Celebrate These Unique February Holidays in 2024

February Holidays & Observances

February is the shortest month of the year, but there are a ton of things to celebrate and acknowledge during these 29 days—because it's a leap year—which is why we're happy to share these February holidays and observances for 2024!

As you are likely aware, Valentine’s Day is in February, as is Presidents’ Day—a day on which we recognize POTUSes past and present. There’s also Groundhog Day, when we wait to find out whether Punxsutawney Phil will see his shadow, and Super Bowl Sunday, where the top professional football teams battle it out for top honors.

But did you know that there are also national days set aside during the month to celebrate Golden retrievers, eat ice cream for breakfast, fly a kite and read to your child? There are several celebrations throughout the month honoring the Boy Scouts of America, as well as Black women in the arts.

The entire month of February is also a time to bring awareness to many important causes, like American Heart Month and Black History Month. There are also certain weeks during the month of February dedicated to causes, like Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week, National Eating Disorder Awareness Week and Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Ready to learn all about the holidays and observances in February 2024? Read on!

What major holidays are in February?

The month of February has several popular holidays, namely Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and Presidents' Day. Also known as Washington’s Birthday, Presidents' Day falls on Monday, February 19, 2024, and is the only federal holiday during the month. That means that most businesses will be closed, including the banks and post office, and the kids will have a day off from school!

In 2024, the lunar calendar begins its new year during the second month of the Gregorian calendar’s new year, which means that Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 10, 2024. And 2024's Lunar New Year marks the start of the Year of the Dragon!

In terms of religious holidays, Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, 2024 (AKA Valentine's Day). Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent in the Catholic Liturgical Calendar. Christians who observe this day go to church to "receive ashes," which means getting a mark of the cross on their forehead in ashes while fasting during the day.

Does February 2024 have a Leap Day?

Yes! The year 2024 is a Leap Year, so there is a February 29 on the calendar. Leap Years occur when the year’s number is divisible by four, which the year 2024 is! Leap Years generally occur every four years—but there is an exception when it comes to century years. A century year must be divisible by 100 and 400 in order to be a Leap Year!

February 2024 Daily Holidays and Observances

February 1

  • Candy-Making Day

  • Car Insurance Day

  • Change Your Password Day

  • Dark Chocolate Day

  • Decorating With Candy Day

  • G.I. Joe Day

  • Holiday Hugs Day

  • Hula in the Coola Day

  • International Face & Body Art Day

  • National Baked Alaska Day

  • National Freedom Day

  • National Get Up Day

  • Robinson Crusoe Day

  • Serpent Day

  • Spunky Old Broads Day

  • World Hijab Day

Related: Huh? Some People Swear By Blowing Cinnamon Into Their Homes on the First of the Month—Here’s Why

February 2

  • Ayn Rand Day

  • Bonza Bottler Day

  • Bubblegum Day

  • California Kiwi Fruit Day

  • Candlemas

  • Crepe Day

  • Give Kids A Smile Day

  • Groundhog Day

  • Groundhog Job Shadow Day

  • Hedgehog Day

  • Heavenly Hash Day

  • Marmot Day (in Alaska)

  • National Brown Dog Day

  • National River Day

  • National Wear Red Day (first Friday in February)

  • National Woman's Heart Day

  • National Ukulele Day

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day

  • Self-Renewal Day

  • Sled Dog Day

  • The Record of a Sneeze Day

  • Tater Tot Day

  • World Wetlands Day

February 3

  • American Painters Day

  • Doggy Date Night

  • Elmo’s Birthday

  • Feed the Birds Day

  • Four Chaplains Day

  • Golden Retriever Day

  • Lung Leavin’ Day

  • International Pisco Sour Day (first Saturday in February)

  • National Carrot Cake Day

  • National Carrot Day

  • National Cordova Ice Worm Day

  • National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (first Saturday in February)

  • National Missing Persons Day

  • National Patient Recognition Day

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

  • National Wedding Ring Day

  • National Women Physicians Day

  • Take a Cruise Day

  • Take Your Child To The Library Day (first Saturday in February)

  • The Day the Music Died

February 4

  • Create a Vacuum Day

  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Day (first Sunday in February)

  • Facebook’s Birthday (the popular social media platform turns 20 in 2024)

  • Farmer's Day

  • Homemade Soup Day

  • Liberace Day

  • National Hemp Day

  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day

  • National Thank a Mail Carrier Day

  • National Thank a Mailman Day

  • National Wicker Day

  • Quacker Day

  • Rosa Parks Day (in California and Missouri)

  • Scout Sunday (first day of Boy Scout Week)

  • Sweater Day

  • Torture Abolition Day

  • USO Day

  • World Cancer Day

February 5

  • Adlai Stevenson Day

  • Disaster Day

  • National Chocolate Fondue Day

  • National Fart Day

  • National Pork Rind Day

  • National Shower with a Friend Day

  • National Sickie Day

  • National Weatherperson’s Day

  • Shower With a Friend Day

  • Western Monarch Day

  • World Animal Reiki Day

  • World Nutella Day

Related: 100 Quotes About Butterflies

February 6

February 7

  • e-Day

  • Ballet Day

  • Global School Play Day (first Wednesday in February)

