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, International Fun at Work Day, National Burrito Day* (first Thursday)
  • April 2: World Autism Awareness Day, International Children's Book Day*, National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, National Ferret Day, National Walk to Work Day* (first Friday)
  • April 3: National Find a Rainbow Day, World Party Day
  • April 4: National Hug a Newsperson Day, National Geologists Day* (first Sunday), International Carrot Cake 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, National Walking Day* (first Wednesday), National Bookmobile Day*
  • April 8: National Empanada Day, Draw a Picture of a Bird Day, Zoo Lovers Day
  • April 9: National Winston Churchill Day, National Name Yourself Day, Day of Silence* (second Friday)
  • April 10: National Hug Your Dog Day, National Siblings Day, 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
  • April 13: National Make Lunch Count Day, National Scrabble Day, International Plant Appreciation Day, National Peach Cobbler Day, International Be Kind to Lawyers Day*
  • April 14: National Ex-Spouse Day, International Moment of Laughter Day, Look Up at the Sky Day, National Dolphin Day, School Librarians' Day, National Library Workers Day*
  • April 15: National Laundry Day, Titanic Remembrance Day, World Art Day, National D.A.R.E. Day (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), National High Five Day*
  • April 16: Wear Pajamas to Work Day, National Stress Awareness Day, Save the Elephant Day
  • April 17: National Cheeseball Day, International Bat Appreciation Day, National Haiku Poetry Day, Husband Appreciation Day* (third Saturday)
  • April 18: National Velociraptor Awareness Day, The National Columnists Day
  • April 19: National Garlic Day, Patriots Day* (third Monday)
  • April 20: Chinese Language Day, National Look-Alike Day, Volunteer Recognition Day
  • April 21: National Bulldogs are Beautiful Day, National Kindergarten Day, Administrative Professionals Day*
  • April 22: Earth Day, National Jelly Bean Day, Girl Scout Leader Day, Annual Teach Children to Save Day* (varies in April), Take Your Daughter and Son to Work Day* (fourth Thursday)
  • April 23: National Picnic Day, World Book and Copyright Day, Lover's Day, National Take a Chance Day
  • April 24: World Laboratory Day
  • April 25: National DNA Day, National Hug a Plumber Day, National Telephone Day, World Malaria Day, World Penguin Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, National Hairstylist Appreciation Day*
  • April 26: National Pretzel Day
  • April 27: National Prime Rib Day, Morse Code Day, Babe Ruth Day, National Tell a Story Day
  • April 28: National Superhero Day, National Kiss Your Mate Day, International Guide Dog Day* (last Wednesday)
  • April 29: International Dance Day, International Shrimp Scampi Day, National Zipper Day
  • April 30: International Jazz Day, National Honesty Day, National Raisin Day, National Mahjong Day, National Arbor Day* (last Friday)

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 (April 5-9)
  • National Library Week (April 4-10)
  • 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)
  • National Organ/Tissue Donor Awareness Week (April 18-24)
  • Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 18-24)
  • Fibroid Awareness Week (April 23-27)

April Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • World 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 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