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Special Days in August

The  August calendar has loads of special days!  The following list is made up of August’s holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , famous birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more.  So, if you want an occasion to celebrate, pick up some trivia, or add foods to your menu, this is the right place for you. And, of course you’ll find multiple opportunities for “on the calendar” themed studies for your classroom, homeschool,  co-op/support group, or club.

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a free PDF of Special Days in August, can be found at the end of this list.

Special Days in July, 2020

Here’s the list of July themes, foods, scientific and historic anniversaries, and famous birthdays.  There’s some summer fun days, too! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, the July 2020 special days list gives you plenty to choose from!

Free resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in July, can be found at the end of this list.

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, 2020  –  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
  • Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
  • Princess Diana born 1961
  • International Joke Day
  • Postage Stamp Day
  • Roswell UFO Days
  • Rwanda Independence Day 1962
  • Second Half of the Year Day
  • Somalia  Independence Day 1960
  • Transistor Introduced 1948
  • Unassisted Homebirth Week begins
  • Zip Code Day
  • 1st US Zoo (Philadelphia) 1874

July 2

  • 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
  • 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
  • Cherry Pit Spitting Day * (1st Sat.)
  • President Calvin Coolidge born 1872
  • Country Music Day
  • Freedom Week begins
  • Hop-a-Park Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Independence Day (US) 1776
  • Indivisible Day
  • Sidewalk Egg Frying Day

July 5

  • Apple Turnover Day
  • P.T. Barnum born 1810
  • Be Nice to New Jersey Week begins * (1st full  week)
  • Bikini Day
  • Build a Scarecrow Day * (1st Sun)
  • Graham Cracker Day
  • Music For Life Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Special Recreation Week begins * (1st full  week)
  • 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
  • Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • Liberty Bell cracked 1835
  • Math Day
  • SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)
  • 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
  • Collector Car Appreciation Day * ( 2nd Fri.)
  • Cow Appreciation Day * (2nd Fri.)
  • Don’t Step on a Bee Day
  • Author Candice Ransom born 1952
  • Teddy Bear Picnic Day
  • Nikola Tesla  born 1856
  • Wyoming Statehood 1890

July 11

  • President John Qunicy Adams born 1767
  • St. Benedict Day
  • Blueberry Muffin Day
  • Carver Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Cheer Up the Lonely Day
  • Cherries Day
  • Grange Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • 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
  • Everybody Deserves a Massage Week *
  • Orange Men’s Day
  • Paper Bag Day
  • Pecan Pie Day
  • Sao Tome and Principe  Independence Day 1975
  • Simplicity Day
  • Naturalist, Henry Thoreau born 1817
  • Ventriloquism Week begins *

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
  • Puzzle Day
  • Town Criers Day * (2nd Mon.)

July 14

  • Bastille Day / France  Independence Day 1789
  • President Gerald Ford born 1913
  • Author Laura Numeroff born 1953
  • Pandemonium Day
  • 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
  • St. Swithin’s Day
  • Tapioca Pudding Day

July 16

  • Atomic Bomb Successfully Tested 1945
  • Explorer Roald Amundsen born 1872
  • Apollo 11 Lift Off 1969
  • Corn Fritters Day
  • Fresh Spinach Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day * (3rd  Thurs.)
  • Hot Dog Night
  • World Snake Day

July 17

  • Festival of British Archeaology
  • Celebration of the Horse Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Disneyland Opened 1955
  • Peach Ice Cream Day
  • 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

  • Captive Nations Week begins * (3rd full week)
  • Coral Reef Awareness Week * (3rd week)
  • Ice Cream Day *(3rd Sun.)
  • Independent Retailers Week begins * (3rd full  week)
  • Moth Week begins * (last full week)
  • Parenting Gifted Children Week begins * (3rd  full week)
  • Physicist/Astronomer Edward Charles Pickering born 1846
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • The Mary Rose sank 1545
  • Zoo Keeper Week begins * (3rd full week)

July 20

  • Cake Day
  • Colombia Independence Day 1810
  • Get Out of the Doghouse Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Global Hug Your Kids Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Lollipop Day
  • 1st Moon Landing/ Walk 1969
  • Swan Upping * (3rd Monday)
  • Ugly Truck Day
  • World Jump Day

July 21

  • Belgium Independence Day 1831
  • Author Ernest Hemingway born 1899
  • Junk Food Day
  • Monkey Day

July 22

  • Artist Alexander Calder born 1898
  • Hammock Day
  • Penuche Fudge Day
  • Pied Piper arrived in Hamelin 1284
  • Rat Catchers Day
  • Spoonerism Day

July 23

  • 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
  • Pneumatic Tires invented 1888
  • Refreshment Day * (4th Thurs.)
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dance Day * (Last Sat.)
  • Day of the Cowboy * (4th Sat.)
  • Grotto Day / St. James’ Day
  • Hot Fudge Sundae Day
  • St. James the Great Day
  • Thread the Needle Day

July 26

  • All or Nothing Day
  • Apollo 15 launched 1971
  • Aunt and Uncle Day * (4th Sun.)
  • 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
  • Parent’s Day * (4th Sun.)

