Special Days and Observances in February

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In the depths of winter, you and your child may be looking at the calendar of observances to stimulate learning activities. Besides Valentine's Day and Black History Month, you can learn about ways to be emotionally healthy, physically active, and to understand the health challenges that others face.

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 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: Hosted by the American Dental Association. Use this month as a good time to discuss good oral care habits.
  • 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.

  • Children's authors and illustrators week (first week)
  • National school counseling week (first week)
  • International snow sculpting week (first week)
  • Congenital heart defect awareness week (second week)
  • Jello week (second full week)
  • Random acts of kindness week (second week)
  • National engineers week (third week)
  • National eating disorder screening program week (fourth week)

Special Days and Holidays

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

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First Week

  • February 1: National freedom day (freedom from slavery)
  • February 2: Groundhog day
  • February 3: Four chaplains day
  • February 4: USO day and World cancer day
  • February 5: National weatherman's day
  • February 6: Take your child to the library day (first Saturday)
  • First Friday of February: National wear red day (awareness of heart disease in women)

Second Week

  • February 8: Kite flying day
  • February 9: National stop bullying day and Read in the bathtub day
  • February 10: World marriage day
  • February 11: Make a friend day
  • February 11: Don't cry over spilled milk day
  • February 12: Lincoln's birthday
  • February 12: Darwin day
  • February 13: World radio day
  • February 14: Valentine's day, Read to your child day, and National organ donor day

Third Week

  • Third Monday of February: Presidents day
  • February 16: Do a grouch a favor day
  • February 17: Random acts of kindness day and Digital learning day
  • February 18: Battery day
  • February 19: Chocolate mint day
  • February 20: National love your pet day
  • February 21: International mother language day

Fourth Week

  • February 22: Washington's birthday, Be humble day, and World thinking day
  • February 26: Tell a fairy tale day
  • February 26: Toad hollow day of encouragement
  • February 27: No brainer day
  • February 27: Spay day USA
  • February 28: (last day of February) Rare disease day
  • February 29: Leap day (once every four years)