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National Common Courtesy Day is observed annually on March 21st.  This day brings awareness to how important common courtesy is in our lives.

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b: a courteous and respectful act or expression.

Common courtesy can be as simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a service, gift or assistance.  Kindness and courtesy do go a long way and are noticed by others even if you do not realize it.  Letting someone in front of you in traffic is easy.  Hold open a door for someone or give a person a hand with his groceries.  Give up your seat on the bus to someone who might need it.  Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew. 

These are just a few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They are momentary deeds of being courteous.


If common courtesy is not a part of your daily routine, then this is the day to start implementing courtesy into your life.  Try it; not only will the other person appreciate it, but you will feel good about it also. Use #CommonCourtesyDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Common Courtesy Day.


March 21st is the day set aside to observe National Single Parent Day.  This day was created to honor and recognize the hard work, devotion and sacrifices of single parenting.   Raising children can be challenging.


We all know of a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker or someone who is a single parent. Support and appreciate them. Make this day a special one for the single parents that you know. Use #NationalSingleParentDay to post on social media.


An article was written by Janice Moglen in 1984,  with the hope that Single Parent Day may one day gain the recognition many associate with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.  She collaborated with the organization, Parents Without Partners, and began to petition to have states declare recognition of Single Parent Day.  It is the belief that the day, March 21, was chosen to coincide with the inception of Parents Without Partners, which began on March 21, 1957.   Proclamation 5166 was presented to, and signed, by President Ronald Reagan declaring March 21st, 1984 as National Single Parent Day.

Proclamation 5166 — National Single Parent Day, 1984

March 21, 1984

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Before they are eighteen, about half of our Nation’s children will have lived part of their lives with a single parent who strives to fill the role of both mother and father.

Many single parents in America are making valiant efforts on behalf of their children under trying circumstances. Whether it is a deserted spouse forced to work and care for children simultaneously, or a spouse who is not receiving child support that has been awarded by a court, or an unwed mother who has bravely foregone the all-too-available option of abortion, or a widow or widower, single parents deserve our recognition and appreciation for their demonstrated dedication to their young.

At the same time, we should also recognize the vital and ongoing role a large percentage of non-custodial parents play in the nurturing process of their offspring. Their sacrifices, devotion and concern reflect the bonds of caring for those they have brought into this world.

Single parents can and do provide children with the financial, physical, emotional and social support they need to take their places as productive and mature citizens. With the active interest and support of friends, relatives and local communities, they can do even more to raise their children in the best possible environment.

The Congress, by H.J. Res. 200, has designated March 21, 1984, as “National Single Parent Day” and has requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of that day.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 21, 1984, as National Single Parent Day. I call on the people of the United States to recognize the contributions single parents are making, sometimes under great hardships, to the lives of their children, and I ask that they volunteer their help, privately or through community organizations, to single parents who seek it to meet their aspirations for their children.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-first day of March, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-four, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

Ronald Reagan

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Spring is now in the air, and so is National Fragrance Day.  This day is observed each year on March 21st.  

Have you ever been transported back in time simply by catching the scent of loved one’s perfume? Or perhaps it was the smell of baby powder on a newborn that sent you reeling back to the days when your child was an infant.  Maybe it was a combination of ginger and molasses, and suddenly you were in your grandmother’s kitchen.
Whatever the fragrance, scents and memory are powerfully linked.  We associate summer with the smell of freshly cut grass, thunderstorms with the smell of the damp air and the acrid scent of sulfur when lightning has struck.  We often connect memories of winter holidays with warm spiced pies and cookies.
The brain is an amazing thing, and science finds out more about it every day.  Simply put, the olfactory bulb which is responsible for processing all those smells we take in is next to the hippocampus deep inside the brain.  Neuroscientists have discovered that one of the responsibilities of the hippocampus is creating new memories.  With the olfactory bulb and the hippocampus immediately adjacent,  research suggests smell and memory are closely related.
Our memories are most nearly linked to those we have loved.  Your first love may have worn a unique botanical fragrance, or perhaps the uncle who taught you to tie intricate knots smelled of cedar as he told war stories.  While we may often take a trip down memory lane by looking at a scrapbook, perhaps this time remembering our favorite fragrances will stir up memories that were long forgotten or maybe we will make some new ones.


Find some new ways to enjoy your sense of smell. Use #NationalFragranceDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the Classroom for a National Fragrance Day lesson designed for you!


Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Fragrance Day. 


National Farm Rescuer Day dedicates the third Thursday of March to those who support farmers in need.

When crisis strikes in the form of illness, injury or natural disaster, Farm Rescuers throughout the heartland get the jobs done. Whether hay needs to be baled or crops need to be harvested, these men and women plant the fields and feed the souls of the farm family when times take a turn for the worse.

What was once a community tradition is now a non-profit called Farm Rescue. Founded in 2005, Farm Rescue and its volunteers have assisted more than 400 farm and ranch families throughout the region. National Farm Rescuer Day encourages you to join the community that lends a hand when crisis strikes.

Whether a Farm Rescuer volunteers their time, talents or financial resources, their commitment is valuable. Keeping a farm running is hard work.  When the unexpected happens, many hands make the work manageable.  There are several ways to get involved with Farm Rescue and make a difference on National Farm Rescuer Day.


Consider volunteering your skills and time. Support a volunteer by being a sponsor. Make an individual donation.  Thank a Farm Rescuer and spread the word by using #BeAFarmRescuer and #FarmRescuerDay on social media.