July 27

  • Bugs Bunny debut 1940
  • Korean War Armistice Day (1953)
  • 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
  • Fingerprints First Used for Identification
  • Hamburger Day
  • Milk Chocolate Day
  • Author/Illustrator Beatrix Potter born 1866
  • Peru Independence Day 1821
  • The Union Flag decreed to be the National Flag of Great Britain 1707

July 29

  • Chicken Wing Day
  • Author Sharon Creech born 1945
  • Lasagna Day
  • Lipstick Day
  • NASA established 1958
  • Rain Day
  • Tiger Day

July 30

  • Author Emily Bronte born 1818
  • Cheesecake Day
  • Rise Up for Children/Child Trafficking Awareness Day *
  • Chili Dog Day * (last Thurs.)
  • International Day of Friendship
  • Father-in-Law Day
  • Inventor Henry Ford born 1863
  • Paperback Book Day
  • Support Public Education Day

July 31

  • Avocado Day
  • Get Gnarly Day * (last Fri.)
  • MTV debut 1981
  • Mutt’s Day
  • Raspberry Cake Day
  • Author J.K. Rowling born 1965
  • Talk in An Elevator Day * (last Fri.)
  • Uncommon Instruments Awareness Day
  • World Ranger Day

Free Printable –  SPECIAL DAYS IN JULY

For Specific Special Day Resources  for July  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/30/july-resources/

Special Days Archive  – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource Lists for every month.

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days  for any month  –     https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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

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.

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/july#quicklinks

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-july

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/july.html

http://holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/july.htm

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/july-overview/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/july.html

http://aglobalworld.com/international-independence-days/country-independence-day.php

Have a Happy  July!

betty jo

Special Days in June, 2020

June is loaded with holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for something special to study, summer school ideas, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of Special Days in June, 2020 gives you plenty to choose from!

Free resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in June, can be found at the end of this list.

June Awareness/Observance Days and Themes:

  • Accordion Awareness
  • Adopt a Cat
  • Aquarium
  • Audio Book Appreciation
  • Bathroom Reading
  • Black Music
  • Camping
  • Caribbean-American Heritage
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness
  • Child Vision
  • Children’s Awareness
  • Effective Communication
  • Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing
  • Fight the Filthy Fly
  • Fireworks Safety
  • Forest System
  • GLTB Pride
  • Great Outdoors
  • International Men
  • Perennial Gardening
  • Potty Training Awareness
  • Rebuild Your Life
  • Rivers
  • Rose
  • Safety
  • Skyscraper
  • Smile
  • Sports America Kids
  • Student Safety
  • Surf Music
  • Zoo

June’s Food Themes:

  • Aprium
  • Beef Steak
  • Candy
  • Corn
  • Country Cooking
  • Cucumber
  • Dairy
  • Dairy Alternative
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • Ice Tea
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Okra
  • Papaya
  • Pluot
  • Soul Food
  • Steakhouse
  • Turkey Lovers

June’s Daily Specials:  (the * means that the special day does not fall on the same date every year)

June 1

  • Barefoot Day
  • Dare Day
  • Flip a Coin Day
  • Global Day of Parents
  • Heimlich Maneuver Day
  • Kentucky Statehood 1792
  • Magnetic North Pole discovered 1831
  • Nail Polish Day
  • Olive Day
  • Oscar the Grouch Birthday 1969
  • Pen Pal Day
  • Say Something Nice Day
  • Samoa Independence 1962
  • Stand for Children Day
  • Tennessee Statehood 1796
  • Volunteers Week begins
  • Mormon Leader Brigham Young born 1801

June 2

  • Bubba Day
  • Queen Elizabeth Coronation 1953
  • Leave the Office Early Day
  • Milk Days
  • Radio Patented 1896
  • Rocky Road Ice Cream Day
  • Rotisserie Chicken Day
  • Yell “Fudge” at the Cobras in North America Day

June 3

  • Chimborazo Day
  • Chocolate Macaroon Day
  • Egg Day
  • Repeat Day (I said “Repeat Day”)
  • Running Day *(1st Wed.)
  • First U.S. Space Walk 1965

June 4

  • Aesop born 620 BC
  • Applesauce Cake Day
  • Audacity To Hope Day
  • Cheese Day
  • Extinct Day
  • King George III born 1738
  • First Ford Built 1896
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • Old Maid’s Day
  • Shopping Cart invented 1937
  •  Tienanmen Square (Beijing) Massacre 1989
  • Tonga Independence 1863

June 5

  • Doughnut Day *(1st Fri.)
  • Gingerbread Day
  • Patriot Nathan Hale born 1755
  • 1st Hot Air Balloon Flight 1783
  • Author Richard Scarry born 1919
  • Veggie Burger Day
  • World Environment Day

June 6

  • Boating Week and Fishing Week *
  • D-Day 1944
  • Drive-in Movie Day
  • Gardening Exercise Day
  • Higher Education Day
  • Prairie Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Russian Language Day
  • Trails Day *(1st Sat.)
  • Yo-Yo Day

June 7

  • Animal Rights Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Business Etiquette Week begins *(1st full week)
  • Cancer Survivors’ Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Chocolate Ice Cream Day
  • Crusades – Siege of Jerusalem 1099
  • Daniel Boone Day
  • Muhammad (Islam Founder) born 570
  • Pet Appreciation Week *(1st full week)

June 8

  • Best Friends Day
  • Suction Vacuum Cleaner patented 1870
  • Upsy Daisy Day
  • Architect Frank Lloyd Wright born 1867
  • World Ocean’s Day
  • Zoo Elephant Day

June 9

  • Donald Duck debut 1934
  • Peter the Great born 1672
  • Inventor George Stephenson born 1781
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

June 10

  • Ball Point Pen patented 1888
  • Black Cow Day
  • Herbs and Spices Day
  • Ice Tea Day
  • ‘SOS” signal first used in emergency 1909
  • Author Maurice Sendak born 1928

June 11

  • Corn on the Cob Day
  • ET premiered 1982
  • Jacques Cousteau born 1910
  • German Chocolate Cake Day
  • Great Barrier Reef discovered 1770
  • Making Life Beautiful Day

