Celebrate These Unique February Holidays in 2023

Take out your calendar and mark down these fun celebrations!

February is the shortest month of the year, but there are a ton of things to celebrate and acknowledge during these 28 days—which is why we're happy to share these February holidays and observances for 2023!

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 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, Black History Month, and marijuana awareness. 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 2023? Read on!

What major holidays are in February?

The month of February has several popular holidays, namely Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. Also known as Washington’s Birthday, President’s Day falls on Monday, February 20, 2023, 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!

Does February 2023 have a Leap Day?

No, the year 2023 is not a Leap Year, so there is no February 29 on the calendar. Leap Years occur when the year’s number is divisible by four, which the year 2023 is not. 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 2023 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

  • Global School Play Day (first Wednesday in February)

  • Hula in the Coola Day

  • International Day of Black Women in the Arts

  • International Face & Body Art Day

  • National Baked Alaska Day

  • National Freedom Day

  • National Get Up Day

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

  • Robinson Crusoe Day

  • Serpent Day

  • Spunky Old Broads Day

  • World Hijab Day

  • World Read Aloud Day (first Wednesday in February)

February 2

  • Ayn Rand Day

  • Bonza Bottler Day

  • California Kiwi Fruit Day

  • Candlemas

  • Crepe Day

  • Groundhog Day

  • Groundhog Job Shadow Day

  • Heavenly Hash Day

  • Marmot Day (in Alaska)

  • Rheumatoid Awareness Day

  • Self-Renewal Day

  • Sled Dog Day

  • Tater Tot Day

  • World Play Your Ukulele Day

  • World Wetlands Day

February 3

  • American Painters Day

  • Bubble Gum Day (first Friday in February)

  • Doggy Date Night

  • Elmo’s Birthday

  • Feed the Birds Day

  • Give Kids a Smile Day (first Friday in February)

  • Golden Retriever Day

  • National Carrot Cake Day

  • National Carrot Day

  • National Cordova Ice Worm Day

  • National Missing Persons Day

  • National Patient Recognition Day

  • National Wear Red Day (first Friday in February)

  • National Wedding Ring Day

  • National Women Physicians Day

  • Take a Cruise Day

  • The Day the Music Died

  • Working Naked Day

February 4

  • Barber Day (first Saturday in February)

  • Facebook’s Birthday

  • Homemade Soup Day

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

  • International Pisco Sour Day (first Saturday in February)

  • Liberace Day

  • National Hemp Day

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

  • National Stuffed Mushroom Day

  • National Thank a Mailman Day

  • Quacker Day

  • Rosa Parks Day (in California and Missouri)

  • Take Your Child to the Library Day (first Saturday in February)

  • Torture Abolition Day

  • USO Day

  • World Cancer Day

February 5

  • Adlai Stevenson Day

  • Disaster Day

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

  • National Chocolate Fondue Day

  • National Fart Day

  • National Weatherperson’s Day

  • Scout Sunday (first day of Boy Scout Week)

  • Shower With a Friend Day

  • Western Monarch Day

  • World Animal Reiki Day

  • World Nutella Day

Related: 100 Quotes About Butterflies

February 6

February 7

  • African American Coaches Day (first Tuesday in February)

  • Ballet Day

  • Harry Potter Book Night

  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

  • 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

February 8

  • Boy Scout Anniversary Day

  • Laugh and Get Rich Day

  • Molasses Bar Day

  • National Kite Flying Day

  • Opera Day

  • Propose Day

February 9

  • Giving Hearts Day (in North Dakota and Minnesota)

  • National Bagels and Lox Day

  • National Develop Alternative Vices Day

  • National Pizza Day

  • National Stop Bullying Day

  • Read in the Bathtub Day

February 10

  • Cream Cheese Brownie Day

  • International Winter Bike to Work Day (second Friday in February)

  • National Flannel Day

  • National Home Warranty Day

  • National Umbrella Day

  • No One Eats Alone Day (second Friday in February)

  • The Inbox Day (second Friday in February)

  • World Pulses Day

February 11

  • Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day

  • Get Out Your Guitar Day

  • Grandmother Achievement Day

  • International Day of Women & Girls in Science

  • National Inventor’s Day

  • National Make a Friend Day

  • National Shut-in Visitation Day

  • Peppermint Patty Day

  • Pro Sports Wives Day

  • Satisfied Staying Single Day

  • White T-Shirt Day

Related: 75 Single on Valentine’s Day Quotes

February 12

February 13

  • Clean Out Your Computer Day (second Monday in February)

  • Desperation Day

  • Dream Your Sweet Day

  • Employee Legal Awareness Day

  • Galentine’s Day

  • International Epilepsy Day (second Monday in February)

  • International Natural Day

  • Kiss Day

  • National Break Up With Your Carrier Day

  • National Cheddar Day

  • National Football Hangover Day (day after Super Bowl)

  • National Internet Friends Day

  • National Tortellini Day

  • National Wingman’s Day

  • Oatmeal Monday (second Monday in February)

