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September is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries,  and more! So, if you are looking for a reason to celebrate, a classroom theme,  a special topic to study, this day in history trivia, club meeting ideas, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in September, 2017 has lots to choose from!

Resources for teaching through September, including a PDF of September’s Special Days, can be found at the end of this list.

September Themes

  • ADHD Awareness
  • Alopecia Areatas Awareness
  • Animal Remembrance
  • Atrial Fibrillation Month
  • Baby Safety
  • Back to School
  • Backpack Safety America
  • Be Kind to Editors and Writers
  • Blackpool Illuminations
  • Campus Safety
  • Chicken
  • Child Awareness
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Children’s Eye Health and Safety
  • Children’s Good Manners
  • Church Clipping
  • Classical Music
  • College Savings
  • Conkers
  • Coupon
  • Courtesy
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • DNA, Genomics, and Stem Cell Education
  • Fall Hat
  • Guide Dogs
  • Gynecology Cancer Awareness
  • Happy Cat
  • Hat Month
  • Head Lice Prevention
  • Healthy Aging
  • Hispanic Heritage
  • Home Furnishings
  • Hunger Action
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness
  • Library Card Sign-Up
  • Literacy
  • Little League
  • Million Minute Family Challenge (Sept. – Dec.)
  • Mold Awareness
  • One-On-One
  • People Skills
  • Piano
  • Preparedness
  • Prosper Where You Are Planted
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness
  • Read a New Book
  • Responsible Dog Ownership
  • Save a Koala
  • Save a Tiger
  • Sea Cadet
  • School Success
  • Self Improvement
  • Self-Awareness Month
  • Sewing
  • Shameless Promotion
  • Skin Care Awareness
  • Square Dancing
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Subliminal Communications
  • Update Your Resume
  • Women of Achievement
  • Women’s Friendship
  • World Animal Remembrance Month

September Food Themes

  • All American Breakfast
  • Apple
  • Better Breakfast
  • Blueberry Popsicle
  • Chicken
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness
  • Cholesterol Education
  • Food Safety Education
  • Fruit and Veggies — More Matters
  • Honey
  • Ice Cream Shake
  • Mushroom
  • Organic Harvest
  • Papaya
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Whole Grains

September 2017 Daily Specials  (the * behind the special day means that the day falls on a different date from year to year)

Sept. 1

  • Calendar Adjustment Day
  • Cherry Popover Day
  • Chicken Boy’s Day
  • Eid al-Adha *
  • Emma M. Nutt Day
  • Enthusiasm Week begins
  • Lazy Mom’s Day * (1st Fri.)
  • No Rhyme Nor Reason Day
  • Nutrition Week begins
  • Self-University Week begins

Sept. 2

  • Bison-ten Yell Day
  • Blueberry Popsicle Day
  • Great Fire of London – 1666
  • Hummingbird Day * (1st Sat.)
  • US Treasury Dept. established 1789
  • Writing Day * (1st Sat.)
  •  VJ Day 1945
  • Vietnam Independence 1945

Sept. 3

  • Afternoon Tea Day
  • American Flag 1st Flown in Battle 1777
  • Buffalo Chicken Wings Days * (Sat. and Sun. before Labor Day)
  • Father’s Day (Australia and New Zealand) * (1st Sun.)
  • National Wilderness system established 1964
  • Penicillin Discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 15 and others Sept. 30)
  • Qatar Independence 1971
  • San Marino Independence 301 AD
  • Skyscraper Day
  • Treaty of Paris signed  1783
  • National Welsh Rarebit Day
  • Waffle Week begins * (1st full week)
  • WWII – Great Britain, France, New Zealand, and Australia declare war on Germany Sept. 3-15,1939

Sept. 4

  • Labor Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Inventor Lewis Howard Latimer born 1848
  • Macadamia Nut Day
  • Newspaper Carrier Day
  • Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week begins
  • Missionary Marcus Whitman born 1802
  • Wildlife Day

Sept. 5

  • Another Look Unlimited Day * (Tues. after Labor Day)
  • Bacon Day
  • Be Late For Something Day
  • Cheese Pizza Day
  • International Day of Charity
  • Cowboy/Outlaw Jesse James born 1847
  • Suicide Prevention Week begins
  • Voyager 1 launched 1977

Sept. 6

  • Jane Addams born 1860
  • Coffee Ice Cream Day
  • Fight Procrastination Day
  • Horn Dance Day
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • Magellan Completed 1st Circumnavigation of the World 1527
  • 1620 – Pilgrims Set Sail to the New World
  • Read a Book Day
  • Swaziland Independence 1968

Sept. 7

  • Acorn Squash Day
  • Brazil Independence 1822
  • Queen Elizabeth 1 born 1533
  • Grace Darling Day
  • Feel the Love Day
  • Google founded 1996
  • Artist, Grandma Moses born 1860
  • Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
  • Raggedy Ann patented 1915
  • Salami Day
  • Superhuman Day
  • Threatened Species Day