June 12

  • Baseball Invented 1839
  • President George H.W. Bush born 1924
  • Children’s Day
  • Crowded Nest Awareness Day
  • Anne Frank born 1929
  • Jerky Day
  • Loving Day
  • Peanut Butter Cookie Day
  • Philippines Independence 1898
  • Red Rose Day
  • Russia Day
  • Superman, Man of Steel Day
  • World Day Against Child Labor

June 13

  • Kitchen Klutzes of America Day
  • Knit in Public Day *
  • Sewing Machine Day
  • Weed Your Garden Day
  • Poet William Butler Yeats born 1865

June 14

  • Bath Day
  • Flag Day
  • Men’s Health Week *(week before Fathers’ Day)
  • Pop Goes the Weasel Day
  • Race Unity Day *(2nd Sun.)
  • Author Harriet Beecher Stowe born 1811
  • Strawberry Shortcake Day
  • President Donald Trump born 1946
  • US Army established 1775
  • World Blood Donor Day
  • World Sea Turtle Day

June 15

  • Arkansas Statehood 1836
  • Celluloid patented 1869
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Kite Experiment Anniversary 1752
  • Electricity Day
  • Fly a Kite Day
  • Global Wind Day
  • Lobster Day
  • Magna Carta signed 1215
  • Nature Photography Day
  • National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers
  • Smile Power Day
  • Worldwide Day of Giving

June 16

  • Bloomsday
  • The Day of the African Child
  • Fresh Veggies Day
  • Fudge Day
  • Recess at Work Day

June 17

  • Apple Strudel Day
  • Battle of Bunker Hill 1775
  • Cherry Tart Day
  • Eat Your Vegetables Day
  • Artist/Mathematician M.C. Escher born 1898
  • Iceland proclaimed a republic 1944
  • Composer Igor Stravinsky born 1882

June 18

  • Battle of Waterloo 1815
  • Dump the Pump Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Go Fishing Day
  • International Panic Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Napoleon defeated at Waterloo 1815
  • Splurge Day
  • Sushi Day

June 19

  • Flip-Flop Day *(3rd Fri.)
  • Garfield the Cat’s birthday 1978
  • Juneteenth Day
  • Kuwait Independence 1961
  • Scientist Blaise Pascal born 1623
  • Slavery Abolished (US) 1865
  • Theologian Charles Haddon Spurgeon born 1834
  • Statue of Liberty arrived in US 1885
  • Watch Day
  • World Sauntering Day

June 20

  • American Eagle Day
  • Hike with a Geek Day
  • Ice Cream Soda Day
  • Composer Jacques Offenbach born 1819
  • Summer Solstice *
  • Surfing Day
  • Vanilla Milkshake Day
  • West Virginia Statehood 1863
  • World Juggling Day * (Sat. closest to the 17th)
  • World Refugee Day

June 21

  • Atheists Solidarity Day
  • Carpenter Ant Awareness Week begins *(last full week)
  • Daylight Appreciation Day
  • Day of the Gong
  • Father’s Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • Go Skateboarding Day
  • Make Music Day
  • Peaches ‘N’ Cream Day
  • New Hampshire Statehood 1788
  • Reaping Machine patented 1834
  • Selfie Day
  • Turkey Lovers’ Day * (3rd Sun.)
  • World Handshake Day
  • World Humanist Day

June 22

  • Chocolate Eclair Day
  • Onion Rings Day
  • Pollinator Week *
  • Stupid Guy Thing Day

June 23

  • Columnists’ Day *(4th Tues.)
  • Don’t Let Nouns Get You Down Day
  • Hydration Day
  • Let It Go Day
  • Pecan Sandies Day
  • Pink Day
  • Public Service Day
  • Saxophone patented 1846
  • Typewriter patented 1868
  • United Nations Public Service Day
  • US Secret Service established 1865

June 24

  • Animal Rights Awareness Week *
  • Fairy Day
  • Midsummer’s Eve/Day*
  • Pralines Day
  • Swim a Lap Day
  • U.F.O. Day

June 25

  • Battle of Little Bighorn 1876
  • Bomb Pop Day *(last Thurs.)
  • Author Eric Carle born 1929
  • Catfish Day
  • Log Cabin Day
  • Mozambique Independence 1975
  • Scientist Walther Nernst born 1864
  • Author George Orwell born 1903
  • Strawberry Parfait day
  • Virginia Statehood 1788
  • Watermelon Seed Spitting Days (last Thurs. – Sun.)

June 26

  • Beautician’s Day
  • Bicycle patented 1819
  • Chocolate Pudding Day
  • Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
  • Forgiveness Day
  • Handshake Day * (last Thurs.)
  • Madagascar Independence 1957
  • Pied Piper Day
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day *(Fri. after Father’s Day)
  • Toothbrush invented 1498

June 27

  • Decide to be Married Day
  • Djibouti Independence 1977
  • Great American Backyard Campout *(4th Sat.)
  • “Happy Birthday To You” song published 1924
  • Helen Keller born 1880
  • Orange Blossom Day
  • PTSD Awareness Day
  • Sunglasses Day

June 28

  • America’s Kids Day *(4th Sun.)
  • Paul Bunyan Day
  • American Flowers Week begins *
  • Artist Peter Paul Rubens born 1577
  • WW1 Began 1914

June 29

  • Camera Day
  • Fishermen’s Day
  • Hug Holiday
  • Parchment day
  • St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day
  • Please Take My Children to Work Day *(last Mon.)
  • Seychelles Independence 1976
  • Waffle Iron Day

June 30

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo Independence Day 1960
  • Gone With the Wind published 1936
  • Meteor Day
  • NOW (National Organization for Women) Day
  • Social Media Day

Free Printable – SPECIAL DAYS IN JUNE

For specific Special Day Resources  for June   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2017/06/03/june-resources/

My “Go-To” list of Resources when planning lessons for Special Days         https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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 Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for every month.

