April Holidays and Observances to Celebrate Year After Year (2024)

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ByMariah Thomas

Updated: Mar. 15, 2024

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    You may know about April Fools' Day on April 1, but do you know about the other April holidays and observances? Here's what to celebrate.

    April isn’t just about April Fools’ Day—it’s a holiday-packed month! Besides the day of playful pranks on April 1, there are a bunch of other celebrations that should be on your radar. Get ready for National Poetry Month, Autism Awareness Month and National Library Week, as well as National Burrito Day, National Siblings Day and National Hug Your Dog Day, to name a few. And guess what? Easter might have hopped away in March (on March 31, to be precise), so you’ll have time to explore all of those lesser-known, super fun holidays in April. Don’t worry—we’ve made it easy for you. Ahead, you’ll find all the monthly, weekly and daily April holidays to put on your calendar.

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    What are the popular April holidays?

    April is buzzing with significant (and religious) holidays this year. The most popular April holidays in 2024 include Ramadan—which kicked off on Sunday, March 10, and lasts until Tuesday, April 9—and Passover, which starts on April 22 and goes until the last day of the month. And, of course, don’t forget about April Fools’ Day! It might not be an official observance, but it’s definitely worth adding some fun surprises to your day.

    Monthly April observances

    • Autism Awareness Month
    • Canine Fitness Month
    • Celebrate Diversity Month
    • Counseling Awareness Month
    • Dog Appreciation Month
    • Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month
    • Filipino Food Month
    • Global Astronomy Month
    • International Guitar Month
    • Jazz Appreciation Month
    • Move More Month
    • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
    • National Alcohol Awareness Month
    • National BLT Sandwich Month
    • National Brunch Month
    • National Card and Letter Writing Month
    • National Donate Life Awareness Month
    • National Financial Literacy Month
    • National Garden Month
    • National Garlic Month
    • National Grilled Cheese Month
    • National Inventors Month
    • National Kite Month
    • National Month of Hope
    • National Pecan Month
    • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
    • National Pickleball Month
    • National Poetry Month
    • National Soft Pretzel Month
    • National Stress Awareness Month
    • National Volunteer Month
    • National Woodworking Month
    • National Youth Sports Safety Month
    • Parkinson’s Awareness Month
    • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    • School Library Month
    • Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

    Weekly April holidays

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    • Be Kind to Spiders Week (April 1–7)
    • Gathering of Nations (April 25–27)
    • National Administrative Professionals Week (April 21–27)
    • National Dance Week (April 19–28)
    • National Library Week (April 7–13)
    • National Preservation Week (April 22–26)
    • National Public Health Week (April 3–9)
    • National Robotics Week (April 6–13)
    • World Music Therapy Week (April 10–15)
    • National Volunteer Week (April 21–27)
    • National Wildlife Week (April 4–9)
    • World Music Therapy Week (April 10–15)

    Daily April holidays and observances in 2024

    April 1

    • April Fools’ Day
    • International Pillow Fight Day
    • National Fun Day
    • National Greeting Card Day
    • National Handmade Day
    • National One Cent Day
    • National Sourdough Bread Day

    April 2

    • International Children’s Book Day
    • National DIY Day
    • National Ferret Day
    • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
    • National Reconciliation Day
    • Nature Day
    • World Autism Awareness Day

    April 3

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    • National Chocolate Mousse Day
    • National Film Score Day
    • National Find a Rainbow Day
    • National Inspiring Joy Day
    • National Tweed Day

    April 4

    • International Carrot Day
    • National Burrito Day
    • National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day
    • National Hug a Newsperson Day
    • National School Librarian Day
    • National Vitamin C Day

    April 5

    • Bell Bottoms Day
    • National Caramel Day
    • National Dandelion Day
    • National Deep Dish Pizza Day
    • National Self Care Day
    • National Walking Day
    • Peeps Day