Sept. 8

  • Date Nut Bread
  • Iguana Awareness Day
  • Inca Ice Maiden Day
  • International Literacy Day
  • 1519 – Magellan Set Sail for the 1st Around the World Voyage
  • Pardon Day
  • Physical Therapy Day
  • Popcorn Festival begins
  • Stand Up to Cancer Day  * (2nd Fri.)
  • 1st Star Trek TV broadcast 1966
  • Virgin Mary born  20 BC

Sept. 9

  • California Statehood 1850
  • Chrysanthemum Day
  • Clean Out Your Garage Day * (Sat. after Labor Day)
  • Drive Your Studebaker Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Farmer’s Consumer Awareness Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Trail of Tears Commemoration Day * (weekend after Labor Day)
  • Wienerschnitzel Day
  • Wonderful Weirdos Day

Sept. 10

  • Grandparents Day * (Sun. after Labor Day)
  • Hug Your Hound Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Pet Memorial Day * (2nd Sun.)
  • Sewing Machine Patented 1846
  • Suicide Prevention Day
  • Swap Ideas Day
  • TV Dinner Day
  • Vegetarian Awareness Week begins * (2nd full week)

Sept. 11

  • Assisted Living Week begins
  • Boss/Employee Exchange Day * (2nd Mon.)
  • Day of Service and Remembrance
  • Emergency Number Day
  • Horn Dance * (Mon. after the 4th)
  • Hot Cross Bun Day
  • I Want to Start My Own Business Day
  • Last Night of the Proms
  • Libraries Remember Day
  • Line Dance Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Make Your Bed Day
  • No News Is Good News Day
  • Odd Day
  • 9-11-2001 Remembrance Day / Patriot Day

Sept. 12

  • Ants on a Log Day *  (2nd Tues.)
  • Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning married 1846
  • Chocolate Milkshake Day
  • Cleopatra’s Needle erected 1878
  • Day of Encouragement
  • Lascaux Cave Painting Discovery 1940
  • UN Day for South – South Cooperation
  • Video Game Day

Sept. 13

  • Bald is Beautiful Day
  • Celiac Awareness Day
  • Chocolate Day
  • Author, Roald Dahl born 1916
  • Defy Superstition Day
  • Fortune Cookie Day
  • Milton Snavely Hershey (founder of Hershey’s Chocolate) born 1857
  • Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
  • Peanut Day
  • Positive Thinking Day
  • Programmers’ Day (256th day of the year)
  • Snack a Pickle Time
  • Uncle Sam Day

Sept. 14

  • Creme Filled Donut Day
  • Eat a Hoagie Day
  • Handel’s ‘Messiah’ composed 1741
  • Holly Rood Day
  • Margaret Sanger born 1879
  • 1814 – Star Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key
  • World Maritime Day

Sept. 15

  • Battle of Britain Day 1940
  • Author Agatha Christie born 1890
  • Costa Rica Independence 1821
  • El Salvador Independence 1821
  • Guatemala Independence 1821
  • Honduras Independence 1821
  • Nicaragua Independence 1821
  • Felt Hat Day
  • Greenpeace founded 1971
  • International Day of Democracy
  • Dot Day
  • Farm Animals Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • LGBT Awareness Day
  • Linguine Day
  • Make a Hat Day
  • Neonatal Nurses Day
  • Penicillin discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 3 and others say Sept. 30)
  • POW/MIA Recognition Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Software Freedom Day
  • President William B. Taft born 1857
  • Tradesmen Day * (3rd Fri.)

Sept. 16

  • Anna Bradstreet Day
  • Big Whopper Liar Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
  • Coastal Cleanup Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Collect Rocks Day
  • Illusionist David Copperfield born 1956
  • Eat an Apple Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Gedaliah
  • Guacamole Day
  • Mayflower Day
  • Mexican Independence Day 1810
  • Play-Doh introduced 1955
  • Ozone Preservation Day
  • Papua New Guinea Independence 1975
  • Red Panda Day (3rd Sat.)
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Day (3rd Sat.)
  • Author, H.A. Rey born 1898
  • Stay Away from Seattle Day
  • Step Family Day
  • Wife Appreciation Day  * (3rd Sat.)
  • Working Parents Day
  • Wrinkled Raincoat Day

Sept. 17

  • Apple Dumpling Day
  • Citizenship Day
  • Clean Hands Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Constitution Day
  • Constitution Week begins
  • Horseman’s Sunday * (3rd Sun.)
  • Pollution Prevention Week  * (3rd full week)
  • Time’s Up Day
  • Singer/Songwriter Hank Williams born 1923

Sept. 18

  • Attention Deficit Disorder Awareness Day
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)  created 1947
  • Cheeseburger Day
  • Chile Independence 1975
  • 1851 – 1st Edition of the New York Times Published
  • Farm and Ranch Safety and Health Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Global Be Responsible Day
  • Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day
  • Prostate Cancer Awareness Week begins
  • Respect Day
  • Roadrunner Cartoon debut 1949
  • Singles Week
  • US Air Force Founded 1947
  • Woman Road Warrior Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • World Gurning Championships
  • World Water Monitoring Day