I make my monthly special days calendars 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 special days and calendar resources.

http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/june.htm

http://www.se7en.org.za/se7ens-june

http://food.unl.edu/fnh/june

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/june.html

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

https://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://www.projectbritain.com/calendar/

Happy June!

betty jo

Special Days in May, 2020

May’s calendar is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days, historic figures, artists and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more!  Whether you are looking for something special to learn about, celebrate, observe, or a food to add to the menu, this Special Days in May 2020 list gives you an awesome variety of choices!

Resources for teaching throughout the month, including a PDF of Special Days in May, can be found at the end of this list.

May’s Themes, Awareness, and Observances

  • Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage
  • Better Hearing and Speech
  • Better Sleep
  • Bikes
  • Civility Awareness
  • Clean Air
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Date Your Mate
  • Eco Driving
  • Electrical Safety
  • Family
  • Foster Care
  • Get Caught Reading
  • Gifts From the Garden
  • Good Car Keeping
  • Haitian Heritage
  • Heal the Children
  • Healthy Vision
  • Homeschool Awareness
  • Inventors
  • Jewish-American Heritage
  • Military Appreciation
  • Older Americans
  • Photograph
  • Physical Fitness and Sports
  • Preservation
  • Recommitment
  • Revise Your Work Schedule
  • Smile
  • Teen CEO
  • Tennis
  • Ultra-violet Awareness
  • Victorious Woman
  • Wetlands
  • Youth Traffic Safety

Mays Food Themes

  • Asparagus
  • Barbecue
  • Beef
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celiac Awareness
  • Egg
  • Grapefruit
  • Hamburger
  • Kiwi
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Salad
  • Salsa
  • Strawberry
  • Vidalia Onions
  • Vinegar

Daily Specials For May 2020 (the * means that the date may not be the same each year)

May 1

  • Batman Day
  • Beltane
  • Cartoon Appreciation Week begins
  • Cheerios Cereal introduced 1941
  • Chocolate Parfait Day
  • Choose Privacy Week begins
  • Empire State Building dedicated 1931
  • Activist Mary Harris Jones born 1830
  • Hawaiian Lei Day
  • Herb Week begins
  • Law Day
  • Loyalty Day
  • May Day
  • Mother Goose Day
  • No Pants Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Pen-Friends Week begins
  • Save the Rhino Day
  • Smithsonian Institute dedicated 1847
  • Space Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Tuba Day * (1st Fri.)

May 2

  • Baby Day
  • Brothers and Sisters Days
  • Magician Doug Henning born 1947
  • Loch Ness Monster Day
  • Louisiana  Purchase 1803
  • Join Hands Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Kentucky Derby * (1st Sat.)
  • Inventor Elijah McCoy (“the real McCoy”) born 1844
  • Play Your Ukulele Day
  • Scrapbooking Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Truffle Day

May 3

  • Be Kind to Animals week begins * (1st full week)
  • 1st Comic Book (Famous Funnies) published 1934
  • Garden Meditation Day
  • Infertility Survival Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lemonade Day * (1st Sun.)
  • Lumpy Rug Day
  • Paranormal Day
  • Postcard Week begins * (1st full week)
  • Textiles Day
  • Two Different Colored Shoes Day
  • Update Your References Week begins * (1st full week)
  • World Press Freedom Day

May 4

  • Bird Day
  • Children’s Book Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • 1st Colony (Rhode Island)  to declare independence from Great Britain 1776
  • Columbus reached Jamaica 1494
  • Green Peace launched 1971
  • Intergalactic Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You)
  • Kent State University Vietnam War Protest 1970
  • Kids Win Week * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Educator Horace Mann born 1796
  • Orange Juice Day
  • Principal’s Day *
  • Public Service Recognition Week * (1st Mon.)
  • Renewal Day
  • Respect for Chickens Day
  • Sears Tower Completion 1973
  • Teacher Appreciation Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • Walking Week begins * (1st Mon.)
  • Weather Observers Day
  • Wildflower Week begins * (Mon. of 1st full week)
  • World Laughter Day * (1st Mon.)
  • World Password Day

May 5

  • Asthma Day * (1st Tues.)
  • Astronaut Day
  • Cartoonist Day
  • Children’s Day (Japan)
  • Cinco de Mayo
  • Hoagie Day
  • International Midwives’ Day
  • Netherlands Independence 1945
  • Office Fax introduced 1964
  • Oyster Day
  • Teacher Appreciation Day *
  • Totally Chipotle Day

May 6

  • Beverage Day
  • English Channel Tunnel opened 1994
  • Fire Escape patented 1878
  • Psychiatrist Sigmund Freud born 1856
  • Great American Grump Out * (1st Wed.)
  • Hindenburg exploded 1937
  • No Diet Day
  • No Homework Day
  • Nurses Day
  • School Nurse Day *
  • Tourist Appreciation Day

May 7

  • Composer Johannes Brahms born 1833
  • Lusitania anniversary 1915
  • National Day of Prayer * (1st Thurs.)
  • Composer Tchaikovsky born 1840
  • Tourism Day

May 8

  • Child Care Provider Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • Have a Coke Day
  • Iris Day
  • Military Spouses Day * (Fri. before Mother’s Day)
  • No Socks Day
  • President Harry Truman born 1884
  • VE Day 1945
  • World Red Cross Day

May 9

  • Archery Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Babysitter’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Belly Dance Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Birth Mother’s Day * (Sat. before Mother’s Day)
  • Author Eleanor Estes born 1906
  • Fair Trade Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Lost Sock Memorial Day
  • Lemuria
  • Migratory Bird Day * (2nd Sat)
  • Miniature Golf Day * (2nd Sat.)
  • Missionary Andrew Murray born 1828
  • Romania Independence (from Ottoman Empire) 1877
  • Windmill Day * (2nd Sat.)

