January Holidays and Observances You’ll Want to Celebrate This Year

Cameron Jenkins

You can definitely celebrate the new year all month long, but you should also give a little more love to the other holidays and observances in January. After all, the month has 31 days, and a ton of important and fun things to acknowledge at the start of 2023.

There are some national holidays that are observed traditionally in the United States, like Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 18, and others that are a bit more obscure, like Opposite Day, which falls on January 25 this year. You may also be surprised to learn about all the weekly holidays and observances that last the entire month, including Dry January and Cervical Health Awareness Month.

So, whether you’re hoping to add to your list of fun facts about January or are looking for some of the best days to celebrate this month, our calendar has everything you need for an epic start to 2023.

January Holidays and Observances

  • January 1: New Year’s Day, National Hangover Day
  • January 2: National Science Fiction Day, National Thank God It’s Monday Day, World Introvert Day
  • January 3: J.R.R. Tolkien Day, Festival of Sleep Day, Humiliation Day
  • January 4: Trivia Day, National Spaghetti Day
  • January 5: National Bird Day, National Keto Day
  • January 6: Sherlock Holmes’ Birthday, Cuddle Up Day, Bean Day
  • January 7: Old Rock Day, Orthodox Christmas
  • January 8: Bubble Bath Day, World Typing Day
  • January 9: National Static Electricity Day, National Word Nerd Day
  • January 10: Peculiar People Day, Houseplant Appreciation Day, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • January 11: Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day
  • January 12: National Pharmacist Day, National Hot Tea Day
  • January 13: Make Your Dream Come True Day, National Rubber Ducky Day
  • January 14: Dress Up Your Pet Day, World Logic Day
  • January 15: National Hat Day, National Bagel Day
  • January 16: Appreciate a Dragon Day, National Nothing Day
  • January 17: Benjamin Franklin Day, Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
  • January 18: Thesaurus Day, Winnie the Pooh Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed on the third Monday of January)
  • January 19: National Popcorn Day, National Tin Can Day
  • January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day, Penguin Awareness Day
  • January 21: National Hugging Day, Squirrel Appreciation Day
  • January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
  • January 23: National Handwriting Day, National Pie Day
  • January 24: Compliment Day, Belly Laugh Day
  • January 25: Opposite Day
  • January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day, Punch the Clock Day
  • January 28: National Kazoo Day, Data Privacy Day
  • January 29: National Puzzle Day, National Corn Chip Day
  • January 30: Draw a Dinosaur Day, National Croissant Day
  • January 31: Backward Day, Inspire Your Heart With Art Day

Week-Long Observances

  • Diet Resolution Week – First Week
  • National Silent Record Week – First Week
  • Celebration of Life Week – First Week
  • New Year’s Resolutions Week – First Week
  • National Mocktail Week – Second Week
  • National Folic Acid Awareness Week – Second Week
  • National Pizza Week – Begins the second Sunday of January and lasts seven days
  • Universal Letter Writing Week – Begins the second Sunday of January
  • Home Office Safety and Security Week – Second Week
  • Cuckoo Dancing Week – Begins on January 11 and lasts seven days
  • World Kiwanis Week – Third Week
  • Hunt for Happiness Week – Third Week
  • National Healthy Weight Week – Begins third Sunday in January
  • International Snowmobile Safety and Awareness Week – Begins the third Saturday of January and lasts eight days
  • National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week – Begins the Third Sunday in January and lasts seven days

Holidays Observed All Month

  • Cervical Health Awareness Month
  • Dry January
  • Hot Tea Month
  • International Creativity Month
  • It’s OK to Be Different Month
  • National Bath Safety Month
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month
  • National Blood Donor Month
  • National Braille Literacy Month
  • National Get Organized Month
  • National Glaucoma Awareness Month
  • National Hobby Month
  • National Mentoring Month
  • National Oatmeal Month
  • National Soup Month
  • National Stalking Awareness Month
  • National Train Your Dog Month
  • National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month
  • Reach Your Potential Month
  • Thyroid Awareness Month
  • Veganuary

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