Time For a New Calendar! Here Are All of the January Holidays and Observances in 2023

Take out your new calendar and mark down these unique celebrations!

Are you ready to rock 2023? January kicked off with a holiday—that would be New Year’s Day, of course!—but there are loads of other things to celebrate during the first month of the year besides… well, it being a new year! For some religious groups, January marks the end of the holiday season with the celebration of Epiphany. The month also has a day set aside to remember the legacy of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. But did you know that there is a special interest, hobby or person to honor and celebrate on every day of the month? Here is a giant list of January holidays and observances in 2023!

These daily observances are dedicated to things as silly and random as National Hangover Day (another observance on January 1 after spending New Year’s Eve partying!), stickers, popcorn and kazoos! Some days in January are marked for honoring professional groups, pediatricians and infusion (aka IV) nurses, and others bring awareness to certain diseases or medical situations, like the first successful cesarean section and leprosy.

There are also entire weeks in January that are dedicated to honoring and celebrating different items or causes, like National Pizza Week and Snowmobile Safety Awareness Week, and causes that are highlighted all month long, like glaucoma awareness and human trafficking awareness and prevention.

Ready to find out what special days there are in January? We’ve put together a hefty list for you to look over. Maybe there will be one or two that you didn’t know about before that you’ll want to add to your own calendar to celebrate as you kick off 2023!

What major holidays are in January?

In the United States, there are two major holidays celebrated in January: New Year’s Day (January 1, 2023) and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16, 2023). Both of these are federal holidays as decreed by Congress, which means that banks and many businesses will be closed, including federally-run departments like the post office. In 2023, the lunar calendar begins its new year during the same month as the Gregorian calendar’s new year, which means that Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 22, 2023.

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January 2023 Daily Holidays and Observances

January 1

  • New Year’s Day

  • Apple Gifting Day

  • Commitment Day

  • Copyright Law Day

  • Ellis Island Day

  • National Bloody Mary Day

  • National Hangover Day

  • Polar Bear Plunge/Swim Day

  • Public Domain Day

  • World Day of Peace

January 2

  • 55 MPH Speed Limit Day

  • Divorce Monday

  • Happy Mew Year for Cats Day

  • National Buffet Day

  • National Cream Puff Day

  • National Motivation and Inspiration Day

  • National Personal Trainer Awareness Day

  • National Pet Travel Safety Day

  • National Run Up the Flagpole and See if Anybody Salutes it Day

  • National Science Fiction Day

  • National Weigh-In Day (the first Monday after New Year’s)

  • Swiss Cheese Day

  • Thank God It’s Monday Day

  • World Introvert Day

  • Stop Spam Day

January 3

  • Festival of Sleep Day

  • Fruitcake Toss Day

  • Humiliation Day

  • J.R.R. Tolkien Day

  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day

  • National Drinking Straw Day

  • National Write to Congress Day

  • Women Rock! Day

January 4

  • Dimpled Chad Day

  • Free Flower Basket Day

  • I Am a Mentor Day

  • National Spaghetti Day

  • Pop Music Chart Day

  • Tom Thumb Day

  • Trivia Day

  • World Braille Day

  • World Hypnotism Day

January 5

  • Monopoly Game Day

  • National Bird Day

  • National Keto Day

  • National Screenwriters Day

  • National Whipped Cream Day

  • Twelfth Night/Epiphany Eve

January 6

January 7

  • Harlem Globetrotters Day

  • I’m Not Going to Take It Anymore Day

  • International Programmers Day

  • National Bobblehead Day

  • National Pass Gas Day

  • National Play Outside Day (the first Saturday of every month)

  • National Tempura Day

  • Old Rock Day

  • Orthodox Christmas Day

January 8

  • Argyle Day

  • No Pants Subway Ride Day

  • Bubble Bath Day

  • Earth’s Rotation Day

  • International Typing Day

  • National English Toffee Day

  • National Male Watchers Day

  • National Sunday Supper Day (second Sunday in January)

  • National Winter Skin Relief Day

  • Show and Tell Day at Work

  • War on Poverty Day

  • World Literary Day

  • World Typing Day

January 9

  • Balloon Ascension Day

  • International Choreographers Day

  • National Apricot Day

  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day (second Monday in January)

  • National Gluten-Free Day (second Monday in January)

  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

  • National Static Electricity Day

  • National Take the Stairs Day

  • Word Nerd Day

  • Play God Day (do something nice for someone)

January 10

  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day

  • Houseplant Appreciation Day

  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day

  • National Oysters Rockefeller Day

  • National Peculiar People Day

  • National Shop for Travel Day (second Tuesday in January)