May 10

  • Clean Up Your Room Day
  • Food Allergy Week *
  • Lipid Day
  • London Blitz 1941
  • Lupus Day
  • Mother’s Day (US) * (2nd Sun.)
  • Reading is Fun Week begins * (2nd full week)
  • Salute to Moms 35+ Week * (on Mother’s Day)
  • Shrimp Day
  • Transportation Week begins * (week with 3rd Fri.)

May 11

  • Song Writer Irving Berlin born 1888
  • Missionary Andy van der Bijl born 1928
  • Bike to Work Week begins
  • Artist Salvador Dali born 1909
  • Eat What You Want Day
  • Etiquette Week begins * (2nd Mon.)
  • Poet Edward Lear born 1812
  • Minnesota Statehood 1858
  • Twilight Zone Day

May 12

  • Limerick Day
  • Florence Nightingale born 1820
  • International Nurses Day
  • Nutty Fudge Day
  • Odometer Day

May 13

  • Apple Pie Day
  • Donate A Day’s Wages to Charity * (2nd Wed.)
  • 1st Settlers arrived at Jamestown 1607
  • Frog Jumping Day
  • Leprechaun Day

May 14

  • Buttermilk Biscuit Day
  • Chicken Dance Day
  • Scientist Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit born 1686
  • Artist Thomas Gainsborough born 1727
  • Israel became an independent state 1948
  • Lewis and Clarke’s Expedition began 1804
  • Skylab Space Station launched 1973
  • Underground America Day
  • 1st Webster’s Dictionary Published 1847

May 15

  • Bike to Work Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Author L.F. Baum born 1856
  • Chocolate Chip Day
  • Day of Families
  • Defense Transportation Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Endangered Species Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Kangaroo Care Awareness Day
  • Mercuralia
  • NASCAR Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Paraguay Independence 1811
  • Peace Officer Memorial Day
  • Pizza Party Day * (3rd Fri.)
  • Straw Hat Day

May 16

  • 1st Academy Awards 1929
  • Armed Forces Day * (3rd Sat..)
  • Biographer’s Day
  • Doo Dah Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Drawing Day
  • Learn to Swim Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Love a Tree Day
  • Pencil Day
  • Sea Monkey Day
  • Wear Purple for Peace Day

May 17

  • Backyard Games Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Bike Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Cherry Cobbler Day
  • Hypertension Day
  • International Pickle Week begins * (3rd week)
  • Physician Edward Jenner born 1749
  • New Friends, Old Friends Week begins * (3rd week)
  • New York Stock Exchange begins 1792
  • Pack Rat Day
  • Stepmother’s Day * (Sun. after Mother’s Day)
  • Take Your Parents to the Playground Day * (3rd. Sun.)
  • Walnut Day
  • World Telecommunications Day
  • World Trade Week begins * (3rd full week)

May 18

  • Mt. St. Helen Eruption Anniversary 1980
  • Museum Day
  • No Dirty Dishes Day
  • Notebook Day
  • Victoria Day * (Mon. before May 25)
  • Visit Your Relatives Day

May 19

  • Queen Anne beheaded 1536
  • Boy’s Club Day
  • Devil’s Food Cake Day
  • Activist Malcolm X born 1925
  • May Ray Day

May 20

  • Be a Millionaire Day
  • Cuba Independence 1902
  • Eliza Doolittle Day
  • Dolly Madison born 1768
  • Pick Strawberries Day
  • Quiche Lorraine Day
  • Timor-Leste Independence 2002
  • Weights and Measures Day

May 21

  • Fossil Hunter Mary Anning born 1799
  • American Red Cross Founders Day
  • Ascension Day * (40 days after Easter)
  • End of the World/Rapture Party Day
  • Linbergh Flight 1927
  • Montenegro Independence 2006
  • Artist, Henri Rousseau born 1844
  • Strawberries and Cream Day
  • Missionary James Hudson Taylor born 1832
  • Vejovis
  • Waiters and Waitresses Day
  • World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

May 22

  • 1st Atlas published 1570
  • Biological Diversity Day
  • Buy a Musical Instrument Day
  • Artist Mary Cassatt born 1844
  • Don’t Fry Day * (Friday before Memorial Day)
  • Maritime Day
  • Sherlock Holmes Day
  • Toothpaste Tube invented 1892
  • Vanilla Pudding Day
  • Wig Out Day * (Fri. before Memorial Day)

May 23

  • Crohn’s and Colitis day
  • Feminist Margaret Fuller born 1810
  • Lucky Penny Day
  • Ramadan Ends *
  • Rosalia
  • Shavuot
  • South Carolina Statehood 1788
  • Taffy Day
  • World Turtle Day

May 24

  • Brother’s Day
  • Brooklyn Bridge opened 1883
  • Ecuador Independence 1822
  • Empire Day/Commonwealth Day (UK)
  • Eritrea Independence 1993
  • Home Rule Act (Ireland) 1914
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week begins
  • Indianapolis 500
  • 1st Morse Code Message Sent 1844
  • Puppeteer Frank Oz born 1944
  • Scavenger Hunt Day
  • Tiara Day

May 25

  • Brown Bag It Day
  • Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson born 1803
  • Jordan Independence 1946
  • Memorial Day * (last Mon.)
  • Missing Children’s Day
  • Nerd Pride Day or Geek Pride Day
  • Dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson born 1878
  • Star Wars premiered 1977
  • Tap Dance Day
  • Towel Day

