• INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY – Last Saturday in April


    On the last Saturday in April, Independent Bookstore Day brings together the celebration of classics, entrepreneurship and the joy of browsing through aisles of books.


    Make your way down to your locally owned bookstore where the shop owner knows your interests. Chat with other bibliophiles over collections or discover a new favorite. Introduce nieces and nephews to your childhood favorites and let them wow you with their knowledge of the latest trilogies. Get lost in biographies or historical fiction while debating the value of a mint condition cookbook from the 1860s.


    Independent bookstores offer a peaceful place and a community often filled with local authors and voices who share stories. Visit your local independent bookstore and discover more for your imagination.  Use #IndependentBookstoreDay to share on social media.


    Samantha Schoech founded Independent Book Store Day in 2014 celebrate the passionate booksellers and readers who love them.



    National Pharmacist Day | January 12


    National Pharmacist Day on January 12th annually recognizes and honors all pharmacists across the nation. Read more…

    Kiss a Ginger Day | January 12


    On January 12th, everyone is encouraged to find their favorite redhead and give them a peck on Kiss a Ginger Day. Read more…

    National Curried Chicken Day | January 12


    Each year on January 12th, curried chicken lovers enthusiastically celebrate National Curried Chicken Day. They fill their dishes with a variety of flavorful spices and serve them to their friends and family. Read more…

    National Marzipan Day | January 12


    Join millions of people across the nation on January 12th as they participate in the annual National Marzipan Day. On January 12th, the celebration kicks off with creatively formed confections that delight the eyes and mouth! Read more…

    On Deck for January 13, 2023

    National Days
    Korean American Day
    National Peach Melba Day
    National Rubber Ducky Day
    National Sticker Day
    Stephen Foster Memorial Day
    National Blame Someone Else Day – First Friday the 13th of the Year (January 13, 2023)

    Recipe of the Day

    Peach Cobbler recipe

    Peach Cobbler
    Prep:  10 minutes
    Cook:  40 minutes
    Total Prep:  50 minutes
    Serves 9


    5 peaches, peeled, cored, and sliced (about 4 cups)
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    1/4 teaspoon salt


    6 Tablespoons melted butter
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup granulated sugar
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    3/4 cup milk
    ground cinnamon


    Preheat over to 350 degrees F.

    Place melted butter in a 9 x 13 inch baking dish and set aside.

    Cook sliced peaches, sugar and salt in a medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.

    In a large mixing bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

    Add milk until just combined.

    Spoon mixture over the butter in the baking dish into an even layer.

    Add peaches and juice.

    Sprinkle with cinnamon.

    Bake for 38-40 minutes.

    Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

    January 12th Celebrated History


    Hattie W. Caraway (D-Arkansas) wins a special election that makes her the first woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate. In November of the previous year, the Arkansas state legislature appointed Caraway to complete the term vacated by her husband Senator Thadeus Caraway’s death.


    Batman premiered on television starring Adam West as Batman. The Caped Crusader appeared in 120 episodes that aired on ABC.


    The Alcor Life Extension Foundation cryogenically preserved the first person with the intention of being resuscitated in the future. Upon his death, psychology professor Dr. James H. Bedford of California achieved half his dream of being placed in cryogenic suspension. It remains to be seen whether or not he will see the other half of his dream and survive to be re-animated.


    Dr. Franklin R. Chang-Diaz launches into space aboard the space shuttle Columbia 7 and becomes the first Hispanic person in space.

    January 12th Celebrated Birthdays

    Jack London – 1876

    The American novelist and short-story writer brought outdoor survival stories to life. He’s best known for The Call of the Wild and White Fang.

    Ruth R. Benerito – 1916

    The American chemist revolutionized both the textile and the laundry industry with her creation of a wrinkle, stain, and flame resistant fabric.

    James Farmer – 1920

    The American civil rights activist co-founded the Congress of Racial Equality and worked alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

    Ira Hamilton Hays – 1922

    During World War II, Hays and five other U.S. Marines raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi at Iwo Jima during the six-week siege on the island. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured the event on film. The photo would later be used to create the Marine War Memorial at Arlington, Virginia. The names of the other Marines are:

    • Sergeant Michael Strank (KIA)
    • Corporal Harlon Block (KIA)
    • Private First Class Franklin Sousley (KIA)
    • Corporal Harold Schultz
    • Corporal Harold Keller
    Jeff Bezos – 1964

    In 1994, the American businessman founded the technology company Amazon.com, Inc. At the time, the company branded itself as an online bookstore. Its services have since expanded.

