March Holidays and Observances

From Cultural Celebrations to National Holidays

March Calendar

The Spruce / Margot Cavin 

March is when spring officially begins and many people turn their clocks forward for daylight saving time. It also can be a dramatic month with sometimes wild and shifting weather. As the seasons change from winter to spring, it's the perfect time to review what holidays are in the month of March.

March holidays and observances cover fun foods, educational activities, health awareness, environment causes, and more. March is the awareness month of dissociative identity disorder, colorectal cancer, and multiple sclerosis to name a few. Some March national holidays are National Grammar Day, National Dentist's Day, and National Pi Day. March celebrations also include Holi, St. Patrick's Day, and International Women's Day. Plus, Passover, Easter, and Ramadan are often holidays in March.

Here are all the special March holidays and observances you can celebrate, from silly to serious and everything in between.

March Daily Holidays and Observances

Date Holiday  Category 
March 1 National Peanut Butter Lover's Day Observance
March 2 Dr. Seuss's Birthday, National Read Across America Day Observance
March 3 World Wildlife Day, World Book Day Observance
March 4 National Hug a G.I. Day, National Grammar Day, World Obesity Day, Employee Appreciation Day Observance
March 5 Namesake Day, Dissociative Identity Disorder Awareness Day Observance
March 6 National Dentist's Day, National Oreo Cookie Day Observance
March 7 National Cereal Day  Observance 
March 8 International Women's Day, Holi Observance
March 9 National Meatball Day Observance
March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Observance
March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day Observance
March 12 Plant a Flower Day, Genealogy Day, Daylight Saving Time* Observance
March 13 National K-9 Veterans Day Observance
March 14 National Pi Day, Learn About Butterflies Day, National Potato Chip Day Observance
March 15 The Ides of March Observance
March 16 Freedom of Information Day, National Artichoke Day, National Panda Day Observance
March 17 St. Patrick's Day, National Preschool Teachers Appreciation Day Observance
March 18 National Supreme Sacrifice Day, National Biodiesel Day Observance
March 19 National Poultry Day Observance
March 20 Equinox Earth Day, First Day of Spring*, International Day of Happiness Observance
March 21 National Teenager Day, International Day of Forests, World Down Syndrome Day, World Poetry Day Observance
March 22 World Water Day, first day of Ramadan* Observance
March 23 World Meteorological Day, National Puppy Day, American Diabetes Alert Day Observance
March 24 World Tuberculosis Day, National Cocktail Day Observance
March 25 Tolkien Reading Day, International Waffle Day Observance
March 26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day, National Spinach Day Observance
March 27 World Theatre Day Observance
March 28 Respect Your Cat Day Observance
March 29 National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day Observance
March 30 I Am in Control Day, Take a Walk in the Park Day, National Doctors' Day Observance
March 31 World Backup Day Observance

March's Birthstones

March has two birthstones, not unlike some other months. Aquamarine is one birthstone for March, and it symbolizes youth, health, and hope. Bloodstone is the other March birthstone. It is a type of quartz known for its fiery flecks of red, representing strength and stealth.

March Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • Read an E-Book Week* (March 5-11)
  • Celebrate Your Name Week* (March 5-11)
  • Sleep Awareness Week* (March 12-18)
  • International Brain Awareness Week* (March 13-19)
  • National Bubble Week* (March 19-25)
  • National Poison Prevention Week* (March 19-25)
  • Tsunami Preparedness Week* (March 24-30)

March Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Women's History Month
  • National Craft Month
  • National Optimism Month
  • Honor Society Awareness Month
  • National Foreign Language Month
  • Irish American Heritage Month
  • National Ethics Awareness Month
  • Expanding Girls' Horizons in Science and Engineering Month
  • Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
  • National Cheerleading Safety Month
  • National Kidney Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Save Your Vision Month, Workplace Eye Wellness Month
  • Trisomy Awareness Month
  • Problem Gambling Awareness Month
  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

*Denotes that date changes each year.