May 26

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Day
  • Georgia Independence 1918
  • Guyana Independence 1966
  • Indian Removal Act signed into law 1830
  • Astronaut Sally Ride born 1951
  • Tiananmen Square Protest 1989
  • Actor John Wayne born 1907

May 27

  • Activist Amelia Jenks Bloomer born 1818
  • Conservationist Rachel Carson born 1907
  • Cellophane Tape introduced 1930
  • Golden Gate Bridge opened 1964
  • Grape Popsicle Day
  • Sunscreen Day

May 28

  • Amnesty International Day
  • Big Ben arrived in Westminster 1859
  • Brisket Day
  • Author Ian Flemming born 1908
  • Hamburger Day
  • Poet May Swenson born 1913
  • Whooping Crane Day

May 29

  • Heat Awareness Day * (last Fri.)
  • Patriot Patrick Henry born 1736
  • International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers
  • President John Kennedy born  1917
  • Learn About Composting Day
  • Oak Apple Day (Pinch-Bum Day)
  • Paperclip patented 1867
  • Pink Flamingo Day
  • Rhode Island Statehood 1790
  • Shavuot *
  • Wisconsin Statehood 1848

May 30

  • Compact Disc introduced 1981
  • Hole in My Bucket Day
  • Hug Your Cat Day
  • International Jazz Day
  • Joan of Arc died 1431
  • Lincoln Memorial dedicated 1922
  • Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper born 1923
  • Mariner launched 1971
  • Queen of England Jane Seymour born 1508
  • Water a Flower Day
  • Wireless Telegraph patented 1872

May 31

  • Autonomous Vehicle Day
  • Macaroon Day
  • Pentecost *
  • Save Your Hearing Day
  • Speak in Sentences Day
  • Poet Walt Whitman born 1819
  • What You Think Upon Grows Day
  • World No Tobacco Day

PDF Special Days in May

May Resources (currently being updated for 2020)

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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 Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month.

I 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 calendars.

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.se7en.org.za/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

https://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

http://www.holidayscalendar.com/

Happy May!

betty jo

Special Days in April, 2020

 

Usually I have the Special Days lists ready to go out by the 28th of the month before.  However, with internet connection issues and an increase of family and homeschooling projects, I just have not been able to get the entire list completed. So … Here’s the beginning of the collection of themes, foods, historic and scientific anniversaries, awareness days, and famous birthdays for April, 2020. I hope to have the rest of the list ready to publish soon, but this will get us started on April fun and learning!

PDF of  Special Days in April and other teaching resources can be found at the end of this list.

April’s Themes,  Awareness, and Observances

  • Amateur Radio
  • Arab American Heritage
  • Astronomy
  • Autism Awareness
  • Car Care
  • Card and Letter Writing
  • Celebrate Diversity
  • Child Abuse Prevention Month
  • Confederate History
  • Decorating
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Frogs
  • Garden
  • Guitar
  • Holy Humor
  • Home Improvement
  • Humor
  • Jazz Appreciation
  • Keep America Beautiful
  • Kites
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Listening Awareness
  • Math Education
  • Military Child
  • Pet 1st Aid
  • Poetry
  • Recycling
  • School Library
  • Straw Hat
  • Stress Awareness
  • Young Child
  • Youth Sports Safety
  • World Habitat Awareness

April Food Themes

  • BLT Sandwich
  • Celery
  • Child Nutrition
  • Cranberries
  • Garlic
  • Gooseberries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich
  • Pecan
  • Soft Pretzel
  • Soy Foods
  • Tomato

April’s Daily Specials  (the * after the daily special means it does not always fall on the same date each year)

April 1

  • April Fool’s Day
  • Atheist Day
  • Fun at Work Day
  • Golden Rule Week begins
  • Medication Safety Week begins
  • Poetry and The Creative Mind Day
  • Read a Road Map Week begins
  • Reading Is Funny Day
  • Tatting Day
  • US Air Force Academy Day
  • Walking Day  * (1st Wed.)

April 2

  • Author Hans Christian Andersen born 1805
  • Children’s Book Day
  • Ferret Day
  • Ponce de Leon discovers and claims Florida for Spain 1513
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • Reconciliation Day
  • World Autism Day

April 3

  • Chocolate Mousse Day
  • Don’t Go To Work Unless It’s Fun Day
  • Find a Rainbow Day
  • Scientist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Johan Gutenberg 1st used movable type to print a book 1451
  • Author Washington Irving born 1783
  • 1st Pony Express Mail Route 1860
  • Tweed Day
  • Walk to Work Day * (1st Fri.)
  • Weed Out Hate/Sow Seeds of Greatness Day
  • World Party Day

April 4

  • Birding Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Hug a Newsman Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated 1968
  • Love Our Children Day * (1st Sat.)
  • NATO established 1949
  • Pillow Fight Day * (1st Sat.)
  • Rat Day
  • Robotics Week begins
  • Author/Illustrator Glen Rounds  born 1906
  • Tell a Lie Day
  • Vitamin C Day
  • Walk Around Things Day

April 5

  • Bat Appreciation Week * (1st full week)
  • Daffodil Sunday * (1st Sun.)
  • Deep Dish Pizza Day
  • Easter Island “discovered” 1722
  • Go For Broke Day
  • Scientist Joseph Lister born 1827
  • Plum Pudding Day
  • Scientist Walter Sutton born 1877
  • Activist Booker T. Washington born 1856

April 6

  • 1st Animated Cartoon was copyrighted 1906
  • Army Day
  • Fresh Tomato Day
  • North Pole discovered 1909
  • Artist Raphael born 1483
  • Sorry Charlie Day
  • Sweet Tater Day * (1st Mon.)
  • Teflon invented 1938
  • Twinkie invented 1930
  • US Entry Into WWI 1916

