Want to spend more time celebrating in 2018? Here’s an easy idea: incorporate all those small national holidays into your life! We all plan for the big ones, like Christmas, New Year’s and the 4th of July, but did you know that just about every single day has at least one smaller holiday to celebrate? I’m talking National Garlic Day, National Cat Day, and more!
I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with viral holiday website National Today to share the ultimate 2018 holiday celebration calendar. Below, you’ll find the most exciting holidays in each month throughout the year — so you can party all year round with me. I love celebrating at National Today because, not only do they clue me into each month’s holiday—they also give some fun holiday history, facts that will blow my mind, and helpful deals that help me celebrate in style. Plus, if you’re a blogger, the layout is absolutely perfect for finding just the right holidays to match your content. For example, if you’re a recipe blogger, search “Food” under the Topics tab.
Check out my top three favorite holidays in each month! Remember to mark these holidays on your calendar, and cheers to a 2018 full of celebration!
Top National Holidays to Celebrate in 2018
Here are my favorite January holidays.
National Thesaurus Days (Jan 18)
Logophiles rejoice/celebrate/make merry! Today is all about you!
National Popcorn Day (Jan. 19)
Raise your hand if you’ve eaten an entire bag of popcorn in one sitting (we have).
National Chocolate Cake Day (Jan. 27)
Devil’s (food) advocates of the world, rejoice!
Here are a couple classic February holidays. Galentine’s Day, anyone?
Doggy Date Night (Feb 3)
If I’m being honest, every night is doggy date night for me. At least on this night I have an excuse to stay in and hang out with my dogs!
National Pizza Day (Feb. 9)
Pineapples on pizza, yes or no? The debate rages on.
Galentine’s Day (Feb. 13)
This classic holiday was made famous by Parks and Recreation.
Get ready to celebrate these 5 holidays … but remember to beware the Ides of March!
National Pancake Day (Mar. 7)
‘Pan’ I have a whole plate of these?
International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)
In my book, every day should be Women’s Day.
National Puppy Day (Mar. 23)
Link holiday name to: We all deserve a puppy (or five).
These are the worst days in April (April Fool’s, they’re the best).
National Sibling Day (Apr. 10)
My sibling rocks, how about yours?
National Garlic Day (Apr 19)
Garlic isn’t just tasty, it’s also good for you!
Earth Day (Apr. 22)
I’m going to be hugging plenty of trees today.
This month is all about the classic occasions, with the exception of Star Wars Day (but who could leave that one out?!)
May Day (May 1)
In this case, not a phrase of doom, but a joyous celebration! It was also my grandmother’s birthday.
Star Wars Day (May 4)
May the 4th be with you.
National Taffy Day (May 23)
The one day it’s okay to be sticky sweet!
This month, we celebrate some of the most important relationships in our lives—fathers, best friends, and donuts.
National Donut Day (Jun. 2)
Do-nut mess with me before I get my donuts today.
National Best Friends Day (Jun. 8)
Now that “bestie-moons” are a thing, I know exactly what I’m doing to celebrate.
Summer Solstice (Jun. 20 and 21)
Spend a long day outside with friends!
Two of my favorite foods are celebrated in this month—ice cream and cheesecake.
National Ice Cream Day (Jul. 16)
We all scream for ice cream!
National Cousin’s Day (Jul. 24)
I have some awesome cousins to celebrate!
National Cheesecake Day (Jul. 30) Link holiday name to:
It’s cheesecake, it doesn’t need an explanation!
Nikki’s Amazing Arrival Into the World Day (July 27)
Okay, so it’s not a national holiday, but it should be!
This month is the season of celebrating summer drinks — have a lemonade on me!
National Friendship Day (Aug. 7)
We’re so lucky to celebrate all types of relationships in August — not just significant others.
National Lemonade Day (Aug. 20)
Are you a lemonade purist or do you prefer fruit-flavored? Me? I love Raspberry Lemonade!
National Dog Day (Aug. 26)
You officially have permission to show your friends 25 dog pics in a row.
This month truly contains the most important day of the year: National Coffee Day. Bless the three cups a day that keep me running!
Constitution Day (Sept. 17)
This document truly defines America — we think that deserves a celebration.
Fall Equinox (Sept. 22)
Give thanks for the longest day of the year, and get your sweaters ready as the days start getting shorter.
National Coffee Day (Sept. 29)
Ah, the nectar of life — the wonderful liquid that keeps America sane.
Trick or treat! These are some of my favorite holidays in the leadup to Halloween.
International Coffee Day (Oct 1)
Yep, I know we just celebrated National Coffee Day, but I’m totally up for celebrating another day dedicated to my life force!
Pierogi Day (Oct 8)
My all-time favorite snack food has it’s own day! I’ve never tried making my own though, have you?
Halloween (Oct. 31)
Trick or treat!
I enjoy all the shopping holidays November brings … so I included the three biggest shopping days of the year!
Black Friday (Nov. 24)
Everyone knows about it, but do you know the best deals? National Today does.
Cyber Monday (Nov. 27)
If shopping in stores stresses you out, shop without pants on with some of National Today’s featured promotions.
Giving Tuesday (Nov. 28)
This little known holiday encourages people to give to their favorite charities.
It might be the end of the year, but you can still fit in lots more holiday celebration before the New Year!
National Ice Cream Day (Dec. 13)
As if you needed a reason to celebrate America’s favorite food!
Winter Solstice (Dec. 21)
Did you know Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year?
Festivus (Dec. 23)
It all started with a Seinfeld quote — “A Festivus for the rest of us!”
Along with these fun holidays, National Today also covers all of major holidays as well as most of the more serious events (like awareness days). As a blogger, I’ll be using this free resource quite a bit. Whether you need inspiration for something to write about, topics to teach about, or just different was to celebrate more, it’s definitely a great site!