The days are full, aren’t they?  Running kids to school, work responsibilities, sports practices, birthday parties, haircuts, piano lessons…  the multitude of things that create busyness can drown our days in clutter.  Do you ever sit back at the end of the day and ask, “Did I even engage with my kids?”

A mom I respect once told me the fun, spontaneous things that are not put on the calendar create the most memorable experiences.

Am I leaving time for the spontaneous?

Over the years I have taken this advice to heart and find that the mini celebrations we build into the year (which I actually have to write on my calendar) lead to some of our best memories made and often break the daily grind.

You can literally find something to celebrate on any day, but the below list contains my favorites. These random celebrations I am going to share with you are legit holidays people have called out as National days to celebrate.   I write them with a pencil in my planner, and if the occasion makes sense with what is going on in my family, we make a big deal out of it!

Celebrating everything is impossible, that’s why they are in pencil. Nothing we plan has to be written in stone.  This is just for fun, not to add any stress to the “I should be doing….” list.  However, when National Chocolate Cake Day comes around, it’s hard not to make that a priority!  

Celebrating off the wall days is a fun way to be creative with your people, feel as though you are being intentional and spontaneous with your kiddos, and make traditions that your family will love to remember!  I can’t wait to see which ones make your list!  


January 4 — National Spaghetti Day

January 6 — National Cuddle Up Day

January 8 — National Bubble Bath Day

January 18 — National Winnie The Pooh Day

January 19 — National Popcorn Day

January 21 — National Hugging Day

January 23 — National Pie Day 

January 24 — National Peanut Butter Day

January 27 — National Chocolate Cake Day

January 29 — National Puzzle Day

January 30 — National Croissant Day


February 1 — Bubble Gum Day – First Friday in February

February 4 — National Thank a Mail Carrier Day, National Homemade Soup Day

February 7 — National Send a Card to a Friend Day

February 8 — National Kite Flying Day

February 9 — National Pizza Day

February 15 — No One Eats Alone Day 

February 17 — National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 24 — National Tortilla Chip Day

February  26 — National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27 — National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day), National Day of Unplugging – First Friday in March


March 5 — National Pancake Day – IHOP – Changes Annually

March 6 — National Frozen Food Day

March 13 — National Good Samaritan Day

March  14 — National Potato Chip Day, National Pi Day, National Learn About Butterflies Day, National Children’s Craft Day, National Write Down Your Story Day (I mean you may just have to take the day off people! And homeschool mommas… this can be your day!)

March 16 — National Corn Dog Day – Third Saturday in March

March 18 — National Sloppy Joe Day

March 19 — National Let’s Laugh Day

March 22 — National Goof Off Day

March 23 — National Chip and Dip Day

March 30 — National Take a Walk in the Park Day

March 31 — National Crayon Day


April 2nd — National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3rd — National Walking Day – First Wednesday in April

April 4th — National Burrito Day – First Thursday in April

April 5th — National Nebraska Day (Since we live in Nebraska… but every state has their own day!)

April 7th — National No Housework Day (Can I hear an Amen!)

April 10th — National Siblings Day

April 11th — National Teach Children to Save Day

April 12th — National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

April 13th — National Scrabble Day

April 16th — National Wear Your Pajamas to Work  Day (Unless it gets you fired.)

April 18th — National High Five Day – Third Thursday in April

April 22nd — National Earth Day

April 23rd — National Picnic Day

April 25th — National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Fourth Thursday in April

April 26th — National Pretzel Day

April 27th — National Tell a Story Day

April 28th — National Superhero Day


May 1st — May Day, National Mother Goose Day

May 2nd — National Day of Prayer – First Thursday in May

May 4th — National Star Wars Day

May 5th — National Astronaut Day, Cinco de Mayo

May 9th — National Lost Sock Memorial Day

May 10th — National Clean Up Your Room Day (And you will probably find more lost socks…)

May 11th — National Eat What You Want Day, National Miniature Golf Day – Second Saturday in May

May 13th — National Apple Pie Day

May 19th — Take Your Parents To The Playground Day – Third Sunday in May

May 24th — Brother’s Day, National Scavenger Hunt Day

May 28th — National Hamburger Day

May 31st — National Smile Day


June 1 — National Say Something Nice Day

June 2 — National Rotisserie Chicken Day

June 3 — National Egg Day

June 4 — National Cheese Day

June 5 — National Running Day – First Wednesday in June

June 6 — National Drive In Movie Day

June 7 — National Doughnut Day – First Friday in June (Many doughnut shops hand out free doughnuts this day so don’t forget to write this one down!)