    Hal – 1992

    According to the book, 2001 A Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer became operational on this day in 1997 in Urbana, Illinois. (The film uses the year 1992.)

    About National Day Calendar

    National Day Calendar is the original and authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we have been tracking the National Days, National Weeks, National Months, and International Days. We became the first calendar of its kind to curate the days all in one place and tell their stories, too! Here at National Day Calendar, we are on a mission to Celebrate Every Day with you! And by you, we mean families, businesses, educators, and strangers we meet on the street. There’s more than one day for everyone.

    At National Day Calendar, we discovered the National Days have a way of inspiring us. We’re honored to tell the stories behind the days and provide you with informational ways to incorporate the National Days into your business, family, schools, and home!

  • CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK – First Full Week in May and November


    The annual event promotes literacy and encourages us to attend events at schools, libraries and bookstores. We can even host an event in our homes. However we can encourage a young reader to open a book and discover the world of reading, Children’s Book Week encourages you to do it.

    Books are a gateway to adventure, education, knowledge, and other worlds. They open our imagination and introduce us to language we might not have otherwise been exposed. Our ability to read is one of those tools that no one can ever take away from us and giving the skill to someone else, especially a child, empowers them to direct their own future.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #ChildrensBookWeek

    Give a child the gift of a book. There are many ways you can do this. This writer personally has a list of favorite children’s books she gives away on special occasions. Children’s Book Week is another special occasion for giving away those favorite books. Other ways to participate include:

    • Taking children to the bookstore or library to select books to read or purchase.
    • Read to a child. Children who are read to want to learn to read.
    • Teach a child to read. Whether they learn sight words or begin with a basic book, children who read have more opportunities.
    • Donate books to a school, shelter, or veterans’ clinic. Children will read the books left there.
    • Support your local bookstores. They often schedule children’s reading times with local authors. The more young readers are exposed to a variety of authors, the more their interests grow, too!
    • Visit www.childrensbookweek.net for resources and downloadable posters.


    Every Child A Reader, a 501 (c)(3) literacy organization, administers Children’s Book Week. The observance was established in 1919 and is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the United States.

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  • WORLD BOOK NIGHT – April 23


    Every year on April 23rd, World Book Night brings people from all backgrounds together to celebrate books and reading. It’s also a time to encourage adults to take the time and read at night.

    What do you do with your free time? According to a recent survey, most people around the world spend their free time sleeping. Others use their free time to complete household chores or go shopping. Some use it to volunteer. Many people also spend their free time hanging out with friends, listening to the radio, watching television, or looking at social media.
    Sadly, not very many people spend this time reading. In some countries like the UK, only 69 percent of adults read during their free time. In the United States, individuals between the ages of 15 to 44 read an average of 10 minutes a day. What these people don’t realize is the benefits they are missing out on.

    Reading includes many surprising benefits, too:

    • Reading increases empathy, which helps to improve relationships with others.
    • It makes people feel more connected to a wider community.
    • Reading books reduces symptoms of depression and increases a sense of wellbeing.
    • It helps provide insight into the worldview of others.
    • It helps students to enlarge their vocabularies and perform better academically.
    • Reading provides a better understanding of one’s own identity as well as the identity of others.

    For those who love to read or want to read more, the good news is, there are so many great books from which to choose! Even better than that is you don’t even have to buy a book. Simply check out books from the library. There are also many websites, such as Open Library, that allow you to download free e-books.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldBookNight

    During the evening, many libraries, bookstores, and public squares hold live book readings. Also, on this day, organizations that promote reading donate books to prisons, libraries, hospitals, and homeless shelters. This is the perfect time to spend your leisure time in the evening reading a book. You can also read a book to your children. Other ways to participate in this day include starting a book club with friends or donating your used books to those in need.


    An English publisher named Jamie Byng came up with the idea of a World Book Night. The event was conceived in 2010 during a round table discussion at the Book Industry Conference. The purpose would be to get more adults to read. The first World Book Night was held in the UK and Ireland on March 5, 2011. In 2012, the date was moved to April 23rd. This date coincided with UNESCO’s International Day of the Book. April 23rd is also believed to be the birthdate of William Shakespeare. At one time, the United States also celebrated World Book Night. Unfortunately, the U.S. called it quits due to the high cost of distributing free books and a lack of funding.