  • Save the Eagles Day

January 11

  • Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day

  • Girl Hug Boy Day

  • Hot Toddy Day

  • International Thank-You Day

  • Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day

  • Milk Day

  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

  • National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friend Day

  • World Sketchnote Day

January 12

  • Curried Chicken Day

  • Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day

  • Healthy Weight, Healthy Look Day (second Thursday in January)

  • Kiss a Ginger Day

  • National Hot Tea Day

  • National Marzipan Day

  • National Pharmacists Day

  • Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution Day

January 13

  • Friday the 13th

  • Blame Someone Else Day

  • Korean American Day

  • Lee Jackson Day (in Virginia)

  • Make Your Dreams Come True Day

  • National Peach Melba Day

  • National Sticker Day

  • Poetry Break Day

  • Public Radio Broadcasting Day

  • Rubber Ducky Day

  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day

January 14

  • Cesarean Section Day

  • International Kite Day

  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day

  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

  • National Vision Board Day (second Saturday in January)

  • Organize Your Home Day

  • Orthodox New Year

  • Ratification Day

  • World Logic Day

January 15

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Day

  • Hat Day

  • Humanitarian Day

  • National Bagel Day

  • National Kombucha ‘Booch’ Day

  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Day

  • Strawberry Ice Cream Day

  • Wikipedia Day

  • World Religion Day (third Sunday in January)

  • World Snow Day

January 16

  • Appreciate a Dragon Day

  • Blue Monday (third Monday of the year)

  • Book Publishers Day

  • Civil Service Day

  • Elementary School Teacher Day (third Monday in January)

  • Idaho Human Rights Day

  • International Hot & Spicy Food Day

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday in January)

  • National Crowd Feed Day (third Monday in January)

  • National Day of Service (third Monday in January)

  • National Fig Newton Day

  • National Good Teen Day

  • National Nothing Day

  • National Quinoa Day

  • Prohibition Remembrance Day

  • Psychiatric Technician’s Day

  • Religious Freedom Day

  • Robert E. Lee Day (in several Southern states)

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January 17

  • Betty White Day

  • Cable Car Day

  • Customer Service Day

  • Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day

  • Hot-Buttered Rum Day

  • International Mentoring Day

  • Judgement Day

  • Kid Inventors Day

  • National Bootleggers Day

  • National Hot Heads Chili Day

  • Popeye Day

January 18

January 19

  • Archery Day

  • Brew a Potion Day

  • Confederate Memorial Day (in Texas)

  • Get to Know Your Customer Day (third Thursday of the start of each quarter)

  • Good Memory Day

  • National Gun Appreciation Day

  • National Popcorn Day

  • New Friends Day

  • Tenderness Toward Existence Day

January 20

  • International Day of Acceptance

  • National Bill Cosby Sweater Day

  • National Buttercrunch Day

  • National Cheese Lovers Day

  • National Coffee Break Day

  • National Disc Jockey Day

  • Penguin Awareness Day

  • Take a Walk Outdoors Day

January 21

  • International Playdate Day

  • International Sweatpants Day

  • National Cheesy Socks Day

  • National Granola Bar Day

  • National Hug Your Puppy Day

  • National Hugging Day

  • National Use Your Gift Card Day (third Saturday in January)

  • New England Clam Chowder Day

  • One-Liners Day

  • Own Your Own Home Day

  • Squirrel Appreciation Day

January 22

  • Celebration of Life Day

  • Chinese New Year

  • Come in From the Cold Day

  • National Bible Sunday (fourth Sunday in January)

  • National Blonde Brownie Day

  • National Hot Sauce Day

  • National Polka Dot Day

  • Roe vs. Wade Day

January 23

  • Better Business Communication Day (fourth Monday in January)

  • Community Manager Appreciation Day (fourth Monday in January)

  • Measure Your Feet Day

  • National Handwriting Day

  • National Pie Day

  • Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day

January 24

  • Beer Can Appreciation Day

  • Belly Laugh Day

  • Change a Pet’s Life Day

  • International Mobile Phone Recycling Day

  • National Compliment Day

  • National “Just Do It” Day

  • National Peanut Butter Day

  • Speak Up and Succeed Day (fourth Tuesday in January)

January 25

  • Library Shelfie Day (fourth Wednesday in January)

  • Macintosh Computer Day

  • National Irish Coffee Day

  • National IV Nurse Day

  • Opposite Day

  • Thank Your Mentor Day

January 26

  • Clashing Clothes Day (fourth Thursday in January)

