National Holidays in April {Wacky, Unique and Fun}


Some of these National Holidays in April are based on traditions or religion, while others are bizarre or a bit unique. Even though we are stuck at home, there are lots of ideas to keep your family busy. Get creative and have fun celebrating these days!

Sometimes these “holidays” are celebrated more than once a year or are similar in nature. If we missed a day that you think should be on the list, comment below.

Scroll to the bottom to see a list of holidays that are celebrated all month in April.

Also, our April Guide has a different spin this month. You’ll find lots of ideas to keep the family entertained such as outdoor activities, at-home workouts, virtual field trips, books, podcasts, indoor entertainment, what Columbus businesses are offering online classes or activities and more!

National Holidays in April

April 1

April Fools’ Day

National Walking Day

  • Although not all of the options are available at the Metro Parks (ex. no playground use) here’s an overview of some Central Ohio Metro Parks to visit.

April 2

National Burrito Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

  • Make a PB&J sandwich! Support a local business, Crazy Richards and pick up one of their products at the store.

World Autism Awareness Day

April 3

National Find a Rainbow Day

National Chocolate Mousse Day

April 4

National Hug a Newsperson Day

  • You can’t hug them this year but you can send them a nice message on social media.

National Handmade Day

April 5

National Deep Dish Pizza Day

  • This post- National Deep Dish Pizza Day highlights a few Columbus pizza shops. Although you can’t in the restaurant, you could still order take out. Keep scrolling to the bottom of the post to find ideas on educational family-friendly activities you can do that involve pizza.

holidays in April include Deep Dish Pizza DayNational Caramel Day

  • Nothing like deep dish pizza for dinner and caramel for dessert! Here’s a recipe for Homemade Salted Caramel and a bunch of ideas for what you eat with the salted caramel.

National Read a Roadmap Day

  • Now that many cars and phones are equipped with GPS, reading maps isn’t very common. But, break out a road map and teach the kids how to use it. Here are some other ideas for National Read a Roadmap Day.

Geologists Day

  • Learn a bit about geology by going on a rock hunt around the neighborhood. Observe the rocks that you find and discuss the color, luster, size, weight, and hardness.
  • For an art project with rocks, you could design Kindness Rocks.
  • Go on Geology for Kids for games, experiments, videos and more.

April 6

National Caramel Popcorn Day

  • Add some caramel to your popcorn for family movie night. Need some ideas on shows to watch? Check out this list of movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and Disney +: Movies

April 7

National Beer Day

World Health Day

National No Housework Day

April 8

National Empanada Day

  • This recipe delivers all the food groups in one package, discreetly mixing in healthy vegetables, fruits, and fats (olive oil). Empanada Recipe


National Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

National Unicorn Day

April 10

Good Friday

Day of Silence

National Hug Your Dog Day

National Siblings Day

April 11

National Pet Day

April 12


National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

grilled cheese sandwiches in Columbus

  • There seems to be no true consensus on just how to make the perfect grilled cheese so take a look at these different grilled cheese recipes.

April 13

National Make Lunch Count Day

  • Make a decadent lunch or find a creative place to eat for today.

National Scrabble Day

  • Get out the board game or download one of the Scrabble apps.

April 14

National Look up at the Sky Day

April 15

National Laundry Day

  • Doesn’t that feel like it is every day?!

Tax Day

  • delayed this year

Titanic Remembrance Day

April 16

Wear Pajamas to Work Day

  • With working at home, most of us have been doing this daily.

Save the Elephant Day

  • Here are lots of ideas on how you can Help Elephants. (World Elephant Day is August 12 so that is another day devoted to these animals.)
  • Read some elephant facts and learn more about these majestic creatures.

April 17

National Cheeseball Day

April 18

Husband Appreciation Day

April 19

National Garlic Day

National Hanging Out Day

  • Use a clothesline to hang up your laundry for drying.

April 20

Chinese Language Day

National Look-Alike-Day

  • Coordinate your outfit with a family member. Find some stores and online shops that frequently sell matching clothes- Never Out of Style.

National Cheddar Fries Day

  • Cheese fries are so yummy!

National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day

April 21

National Kindergarten Day

April 22

Administrative Professionals Day

  • Send a card, email or text to the office staff to let them know you appreciate them and miss seeing them in person.

Earth Day

earth day ideas

National Jelly Bean Day

Girl Scout Leader Day

  • Use #GirlScoutLeaderDay on social media and thank a troop leader.

April 23

National Picnic Day

  • Grab a blanket or towel and have a picnic in your backyard.

World Book Day

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

  • If you are working from home, then you will be participating in this one!


April 24

National Arbor Day

National Pigs in a Blanket Day

National Teach Children to Save Day

Money Tips

April 25

National Telephone Day

April 26

National Pretzel Day

April 27

National Prime Rib Day

Tell a Story Day

  • Tell your children a story from your childhood. Pull out a scrapbook or old photos to spark a conversation.

April 28

National Superhero Day

  • Dress like your favorite superhero. Remember not all superheroes wear capes!

April 29

International Dance Day

International Guide Dog Day

National Shrimp Scampi Day

April 30

International Jazz Day

National Poem in Your Pocket Day

  • Write a poem or find a poem and stick it in your pocket to read to others. These websites have poems suitable for kids: and

National Raisin Day

  • Make ants on a log or oatmeal and raisin cookies.

National Hairstyle Appreciation Day

  • If you’ve been wanting to try a new hairstyle, today might be the day to rock it.
  • Chances are you have been cutting your own hair at home. That probably makes you miss and appreciate your hairstylist. Here are 10 Reasons Why Your Hairstylist is Your Best Friend.

Holidays in April to Celebrate All Month

Keep America Beautiful Month

  • Go out and pick up some trash in your neighborhood.

Move More Month

Couple Appreciation Month

  • Schedule an at-home date night with your partner.

National Decorating Month

National Garden Month

National Humor Month

  • Need a good laugh? Our writing team has put together a list of some of our biggest Parenting “Fails”.

National Inventors Month

  • Do a little biography research on someone. Ducksters is a good website for kids. There’s also the Who Was? series of books and they’ve also turned some of those into Netflix shows but I haven’t watched them yet.

National Pet Month

Stress Awareness Month

National Poetry Month

  • A local poet, Darren C. Demaree reads aloud poetry on the Youtube Channel Garden Bug Poetry.

I hope these ideas spark your imagination and bring your family something to look forward to each day. Hang in there and enjoy these holidays in April!

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Amy Onifer
Amy is an "on the go momma" to two spunky and fun loving kids (ages 9 & 8). She came to Columbus to pursue a career in elementary education and decided this was home. She’s an avid traveler, yet can’t master the art of packing. Her philosophy is bring it all because you don’t know if you’re going to need it. If you ever decide to take a trip with her, don’t worry about bringing a camera because she’ll take enough photos of the experience that it will likely crash your hard drive. Before kids, you could find everything neatly organized and straight vacuum lines in her carpet, but these days she's not bothered with worrying about the small stuff. You can catch her belting out her favorite song, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and using her two left feet to bust a move with her family during their frequent impromptu dance parties. She loves living in such a family-friendly city!