Sept. 19

  • Balance Awareness Week begins
  • Butterscotch Pudding Day
  • George Cadbury (founder of Cadbury’s Cocoa and Chocolate Co.) born 1839
  • Mickey Mouse 1st appearance 1928
  • Talk Like A Pirate Day

Sept. 20

  • Artist Dale Chihuly born 1941
  • Punch Day
  • Rosh Hashanah begins at sunset *
  • School Backpack Awareness Day * (3rd Wed.)
  • Women’s Friendship Day

Sept. 21

  • Alzheimer’s Day
  • Banana Festival
  • Belize Independence 1981
  • Coastal Cleanup Day
  • International Day of Peace
  • Malta Independence 1964
  • Miniature Golf Day
  • Peace One Day
  • Pecan Cookie Day
  • Author H.G. Wells born 1866
  • World Gratitude Day

Sept. 22

  • American Business Women’s Day
  • Autumnal Equinox *
  • Band Aid Invented 1922
  • Bulgaria Independence 1908
  • Car Free Day
  • Centenarian’s Day
  • Dear Diary Day
  • Elephant Appreciation Day
  • Scientist Michael Faraday born 1791
  • 1st Day of Autumn
  • Hobbit Day
  • Ice Cream Cone Day
  • International Day of Radiant Peace
  • Love Note Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Mabon *
  • Mali Independence 1960
  • Native American Day * (4th Fri.)
  • Peace Corps established 1961
  • Stonehenge Day
  • White Chocolate Day
  • World Rhino Day

Sept. 23

  • Autumn Stroll Day
  • Checkers Day
  • Fish Amnesty Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Hunting and Fishing Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Harvest Festival (UK)
  • Missionary John Hyde born 1858
  • Innergize Day * (day after equinox)
  • Kids’ Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Author William Holmes McGuffey born 1800
  • Neighborhood Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Neptune discovered 1846
  • Pot Pie Day
  • Rabbit Day * (4th Sat.)
  • Saudi Arabia Independence 1932
  • Activist Victoria Woodhull born 1838

Sept. 24

  • Bluebird of Happiness Day
  • The Bullwinkle Show 1st aired 1961
  • Cherries Jubilee Day
  • George Cross instituted 1940
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day * (last Sun.)
  • Jim Henson born 1936
  • Keep Kids Creative Week * (last week)
  • Monopoly (board game) introduced
  • Punctuation Day
  • Schwenkfelder Thanksgiving
  • Teach Ag Day

Sept. 25

  • Ataxia Awareness Day
  • Bill of Rights ratified 1789
  • Comic Book Day
  • Dog Week begins
  • Family Dinner Day  * (4th Mon.)
  • Greenwich Meantime (GMT) began 1676
  • Homeschool Spirit Week begins * ( 4th Mon.)
  • Mars Observer launched 1992
  • Math Story Telling Day
  • One-Hit Wonder Day
  • Save the Koala Day
  • Poet, Author, Song writer Shel Silverstein born 1930
  • World School Milk Day

Sept. 26

  • Johnny Appleseed born 1774
  • Better Breakfast Day
  • Poet T. S. Eliot born 1888
  • European Day of Languages
  • Composer George Gershwin born 1898
  • The Muppet Show 1st aired 1976
  • Pancake Day
  • Shamu (the whale) Day

Sept. 27

  • US Revolutionary /Patriot Samuel Adams born 1722
  • Ancestor Appreciation Day
  • Chimney Safety Week begins
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Corned Beef Hash Day
  • Crush a Can Day
  • Evangelist / Philanthropist George Mueller born 1805
  • Rosetta Stone Deciphered 1822
  • See You at the Pole * (4th Wed.)
  • Stockton & Darlington Railway opened 1825
  • World Tourism Day

Sept. 28

  • Artist Caravaggio born 1573
  • Fish Tank Floorshow Night
  • Good Neighbor Day
  • International Right to Know Day
  • Public Lands Day
  • Strawberry Cream Pie Day
  • Saint Wenceslas Day
  • World Rabies Day

Sept. 29

  • Ask a Stupid Question Day * (last school day)
  • Author Stanley Berenstain born 1923
  • Coffee Day
  • Confucius born 551 BC
  • Physicist Enrico Fermi born 1901
  • Happy Goose Day
  • Heart Day
  • Hug a Vegetarian Day * (last Fri.)
  • Inventors Day
  • Michaelmas Day/ Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel
  • Save the Koala Day * (last Fri.)
  • Scotland Yard Formed 1829
  • VFW Day
  • William the Conqueror invaded England 1066
  • World Maritime Day *

Sept. 30

  • Botswana Independence 1966
  • Family Health and Fitness Day * (last Sat.)
  •  Penicillin Discovered 1928 (some sources say Sept. 3 and others Sept. 15)
  • Hot Mulled Cider Day
  • International Translation Day
  • Mud Pack Day
  • Nelson’s Column Construction began 1840
  • Public Lands Day * (last Sat.)
  • Stapler patented 1841


My (growing) list of September Resources updated for 2017

And here’s the list of my favorite resources for help with any month’s Special Days lesson planning

Free Printable Download  – Special Days in September

How I use Special Days lists in our homeschool blog series :

Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time

Special Days and Biographies

Special Days and Geography

Special Days and Science


Special Days in September Activity Companion – E-Book with 120 Activities for classrooms, homeschools, after school programs, and clubs.



make my monthly special days lists by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, and the web. If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online themed calendars.