    April 6

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    • California Poppy Day
    • Hostess Twinkie Day
    • National Acai Bowl Day
    • National Burrito Day
    • National Caramel Popcorn Day
    • National Library Day
    • National Pajama Day
    • National Student Athlete Day
    • National Tartan Day

    April 7

    • National Beer Day
    • National Coffee Cake Day
    • National Geologists Day
    • National No Housework Day
    • National Pet Health Insurance Day
    • Public Television Day
    • Walk to Work Day

    April 8

    • International Feng Shui Awareness Day
    • National Empanada Day
    • National Zoo Lovers Day

    April 9

    • Eid-Al-Fitr
    • End of Ramadan
    • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day
    • National Cherish an Antique Day
    • National Library Workers Day
    • National Name Yourself Day
    • National Unicorn Day

    April 10

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    • Golfer’s Day
    • National Encourage a Young Writer Day
    • National Farm Animals Day
    • National Hug Your Dog Day
    • National Siblings Day

    April 11

    • Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
    • National Barbershop Quartet Day
    • National Cheese Fondue Day
    • National Pet Day

    April 12

    • Hamster Day
    • National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
    • National Only Child Day

    April 13

    • Celebrate Teen Literature Day
    • International Plant Appreciation Day
    • National Peach Cobbler Day
    • National Scrabble Day

    April 14

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    • International Kids Yoga Day
    • National Dolphin Day
    • National Donate a Book Day
    • National Gardening Day
    • National Look Up at the Sky Day
    • National Pecan Day

    April 15

    • National ASL Day
    • National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
    • National Laundry Day
    • National Rubber Eraser Day

    April 16

    • Good Deeds Day
    • National Eggs Benedict Day
    • National Orchid Day
    • National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
    • Save the Elephant Day

    April 17

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    • Go Fly a Kite Day
    • International Bat Appreciation Day
    • International Haiku Poetry Day
    • National Banana Day
    • National Cheese Ball Day
    • National Crawfish Day

    April 18

    • Adult Autism Awareness Day
    • National Animal Crackers Day
    • National Columnists’ Day
    • National Exercise Day

    April 19

    • National Dog Parent Appreciation Day
    • National Garlic Day

    April 20

    • National Cheddar Fries Day
    • National Look Alike Day
    • National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
    • National Record Store Day
    • Volunteer Recognition Day

    April 21

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    • National Chickpea Day
    • National Kindergarten Day
    • National Tea Day
    • World Creativity and Innovation Day

    April 22

    • Earth Day
    • National Jelly Bean Day
    • Passover starts

    April 23

    • National Cherry Cheesecake Day
    • National English Muffin Day
    • National Lost Dogs Awareness Day
    • National Picnic Day
    • National Take a Chance Day
    • Shakespeare Day
    • World Book Day
    • World Table Tennis Day

    April 24

    • National Bucket List Day
    • National Pigs in a Blanket Day

    April 25

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    • National DNA Day
    • National Mani-Pedi Day
    • National Plumbers Day
    • National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
    • National Telephone Day
    • National Zucchini Bread Day
    • School Bus Drivers Day
    • World Penguin Day

    April 26

    • Administrative Professionals Day
    • Arbor Day
    • Denim Day
    • Get Organized Day
    • International Guide Dog Day
    • National Audubon Day
    • National Help a Horse Day
    • National Kids and Pets Day
    • National Pretzel Day
    • World Stationery Day

    April 27

    • Marine Mammal Rescue Day
    • National Gummi Bear Day
    • National Independent Bookstore Day
    • National Tell a Story Day
    • World Design Day

    April 28

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    • Global Pay It Forward Day
    • National Blueberry Pie Day
    • National Pet Parents Day
    • National Superhero Day
    • Stop Food Waste Day

    April 29

    • International Astronomy Day
    • International Dance Day
    • National Shrimp Scampi Day
    • National Zipper Day
    • World Veterinary Day

    April 30

    • International Jazz Day
    • National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
    • National Bubble Tea Day
    • National Honesty Day
    • National Oatmeal Cookie Day
    • National Raisin Day
    • National Therapy Animal Day
    • National Tie Dye Day
    • Passover ends

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    April Holidays and Observances to Celebrate Year After Year? ›

    From Tax Day and April Fools' Day (watch out for gags and hoaxes!), to Passover and the continuation of Ramadan, to honoring everything from nuts to libraries to eight tracks (seriously!), and more, there is plenty to celebrate or observe in April.

