Holidays and Observances in April

National days to celebrate this month

April Calendar

 The Spruce / Margot Cavin

With the return of spring in April comes a plethora of holidays and observances that focus on health awareness, cuisine, the arts and reading, and community service. For example, wear blue to support Autism Awareness, plant a vegetable garden for National Garden Month, organize a poetry reading for Poetry Month, volunteer for a good cause for Volunteer Week, or plant a tree for Arbor Day, all in the name of April. Some special days are month-long observances with regional events throughout the country; others are week-long celebrations centered around a theme.

Many times, but not always, Good Friday, Easter, and Passover fall in April, other times, the holidays fall in March. And, though rarely considered a holiday for many, the inevitable day your annual taxes are due in the U.S. falls in mid-April, typically on the 15th.

Here are all the daily, weekly, and monthly fun and special days you'll find reason to celebrate in April.

April Daily Holidays and Observances

  • April 1: April Fools' Day, National Walking Day* (first Wednesday), International Fun at Work Day
  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, Intentional Children's Book Day* (first Thursday), National Burrito Day, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, National Ferret Day
  • April 3: National Find a Rainbow Day, World Party Day, National Walk to Work Day* (first Friday)
  • April 4: National Hug a Newsperson Day, National School Librarian Day
  • April 5: National Deep Dish Pizza Day, National Dandelion Day, Read a Road Map Day
  • April 6: National Siamese Cat Day, National Student-Athlete Day
  • April 7: National Beer Day, World Health Day, International Beaver Day, National No Housework Day
  • April 8: National Empanada Day, Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, Zoo Lover's Day
  • April 9: National Winston Churchill Day, Name Yourself Day
  • April 10: Day of Silence* (second Friday), National Hug Your Dog Day, National Siblings Day, National D.A.R.E. Day (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), Golfer's Day, National Farm Animals Day
  • April 11: National Pet Day, National Submarine Day
  • April 12: National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, National Licorice Day, International Day of Human Space Flight Day
  • April 13: National Make Lunch Count Day, National Scrabble Day, International Plant Appreciation Day, National Peach Cobbler Day
  • April 14: National Ex-Spouse Day, International Be Kind to Lawyers Day*, International Moment of Laughter Day, Look Up at the Sky Day, National Dolphin Day
  • April 15: National Laundry Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, World Art Day
  • April 16: National High Five Day*, Wear Pajamas to Work Day, National Stress Awareness Day, Save the Elephant Day
  • April 17: National Cheeseball Day, Bat Appreciation Day, National Haiku Poetry Day
  • April 18: Husband Appreciation Day* (third Saturday), National Velociraptor Awareness Day, The National Columnists' Day
  • April 19: National Garlic Day
  • April 20: Chinese Language Day, National Look-Alike Day, Patriot's Day* (third Monday), Volunteer Recognition Day, National Teach Children to Save Day* (varies in April)
  • April 21: National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, National Kindergarten Day, National Library Workers Day* (Tuesday of Library Week)
  • April 22: Earth Day, Administrative Professionals Day* (Wednesday of last full week), National Jelly Bean Day, Girl Scout Leader Day, National Bookmobile Day* (second Wednesday)
  • April 23: National Picnic Day, Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day* (fourth Thursday), World Book and Copyright Day, Lover's Day, National Take a Chance Day, World Laboratory Day
  • April 24: National Arbor Day* (last Friday)
  • April 25: National DNA Day, National Hug a Plumber Day, National Telephone Day, World Malaria Day, World Penguin Day, National Zucchini Bread Day
  • April 26: National Pretzel Day
  • April 27: National Prime Rib Day, Morse Code Day, Babe Ruth Day, Tell a Story Day
  • April 28: National Superhero Day, Kiss Your Mate Day
  • April 29: International Dance Day, International Shrimp Scampi Day, National Zipper Day, International Guide Dog Day* (last Wednesday)
  • April 30: International Jazz Day, National Honesty Day, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day, National Raisin Day, National Mahjong Day

The Gateway to Spring

April comes from the Latin verb aperire, which means "to open." Many like to believe the name of the month describes the flowers and trees opening at springtime.

April Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • Laugh at Work Week (first week)
  • American Indian Awareness Week (first week)
  • National Library Week (April 19-25)
  • Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week (third week)
  • National Coin Week (third week)
  • National Volunteer Week (third week)
  • Organize Your Files Week (third week)
  • National Karaoke Week (fourth week)
  • Fibroid Awareness Week (fourth week)
  • National Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Week (fourth week)
  • Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (last full week)

April Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Autism Awareness Month
  • National Garden Month
  • National Humor Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Internship Awareness Month
  • Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
  • Stress Awareness Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • Scottish-American Heritage Month
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Inventors Month
  • National Pet Month
  • National Pecan Month
  • Distracted Driving Awareness Month
  • Keep America Beautiful Month
  • Move More Month
  • National Decorating Month
  • Couple Appreciation Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • National Kite Month

*Denotes that date changes each year.