Happy September!

betty jo


Special Days and Geography



Each month the Special Days list will include multiple opportunities for geography studies! (See right sidebar for the current month’s list or use the search bar to access other months.) Some months will have a “Heritage” theme. For example September is ” Hispanic Heritage”  so the countries of  Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America could be included in the month’s lesson plans.  Other geography lessons can be based on Statehood Anniversaries and Country Independence Days which are also included as entries in the Special Days posts. In fact, we just finished a study on The Bahamas that we began on their Independence Day  (July 10, 1973).

Both the kids and I look forward to our geography studies!     We generally include mapping activities, fun facts (natural resources, population, currency, landforms, etc.), event timeline, famous people, key words and phrases of the language or lingo, culture, music, art, landmarks, religion(s), holidays, unusual customs, a recipe, a video tour, a postcard art project, and occasionally another hands-on project.  We have a binder that we continue adding to as we learn about places.

Our local library has a good selection of books and DVD’s to help with geography studies. We also get a lot of our information from web searches using the country’s name and “travel tips.  I find it good advice to preview everything before sharing with your family!

Below is my online “go-to” list when preparing for a geography study.

We enjoy watching  “Geography Now” videos and will check there first when looking for ‘country’ videos.   We will usually find a virtual tour or travel guide on Youtube to watch, too. (When using the Youtube search bar, I will include the words “for students” or “for kids”. This saves me quite a bit of time previewing because bad language or an inappropriate image is less likely) .

“Get all sorts of information on any country including a map, a picture of the flag, population and much more!”

Maps and Facts

Geography Project Ideas

Around the World Craft Ideas                                                                                    

Country Notebooking Printables                                       

States Videos and Facts

States Notebooking Printables                                 

States Lapbook Printables             

Printable Maps                                                         

Blank Timeline Printables                                                      

I will often make a wordsearch or crossword puzzle to include with a country study.

Christian Resources and Prayer Projects for Country Studies

Recipe Collection from Around the World for Families                                                                   

Foreign Language Courses                                                                 

As I’ve said before, I love combining several subjects into one topic!  I keep a daily journal and subject checklist and will often be able to checkoff Geography, History, Art/Music Appreciation and Application, Cultures, Religion,  and various sciences such as Zoology, Geology, Botany during a week long (or longer) geography based study.

Language Arts naturally fits into a geography study with the subjects of

  • Reading Comprehension,
  • Vocabulary,
  • Foreign Language
  • Composition and Penmanship

Math lessons are easily added to a geography study.

  •  Figuring travel time and costs to visit,
  • Calculate currency conversions.,
  • Use map key measurements to calculate distances from home to the place being studies
  • Graphing a map
  • Half a recipe or cook for a party
  • Temperature ranges and averages
  • Statistics  –  Population, Gross National Income, %’s, and graphs
  • Math usages from data – tallest mountains, sea level heights, river widths/lengths, area in square miles  and/or meters.
  • Anything with numbers that comes up during  a Special Days – Geography study.

(This post is actually ‘Part 3’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list. For the series introduction click here. For Part 2  how we use famous birthdays for biographies with resources, click here. And, Part 4, science studies click here).

betty jo




Special Days and Biographies

I’ve been asked several times, “How exactly do you teach from your Special Days lists?”  The answer to that comes in multi-parts, but usually starts with “Biographies, lots of biographies!”

Every Special Days list includes birthdays of famous people throughout history.  I’ll ask the boys what they know about that author/artist/scientist/historical figure/religious leader.  If they are not familiar with him/her, we’ll do biography study!  Some days we only have a brief discussion about the person, or a review if we had studied him or her in the past couple of years.  Other days we will go more in depth and I’ll include reading resources, videos, and quotes into the lessons.  Some biography studies can be finished in a couple of hours.  Some biography studies catch a bigger interest and I won’t stop the study until that interest is satisfied, even if it means having to cancel my other special days lesson plans for a week or more.  Whoever we miss, we can try to catch next year or the year after when their special day happens again.

This past school year we started notebooking some of our biography studies and plan to continue with this for the upcoming school year.   We arranged the pages in a timeline order and as the notebooks fill up, we can start a new one.  However, the boys prefer projects over notebooking, so we’ll do some of each.