    What celebrations happen in April? ›

    Monthly observances in April 2024
    • Autism Awareness Month.
    • Canine Fitness Month.
    • Celebrate Diversity Month.
    • Counseling Awareness Month.
    • Dog Appreciation Month.
    • Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month.
    • Filipino Food Month.
    • Global Astronomy Month.

    What national holiday is April? ›

    From Tax Day and April Fools' Day (watch out for gags and hoaxes!), to Passover and the continuation of Ramadan, to honoring everything from nuts to libraries to eight tracks (seriously!), and more, there is plenty to celebrate or observe in April.

    What happens in April each year? ›

    The first day of April is April Fools Day, when children and grown-ups play jokes on one another. April 22 is Earth Day. April 2 is Light It Up Blue for Autism Day and the whole month is Autism Awareness Month. Arbor Day is a day for planting trees, and it is observed on various April days.

    Are there any real holidays in April? ›

    So many! And we're not just talking April Fool's Day. There's Arbor Day for nature lovers (pick out a tree to plant on April 26), as well as the religious observances of Eid-Al-Fitr (April 9) and Passover (beginning April 22).

    What does April mean? ›

    The English word April comes from the Latin Aprilis, the name given to the month by the ancient Romans. No one knows for certain why the Romans named it as they did. Some Roman authors thought that Aprilis was related to the Latin verb aperire meaning "to open," because April "opened" the buds of leaves and flowers.

    What holiday is April 1st? ›

    Today, the holiday is stylized both as April Fool's Day, emphasizing an April fool as a singular concept, and April Fools' Day, indicating plural April fools, whether the people or the pranks.

    What national day is April 13? ›

    National Thomas Jefferson Day each year on April 13th honors the birth of the third President of The United States, Thomas Jefferson, who was born on April 13, 1743.

    What is special about April 4th? ›

    This Day in History: April 4

    On this day in 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr., a leader of the American civil rights movement who was in Memphis, Tennessee, to support a strike by the city's sanitation workers, was assassinated by James Earl Ray.

    What is celebrated on 5th April? ›

    International Day of Conscience | United Nations.

    Is April a special month for anything? ›

    April is National Minority Health Month, Stress Awareness Month and Move More Month featuring National Walking Day.

    Why is April so important? ›

    Every day in April marks the anniversary of some important event - from April 1st and the birth (in 1578) of William Harvey, the physician who discovered the circulation of blood, to April 30th and the purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803 (not to mention the first public broadcast of television on that date in ...

    Is April a real month? ›

    April (Apr.) is the fourth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and comes between March and May. It is one of four months to have 30 days. April always begins on the same day of the week as July, and additionally, January in leap years. April always ends on the same day of the week as December.

    Why is April 30 a holiday? ›

    We have 27 holidays listed for April 30. April 30th is the 120th day in the Gregorian calendar; it marks the anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase, the completion of Albert Einstein's doctoral thesis, and the opening of the New York World's Fair.

    What is special about April 9th? ›

    April 9th is the 99th day in the Gregorian calendar; it marks the anniversary of Henry V being crowned as the King of England and NASA announcing who the United States' first seven astronauts would be to orbit the earth.

    What national day is on April 7? ›

    April 7th also marks National Beer Day and World Health Day.

    Is April 3 a holiday? ›

    2024 Daily Holidays that fall on April 3, include:

    American Circus Day. Armenian Appreciation Day. Childhelp National Day of Hope - April 3, 2024 (First Wednesday in April) Don't Go to Work Unless it's Fun Day.

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