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April holidays and observances to add to your 2024 calendar

No April Fools' Day pranks here: You can celebrate burritos, bell bottoms and beer this month.

During the month of April, flowers start to bloom, the sun peeks out, and whoopee cushions begin to appear on the chairs of unsuspecting family members and friends.

Spring is officially in full swing, and this month starts off with April Fool's Day, which provides ample opportunity to tell jokes and pull pranks to the best of your ability.

Get outside and enjoy the warmer temperatures with outdoorsy holidays like National Walking Day, National Gardening Day, Go Fly a Kite Day, National Exercise Day, and National Picnic Day.

April is especially known for its spring showers, so it's no coincidence that National Find a Rainbow Day falls during the year's most rainy month.

If you'd rather stay warm and dry, April also has multiple homey holidays to keep you entertained indoors. Stay warm and cozy on National Self Care Day, National Pajama Day, and National Tea Day, or tackle some crafts and spring cleaning projects on National DIY Day, National Handmade Day, National Laundry Day, and National Get Organized Day.

Bakers, preheat your ovens: April also contains a multitude of delicious dessert holidays, including National Sourdough Bread Day, National Coffee Cake Day, National Peach Cobbler Day, National Zucchini Bread Day, and National Blueberry Pie Day, to name a few. (For those less skilled in the kitchen, National Hostess Twinkie Day offers a convenient store-bought alternative.)

Add these holidays to your calendar for a fun, fabulous April.

Daily holidays and observances in April 2024

April 1

  • April Fools’ Day 
  • International Pillow Fight Day
  • National Fun Day
  • National Greeting Card Day
  • National Handmade Day
  • National One Cent Day
  • National Sourdough Bread Day

April 2

  • International Children’s Book Day
  • National DIY Day
  • National Ferret Day
  • National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • National Reconciliation Day
  • Nature Day
  • World Autism Awareness Day

April 3

  • National Chocolate Mousse Day
  • National Film Score Day
  • National Find a Rainbow Day
  • National Inspiring Joy Day
  • National Tweed Day

April 4

  • International Carrot Day
  • National Burrito Day
  • National Chicken Cordon Bleu Day
  • National Hug a Newsperson Day
  • National School Librarian Day
  • National Vitamin C Day

April 5

  • Bell Bottoms Day
  • National Caramel Day
  • National Dandelion Day
  • National Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • National Self Care Day
  • National Walking Day
  • Peeps Day

April 6

  • California Poppy Day
  • Hostess Twinkie Day
  • National Açaí Bowl Day
  • National Caramel Popcorn Day
  • National Library Day
  • National Pajama Day
  • National Student Athlete Day
  • National Tartan Day

April 7

  • National Beer Day
  • National Coffee Cake Day
  • National Geologists Day
  • National No Housework Day
  • National Pet Health Insurance Day
  • Public Television Day
  • Walk to Work Day

April 8

  • International Feng Shui Awareness Day
  • National Empanada Day
  • National Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Eid-Al-Fitr
  • End of Ramadan
  • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day
  • National Cherish an Antique Day
  • National Library Workers Day
  • National Name Yourself Day
  • National Unicorn Day

April 10

  • Golfer’s Day
  • National Encourage a Young Writer Day
  • National Farm Animals Day
  • National Hug Your Dog Day
  • National Siblings Day

April 11

  • Dog Therapy Appreciation Day
  • National Barbershop Quartet Day
  • National Cheese Fondue Day
  • National Pet Day

April 12

  • Hamster Day
  • National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • National Only Child Day

April 13

  • Celebrate Teen Literature Day
  • International Plant Appreciation Day
  • National Peach Cobbler Day
  • National Scrabble Day

April 14

  • International Kids Yoga Day
  • National Dolphin Day
  • National Donate a Book Day
  • National Gardening Day
  • National Look Up at the Sky Day
  • National Pecan Day

April 15

  • National ASL Day
  • National Glazed Spiral Ham Day
  • National Laundry Day
  • National Rubber Eraser Day

