Special Days and Observances in September

September in the U.S. marks the end of the summer with Labor Day. Most children, if they haven't returned to school yet, now will. September is also a time for the solemn remembrance of the lives lost on September 11, 2001.

There are quite a few lesser-known quirky holidays or observances that might interest you and your kids. From Talking Like a Pirate Day to saluting the signing of the U.S. Constitution, if you need a reason to celebrate or learn something new in September, you have plenty of holidays and special days to choose from.

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    Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month

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    Eat more fruits and veggies for your health. This important message is timely in September for Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month as it coincides with childhood obesity month, too. If you eat more fruits and vegetables, you may lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes, some types of cancer, obesity, and high blood pressure. Use this opportunity to teach your little ones about healthy choices.

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    National Preparedness Month

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    Sponsored by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency in light of the terror events of September 11, 2001, Americans are urged to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities—natural and terror-related disasters.

    Create checklists, make emergency kits and "go bags," and develop an evacuation plan with your family, employees, and students. Teach your child about what's in a first aid kit, or better yet, build one together! September 11 is also known as Patriot Day or a National Day of Remembrance.

  • 03 of 10

    Constitution Week

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    Constitution Week from September 17 to 23 is the commemoration of the drafting of America's most important document. September 17 is Constitution Day, the day that constitution was ratified and became the supreme law of the land in 1787.

    September 17 is citizenship day. It is a day for all Americans—kids included—to reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the protections Americans have in the Constitution.

  • 04 of 10

    Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week

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    If you or your kid is a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien, then you might already know that September 22 is Hobbit Day—Bilbo and Frodo Baggins' mutual birthday and the day of the "Long Awaited Party," from the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy or "The Hobbit." 

    Tolkien Week is observed as the calendar week containing September 22. Both celebrations began in 1978. Libraries and schools particularly like to enjoy reading or discussing Tolkien during this time.

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  • 05 of 10

    Teddy Bear Day

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    For those of you remember your favorite teddy bear as a child or want to celebrate your stuffed animals or that of your children, you can on National Teddy Bear Day on September 9 every year. The popular children's toy got the name from American President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902, when he refused to shoot a bear cub while on a hunting expedition.

  • 06 of 10

    Positive Thinking Defies All

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    September 13 has the distinction of being a day for very positive thinking. On one hand, it is Defy Superstition Day, and on the other, it is Positive Thinking Day. The two go hand-in-hand. To defy superstitions takes a leap of faith and a strong dose of positive thinking if superstitions normally have you thinking twice. So have fun with your kids spilling some salt. Let a black cat cross your paths. Many studies have shown that positive thinking can extend your life and make you happier and healthier.

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    National Collect Rocks Day

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    Whether you are a geologist or you are someone who likes rock collecting or gemstone treasure hunting September 16 is the day for you. It doesn't take much. Rocks are all around you. Take your kids out on a rock collecting adventure. Go on a hunt with a local hobbyist group or check out a local gem and mineral show for more information on starting up your own rock collection. 

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    Talk Like a Pirate Day

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    If pirates have a special place in your heart, then Talk Like Pirate Day should be marked on your family's calendar. Watch or read Captain Jack Sparrow, Blackbeard, or Hook. September 19 is the day for you to let loose your tongue. Ahoy, matey!

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  • 09 of 10

    International Day of Peace

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    Observed around the world on September 21, the International Day of Peace was established in 1981 by a unanimous United Nation resolution for humanity to build a culture of peace.

  • 10 of 10

    Ask a Stupid Question Day

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    Usually observed the last school day in September, this holiday was established in the 1980s by teachers who wanted to encourage students to interact in the classroom. Some children hold back in the classroom because they may feel their questions are "stupid," but this holiday was created to show children how good it feels to speak up.