June 9 — National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10 — National Iced Tea Day

June 11 — National Corn on the Cob Day

June 13 — National Weed Your Garden Day (My kids least favorite 🙂

June 14 — National Strawberry Shortcake Day, National Flag Day

June 17 — National Eat Your Vegetables Day

June 20 — National Ice Cream Soda Day

June 22 — National Onion Rings Day


July 5th — National Graham Cracker Day

July 7th — National Dive Bar Day, National Father Daughter Take a Walk Day

July 9th — National Sugar Cookie Day

July 11th — National 7-Eleven Day

July 12th — National Pecan Pie Day (The best recipe is right on the back of the Karo Syrup bottle!)

July 14th — National Mac & Cheese Day

July 21st — National Ice Cream Day – Third Sunday in July

July 23rd — National Hot Dog Day

July 24th — National Drive-Thru Day

July 25th — National Merry-Go-Round Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

July 26th — National Aunt and Uncle’s Day 

July 28th — National Waterpark Day, National Parent’s Day – Fourth Sunday in July

July 29th — National Chicken Wing Day

July 30th — National Cheesecake Day, National Father-in-Law Day

July 31st — National Avocado Day


August 2 — National Coloring Book Day, National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

August 3 — National Watermelon Day

August 4 — National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, American Family Day – First Sunday in August

August 6 — National Root Beer Float Day

August 10 — National S’mores Day

August 12 — National Middle Child Day

August 16 — National Tell a Joke Day

August 18 — National Fajita Day

August 20 — National Radio Day (Listen to the radio or better yet tour a radio station!)

August 24 — National Waffle Day

August 30 — National College Colors Day (Go Big Red!)


September 5 — National Cheese Pizza Day (Obviously we like to celebrate food!)

September 6 — National Read A Book Day

September 8 — National Grandparent’s Day – Sunday after Labor Day

September 11 — National Make Your Bed Day (We review the right way to make a bed and then have a bed making contest. )

September 13 — National Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day

September 14 — National CleanUp Day – Third Saturday In September

September 15 — Wife Appreciation Day – Third Sunday in September (Can we write this on our hubby’s calendars?!)

September 16 — National Play-Doh Day

September 18 — National Cheeseburger Day

September 19 — National Punch Day (Check out my Celebration Punch recipe under “The Feed” on our website!

September 26 — National Johnny Appleseed Day

September 27 — National Chocolate Milk Day

September 28 — National Good Neighbor Day, National Strawberry Cream Pie Day

September 29 — National Coffee Day (Most coffee shops offer free coffee today!   Yay!)

September 30 — National Chewing Gum Day


October 1 — National Homemade Cookies Day

October 4 — National Taco Day

October 5 — National Do Something Nice Day

October 8 — American Touch Tag Day

October 18 — National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 28 — National Chocolate Day


November 1 — National Men Make Dinner Day – First Thursday in November (Or National Take out Day ;))

November 3 — National Sandwich Day

November 6 — National Nachos Day

November 11 — Veterans Day

November 16 — National Fast Food Day

November 17 — National Take A Hike Day

November 18 — Mickey Mouse Birthday

November 19 — National Carbonated Beverage With Caffeine Day, National Play Monopoly Day

November 28 — National French Toast Day


December 1 — National Eat a Red Apple Day

December 4 — National Dice Day

December 8 — National Brownie Day, Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

December 12 — Gingerbread House Day

December 13 — National Cocoa Day

December 16 –– National Chocolate-covered Anything Day

December 21 — National Flashlight Day –  First Day of Winter Solstice (Between December 20 and 23.  It’s a great day to play flashlight tag!)

December 28 — National Card Playing Day