Special Days and Observances in February

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Illustration: The Spruce / Alex Dos Diaz

In the depths of winter, you and your child may be looking at the calendar of observances for opportunities for special learning activities. Besides Valentine's Day and Black History Month, there are days devoted to emotional health, physical activities, and health challenges—all of which provide opportunities to expand understanding.

Your community centers, health organizations, and schools may have events in coordination with some of these special days and observances. But don't hesitate to create your ways to learn more about areas of interest or to just have fun.

Month-Long Observances

  • Black History Month: In February, celebrate the accomplishments of black Americans, past and present.
  • American Heart Month: Hosted by the American Heart Association. Learn about keeping your heart healthy. Many local medical centers have activities and health fairs, including walks and "Go Red for Women," a movement to end heart disease and stroke in women.
  • National Children's Dental Health Month: Use this month as a good time to discuss good oral care habits. It's hosted by the American Dental Association.
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month: Discuss this important topic with your sons and daughters.
  • Friendship Month: Let Valentine's Day ignite a spark of love and friendship this month. Friendship month is a great excuse to reach out to friends.
  • National Youth Leadership Month: This celebration aims to encourage young leaders to get involved in their community.
  • Library Lovers Month: If you don't have a library card, head to your local library and get one.

Week-Long Observances

Check your current calendar as these weeks may vary from year to year.

Special Days and Holidays

The dates shown are examples only, as some observances are on the same day every year while others can vary. Check your calendar to see the date for the current year.

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