  • Hug an Addict or Alcoholic Day

  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

  • National Girls & Women in Sports Day (first Wednesday in February)

  • National Periodic Table Day

  • Rose Day (beginning Valentine’s Week)

  • Send a Card to a Friend Day

  • Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbor Day

  • World Read Aloud Day (first Wednesday in February)

February 8

  • Boy Scout Anniversary Day/National Boy Scout Day

  • Giving Hearts Day (in North Dakota and Minnesota)

  • Laugh and Get Rich Day

  • Molasses Bar Day

  • National Kite Flying Day

  • Opera Day

  • Propose Day

February 9

  • International Winter Bike to Work Day

  • National Bagels and Lox Day

  • National Cut the Cord Day

  • National Develop Alternative Vices Day

  • National Pizza Day

  • National Toothache Day

  • Read in the Bathtub Day

  • The Inbox Day (second Friday in February)

February 10

  • All the News That's Fit to Print Day

  • Chinese New Year

  • Cream Cheese Brownie Day

  • Global Movie Day

  • National Flannel Day

  • National Home Warranty Day

  • National Umbrella Day

  • Teddy Day

  • World Pulses Day

February 11

  • Autism Sunday

  • Be Electrific Day

  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

  • Get Out Your Guitar Day

  • Grandmother Achievement Day

  • International Day of Women & Girls in Science

  • National Guitar Day

  • National Inventor’s Day

  • National Latte Day

  • National Make a Friend Day

  • National Shut-in Visitation Day

  • Peppermint Patty Day

  • Pro Sports Wives Day

  • Promise Day

  • Satisfied Staying Single Day

  • Super Bowl Sunday

  • Super Chicken Wing Day

  • White T-Shirt Day

  • World Day of the Sick

  • World Marriage Day

Related: 75 Single on Valentine’s Day Quotes

February 12

  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

  • Darwin Day

  • Hug Day

  • International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers

  • International Epilepsy Day (second Monday in February)

  • NAACP Day

  • National Clean Out Your Computer Day

  • National Freedom to Marry Day

  • National Lost Penny Day

  • National Plum Pudding Day

  • National Poop Day

  • Oatmeal Monday

  • Red Hand Day

  • Safety Pup Day

February 13

  • Fat Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday/Paczki Day/Mardi Gras (a state holiday in Louisiana)

  • Black Love Day

  • Desperation Day

  • Dream Your Sweet Day

  • Employee Legal Awareness Day

  • Extraterrestrial Culture Day

  • Galentine’s Day

  • Get a Different Name Day

  • International Natural Day

  • Kiss Day

  • National Break Up With Your Carrier Day

  • National Cheddar Day

  • National Crab Rangoon Day

  • National Internet Friends Day

  • National Tortellini Day

  • National Wingman Day

  • Safer Internet Day

  • Self-Love Day

  • World Radio Day

February 14

  • Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent)

  • Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

  • Frederick Douglass Day

  • International Book Giving Day

  • League of Women Voters Day

  • Library Lovers' Day

  • Madly In Love With Me Day

  • National Black Literacy Day

  • National Call in Single Day

  • National Condom Awareness Day

  • National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day

  • National Donor Day

  • National Ferris Wheel Day

  • Pet Theft Awareness Day

  • Read to Your Child Day

  • Singles Awareness Day/Singles Appreciation Day

  • Valentine’s Day

  • World Bonobo Day

  • World Sound Healing Day

February 15

  • Annoy Squidward Day

  • International Angelman Day

  • International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

  • Love Reset Day

  • National Black Girl Magic Day

  • National Gumdrop Day

  • National I Want Butterscotch Day

  • Remember the U.S.S. Maine Day

  • St. Skeletor's Day

  • Susan B. Anthony Day

  • World Anthropology Day

  • World Hippo Day

February 16

  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day

  • Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

  • Friday Fish Fry Day

  • Innovation Day

  • National Almond Day

  • National Caregivers Day

  • National Tartar Sauce Day

  • No One Eats Alone Day

  • World Cholangiocarcinoma Day

February 17

  • Analog to Digital TV Day

  • Champion Crab Races Day

  • My Way Day

  • National Cabbage Day

  • National Cafe au Lait Day

  • National Love Your Pet Day

  • National Public Science Day

  • National PTA Founders Day

  • National Tennis Pro Day

  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

  • Who Shall I Be Day

  • World Human Spirit Day

  • World Pangolin Day

February 18

  • Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day

  • Drink Wine Day

  • National Battery Day

  • National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

  • NBA All Star Game

  • Pluto Day

  • Thumb Appreciation Day

  • World Whale Day (third Saturday in February)

February 19

  • Coast Guard Reserves Birthday

  • Daisy Gatson Bates Day (in Arkansas)

