Holidays and Observances in November

National days to celebrate this month

November Calendar

 The Spruce / Margot Cavin

November is best known for Thanksgiving and Veteran's 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: Cookie Monster Day, Look for Circles Day, Plan Your Epitaph Day, Deviled Egg Day
  • November 3: Cliché Day, National Sandwich Day, U.S. General Election Day* (first Tuesday after first Monday)
  • November 4: King Tut Day, Use Your Common Sense Day, International Stress Awareness Day* (first Wednesday), National Candy Day, National Healthy Eating Day* (first Wednesday), National Military Families Recognition Day
  • November 5: National Men Make Dinner Day* (first Thursday)
  • November 6: National Saxophone Day, National Nacho Day
  • November 7: Book Lovers Day* (first Saturday), International Merlot Day
  • November 8: National Parents as Teachers Day, National STEM/STEAM Day, Dunce Day, Cook Something Bold Day, International Tongue Twister Day* (second Sunday)
  • November 9: World Freedom Day, World Adoption Day
  • November 10: U.S. Marine Corps Birthday, Sesame Street Day, Young Readers Day* (second Tuesday), National Forget-Me-Not Day, National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • 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: Caregiver Appreciation Day, 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
  • November 16: International Day of 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, Use Less Stuff Day (Thursday before Thanksgiving)
  • November 18: Occult Day, National Apple Cider Day
  • November 19: Gettysburg Address Day, Equal Opportunity Day, Great American Smokeout, National Have a Bad Day Day
  • November 20: National Absurdity Day, Universal Children's Day, Beautiful Day
  • November 21: National Adoption Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving), World Hello Day, False Confession Day, Family Volunteer Day* (Saturday before Thanksgiving), International Games Day (third Saturday)
  • 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
  • November 25: National Parfait Day, What Do You Love About America Day* (day before Thanksgiving)
  • November 26: Thanksgiving Day* (fourth Thursday)
  • November 27: Black Friday* (day after Thanksgiving), Buy Nothing Day, You're Welcome Day* (day after Thanksgiving)
  • November 28: Red Planet Day, National French Toast Day
  • November 29: National Square Dance Day
  • November 30: Stay At Home Because You Are Well Day

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

  • Geography Awareness Week (varies within November)
  • Polar Bear Week (first week)
  • National Hunger & Homeless Awareness Week* (9-15, varies)
  • World Kindness Week (second week)
  • National Young Readers Week (second week)
  • National Children's Book Week (second week)
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week* (16-22, varies)
  • World Antibiotic Awareness Week* (18-24, varies)
  • American Education Week* (16-20, week before Thanksgiving)
  • National Family Week (week containing Thanksgiving)
  • National Game and Puzzle Week (week containing Thanksgiving)

November Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • Aviation History Month
  • Child Safety Protection Month
  • Family Stories Month
  • Gluten Free Diet Awareness Month
  • Good Nutrition Month
  • Hospice Month
  • International Drum Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Manatee Awareness Month
  • Military Family Appreciation Month
  • Music Month
  • National Adoption Awareness Month
  • National Candle Month
  • National Caregivers Appreciation Month
  • National Child Mental Health Month
  • National Diabetes Awareness Month
  • National Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • National Fragrance Month
  • National Healthy Skin Month
  • National Inspirational Role Models Month
  • National Model Railroad Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month
  • National Novel Writing Month
  • National Scholarship Month
  • National Senior Pets Month
  • National Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
  • Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month
  • Peanut Butter Lovers Month
  • Picture Book Month
  • Spinach Month
  • Squash Month
  • Sweet Potato Awareness Month
  • U.S. Beard Month (also known as No-Shave November)
  • World Communications Month
  • Worldwide Bereaved Siblings Month

*Denotes that date changes each year.