Special Days and Observances in March

Find fun days to celebrate and topics to learn more about in March

Clip Art of A March Desk Calendar
Dixie Allan

March is the month when spring officially begins, but you might not know it from the weather. See the special days, holidays, awareness weeks, and observances for March. You and your child can use them as inspiration for learning more about health challenges and healthy habits. You can explore learning about historic facts, interesting people, new concepts, and hobbies.

For example, the March cheerleading safety awareness week a great excuse to talk to your budding cheerleader about this topic. You can slip in information on nutrition at meal times to celebrate National Nutrition Month, and even have your child assist in meal planning. You might bake a pie on Pi Day and have fun with both math and nutrition.

Local schools, community centers, and health care organizations might plan activities in coordination with these observances. For others, you will need to be creative in finding ways to honor them with your child. You can design your own activities.

Month-Long Observances

The entire month of March is designated for these causes:

Week-Long Observances

The spotlight is on these causes for a single week in March:

  • Read an E-Book Week (second week)
  • National Bubble Week (second week)
  • Celebrate Your Name Week (second week)
  • Act Happy Week (starts on third Monday)
  • International Brain Awareness Week (third week)
  • World Folklore Tales and Fables Week (fourth week)
  • National Poison Prevention Week (fourth week)
  • Tsunami Preparedness Week (fourth week)

Special Days and Holidays

While some of these events happen on the same day every year, others are floating observances and the dates may vary from year to year. The dates listed are suggested dates only. Check the calendar to see when they happen in any one year. And, of course, Easter sometimes occurs in March, sometimes not.

First Week:

  • March 2 Dr. Seuss's Birthday
  • March 2 Read Across America Day
  • March 4 Hug a GI Day
  • March 4 National Grammar Day
  • March 5 World Book Day
  • March 7 Fun Facts About Names Day

Second Week:

  • March 9 Read Aloud Day
  • March 9 Panic Day
  • March 9 Get Over It Day
  • March 9 World Kidney Day
  • March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  • March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day
  • March 12 Genealogy Day
  • March 12 Plant a Flower Day
  • March 14 National Pi Day
  • March 14 Learn About Butterflies Day

Third Week:

  • March 15 Incredible Kid Day
  • March 17 St. Patrick's Day
  • March 18 Supreme Sacrifice Day
  • March 20 International Earth Day
  • March 20 First Day of Spring

Fourth Week:

  • March 22 American Diabetes Alert Day
  • March 23 World Meteorology Day
  • March 24 World Tuberculosis Day
  • March 25 Tolkien Reading Day
  • March 26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • March 30 I Am in Control Day
  • March 30 Take a Walk in the Park Day