Below is my “go-to” resource list for online resources for biographies, how-to’s, and notebooking printables.  Also, our local library has a wonderful collection of biographies and Youtube has many video biographies suitable for children and youths, so don’t forget to check those when you are looking for resources.

Alternatives to Writing Biographies  –  Biography Project Ideas 

Lesson Plans for 6 sessions of the “Writer’s Workshop  – The Biographical Sketch”

How to Write a Biography  –                                                 

100+ Biographies and Printables (These are short and written for younger readers, however older students will find these helpful as a starting place when researching a historical person.  Also the printables are a useful for work samples for portfolios or history based notebooks)

Artists Biographies  –                                                       

Composer Biographies with Music Selections                         

Kid Safe Scientist Biographies Resources-                                         

President Biographies Resources  –

Church Leaders, Missionaries, Hymn Writers, and Evangelists Biographies

Kid Safe Online Encyclopedia  –  

1000’s of Biography E-books to download or read online

When we write biographies, we generally include the person’s birth and death dates, where they were from, a childhood fact or two, and their accomplishments as adults including spouse and children.  We will usually add a quote to the notebooking page, too.

Biography Notebooking Printables from The Notebooking Fairy






Timeline Facts

For Any Person 

Inventors (from Homeschool Share)

Missionaries  (from the Proverbial Homemaker)

Composers (from Homeschool Giveaways)

Portraits of Historical Figures (public domain)  for when we want a photo to print off for the notebooking page                                         

Sometimes we’ll look over a history timeline to get the idea of what was going on in the world during our subject’s life.                                                   

In accordance with my state’s homeschooling regulations, I keep a daily subject checklist.  On biography days I will check off the relevant History/Science/Art/Music and Reading Comprehension boxes. And, if we made a notebooking page I’ll check off Composition and Penmanship, too.  Don’t you just love it when one topic can cover multiple subjects!

And every now and then we’ll bake and decorate a birthday cake because …

I’d love to hear how you go about biography studies!  Please share about them in the comments.

(This post is actually ‘Part 2’ of a series in which I’m explaining how my family learns across the curriculum with topics selected from the Special Days list.  For the series introduction, Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time, click here. For Part 3, Special Days and Geography click here. For Part 4, Special Days and Science click here)

betty jo








Special Days and the Evolution of Morning Calendar Time


Like many other homeschooling families and classrooms worldwide, we used the calendar as part of our early learning activities.   Calendars are the best way to learn the name of the months and days of the week.  Counting down to holidays and birthdays were some of our earliest math lessons. “Morning Calendar Time” was often the highlight of our homeschooling day.  When we started calendar learning with our second child, we added a few things for our oldest, such as the month’s name origin, gemstone, and prominent constellations.  And, this type of calendar learning continued on through the preschool years of children three, four, and five.  Cross curricular and multi- level unit studies of seasons and holidays were extensions from that “Morning Calendar Time” and were something we all looked forward to as we would break from our regular learning.

Then one August morning,  Joshua (child #4) was rather distraught about the lack of a family birthday or holiday being on our calendar.  Our local homeschool support group did not have a party or field trip scheduled for August either. He was so disappointed. There was nothing “special” to look forward to.   His unhappiness was contagious.

At that time, the older children were working on a study of the Middle Ages so we began adding the birthdates of the people we were learning about to the calendar. Then one day, we stumbled upon a food calendar so we added food days to our calendar (and often to our shopping list and menu) and nutrition studies to our schooling.

In September of the next year, we learned that there was a “Talk Like a Pirate Day”! Of course we added that to our calendar and lesson plans. Soon we were discovering odd and unusual holidays for every month. No longer was Joshua going to be sad during morning calendar time because there weren’t special days. In fact, we had collected so many special days, the wall calendar didn’t have enough room for us to accommodate them all! Thus, a Special Days list was started!

The following year we were focusing our studies on US History.  We added presidents, explorers, and patriots birthdays and statehood anniversaries to our list. We also included the opening and dedication dates of state parks and monuments. War related dates were put on the list as well. The following year as we were learning about world cultures and religions, we were able to add their holidays to our special days collection.

A friend, knowing our building interest of  calendar studies, gifted us with an educational activity book that was based off of authors, artists, and composer birthdays. The book also listed the dates for invention patents and historical events.  Yes, you guessed it!  Many of those dates were put on our list!

It was never my intention to turn our Morning Calendar time into a full curriculum, but that is what  happened. Every month offers so many holidays, famous persons birthdays, foods, statehood anniversaries, historic and scientific anniversaries,  foreign nations heritages observances, health related observances,  wildlife  and conservation awareness days, arts, music, and physical activities that we’ve been able to learn more than enough to cover nearly all of our core subjects and elective studies!  Some days we’re even able to incorporate a math lesson with the special day!

This upcoming school year will be our 4th year of having nearly all of our learning coming from the calendar!  We are not even close to exhausting the educational possibilities based on the monthly Special Days lists. And, we are still making it longer! Starting  July, 2017, the updated Special Days lists will included foreign country Independence Days and National Days.

