Special Days and Observances in November

There Are More Celebrations Than Just Thanksgiving

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Love puzzles? Want a great writing challenge? Enjoy weird math facts, or want to honor a particular group of Americans? November is a month loaded with weeks of opportunities for celebrating almost anything that interests your family. Gifted children may be particularly excited about some of the unique November celebrations that will expand their knowledge while challenging their memory, thinking skills, or imagination.

Month-Long Observances

Week-Long Observances

  • Geography Awareness Week - Always falls during the month of November
  • National Young Reader's Week - Second full week of November
  • American Education Week - Week before Thanksgiving
  • National Family Week - Week containing Thanksgiving
  • Game and Puzzle Week - Third full week of November

Special Days and Holidays

First Week

  • November 1 National Authors' Day
  • November 1 Cookie Monster Day
  • November 1 Plate Tectonics Day
  • November 2 Look for Circles Day
  • November 3 Cliché Day
  • November 4 King Tut Day
  • November 5 Book Lovers Day (first Saturday)
  • November 5 International Games Day (first Saturday)
  • November 6 Saxophone Day
  • November 7 International Tongue Twister Day

Second Week

  • November 8 National Parents as Teachers Day
  • November 8 National Young Readers Day (second Tuesday)
  • November 8 National STEM/STEAM Day
  • November 10 Marine Corps Birthday
  • November 10 Sesame Street Day
  • November 11 National Origami Day
  • November 11 Remembrance Day
  • November 11 Veterans Day
  • November 14 Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day
  • November 14 National American Teddy Bear Day

Third Week

  • November 15 I Love to Write Day
  • November 15 National Philanthropy Day
  • November 16 International Day of Tolerance
  • November 17 Use Less Stuff Day (Thursday before Thanksgiving)
  • November 19 Gettysburg Address Day
  • November 19 Equal Opportunity Day
  • November 20 Absurdity Day

Last Week

  • November 21 Military Families Recognition Day (Monday before Thanksgiving)
  • November 22 Start Your Own Country Day
  • November 23 Fibonacci Day
  • November 23 What Do You Love About America? Day (day before Thanksgiving)
  • November 24 Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday)
  • November 24 Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day
  • November 25 Native American Day (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • November 28 Red Planet Day