April: Awareness Months & Holidays for Causes (2024) (2024)

Every month, there are hundreds of national and international celebrations dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes.

For those working to bring attention to important topics, it can be challenging to keep track of the next relevant awareness event. We’re here to help.

At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve privately curated a comprehensive list of important cause-themed holidays that we’ve used for creating content on our good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, our Goodnewspaper, and on this very website.

We’ve organized this list of observances and events by month — and are making them public for the first time. Our hope is that this will help you or your organization bring attention to important issues.

Where applicable, we’ve included resources (usually good news around particular topics, action steps on how to make a difference, or relevant quotes) — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful.

The main days and months you should know about for April are:

Earth MonthApril 1-30
Arab American Heritage MonthApril 1-30
National Parks WeekWeek-long event in April
World Autism Acceptance DayApril 2
Earth DayApril 22
World Malaria DayApril 25
Arbor DayLast Friday of April
Independent Bookstore DayLast Saturday of April

Explore our comprehensive list of national and international months, weeks, days, and birthdays for the month of April:

April Celebrations:

Awareness Months

There are several awareness months celebrated in April — though the five that often get the most attention include Stress Awareness Month, Earth Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Arab American Heritage Month, and Autism Acceptance Month.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Arab American Heritage Month

Read and share our guide on how to celebrate Arab American Heritage Month.

Autism Acceptance Month

While the more common name for this holiday is “Autism Awareness Month,” autistic advocates prefer using the term “acceptance.”

Community College Month

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Month

Cushing Disease Awareness Month

Earth Month

Read and share our guide on how to celebrate Earth Month — and explore some inspiring climate-change good news

Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

Genocide Awareness Month

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month

Limb Loss and Limb Difference Awareness Month

Month of the Military Child

National Adopt-a-Greyhound Month

National Cancer Control Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Counseling Awareness Month

This is the perfect month to start counseling! Learn how to find a therapist.

National Donate Life Month

Learn about how donating life can be an impactful way to give back to your community

National Minority Health Month

National Frog Month

National Garden Month

National Heartworm Awareness Month

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month

National Parkinson’s Awareness Month

National TAR Syndrome Awareness Month

Paralyzed Veterans Across America Month

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Sarcoidosis Awareness Month

Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Sports Eye Safety Month

Stress Awareness Month

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Awareness Weeks

Fashion Revolution Week

Week-long event in April

Create a more ethical and sustainable fashion industry by asking “Who made my clothes?” and “What are my clothes are made of?”

International Dark Sky Week

Week-long event in April

Read about the French parkour athletes turning out lights — and how to protect animals from light pollution

National Park Week

Week-long event in April

Read and share our guide on how to celebrate National Park Week. Plus: Learn about fee-free days at national parks, the best quotes about national parks, and the best national park gifts you can give

National Wildlife Week

Week-long event in early April

National Public Health Week

1st week of April

National Young Adult Cancer Awareness Week

1st week of April

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Week

1st full week of April

Porphyria Awareness Week

Week-long event in April

National Dog Bite Prevention Week

2nd week of April

Animal Cruelty / Human Violence Awareness Week

3rd week of April

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

3rd week of April

National Volunteer Week

3rd week of April

Learn from Crisis Text Line about the best strategy for effective volunteering

Lab Animal Week

Week surrounding April 24 each year

Lesbian Visibility Week

Full week after April 26

World Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) Week

Week-long event in April

National Deaf LGBTQ+ Awareness Week

Week-long event in April

Earth Week

Week-long event in April

Read and share our guides on how to celebrate Earth Month and Earth Day

Awareness Days

April Fool’s Day - April 1

Check out Good Good Good’s article which may or may not be an April Fool’s joke

GLSEN Day of Silence - April, day varies

World Autism Acceptance Day - April 2

This day is sometimes called “World Autism Awareness Day.” Learn why autistic people don’t support World Autism Awareness Day

World Aquatic Animal Day - April 3

Read a good news story about how Sri Lanka is turning old buses into new homes for aquatic animals