April 16

  • Good Deeds Day
  • National Eggs Benedict Day
  • National Orchid Day
  • National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Save the Elephant Day

April 17

  • Go Fly a Kite Day
  • International Bat Appreciation Day
  • International Haiku Poetry Day
  • National Banana Day
  • National Cheese Ball Day
  • National Crawfish Day

April 18

  • Adult Autism Awareness Day
  • National Animal Crackers Day
  • National Columnists' Day
  • National Exercise Day

April 19

  • National Dog Parent Appreciation Day
  • National Garlic Day

April 20

  • National Cheddar Fries Day
  • National Look Alike Day
  • National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
  • National Record Store Day
  • Volunteer Recognition Day

April 21

  • National Chickpea Day
  • National Kindergarten Day
  • National Tea Day
  • World Creativity and Innovation Day

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • National Jelly Bean Day 
  • Passover begins

April 23

  • National Cherry Cheesecake Day
  • National English Muffin Day
  • National Lost Dogs Awareness Day
  • National Picnic Day
  • National Take a Chance Day
  • Shakespeare Day
  • World Book Day
  • World Table Tennis Day

April 24

  • National Bucket List Day
  • National Pigs in a Blanket Day

April 25

  • National DNA Day
  • National Mani-Pedi Day
  • National Plumbers Day
  • National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
  • National Telephone Day
  • National Zucchini Bread Day
  • School Bus Drivers’ Day
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Administrative Professionals Day
  • Arbor Day
  • Denim Day
  • Get Organized Day
  • International Guide Dog Day
  • National Audubon Day
  • National Help a Horse Day
  • National Kids and Pets Day
  • National Pretzel Day
  • World Stationery Day 

April 27

  • Marine Mammal Rescue Day
  • National Gummi Bear Day
  • National Independent Bookstore Day
  • National Tell A Story Day
  • World Design Day

April 28

  • Global Pay It Forward Day
  • National Blueberry Pie Day
  • National Pet Parents Day
  • National Superhero Day
  • Stop Food Waste Day

April 29

  • International Astronomy Day
  • International Dance Day
  • National Shrimp Scampi Day
  • National Zipper Day
  • World Veterinary Day

April 30

  • International Jazz Day
  • National Adopt A Shelter Pet Day
  • National Bubble Tea Day
  • National Honesty Day
  • National Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • National Raisin Day
  • National Therapy Animal Day
  • National Tie Dye Day
  • Passover ends

 Weekly observances in April 2024

  • April 1 to 7: Be Kind to Spiders Week
  • April 3 to 9: National Public Health Week
  • April 4 to 9: National Wildlife Week
  • April 6 to 13: National Robotics Week
  • April 7 to 13: National Library Week
  • April 10 to 15: World Music Therapy Week
  • April 19 to 28: National Dance Week
  • April 21 to 27: National Volunteer Week, National Administrative Professionals Week
  • April 22 to 26: National Preservation Week
  • April 25 to 27: Gathering of Nations

Monthly observances in April 2024

  • Autism Awareness Month
  • Canine Fitness Month
  • Celebrate Diversity Month
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • Dog Appreciation Month
  • Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Filipino Food Month
  • Global Astronomy Month
  • International Guitar Month
  • Jazz Appreciation Month
  • Move More Month
  • National Adopt a Greyhound Month
  • National Alcohol Awareness Month
  • National BLT Sandwich Month
  • National Brunch Month
  • National Card and Letter Writing Month
  • National Donate Life Awareness Month
  • National Financial Literacy Month
  • National Garden Month
  • National Garlic Month
  • National Grilled Cheese Month
  • National Inventor's Month
  • National Kite Month
  • National Month of Hope
  • National Pecan Month
  • National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • National Pickleball Month
  • National Poetry Month
  • National Soft Pretzel Month
  • National Stress Awareness Month
  • National Volunteer Month
  • National Woodworking Month
  • National Youth Sports Safety Month
  • Parkinson's Awareness Month
  • Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • School Library Month
  • Testicular Cancer Awareness Month