
  • Russian Cosmonaut Day
  • National Licorice Day
  • Wear a Star DayThe 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 DayGrilled cheese pairs beautifully with Softa’s scrumptious tomato basil soup
  • Walk on Your Wild Side Day
  • Drop Everything and Read DayWe have lots of great resources for book lovers, including this fun reading challenge for folks who want to drop everything and read every day:

Reading Challenge for All Ages

April 13

  • International Be Kind to Lawyers Day
  • Scrabble DayAn opportune time to play one of my all-time favorite games.
  • National Peach Cobbler DayYou could make traditional cobbler, or use peaches in our Fresh Fruit Crumble recipe.
  • National Make Lunch Count Day
  • Thomas Jefferson DayCelebrate the birthday of our 3rd President by coloring this great Jefferson quote.

Thomas Jefferson Quote

April 14

  • Ex-Spouse Day
  • International Moment of Laughter Day
  • Look up at the Sky Day
  • National Pecan DayKick this April holiday off right by baking a batch of these pecan pie muffins for breakfast!
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • National Dolphin DayIf you get the chance to see some dolphins up close and personal, this April holiday would be a great time to take it.

April Holidays - National Dolphin Day

April 15

  • Patriots’ Day (third Monday in April) – Consider yourself a patriot? I wrote this journal especially for you!
  • Boston Marathon Day (third Monday in April)
  • Take a Wild Guess Day
  • World Art Day
  • National Laundry Day – Click here for a free printable stain removal guide.
  • Celebrate Teen Literature Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Tax Day
  • Titanic Remembrance Day
  • ASL Day
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • McDonald’s Day
  • Micro-volunteering Day – For a treasure-trove of volunteering ideas, check out this post.

50 Ways to Volunteer

April 16

  • National Library Workers Day (observed on Tuesday of second full week in April)
  • National Eggs Benedict Day
  • Four Square DayThis 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 DayAdmittedly a little easier to pull off for folks who work (or school ?) at home!
  • World Semicolon DayThe 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 DayFor some practical tips on going from stressed to blessed, check out this post.

Going from Stressed to Blessed

April 17

  • National Banana Day (third Wednesday in April) – Celebrate with banana bread, banana pudding, or banana splits!
  • National Cheeseball Day
  • International Haiku DayTeach 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

April 18

  • 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.
  • National Animal Crackers Day
  • International Amateur Radio Day
  • National Lineman Appreciation Day
  • National Velociraptor Awareness DaySounds like a good day to watch Jurassic Park!
  • Piñata Day
  • Pet Owners Independence Day
  • National Harmonica DayIt’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 DayWhether 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.)
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April 19

  • National Hanging Out DayThis 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 DayMy new favorite way to eat garlic? Roasted!
  • Bicycle DayHop on and take a ride around the block! Then come back home and color this free printable.

New Bikes

April 20

  • 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)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Lima Bean Respect Day
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day
  • National Look Alike DayOur family has several celebrity look-alikes. Don’t you think these could qualify as doppelgängers?


April 21

  • Go Fly a Kite Day (third Sunday in April) – “Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…”
  • Kindergarten DayI share my kindergarten recommendations here.
  • Big Word Day
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews DayI’m in favor of celebrating chocolate covered anything!
  • San Jacinto DayHooray for Texas Independence!
  • Thank You for Libraries Day
  • World Creativity and Innovation DayFor some innovative ideas for celebrating this holiday, take a look at these creative ways to use paper bags, cans, and toilet paper rolls.
  • Bulldogs are Beautiful Day
  • Keep Off the Grass Day
  • National Administrative Professionals Day Better known as Secretaries Day!
  • British National Tea DayCelebrate by taking our Tea Time Trivia Test.Books and Tea: Free Printable Tea Time Trivia Quiz

April 22

  • Love Your Thighs DayFor me, there’s a lot there to love… especially after birthing 12 babies!
  • National Teach Children to Save DayDownload free saving tips and financial charts for kids here.
  • In God We Trust DayCelebrate by coloring this In God We Trust coloring page
  • April Showers Day
  • Girl Scout Leader Day
  • Earth Day
  • National Jelly Bean DayPrint up a few copies of this jelly bean gospel to share with friends, a long with a bagful of beans.