April 7

  • Beaver Day
  • Caramel Popcorn Day
  • Metric System Day
  • No Housework Day
  • Poet William Wordsworth born 1770
  • World Health Organization Day

April 8

  • All Is Ours Day
  • Buddha born 563 BC
  • Draw a Picture of a Bird Day
  • Empanada Day
  • Roma Day
  • Zoo Lovers Day

April 9

  • Appomattox Day (US Civil War ends 1865)
  • Cherish an Antique Day
  • Winston Churchill Day (first person to become an Honorary Citizen of the United States 1963)
  • Georgia Independence 1991
  • Name Yourself Day

April 10

  • Farm Animals Day
  • Golfers Day
  • Salvation Army Founder’s Day 1865
  • Safety Pin patented 1849
  • Sibling Day

April 11

  • Apollo 13 Launched 1970
  • Barbershop Quartet Day
  • 8-Track Tape Day
  • Pet Day
  • End of Revolutionary War 1783
  • Submarine Day
  • Teach Your Children to Save Day

April 12

  • Big Wind Day
  • American Civil War begins 1861
  • Author Beverly Cleary born 1916
  • D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read Day)
  • Resurrection Sunday/Easter *
  • Garden Week *  (2nd week)
  • Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse * (2nd Sun.)
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • International Day for Street Children
  • Licorice Day
  • 1st Human Space Flight 1961
  • 1st Space Shuttle launch 1981
  • Student Employment Week * (2nd full week)
  • 1st Union Jack Flag 1606
  • Walk On Your Wild Side Day

April 13

  • Cowboy/Outlaw Butch Cassidy born 1866
  • President Thomas Jefferson born 1743
  • Scrabble Day
  • Inventor Richard Trevithick born 1771

April 14

  • Citizen Science Day
  • Dolphin Day
  • Look Up At The Sky Day
  • Moment of Laughter Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Reach as High as You Can Day
  • St. Tiburtius’ Day
  • Websters American Dictionary of the English Language published 1828

April 15

  • Corrie Ten Boom born 1892
  • Artist/Scientist/Inventor Leonardo Da Vinci born 1452
  • Jackie Robinson Day
  • Rubber Eraser Day
  • Swallow Day
  • Take A Wild Guess Day
  • The Titanic sank 1912

April 16

  • Comedian Charlie Chaplin born 1889
  • Day of the Mushroom
  • Eggs Benedict Day
  • High Five Day * (3rd Thurs.)
  • Save the Elephant Day
  • Stress Awareness Day
  • Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
  • Inventor Wilbur Wright born 1867

April 17

  • Bat Appreciation Day
  • Blah! Blah! Blah! Day
  • Cheese Ball Day
  • Ellis Island History Day
  • Haiku Poetry Day
  • 1st Hershey Bar sold 1895

April 18

  • Amateur Radio Day
  • Animal Cracker Day
  • Auctioneers Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Global Youth Service Days * (3rd weekend)
  • Husband Appreciation Day * (3rd Sat.)
  • Juggler’s Day
  • Piñata Day
  • Paul Revere’s Famous Ride 1775
  • San Francisco Earthquake 1906
  • Zimbabwe Independence 1980

April 19

  • Bicycle Day
  • Boys & Girls Club Week * (3rd full week)
  • Coin Week * (3rd full week)
  • Garlic Day
  • Hanging Out Day
  • 1st Free Fall Parachute Descent 1919
  • Karaoke Week * (4th week)
  • Primrose Day
  • Princess Week * (last full week)
  • The Shot Heard Around the World (Battle of Lexington and Concord) 1775
  • Sky Awareness Week * (last full week)
  • World Laboratory Animal Liberation Week * (week of
    the 24th)

April 20

  • Boston Marathon (3rd Mon.)
  • Chinese Language Day
  • Environmental Education Week *  (Mon. of last full
    week)
  • Frog Appreciation Day
  • Marie and Pierre Curie Discover Radium 1902
  • Adolf Hitler born 1889
  • Look Alike Day
  • Patriot’s Day * (3rd Mon.)
  • Volunteer Recognition Day
  • Weed Day

April 21

  • Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
  • Queen Elizabeth born 1926
  • Henry VIII Became King of England 1509
  • Innovation Day
  • Kindergarten Day
  • Naturalist John Muir born 1838
  • Rome Founded 753 BC
  • Yom HaShoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day *

April 22

  • Earth Day
  • Girl Scout Leaders Day
  • Jelly Bean Day
  • Mother Earth Day
  • Roller Skates patented 1823

April 23

  • President James Buchanan born 1791
  • English Language Day
  • St. George’s Day
  • Homerun Day
  • Laboratory Day
  • Movie Theater Day
  • Picnic Day
  • Slay A Dragon Day
  • Take a Chance Day
  • Talk Like Shakespeare Day / Author William Shakespeare born 1564 (other sources say April 26)
  • Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day * (4th
    Thurs.)
  • Zucchini Bread Day

April 24

  • Arbor Day * (last Fri.)
  • Dance Week begins
  • Day of Silence (LGTQ Youth Observance) *
  • Pigs-in-a-Blanket Day
  • Farmer’s Almanac Founder, Robert Bailey Thomas born 1776
  • Save the Frogs Day * (last Fri.)