The current month’s Special Days list and resource collections are always accessible from the right side bar of my blog page. Other months can be found by an archive search or search bar (also in the right margin). The lists are updated often.

Along with my friend, Fran from Funschooling, I hostess a Facebook group based on fun learning activities for seasonal themes and special days. You can request to join Fun Days Homeschooling Co-op here. We’d love to have you!

“How do you make your Special Days lists your curriculum?” is a question I hear often.  I’m planning a blog series, “Special Days and …” to answer that “how” question for each subject along with  resources and ideas.

Special Days and Biographies –   How to with resource list

Special Days and Geography  –  How to with resource list

Special Days and Science    –  How to with resource list

I have co-authored an Activity Companion for learning with August’s and September’s Special Days. An October Activity Companion is in the works!

How do you use the Special Days list in your classroom or homeschool?  I’m looking forward to your responses!  And, if you have questions, let me have those too!

betty jo



July Resources

Here is a wonderful list of free resources for learning (and teaching) through the month of July!

BIG LIST of Special Days in July  –

Resource Collection for Calendar Based Lesson Planning

Specific July Themed Resources –

Presidents with July Birthdays

  • Calvin Coolidge – July 4, 1872
  • George W. Bush – July 6, 1946
  • John Quincy Adams – July 11, 1767
  • Gerald Ford – July 14, 1913

Awesome resources for learning about the Presidents –

July Statehood Anniversaries

  • Idaho – July 3, 1890
  • Wyoming – July 10, 1890
  • New York – July 26, 1788

States Printables –

States Videos and Facts  –

Daily Specials for July, 2017  (I’ll be updating the daily specials with more resources as we go along through the month, so check back often for more!  And, if you have any special day resource favorites, be sure to let me know and I’ll edit them into the list. I appreciate all the help I can get!)

July 1 – International Joke Day – Our favorite kid’s joke resources and tips –

July 4  –  Independence Day – Cross Curriculum Unit Study Resources

July 7  –  Chocolate Day  –  Learning Resources, Recipes, and Activities

July 8 –  Liberty Bell cracked 1835  –  Learning Resources  –

July 10  –  Town Criers Day (2nd Monday)  –  Fun Information and Videos

July 11  –  Author EB White born 1899  –  Charlotte’s Web Activities

July 12  –  Julius Caesar born 100 BC  –  Biography

July 12  –  Henry Thoreau born 1817  –  Lesson Plans and Activities

July 14 –  Artist Rembrandt born 1606 – Learning Resources and Activities –

July 17 –  Hymn Writer Isaac Watts born 1674  – Biography and Hymns  –

July 23 –  Shark Week begins * – Webcams and videos  –         

July 24 –  Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897  –   History and Photos

July 26 –  Artist George Catlin born 1796  –   Gallery with Commentary

July 28  –  Fingerprints First Used for Identification  –  Fingerprinting Science Activities

July 28 – Author Beatrix Potter born 1866  –  Lesson Plans and Activities

July 29 – International Tiger Day – Facts, Listen to “ROARS”, Coloring printables, and more –

July 31  –  Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day –  Odd instruments to view and hear

Happy July Learning!

betty jo

Special Days in July, 2017


Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2017 special days list gives you plenty to choose from!

Upon request, I’ve added more holidays and observances from the UK.  Also, upon request, a easy to print PDF of the list is included at the bottom of this post.

Here’s the list of July themes, foods, scientific and historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays.  There’s some summer fun days, too!

July Awareness/Observance Days and Themes

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation
  • Anti-Boredom
  • Bereaved Parents Awareness
  • Bison
  • Bio-terrorism/Disaster Education and Awareness
  • Black Family
  • Blondie and Deborah Harry Month
  • Cell Phone Courtesy
  • Dog House Repair
  • Family Reunion
  • Freedom From Fear of Speaking
  • Herbal Prescription Awareness
  • Independent Retailers
  • Irrigation
  • Make a Difference to Children
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Read An Almanac
  • Share a Sunset
  • Tennis
  • Tour de France
  • Unlucky Month for Weddings
  • Wheelchair Beautification
  • Wild About Wildlife
  • Women’s Motorcycle
  • Zine

July’s Food Themes

  • Baked Beans
  • Berry
  • Blueberry
  • Culinary Arts
  • Eggplant
  • Garlic
  • Grilling
  • Horseradish
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice Cream
  • Lettuce
  • Ice Cream
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Nectarine
  • Picnic

July, 2017  –  Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does NOT fall on the same date every year)

July 1

  • Battle of Gettysburg 1863
  • Burundi Independence Day 1962
  • Canada  Independence Day 1867
  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • Hop-a-Park Day * (1st Sat.)
  • International Joke Day
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Roswell UFO Days
  • Rwanda Independence Day 1962
  • Somalia  Independence Day 1960
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • Ventriloquism Week begins *
  • Zip Code Day
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • Civil Rights Act passed (US) 1964
  • Thomas Cranmer, archbishop of Canterbury born 1489
  • Fence Painting Days begin
  • I Forgot Day
  • International Day of Cooperatives
  • Made in the USA Day
  • Music For Life Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Special Recreation Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Tom Sawyer Days begin
  • World UFO Day
  • 1st Zeppelin Flight 1900