  • Self-Love Day

  • World Radio Day

February 14

  • Extraterrestrial Visitor Day

  • Frederick Douglass Day

  • International Book Giving Day

  • League of Women Voters Day

  • Library Lovers Day

  • National Call in Single Day

  • National Condom Awareness Day

  • National Creme-Filled Chocolates Day

  • National Donor Day

  • National Ferris Wheel Day

  • National Have a Heart Day

  • National Women’s Heart Day

  • Pet Theft Awareness Day

  • Read to Your Child Day

  • Safer Internet Day (second Tuesday in February)

  • Singles Awareness Day/Singles Appreciation Day

  • Valentine’s Day

  • World Cholangiocarcinoma Day

  • World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

  • World Sound Healing Day

February 15

  • International Angelman Day

  • International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day

  • Love Reset Day

  • National Gumdrop Day

  • National Hippo Day

  • National I Want Butterscotch Day

  • Remember the U.S.S. Maine Day

  • Susan B. Anthony Day

February 16

  • Do a Grouch a Favor Day

  • Fat Thursday

  • Innovation Day

  • National Almond Day

February 17

  • National Cabbage Day

  • National Cafe Au Lait Day

  • National Caregivers Day (third Friday in February)

  • National Indian Pudding Day

  • National PTA Founders Day

  • Random Acts of Kindness Day

  • Who Shall I Be Day

  • World Human Spirit Day

February 18

  • Drink Wine Day

  • National Battery Day

  • Pluto Day

  • Thumb Appreciation Day

  • World Whale Day (third Saturday in February)

February 19

  • Coast Guard Reserves Birthday

  • International Tug-of-War Day

  • Iwo Jima Day

  • National Chocolate Mint Day

  • National Lashes Day

  • Prevent Plagiarism Day

  • Vet Girls RISE Day

February 20

  • Clean Out Your Bookcase Day

  • Daisy Gatson Bates Day (in Arkansas)

  • Love Your Pet Day

  • National Cherry Pie Day

  • National Muffin Day

  • Presidents’ Day (third Monday in February)

  • Shrove Monday (48 Days before Easter)

  • World Day for Social Justice

February 21

  • Card Reading Day

  • National Grain Free Day

  • National Pancake Day

  • National Sticky Bun Day

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

Related: Mardi Gras Facts

February 22

  • Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent)

  • Be Humble Day

  • Scout Founders Day

  • Inconvenience Yourself Day (fourth Wednesday in February)

  • National Cook a Sweet Potato Day

  • National Margarita Day

  • National Wildlife Day

  • Recreational Sports & Fitness Day

  • Single Tasking Day

  • Walking the Dog Day

  • Washington’s Birthday

  • World Thinking Day

February 23

  • Digital Learning Day (last Thursday in February)

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

  • National Banana Bread Day

  • National Chili Day (last Thursday in February)

  • National Dog Biscuit Day

  • National Rationalization Day

  • National Toast Day (last Thursday in February)

  • Pinocchio Day

  • Play Tennis Day

  • Tootsie Roll Day

  • World Understanding and Peace Day

February 24

  • Forget Me Not Day

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

  • National Dance Day

  • National Tortilla Chip Day

  • National Trading Card Day

  • Twin Peaks Day

  • World Bartender Day

February 25

  • International Tongue Twister Day (last Saturday in February)

  • National Chocolate Covered Nuts Day

  • National Clam Chowder Day

  • Quiet Day

  • Rubber Ducky Day

February 26

  • Carpe Diem Day

  • National Bacon Day

  • National Personal Chef’s Day

  • National Pistachio Day

  • Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 27

  • International Polar Bear Day

  • National Kahlua Day

  • National Protein Day

  • National Retro Day

  • National Strawberry Day

  • Play More Cards Day (last Monday in February)

  • Pokémon Day

February 28

  • Floral Design Day

  • International Repetitive Strain Injury Awareness Day

  • National Chocolate Souffle Day

  • National Public Sleeping Day

  • National Science Day

  • National Tooth Fairy Day

  • Rare Disease Day (last Day of February)

  • World Spay Day (last Tuesday in February)

Related: The History of Valentine’s Day

Weekly Observances for February 2023

  • Catholic Schools Week (January 29 - February 4)

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

  • Women’s Heart Week (February 1-7)

  • African Heritage and Health Week (February 1-7)

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

  • National Crime Prevention Week (February 5-11)

  • Boy Scout Anniversary Week (February 5-11)

  • Burn Awareness Week (February 5-11, 2023)

  • Dump Your Significant Jerk Week (February 5-11)

  • National School Counseling Week (February 6-10)

  • Tinnitus Awareness Week (February 6-12)

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

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

  • National Entrepreneurship Week (February 11-18)

  • International Flirting Week (February 12-18)

  • Jell-O Week (February 12-18)

  • Celebration of Love Week (February 12-18)

  • Children’s Authors & Illustrators Week (February 5-11)

  • Children of Alcoholics Week (February 12-18)

  • Heart Failure Awareness Week (February 12-18)

  • National Hero Week (February 12-18)

  • Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 12-18)

  • Freelance Writers Appreciation Week (February 12-18)

  • Great American Pizza Bake (February 12-18)

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

  • Girl Scout Cookie Weekend (February 17-19)

  • National Engineer’s Week (February 19-25)

  • National Pancake Week (February 20-26)

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week (February 20-26)

  • Jewish Book Week (February 25 - March 5)

  • America Saves Week (February 27 - March 4)

  • Read Across America Week (February 27 - March 3)

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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