  • International Tug-of-War Day

  • Iwo Jima Day

  • National Airboat Day

  • National Arabian Horse Day

  • National Chocolate Mint Day

  • National Lash Day

  • Presidents' Day

  • Prevent Plagiarism Day

  • Vet Girls RISE Day

February 20

  • Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

  • Hoodie Hoo Day

  • National Cherry Pie Day

  • National Comfy Day

  • National Day of Solidarity with Muslim Arab and South Asian Immigrants

  • National Handcuff Day

  • National Leadership Day

  • National Muffin Day

  • National Student Volunteer Day

  • National Whistleblower Reward Day

  • No Politics Day

  • Women in Blue Jeans Days

  • World Day for Social Justice

February 21

  • Card Reading Day

  • International Mother Language Day

  • Language Day

  • National Grain Free Day

  • National Sticky Bun Day

Related: Mardi Gras Facts

February 22

  • 2Twenty2 Day

  • Be Humble Day

  • Great American Spit Out

  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Thursday of National Engineer’s Week)

  • National Chili Day

  • National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

  • National Heart Valve Disease Awareness Day

  • National Margarita Day

  • National Walk Your Dog Day

  • Play More Cards Day

  • Recreational Sports & Fitness Day

  • Single Tasking Day

  • Supermarket Employee Day

  • World Thinking Day

February 23

  • Curling Is Cool Day

  • Diesel Engine Day

  • International Stand Up to Bullying Day (last Friday in February)

  • National Banana Bread Day

  • National Dog Biscuit Day

  • National Hospitality Workers Appreciation Day

  • National Play Tennis Day

  • National Rationalization Day

  • National Tile Day

  • National Tootsie Roll Day

  • Pinocchio Day

  • Skip the Straw Day

  • World Understanding and Peace Day

February 24

  • National Tortilla Chip Day

  • National Trading Card Day

  • Twin Peaks Day

  • World Bartender Day

February 25

  • Let's All Eat Right Day

  • National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day

  • National Clam Chowder Day

  • Quiet Day

February 26

  • Black Lives Matter Day

  • Carnival Day

  • Carpe Diem Day

  • For Pete's Sake Day

  • International Tongue Twister Contest Day

  • Letter to an Elder Day

  • Levi Strauss Day

  • National Pistachio Day

  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

  • Thermos Bottle Day

February 27

  • Anosmia Awareness Day

  • International Polar Bear Day

  • National Kahlua Day

  • National Pokemon Day

  • National Protein Day

  • National Retro Day

  • National Strawberry Day

  • No Brainer Day

  • Retro Day

  • The Big Breakfast Day

  • World NGO Day

  • World Spay Day

February 28

  • Car Keys and Small Change Day

  • Floral Design Day

  • Inconvenience Yourself Day

  • International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

  • National Chocolate Souffle Day

  • National Customized Wheel and Tire Day

  • National Essay Day

  • National Pancake Day

  • National Public Sleeping Day

  • National Science Day

  • National Time Refund Day

  • National Tooth Fairy Day

  • Rare Disease Day

  • US Snow Shoe Day

February 29

  • Leap Day

  • Digital Learning Day (last Thursday in February)

  • National Toast Day (last Thursday in February)

Related: The History of Valentine’s Day

Weekly Observances for February 2024

  • Catholic Schools Week (January 28 - February 3)

  • Solo Diners Eat Out Week (February 1-7)

  • Women’s Heart Week (February 1-7)

  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week (February 4-10)

  • Burn Awareness Week (February 4-10)

  • National School Counseling Week (February 5-9)

  • National Children’s Mental Health Week (February 5-11)

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week (February 5-11)

  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (February 5-11)

  • African Heritage and Health Week (February 7-13)

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

  • International Week of Black Women In the Arts (February 7-15)

  • National Entrepreneurship Week (February 10-17)

  • National Hero Week (February 10-16)

  • International Flirting Week (February 11-17)

  • Jell-O Week (February 12-18)

  • Celebration of Love Week (February 11-17)

  • Children of Alcoholics Week (February 11-17)

  • Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 11-17)

  • Great American Pizza Bake (February 11-17)

  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 13-19)

  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week (February 13-19)

  • Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (February 16-18)

  • National Engineer’s Week (February 18-24)

  • National Pancake Week (February 19-25)

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week (February 26 - March 1)

  • America Saves Week (February 19-23)

Related: 65 Creative Random Acts of Kindness



February Monthly Holidays and Observances

  • American Heart Month

  • Bake for Family Fun Month

  • Black History Month

  • Cancer Prevention Month

  • Cat Health Month

  • Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month

  • Creative Romance Month

  • Dog Training Education Month

  • Financial Aid Awareness Month

  • Hot Breakfast Month

  • Humpback Whale Awareness Month

  • International Friendship Month

  • International Month of Black Women in the Arts

  • International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month



  • Library Lovers Month

  • Low Vision Awareness Month

  • Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month

  • Marijuana Awareness Month

  • National Cherry Month

  • National Children’s Dental Health Month

  • National Parent Leadership Month

  • National Patient Recognition Month

  • National Pet Dental Health Care Month

  • National Self-Check Month

  • National Senior Independence Month

  • National Snack Food Month

  • National Wise Health Consumer Month

  • National Women Inventors Month

  • Pet Dental Health Month

  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month

  • Sweet Potato Month

  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

  • Unchain a Dog Month

  • Vegan Cuisine Month

  • Youth Leadership Month

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