Farm Rescue founded National Farm Rescuer Day to recognize all the amazing men and women who help get the crops in the ground or to the market from all around the country. Founded by Bill Gross in 2005, Farm Rescue has helped over 400 families across the region. In 2008, People Magazine named Farm Rescue’s Founder and President, Bill Gross, the original Farm Rescuer.  Like Gross, many Rescuers have a deep appreciation for the land and the strong community spirit found in farming and ranching. But, Rescuers come from all walks of life, from coast to coast and often generations removed from the family farm. The Registrar at National Day Calendar®  declared the day to be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of March.


3…2…1…National Countdown Day on March 21 ticks down the minutes, seconds or days to events big and small.

3…2…1…July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 launches into the atmosphere carrying the crew for the first moon landing.

3…2…1…Y2K, everyone partied like it was 1999 until the new millennium arrived.

3…2…1…January 19, 2013, Marlo Anderson quietly launched a website called National Day Calendar.

3…2…1…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!

On National Countdown Day, 03/21, we can start a countdown to just about anything. Around the office, it’s a countdown to the next celebration every day! Consider past and present countdowns of significance.

Recently parts of the United States counted down to August 21, 2017, to a total solar eclipse. The event created road trip opportunities for those within driving distance and science party lessons on rooftops in the path of the eclipse. It was a memorable countdown, indeed.  Did you miss it? Start your countdown for April 8, 2024. This solar eclipse will cover parts of Mexico, Central and Northeastern United States and just a bit of Canada.


Countdowns to royal weddings draw a lot of attention. The fanfare and commitment to tradition remind us of storybook weddings. There are several royal weddings to recall; Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer on July 29, 1981; Prince William and Catherine Middleton, April 29, 2011; Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19, 2018.

Another British countdown that keeps the world interested is the countdown to Brexit. Or is it not it?


Some favorite U.S. countdowns in the U.S. are countdowns to opening day – this could be the opening day of baseball, racing, the swimming pool or hunting season.  The countdown to tax day, election day, or even the closing bell can be a positive or ominous one. It all depends on the outcome and sometimes one depends on the results of the other countdowns!


Countdowns to summer break may be started as early as September 1 or as late as spring break.  Those who motor on two wheels like to countdown to Sturgis and sports enthusiasts have countdowns to March Madness, Gameday, and Olympic Opening Ceremonies.


On National Countdown Day, start a countdown to something significant to you.  Around National Day Calendar, we countdown to meaningful, useful, notable, unusual, quirky and remarkable events all the time. It makes us #CelebrateEveryDay.

Whether you’re counting down to a homecoming or a wedding, to your last chemo treatment or your graduation, start your countdown. What will you countdown to? Use #321Day to share on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a project dedicated to National Countdown Day.


National Day Calendar® proclaimed National Countdown Day to celebrate all the ways people countdown to important moments in our lives.

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National French Bread Day is enjoyed by millions across the United States each year on March 21st.

French bread, also known as a baguette, is a long thin loaf made from basic lean dough. It is defined by its length and its crisp crust. Over time, French law has established what is and what is not a baguette.  Beginning in 1920 a labor law prevented bakers from starting their day before 4 a.m.  Bakers adjusted by shaping their loaves of bread, so they baked more quickly and evenly.  As a result, the long, narrow loaves were found to be convenient for slicing and storing. 

The French are known for their high standards where culinary arts are concerned.  To preserve quality in their bread, laws were passed requiring minimum quantities of certain quality ingredients in each loaf of bread.


Make some fresh-baked French bread and enjoy with friends over a meal. Use #NationalFrenchBreadDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National French Bread Day.

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As part of National Nutrition Month, National California Strawberry Day is observed on March 21st.

Remember as you celebrate that along with the delicious taste of summer, strawberries are also good sources of potassium, fiber, folic acid and vitamin C. They are also low in calories, with no fat and no cholesterol.

For more information and recipes regarding California strawberries, go to http://www.californiastrawberries.com/about_strawberries.


Enjoy some California strawberries and use #CaliforniaStrawberryDay to post on social media.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National California Strawberry Day.


World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 gives people with Down Syndrome and their advocates a voice and an opportunity to be heard. It’s a day where we assemble and organize activities to promote public awareness for the genetic disorder. The goal is to educate others of the importance of supporting our friends and family who have directly and indirectly experienced life with the condition.

Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement that has always been a part of the human condition. It exists in all regions globally and commonly affects learning styles, physical characteristics, and overall health. In order to ensure proper growth and development, social learning programs are required to integrate those have Down Syndrome.

Every year, their voices grow louder, and they influence government policy, becoming more empowered. Through World Down Syndrome Day, people with Down syndrome can ensure their own advocacy and be included in their communities.


Check to see if your local school is offering any volunteer opportunities in their Integrated Learning Center. Join local events or share yours.  Find out more at worlddownsyndromeday.org and use #WorldDownSyndromeDay to share on social media.


Since 2006 Down Syndrome International has promoted World Down Syndrome Day to encourage people with Down Syndrome to help raise awareness about the condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day in December 2011.


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About National Day Calendar

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Whether you want to celebrate your favorite mail carrier and flip flops, share your joy for bacon and chocolate cake or enjoy popcorn (our office favorite) on National Popcorn Day, stay in-the-know by signing up for our e-mail updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t find yourself unprepared on Talk Like a Pirate Day or Answer the Phone Like Buddy the Elf Day – join us as we #CelebrateEveryDay!



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