July 3

  • Air-Conditioning Appreciation Days begin
  • Chocolate Wafer Day
  • Compliment Your Mirror Day
  • Disobedience Day
  • Dog Days begin
  • Eat Your Beans Day
  • Farriers Week
  • Idaho Statehood 1890
  • Plastic Bag Free Day
  • Stay Out of the Sun Day
  • Superman Day

July 4

  • Boom Box Parade Day
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5

  • Apple Turnover Day
  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Bikini Day
  • Graham Cracker Day
  • Tynwald Day
  • Venezuela  Independence Day 1811
  • Work-a-holics Day

July 6

  • President George W. Bush born 1946
  • Children’s Art Day (UK)
  • Fried Chicken Day
  • Malawi  Independence Day 1964
  • 16mm Movie Camera and Projector introduced 1923
  • Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day
  • World Kiss Day

July 7

  • Chocolate Day
  • Father – Daughter Take a Walk Together Day
  • Global Forgiveness Day
  • Macaroni Day
  • Pinocchio first printed 1883
  • Strawberry Sundae Day
  • Tell the Truth Day

July 8

  • Blueberry Day
  • Carver Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Grange Day *(2nd Sat.)
  • Lailat al Miraj *
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • Math Day
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • Tribute to Chickens Week begins *
  • Video Games Day
  • 1st Issue of The Wall Street Journal 1889

July 9

  • Argentina  Independence Day 1816
  • 1st Rock and Roll Song to reach #1 on Pop Music Charts , “Rock Around the Clock” 1955
  • Sugar Cookie Day

July 10

  • Bahamas  Independence Day 1973
  • Clerihew Day
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week begins *
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Town Criers Day *(2nd Mon.)
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • St. Benedict Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Cherries Day
  • Pet Photo Day
  • Author Patricia Polacco born 1944
  • Slurpie Day
  • Author EB White born 1899
  • World Population Day

July 12

  • Barn Day
  • Julius Caesar born 100 BC
  • Different Colored Eyes Day
  • Inventor George Eastman born 1854
  • Eat Your Jello Day
  • Etch a Sketch introduced 1960
  • Orange Men’s Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Sao Tome and Principe  Independence Day 1975
  • Simplicity Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817

July 13

  • Barbershop Music Appreciation Day
  • Beans ‘N’ Franks Day
  • Buckingham Palace Becomes Residence of Britain’s Monarchy 1837
  • Embrace Your Geekness Day
  • Fool’s Paradise Day
  • French Fry Day
  • “Live Aid” organized 1985
  • National Day (Northern Ireland)
  • Puzzle Day

July 14

  • Bastille Day / France  Independence Day 1789
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day *( 2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day *(2nd Fri.)
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn born 1606
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • Tape Measure Day
  • Mac and Cheese Day
  • Missionary Lilias Trotter born 1853

July 15

  • Apollo 18 launched 1975
  • Be a Dork Day
  • 1st Boeing 707 1954
  • Gummi Worm Day
  • I Love Horses Day
  • Artist Rembrandt Van Rijn born 1606
  • Shark Awareness Day
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day
  • Toss Away “Could/Should Haves” Day  *(3rd Sat.)
  • Woody Wagon Day *(3rd Sat.)

July 16

  • Atomic Bomb Successfully Tested 1945
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Captive Nations Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Apollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day
  • Hot Dog Night
  • Ice Cream Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • Independent Retailers Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins *(3rd full week)
  • World Snake Day
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins *(3rd full week)

July 17

  • Festival of British Archeaology
  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day  *(3rd Mon.)
  • Global Hug Your Kids Day *(3rd Mon.)
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • Swan Upping * (3rd Monday)
  • Hymn writer Isaac Watts born 1674
  • World Emoji Day
  • Wrong Way Corrigan Day
  • Yellow Pig Day

July 18

  • Author/Illustrator Felicia Bond born 1954
  • Astronaut John Glenn born 1921
  • Gymnast  Nadia Comaneci scored 1st perfect “10″ in Olympics 1976
  • Nelson Mandela born 1918
  • Sour Candy Day

July 19

  • Hot Dog Day *
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • The Mary Rose sank 1545

July 20

  • Cake Day
  • Colombia Independence Day 1810
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Ugly Truck Day
  • World Jump Day
  • World Lumberjack Championships *

July 21

  • Belgium Independence Day 1831
  • Celebration of the Horse Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day