Jelly Bean Gospel | free printable from www.flandersfamily.info

April 23

  • School Bus Driver’s Day (fourth Tuesday in April) – How about singing a rousing round of “The Wheels on the Bus” today?
  • Take Your Kids to Work Day (fourth Thursday in April)
  • Lover’s DayThis one happens to coincide with the day I met my husband. How perfect is that?
  • World Laboratory Day
  • Spanish Language DayFollow this link for our Spanish language resources.
  • English Language DayI 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 DayNeed help fostering a love for books in the hearts of your kids? Try these 25 Ways to Cultivate Literacy.

25 Ways to Encourage Literacy

April 24

  • Denim Day (last Wednesday in April) – I remember when denim jumpers were the unofficial uniform of homeschoolers everywhere!
  • Stop Food Waste Day (last Wednesday in April) – Time to clean out the fridge and eat up all those leftovers!
  • New Kids on the Block Day
  • Pig in a Blanket Day

April 25

  • Thank You Thursday (last Thursday in April) – For help on writing personal notes of gratitude, check out my step-by-step guide: How to Write a Thank You Note
  • East meets West Day
  • National DNA DayGet yours mapped today with 23andMe.
  • World Penguin Day
  • Hairstylist Appreciation Day
  • National Crayola DayUse them to color some of our free Christian coloring pages.
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • National Mani-Pedi Day
  • International Financial Independence Awareness DayPoint your children in the direction of financial independence with these free printable charts for young entrepreneurs
  • Red Hat Society Day
  • National Zucchini Bread Day
  • National Telephone DayComplete this list of important numbers and you’ll be prepared when speed dial fails or your cell phone runs out of juice.

Important Numbers List

April 26

  • Arbor Day (last Friday of April) – How about celebrating by planting (or transplanting) a tree?
  • National Pretzel Day
  • Alien DayYou can celebrate this holiday by watching an movie about extra-terrestrials. Our favorite? Signs
  • Hug a Friend Day
  • Hug an Australian Day
  • World Intellectual Property Day
  • Richter Scale Day
  • Get Organized Day
  • National Static Cling Day
  • Audubon DayToday would be a great day to download our Audubon State Bird coloring pages!

April Holidays - Audubon Day

April 27

  • 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) – For some fun free frog-themed printables, hop on over to this post. You might also enjoy these froggy books or frog-themed snacks.
  • 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.
  • National Prime Rib Day
  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Morse Code DayTeach 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

April 28

  • International Pay It Forward Day
  • Superhero DayCelebrate this April holiday by donning a cape or mask, or discussing what super power you would choose if you could take your pick.
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  • National Blueberry Pie Day
  • Clean Comedy Day
  • World Day for Safety and Health at Work
  • International Astronomy DayWeather permitting, throw down a blanket and go stargazing tonight! And color our Heavens Declare the Glory of God printable while waiting for them to come out.
  • Great Poetry Reading DayMy go-to book of poetry? Favorite Poems Old and New
  • Kiss Your Mate DayKnock out three April holidays at once: Kiss your mate, then read some poetry together under the stars!!

April holidays - Kiss Your Mate Day

April 29

  • International Dance DayPut 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 DayA 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:

April 30

  • Hairstyle Appreciation DayIf you’ll learn to cut hair at home, you can do all the hairstyling yourself.
  • National Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Bugs Bunny DayI 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 DayIn 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 DayThese four principles will help you teach your children to tell the truth.

April Holidays - National Honesty Day

Week-long Celebrations in the Month of April

First Week of April

  • National Robotics Week
  • National Library WeekVisit your public library and check out a few new books.
  • Be Kind to Spiders Week
  • Read a Road Map Week
  • National Bake WeekThis would be an opportune time for baking some blueberry muffins, banana nut bread, or fresh fruit crumble.

Fresh Fruit Crumble

Second Week of April

  • Garden WeekThe perfect time for planning or planting a garden — or at least coloring a picture about it.

Plant a Garden Coloring Page

Third Week of April

  • Organize Your Files WeekI’m determined to get mine in order this month!
  • National Pet ID Week
  • Medical Labs Week
  • Week of the Young ChildYoung 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

Age-Appropriate Children's Chore Chart

Fourth Week of April

  • Go Diaper Free Week (week following last Sunday in April)
  • Administrative Assistants Week
  • National Karaoke Week
  • World Immunization Week

Special observances that last the entire month of April

Number Writing Practice

FREE Frog-Themed Printables

  • Records and Information Management Month
  • Alcohol Awareness Month
  • Worldwide Bereaved Spouses Awareness Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Children and Nature Awareness MonthIf 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. All Things Bright and Beautiful Ad

And that wraps us our April Holidays post. For more posts in this series, please follow this link: Monthly Holidays & Quirky Celebrations

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