World Rat Day - April 4

World Stray Animals Day - April 4

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Remembrance Day - April 4

International Mine Awareness Day - April 4

Bohring-Opitz Syndrome Awareness Day - April 6

National Siamese Cat Day - April 6

National Library Day - April 6

Read about the many reasons libraries are important

International Beaver Day - April 7

World Health Day - April 7

Explore and share quotes about public health

National Alcohol Screening Day - Thursday of the 1st full week of April

Zoo Lovers Day - April 8

Pygymy Hippo Day - April 8

Cushing Disease Awareness Day - April 8

Teal Day (for Counselors) - April 8

Day of Silence (for LGBTQ+ Youth) - 2nd Friday of April

Learn how to support and advocate for LGBTQ+ youth

ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Day - April 10

National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day - April 10

Learn more about the progress the world has made against HIV/AIDS

Parkinson’s Disease International Awareness Day - April 11

National Pet Day - April 11

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate and make a difference on National Pet Day

World Breathing Day - April 11

Read about the power of breathwork on mental health

World Hamster Day - April 12

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day - April 13

National Dolphin Day - April 14

Save the Elephant Day - April 16

Bat Appreciation Day - April 17

World Hemophilia Day - April 17

Palestinian Prisoners’ Day - April 17

National Transgender HIV Testing Day - April 18

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Action Day - April 19

Nonbinary Parents Day - 3rd Sunday of April

International Cli-Fi Day - April 20

Explore our list of the best “climate fiction” books

Cannabis Justice Day - April 20

Learn about the organizations working to support cannabis clemency

Tuna Rights Day - April 21

World Curlew Day - April 21

Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) Awareness Day - April 21

Earth Day - April 22

Read and share the ultimate guide on how to celebrate Earth Day and explore the best quotes about Earth Day

International Pallas’s Cat Day - April 23

National Lost Dog Awareness Day - April 23

World Meningitis Day - April 24

World Day for Animals in Laboratories - April 24

World Malaria Day - April 25

Read good news about the new malaria vaccine poised to save millions of children’s lives

World Penguin Day - April 25

International Day of Lesbian Visibility - April 26

World Tapir Day - April 27

Marine Mammal Rescue Day - April 27

International Hyena Day - April 27

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 27

International Guide Dog Day - Last Wednesday of April

Global Pay It Forward Day - April 28

World Wish Day - April 29

Arbor Day - Last Friday of April

Read our curated list of the best tree quotes — and read our review of Ecosia, the tech tool that helps you plant trees for free

National Animal Advocacy Day - April 30

National Therapy Animal Day - April 30

Jane Fonda Day - April 30

World Veterinary Day - Last Saturday of April

Learn about these inspiring famous veterinarians who inspire us to do good

Save the Frogs Day - Last Saturday of April

Independent Bookstore Day - Last Saturday of April

Read and share the complete guide to Independent Bookstore Day celebration ideas. Plus: Learn about the best online bookstores that aren’t Amazon — many of which support local independent bookstores

Notable Birthdays

Birthdays of leading activists, nonprofit leaders, and other world-changers born in April:

Mykki Blanco’s Birthday - April 2

Jane Goodall’s Birthday - April 3

Celebrate her birthday by reading Jane Goodall’s most famous inspirational quotes

Maya Angelou’s Birthday - April 4

Celebrate her birthday by reading Maya Angelou’s most famous quotes and poems

Lil Nas X’s Birthday - April 9

Emma Watson’s Birthday - April 15

Read the list of Emma Watson’s favorite books about climate change

Chance the Rapper’s Birthday - April 16

Jennifer Garner’s Birthday - April 17

John Cena’s Birthday - April 23

Phill Wilson’s Birthday - April 22

Coretta Scott King’s Birthday - April 27

Get inspired by the best quotes from Coretta Scott King and learn more about her legacy

Lizzo’s Birthday - April 27

Willie Nelson’s Birthday - April 30

You might also like: The Best April Quotes

Explore More Events:

Main Awareness Calendars: All Awareness Holidays | Heritage Months | International Days

More Awareness Calendars: Animals | Pets | | LGBTQ+ | | Mental Health | Disability | Cancer | HIV/AIDS

Awareness Days & Months: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Is this list missing a holiday or awareness week/month? Let us know. We want to ensure this list is comprehensive and inclusive.

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