July 22

  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Day of the Cowboy *(4th Sat.)
  • Hammock Day
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Poland Independence Day
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • Aunt and Uncle Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Batman Day
  • Egypt Independence Day 1952
  • Gorgeous Grandma Day
  • Hot Dog Day
  • Hot Enough For Ya Day
  • Ice Cream Cones 1st introduced 1904
  • Mosquito Day
  • Moth Week begins * (last full week)
  • Parent’s Day * (4th Sun.)
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Shark Week begins *
  • Telegrapher patented 1829
  • Vanilla Ice Cream Day

July 24

  • Military Leader Simon Bolivar born 1783
  • Cousins Day
  • Drive-Thru Day
  • Author Alexander Dumas born 1802
  • Aviator Amelia Earhart born 1897
  • Eid  al-fitr begins *
  • King James VI of Scotland crowned 1567
  • Learn Nothing Day
  • Mormon Pioneer Day
  • Tell an Old Joke Day
  • Thermal engineer Day

July 25

  • Carousel Day
  • St. Christopher’s Day
  • Culinarians Day
  • Grotto Day / St. James’ Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • St. James the Great Day
  • Thread the Needle Day
  • Video Games Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Bagelfest Day
  • Artist George Catlin born 1796
  • Coffee Milkshake Day
  • Dharma Day
  • FBI Created 1908
  • Liberia Independence Day 1847
  • Maldive Islands Independence Day 1965
  • New York Statehood 1788
  • One Voice Day

July 27

  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Chili Dog Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Korean War Armistice Day (1953)
  • Refreshment Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • Take Your Houseplant for a Walk Day
  • Take Your Pants for a Walk Day
  • Walk on Stilts Day

July 28

  • Buffalo Soldiers Day
  • Chocolate Milk Day
  • Garlic Days
  • Get Gnarly Day * (last Fri.)
  • Fingerprints First Used for Identification
  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Peru Independence Day 1821
  • Talk in An Elevator Day *(last Fri.)
  • The Union Flag decreed to be the National Flag of Great Britain 1707

July 29

  • Chicken Wing Day
  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Dance Day *(Last Sat.)
  • Lasagna Day
  • Lipstick Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day
  • Tiger Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Support Public Education Day

July 31

  • Avocado Day
  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day

Download Special Days in July (however, I usually add other days as I find them throughout the month and your pdf would not have those days)

PDF SpecialDaysinJuly (1)

I make my monthly special days calendars by using several sources including old calendars,  holiday books, newspapers, my old journal notes, and the web.  If you know of a special day that I do not have listed, please comment and let me know what it is so I can add it in.   Below are the links to my favorite online calendars.

Have a Happy  July!

betty jo

June Resources

Here is a wonderful list of free resources for learning (and teaching) through the month of June,  Check back often for updates and more resources to be added throughout the month.

The BIG List of Special Days in June, 2017

June Themes

Statehood Anniversaries

  • Kentucky – June 1, 1792
  • Tennessee – June 1, 1796
  • Arkansas- June 15, 1836
  • West Virginia – June 20, 1863
  • New Hampshire – June 21, 1788
  • Virginia – June 25, 1788

States Facts, History, and Videos –

Presidents with June Birthdays

  • George H.W. Bush – June 12, 1924

Learning and Review Resources for all presidents –

June 2017 Daily Specials

June 1 – Volunteers Week begins – Easy Volunteering Activities for Kids –

June 2 – Business Etiquette Week begins – How to conduct your business by showing respect and consideration –

June 3 – Egg Day – Experiments, Facts, and Resources –

June 4 – Aesop born – Learning Resources and Activities

June 5 – 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783 – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 6 – Russian Language Day –  Free Introduction, Basic, and Advanced Lessons with audio

June 6 – Yo-Yo Day – Check out this yo-yo video series –

June 7 – Daniel Boone Day – Learning Resources

June 7 – Chocolate Ice Cream Day – Resources and Activities

June 8 – World Oceans Day – Celebration and Activity Ideas –

June 9 – Donald Duck debut 1934 – Watch The Wise Little Hen

June 11 – Great Barrier Reef Discovery 1770 – Learning Resources –

June 12  –  Baseball Invented 1839  –  History, Facts, Rules, Records       

June 14 – Flag Day – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 16- Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898 – Learning Resources and Activities –

June 19 – Garfield’s (the cartoon cat) birthday – Learning Resources and Activities-

June 19 – Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623 –  Learning Resources and Activities for Pascal and His Triangle –

June 21  –  Make Music Day  –  Online Music Making –                               

–  Musical Instrument Crafts  –

June 24-Fairy Day and UFO Day – Learning Resources for Both –

June 24 – Great American Backyard Campout *– Resources and Activities –

June 25 – Log Cabin Day – Learning Resources –

June 26 – Velocipede (bicycle) patented 1819 – Bicycle Facts, Safety, and Activities

June 27 –  Columnist Day * (4th Thrus.)  – Journalism Lesson Plans

June 27  –  Helen Keller born 1880 – Biography and Printables

June 28  –  American Flowers Week begins *  –  USA Map with Flowers Coloring Page

My “Go-To” Resource List for Special Day lesson planning each month

Happy June Learning!

betty jo