Special Days and Observances 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. As the seasons change from winter to spring, take some time to review the special days, holidays, awareness weeks, and observances for March. You and your family can use them as inspiration for learning more about health challenges and healthy habits. This is a great time to explore historical facts, interesting people, new concepts, and hobbies.

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 family. You can design your own activities, partner with friends for a wider celebration, or work with your local school for an in-class event.

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 and Passover sometimes occur in March and other times they don't.

First Week

Celebrate these holidays the first week of March:

  • March 1: National Peanut Butter Lovers Day
  • 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

Use this list for more celebrations in March:

  • March 9: Read Aloud 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 13: K-9 Veterans Day
  • March 14: National Pi Day
  • March 14: Learn About Butterflies Day

Third Week

Celebrate these special days in March:

  • March 15: Incredible Kid Day
  • March 16: Freedom of Information Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick's Day
  • March 18: Supreme Sacrifice Day
  • March 20: International Earth Day
  • March 20: First Day of Spring
  • March 21: National Teenager Day

Fourth Week

Enjoy the last week of March with these observances:

  • 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