    Celebrate all your favorite cocktails on March 24th. National Cocktail Day ushers in all the best ways to savor a beverage at the end of a long workday. Whether you like a fruity drink, blended or on the rocks, this day is for you. Mocktail, virgin, or the real thing, celebrate the lemon, lime, bitters, liquors, and liqueurs that make your favorite beverages the best in your bartender book.

    It’s probably no surprise that nearly every month on the calendar celebrates a cocktail. The only exception is April, and since it’s National Alcohol Awareness Month, it makes sense to take that month off.

    A cocktail contains a spirit or a mix of spirits. While a beer is not considered a cocktail, there are beer cocktails where beer is added to a distilled ingredient. The same applies to wine.

    The other months pay homage to histories, ingredients, and the makers of some legendary cocktails. January begins the year dedicating a day to the Bloody Mary, and there’s also a day for her Canadian counterpart, the Bloody Caesar, in May. January also devotes an entire week to Mocktails. In February, you can celebrate the Margarita and Kahlua. March brings us International Whisk(e)y Day, among others. Skipping back to May, you can imbibe in both Palomas and Mimosas for your celebrations.

    June & July

    June and July compete for the most cocktail-related days. From Martinis and Bourbon in June to Pina Coladas and Daiquiris in July, the two months cover the spectrum. There are even a few bottles of wine in between. Not only do they celebrate specific cocktails but they also celebrate the places we enjoy them. National Dive Bar Day in July invites us to celebrate the places that serve our favorite cocktails, even if it’s an ice-cold beer.

    The rest of the year covers all our chilled and heated cocktails. By December, we readily reminisce National Repeal Day and the Bartenders who keep that era and the skills alive.

    We have only skimmed the surface of the cocktails celebrated on the calendar, so National Cocktail Day allows you to celebrate whichever one you like!

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCocktailDay

    • Create your favorite cocktail to celebrate.
    • Explore cocktail ingredients or read a bartender’s manual.
    • Learn the finer elements of mixing cocktails and expand your home bar.
    • Visit a speakeasy or take a tour of your favorite distillery.
    • Host a cocktail tasting session. Create a classic menu with a professional bartender who provides history and describes the nuances behind the ingredients.
    • Attend a cocktail tasting party. You will learn more about how and why ingredients are combined the way they are.
    • Visit your local bookstore and pick up a cocktail or bar book. Follow the recipes and read about the histories these bartenders share. We recommend The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fielder, The Art and Science of The Perfect Cocktail by Janice Dreese, and Craft Cocktails at Home: Offbeat Techniques, Contemporary Crowd-Pleasers, and Classics Hacked with Science by Kevin Liu.
    • Visit your local bar and pick your bartender’s brain. Some like to share their techniques. Ask them what their favorite cocktail is. And, be sure to tip them well for their advice and service.
    • Try making a mocktail. Especially on those weeknights when work is busy, and you need to keep up. Many of them infuse nutrients many of us are lacking. Keep these recipes on hand for your friends who are designated drivers, sober for life, supporting a friend, or for any reason.
    • As always, ANY TIME we are indulging in spirits and alcohol, DON’T drink and drive. Designate a sober driver. Call a taxi, Uber, Lyft, or friend.
    • When you celebrate, share your favorites by using #NationalCocktailDay on social media.


    Jace Shoemaker Galloway founded National Cocktail Day in 2013

    Cocktail FAQ

    Q. What is the most popular spirit used in cocktails?
    A. Vodka is most commonly used as a base spirit for cocktails. It’s a versatile alcohol, and makers infuse it with many different flavors adding to its appeal. It also pairs well with simple or complex ingredients.

    Q. What kinds of tools do I need to make great cocktails?
    A. The ingredients are the most important tool in your bar collection. However, some of the most essential tools for making cocktails include a shaker, strainer, corkscrew, and muddler. Other tools that make your mixing easier include ice tongs, spoons, pourers, and straws.

  • CLASSROOM – Small Business

    CLASSROOM – Small Business

    Small Business and the classroom go hand in hand. Many of them support our classrooms in many ways. So it shouldn’t surprise us that some of our students grow up to be small business owners, either. What better way to celebrate them than to create a project that challenges our students to think like business owners. We did just that. We also encourage you to participate fully in any programs your small businesses support in your classroom. These presentations encourage entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity, and self-starters. Challenge your students to immerse themselves and take full advantage of the opportunities your local leaders have to offer. Their mentorship is priceless!


    Download and print this week’s project and give your students the opportunity to explore the national days in their own way. It might surprise you what they discover! We’re often surprised by our own discoveries!

