Holidays and Observances in November

National days to celebrate during the month

November Calendar decor

The Spruce / Margot Cavin

November is best known for Thanksgiving and Veterans Day, but it's packed with an abundance of special days of awareness and observances to celebrate. Two Christian holidays, All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day, fall within early November, and the Advent calendar begins at the end of the month to countdown until Christmas, as well. Daylight savings time ends in November, though the date varies.

Here's a list of all the official and unofficial celebrations for the month of November.

November Daily Holidays and Observances

  • November 1: National Author's Day, World Vegan Day
  • November 2: U.S. General Election Day* (first Tuesday after first Monday), Cookie Monster Day, Look for Circles Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day, Deviled Egg Day
  • November 3: Cliché Day, National Sandwich Day, International Stress Awareness Day* (first Wednesday), National Healthy Eating Day* (first Wednesday)
  • November 4: King Tut Day, Use Your Common Sense Day, National Candy Day, National Men Make Dinner Day* (first Thursday)
  • November 5: American Football Day, National Redhead Day
  • November 6: National Saxophone Day, National Nacho Day, Book Lovers Day* (first Saturday)
  • November 7: International Merlot Day, International Games Day
  • November 8: National Parents as Teachers Day, National STEM/STEAM Day, Dunce Day, Cook Something Bold Day, International Tongue Twister Day, National Cappuccino Day
  • November 9: World Freedom Day, World Adoption Day, Young Readers Day* (second Tuesday), Go to an Art Museum Day
  • November 10: U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, Sesame Street Day, National Forget-Me-Not Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day, International Accounting Day, World Science Day for Peace and Development
  • November 11: World Origami Day, Remembrance Day, Veterans Day, National Sundae Day
  • November 12: Chicken Soup for the Soul Day, World Pneumonia Day
  • November 13: Sadie Hawkins Day, World Kindness Day
  • November 14: Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day, National American Teddy Bear Day, World Diabetes Day, National Spicy Guacamole Day, National Pickle Day
  • November 15: I Love to Write Day, National Philanthropy Day, America Recycles Day, National Clean Out Your Fridge Day, National Drummer Day
  • November 16: International Day for Tolerance, National Button Day, Have a Party With Your Bear Day, National Fast Food Day
  • November 17: World Peace Day, Homemade Bread Day, National Take a Hike Day, World Prematurity Day 
  • November 18: Occult Day, National Apple Cider Day, Use Less Stuff Day (Thursday before Thanksgiving), Great American Smokeout
  • November 19: Gettysburg Address Day, Equal Opportunity Day, National Have a Bad Day Day
  • November 20: National Absurdity Day, Universal Children's Day, Beautiful Day, National Adoption Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving), Family Volunteer Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • November 21: World Hello Day, False Confession Day
  • November 22: Start Your Own Country Day, Go For a Ride Day
  • November 23: Fibonacci Day, National Cashew Day, Eat a Cranberry Day, National Espresso Day
  • November 24: Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day, Evolution Day, What Do You Love About America Day* (day before Thanksgiving)
  • November 25: National Parfait Day, Thanksgiving Day* (fourth Thursday)
  • November 26: Native American Heritage Day* (day after Thanksgiving), Black Friday* (day after Thanksgiving), Buy Nothing Day, You're Welcome Day* (day after Thanksgiving)
  • November 27: Small Business Saturday* (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  • November 28: Red Planet Day, National French Toast Day
  • November 29: National Square Dance Day, Cyber Monday* (Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • November 30: Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day, Giving Tuesday

Why Do We Vote in November?

Voting on a Tuesday in November isn't as arbitrary as it seems. The month marks the end of harvest, and it offers mild weather for traveling voters. In 1845, Congress passed a law mandating that the presidential Election Day would be held every four years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in the month.

November Weekly Holidays and Observances

  • National Children's Book Week (second week)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week* (8-14, varies)
  • National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week* (13-21, varies)
  • National Young Readers Week (third week)
  • World Kindness Week (third week)
  • World Communications Week (third week)
  • Geography Awareness Week (third week)
  • American Education Week* (15-19, week before Thanksgiving)
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week* (18-27, varies)
  • National Family Week (starts 21st, week containing Thanksgiving)
  • National Game and Puzzle Week (week containing Thanksgiving)

November Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety and Protection Month
  • Family Stories Month
  • Gluten-Free Diet Awareness Month
  • International Drum/Percussion Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • National Adopt a Senior Pet Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Candle Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • National Family Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Home Care and Hospice Month
  • National Inspirational Role Models Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Scholarship Month
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Picture Book Month
  • Spinach & Squash Month
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  • U.S. Beard Month (also known as No-Shave November)
  • Veterans and Military Family Month
  • Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month

*Denotes that date changes each year.

  • Why do we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11?

    Originally known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11 because it was on this day at 11:00 a.m. in 1918 that World War I ended.

  • Why is Thanksgiving celebrated on the last Thursday in November?

    In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday in the month of November to be the national holiday known as Thanksgiving. It is fashioned after the three-day feast of the harvest shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indigenous people in 1621.

  • Why is it called November?

    November got its name from the Roman word "novem," which means nine. Originally there were only ten months in the year until the months of January and February were added in 45 B.C., making November the eleventh month, rather than the ninth month.