April 25

  • DNA Day
  • East Meets West Day
  • Eeyore’s Birthday * (last Sat.)
  • Go Birding Day * (last Sat.)
  • Great Fire of London 1666
  • Hug a Plumber Day
  • Ireland Independence 916
  • Physicist Guglielmo Marconi born 1874
  • Malaria Awareness Day
  • Sense of Smell Day * (last Sat.)
  • Suez Canal Construction begins 1859
  • Veterinary Day * (last Sat.)
  • World Healing Day *(last Sat.)
  • World Penguin Day

April 26

  • Audubon Day
  • Help a Horse Day
  • Hug An Australian Day
  • Kids and Pets Day
  • Pinhole Photography Day * (last Sun.)
  • Pretzel Day
  • Scientist/Inventor Charles F. Richter born 1900

April 27

  • Babe Ruth Day
  • Author Ludwig Bemelmans born 1898
  • President Ulysses S. Grant born 1822
  • Scientist Johannes Kepler born 1571
  • Inventor Samuel Morse born 1791
  • Prime Rib Day
  • Sierra Leone Independence 1961
  • Tell A Story Day
  • Togo Independence 1960
  • World Tapir Day

April 28

  • Biological Clock Day
  • Floralia
  • Great Poetry Reading Day
  • Kiss Your Mate Day
  • Maryland Statehood 1788
  • President James Monroe born 1758

April 29

  • Greenery Day
  • Shrimp Scampi Day
  • World Wish Day
  • Zipper patented 1851

April 30

  • Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
  • Animal Advocacy Day
  • Bugs Bunny Day
  • Hairstyle Appreciation Day
  • Honesty Day
  • Louisiana Statehood 1812
  • Raisin Day
  • Vietnam War ended 1975
  • Walpurgis Night

Free Printable Download – Special Days in April

Collection of free ‘Special Days’ learning resources for April                                                                  April Resource List 

Here’s my favorite resources for help with teaching special days each month   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2016/07/31/learning-resources-for-special-days/

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 Archive    – Direct links to the most recent Special Days and Resource lists for each month

I 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 April calendars.

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/

http://www.holidayinsights.com/

http://food.unl.edu/food-calendar

http://www.nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/

https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-holidays-celebrations/

http://chartsbin.com/view/2295

http://projectbritain.com/calendars/index.htm

Happy April!

betty jo

Special Days in March, 2020

Click here for the updated Special Days in March!

For the Birds! Ornithology Resource List

 

Adding ornithology to our homeschooling science started years ago when my daughter set up a “Bird Mart” outside out biggest window.  She offered different foods and nesting supplies.  She checked out a bird field guide from the library.  She made graphs and charts. Everyone in the family got interested in her project.  Looking out that window at the variety of birds was better than looking at the tv!  She took her project to that year’s science fair and brought home a blue ribbon.

Here’s a collection of free resources for your family’s bird studies and budding ornithologists. I’ve also added some resources for bird related language arts and electives, too.

Bird Watching Activities and Resources                                                                            https://franw.com/2014/03/27/bird-watching-activities/

Bird Lesson Plans and Activities by the Month                               https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/feathered-friends/

More Bird Lesson Plans                                                                      https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/get-started/

Migratory Birds Math and Science Lessons                                     https://hubbardbrook.org/lessons_birds

Hummingbird Math Activities                                       http://www.rubythroat.org/ActivitiesMathMain.html

A-Z List of Bird Sounds                                                                                                                https://www.bird-sounds.net/alphabetical/

Identification Guide                   https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/identification.php

Nest Cams                                                                                                     https://www.allaboutbirds.org/cams/

Bible Verses about Birds                                                                  https://www.openbible.info/topics/birds

Bird Facts                                                                                                       https://www.factretriever.com/bird-facts

A- Z Birds Taxon Information                                                                        https://animaldiversity.org/search/?q=birds&feature=INFORMATION

Track Migrations                                                                                                             https://journeynorth.org/

Outdoor Biology Activities                                                                                http://www.outdoorbiology.com/

Pet Birds Guide                                                                                                      https://www.allpetbirds.com/

Backyard Birds Note Pack and Lapbook Printables https://www.homeschoolshare.com/backyard_birds_lap_n_note.php

Birds of Prey Lapbook Printables                             https://www.homeschoolshare.com/birds_of_prey.php

Great Backyard Bird Count                                                       https://www.audubon.org/conservation/about-great-backyard-bird-count

Bird Feeder Crafts                                                                                                  https://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/

Materials to Help Birds Build Their Nests                                               https://www.thespruce.com/attract-birds-with-nesting-material-386423

Stories of Birds (copyright 1903)                                                https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20547/20547-h/20547-h.htm

Birds Vocabulary                                                                                             https://myvocabulary.com/word-list/birds-vocabulary/

Bird Idioms                                                                                                       https://www.thespruce.com/bird-idioms-explained-386739

Bird Jokes and Riddles (kid friendly) https://www.enchantedlearning.com/jokes/animals/bird.shtml

Birds in the News                                                                                  https://www.audubon.org/news/birds-news?page=1

Top 40 Songs About Birds                                                                                   http://www.top2040.com/2014/07/top-40-songs-about-birds.html

John James Audubon’s Birds of America Digital Library                               https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america

Realistic Bird Coloring Pages                                                                                     https://www.birdwatching-bliss.com/bird-coloring-pages.html

How to Draw Birds – Step by Step Instruction                                                   http://www.yedraw.com/how-to-draw-birds.html#.Xj-BE2hKiM8

And Another How to Draw Birds – Step-by-Step Instruction  https://easydrawingguides.com/search/birds

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Hummingbird                                https://www.hodgepodge.me/hummingbird-video-chalk-art-tutorial/

Chalk Pastel Video Tutorial – Cardinals in Snow                              https://www.hodgepodge.me/cardinals-snow-chalk-art-tutorial/

Bird Origami                                                                                                                            https://en.origami-club.com/animal/bird/index.html

 

 

 

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