    Celebrate Every Day in the Classroom by:

    1. Asking a question about the day or observance and finding the answer.
    2. Exploring the subject further. Whether you read a book, interview an expert, watch a documentary, or run an experiment, there is always more to learn about the observance.
    3. Writing about the day or observance. You can write about what you learned or what the day means to you.
    4. Telling someone about the day. You might be sharing information that is helpful to someone. Or, you might brighten someone’s day.
    5. Solving a problem. Many observances discuss issues around the world that need fixing. How would you fix it?
    6. Being creative. Draw, paint, build, design, bake, create your idea of what the observance means.

    Of course, as always, sharing on social media isn’t required; learning is. But if you do, please use #NDCClassroom to share on social media.


    When it comes to showing children what it’s like to run a small business, educators and families can try this project at home or in the classroom. How? Designate separate areas of the classroom or house as a small business.

    At home, here are several examples:
    • Kitchen = grocery or diner
    • Livingroom = theater or arcade
    • Bedroom = inn, clothing store
    • Playroom = bookstore, toystore, daycare
    • Laundry room = laundry, dry cleaner
    In the classroom, try this:
    • IT = Assign someone the responsibility/job of repairing, maintaining the classroom computers. If someone needs to do research online, they get paid.
    • Plumbing = Who maintains the water and flushing in the school? Every time someone goes the bathroom, they get paid. 
    • Baker = Does someone have a birthday? You know what to do. Even if the cupcakes are imaginary, they will likely be delicious!
    • Music shop = This person rents musical instruments to the school. 
    • Bookstore = How many books do you want to read this summer? A local bookstore will have new and used books. You can also borrow from your library for free. 

    Break out the Monopoly money and divide it up between the kids. Download and print the ledger we created and have your children create their own business. Now, everyone in the house is also a customer. Spend the day being business owners AND customers in your own home. The businesses you decide to create will require each person to make purchases to use them. As you divide your home into businesses, be sure to think about your home as a community and how it all works together. 

    We also offer another challenge. Check it out!

    Week 4 Challenge

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    Every year on March 19th, children are encouraged to remind the adults in their life to read to them. The day also empowers children to participate in the conversation about their own literacy.

    You have probably heard that it takes a village to raise a child. On International Read to Me Day, anyone in a child’s village are encouraged to read to them. This could be a parent, grandparent, teacher, librarian, mentor, older sibling, or a friend of the family. It doesn’t matter who does the reading. All that matters is that anyone in the child’s village reads to them on a regular basis.

    Children who are read to 3 to 4 times a week have reading ages that are six months ahead of those who only get read to once or twice a week. Reading to children every day nearly doubles their progress. This means these children are one year ahead of other children. When children are read to, or they read themselves, it can help them perform well on reading tests.

    Other benefits of reading to children include:

    • teaching children about the world around them
    • helping improve their vocabulary and language skills
    • developing their imagination
    • helping them develop empathy
    • quality time for adults and children to spend together

    Children love being read to, so why not enjoy this activity with them as often as possible? They will greatly benefit from it if you do.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalReadToMeDay

    Schools, libraries, and communities all around the world take part in this day. The best way to take part is to read a book to a child. If you don’t have children of your own, find a child in your life and spend time reading to them. You could even read to a group of children.

    If you’re looking for book ideas, here are some classics for children of all ages:

    • Charlotte’s Web by E.B White
    • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    • The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne
    • The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
    • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss
    • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
    • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

    Other ways to participate including going to your local library or bookstore for story hour. You could also organize a book drive in your community. This is one day that you can #CelebrateEveryDay. Don’t forget to share this day on social media with #InternationalReadToMeDay.


    Emma Mactaggart, the founder of a literacy advocacy organization called Child Writes, founded International Read to Me Day in 2018. Child Writes is based in Australia but International Read to Me Day has spread to other countries including the UK, Canada, Iran, and Panama. One of Mactaggart’s famous quotes is, “It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village.”


  • WORLD READ ALOUD DAY – Beginning of February


    Every year during the beginning of February, World Read Aloud Day highlights the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories. Participants are encouraged to select a book, find a friend, and read aloud. The day also encourages parents to read aloud to their children.

    It’s never too early for parents to start reading to their children. When parents read aloud to their kids, it helps foster language development and social-emotional learning. Additionally, reading aloud promotes happiness in children. When parents read to their children, it creates a spark in children to become joyful readers themselves. Also, both children and parents enjoy the special bond that gets created when parents read to their children.