  • National Green Juice Day

  • National Peanut Brittle Day

  • National Pistachio Day

  • Spouse’s Day

January 27

  • Chocolate Cake Day

  • International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

  • National Fun at Work Day (last Friday in January)

  • National Geographic Day

  • National Preschool Health and Fitness Day (last Friday in January)

  • Punch the Clock Day

  • Vietnam Peace Day

  • World Breast Pumping Day

January 28

  • Christa McAuliffe Day

  • Daisy Day

  • Global Community Engagement Day

  • International LEGO Day

  • Local Quilt Shop Day (fourth Saturday in January)

  • National Blueberry Pancake Day

  • National Data Privacy Day

  • National Kazoo Day

  • National Pediatrician Day

  • National Seed Swap Day (last Saturday in January)

  • Pop Art Day

January 29

  • Curmudgeons Day

  • Freethinkers Day

  • Kansas Day (in Kansas)

  • National Carnation Day

  • National Corn Chip Day

  • National Puzzle Day

  • Seeing Eye Guide Dog Birthday

  • World Leprosy Day (last Sunday in January)

January 30

  • Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (last Monday in January)

  • National Croissant Day

  • National Escape Day

  • National Inane Answering Message Day

  • School Day of Non-Violence and Peace

  • Yodel for Your Neighbors Day

January 30

  • Appreciate Your Social Security Check Day

  • Backward Day

  • Brandy Alexander Day

  • Eat Brussels Sprouts Day

  • Hell is Freezing Over Day

  • Hug an Economist Day

  • Inspire Your Heart with the Arts Day

  • National Hot Chocolate Day

  • National Plan for Vacation Day (last Tuesday in January)

  • Scotch Tape Day

Weekly Observances for January

  • Celebration of Life Week (January 1-7)

  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 1-7)

  • National Law Enforcement Training Week (January 1-7)

  • Diet Resolution Week (January 1-7)

  • Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration Week (January 5-8)

  • National Mocktail Week (January 8-14)

  • National Pizza Week (January 8-14)

  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (January 7-14)

  • Home Office Safety and Security Week (January 8-14)

  • Cuckoo Dancing Week (January 11-17)

  • National Soccer Coaches of America Week (January 11-15)

  • Healthy Weight Week (January 15-21)

  • Hunt for Happiness Week (January 15-21)

  • Sugar Awareness Week (January 16-20)

  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week (January 17-23)

  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)

  • International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week (January 21-27)

  • ·National Handwriting Analysis Week (January 22-28, coinciding with John Hancock’s birthday on January 23)

  • Kiss a Shark Week (January 22-28)

  • International Hot Air Balloon Week (January 22-28)

  • National Clean Out Your Inbox Week (January 23-27)

  • National Medical Group Practice Week (January 23-27)

  • International Hoof Care Week (January 24-27)

  • Catholic Schools Week (January 29-February 4)

  • National Meat Week (January 29-February 4)

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Monthly Observances for January

  • Adopt a Rescued Bird Month

  • Apple and Apricots Month

  • Artichoke and Asparagus Month

  • Bath Safety Month

  • Be Kind to Food Servers Month

  • Black Diamond Month

  • Book Blitz Month

  • Brain Teaser Month

  • Bread Machine Baking Month

  • Celebration of Life Month

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month

  • Eye Care Month

  • Family Fit Lifestyle Month

  • Financial Wellness Month

  • Get Organized Month

  • International Child-Centered Divorce Month

  • International Creativity Month

  • International Veganuary Month

  • International Wealth Mentality Month

  • Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

  • March of Dimes Birth Defects Prevention Month

  • National Be On-Purpose Month

  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month

  • National Blood Donor Month

  • National Braille Literacy Month

  • National Candy Month

  • National CBD Month

  • National Clean Up Your Computer Month

  • National Codependency Awareness Month

  • National Egg Month

  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month

  • National Hobby Month

  • National Hot Tea Month

  • National Meat Month

  • National Mentoring Month

  • National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month

  • National Polka Music Month

  • National Poverty in America Awareness Month

  • National Radon Action Month

  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

  • National Slow Cooking Month

  • National Skating Month

  • National Soup Month

  • National Stalking Awareness Month

  • National Staying Healthy Month

  • National Sunday Supper Month

  • National Thank You Month

  • Oatmeal Month

  • Random Action Month

  • Retail Bakers Month

  • Self-Help Group Awareness Month

  • Teen Driving Awareness Month

  • Thyroid Disease Awareness Month

  • Walk Your Pet Month

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