    Other benefits of reading aloud include:

    • helping children acquire a larger vocabulary
    • building a connection between the spoken and written word
    • helping to increase attention span
    • strengthens a child’s cognition
    • providing a safe way to explore strong emotions

    When reading aloud, parents should not read books that are too difficult or too easy. They should also find a place to read where there are minimal distractions. Parents should ensure they allow enough time to read the book. It’s important to read the book from beginning to end.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldReadAloudDay

    Millions of people in over 170 countries celebrate this day. In 2019, the special day of reading was on the top trending hashtags on Twitter. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker and Chelsea Clinton have participated in the event.

    It’s easy to participate. Simply find someone or a group of people to read a book to. Parents can read to their children. Kids can practice reading aloud by sharing their favorite story with friends or family. Some people even read aloud to their pets. If you want to participate in a read-aloud event in your community, check with the library or bookstore.

    To spread awareness for the day, use #WorldReadAloudDay on social media. Be sure to post a pic of the book you read aloud! Remember, this is one day that parents and children can #CelebrateEveryDay.


    LitWorld, a nonprofit organization that promotes literacy, created World Read Aloud Day in 2010. Their mission is to strengthen kids and communities through the power of stories. The well-known book publisher, Scholastic, sponsors World Read Aloud Day.



    Slow down. In fact, try moseying around. June 19 is World Sauntering Day. The day counters the attention given to jogging and encourages people to stroll, ramble, and wander.

    Sauntering is a style of walking. A saunter is a slow walk which carries a cheerful attitude. Those who saunter don’t hurry. They absorb the wonders of nature and contemplate the weather. A rare saunterer plots a course, nor do they know their destination. Time? There’s no schedule.

    A wooded path or beach make for excellent saunters. They offer visual and auditory stimulation while allowing the mind to wander. Tranquil city parks present plenty of people watching opportunities as well as comfortable benches and scenic views to ponder on a lazy afternoon.

    The windrow of an open field leading to nowhere would be the perfect sauntering place of a naturalist such as Henry David Thoreau or John Burroughs, two famous saunters.


    Step out the back door or take time on your lunch break. Stroll down a quiet lane or in the park. Saunter down to your favorite bookstore. Take in the view, the people, the scenery – leisurely. Use #WorldSaunteringDay to share on social media.


    W.T. Rave created World Sauntering Day in 1979 after jogging began to grow in popularity. He wanted people to slow down and appreciate the world around them. The idea came to him while vacationing at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Perhaps the hotel’s world’s longest porch at 660 feet offered a perfect sauntering place for inspiration.



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    National Gardening Day - April 14


    National Gardening Day on April 14 is the perfect time for gardeners and would-be gardeners to pick up a shovel and some seeds and kick-off a beautiful year of homegrown bounty.

    Whether you want to grow vegetables, fruit, flowers, houseplants, or anything in between, National Gardening Day celebrates a satisfying pastime that you will enjoy for decades. Growing your own food also lets you provide fresh and natural nourishment for your family for a fraction of grocery store prices.

    National Gardening Day is a call to action to get out and grow flower or vegetable gardens regardless of whether you plant in the ground, in containers, in straw bales or a square foot gardening box.

    There are many ways that you can observe National Gardening Day including:

    • Find the right book, guide or resource for your needs at Cool Springs Press, county extension service, the local bookstore or library.
    • Sign up for a gardening course in your area, or find a Square Foot Gardening course with a Square Foot Gardening Certified Instructor.
    • Look for a community garden in your area.
    • Organize a seed and perennial plant swap with neighbors and friends.
    • Join a garden club. There isn’t one near? Start one!
    • Visit your local nursery or garden center—you will be amazed and excited by all the beautiful options
    • Visit Quarto Homes on Facebook and Instagram for more gardening information
    • Share on social media using #NationalGardeningDay #diygarden.


    Cool Springs Presscspblack, an imprint of The Quarto Group, founded National Gardening Day on April 14 to celebrate gardening and to encourage home gardeners and students to learn more about how to garden.

    The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Gardening Day to be observed annually in 2018.

    About Cool Springs Press
    Cool Springs Press, an Imprint of The Quarto Group, is a leading publisher of step-by-step how-to books for both DIY gardening and home improvement, including books on Many different gardening methods.

    There are over 1,500 national days. Don’t miss a single one. Celebrate Every Day with National Day Calendar!