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Special Days in March

March is full of holidays, observances, food themes, awareness days , historic figures and authors birthdays, science and historic based anniversaries, and more! Whether you’re looking for seasonal studies, trivia, a day to celebrate, or a food to add to the menu, this list of special days for March gives you plenty to choose from!

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

March Themes, Awareness, and Observances 

Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig
Athletic Training
Brain Injury Awareness
Cerebral Palsy Awareness
Child Life
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness
Clean Up Your IRS Act
Colic Awareness
Colorectal Cancer Education and Awareness
Color Therapy
Credit Education
Deaf History
Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Diabetes Alert
Dolphin Awareness
Employee Spirit
Endometriosis Awareness

Ethics Awareness
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering
Gender Equality
Honor Society
Humorists Are Artists
Hypothermia Awareness and Training
International Ideas
Irish American Heritage
Listening Awareness
Mad for Plaid
March Into Literacy
Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness
Music In Our Schools
On Hold

Play the Recorder
Poison Prevention Awareness
Problem Gambling Awareness
Red Cross Save Your Vision
Sing With Your Child
Social Work
Spiritual Wellness
Women’s History
Women Inventors
Youth Art

March Food Themes
Bell Peppers
Caffeine Awareness
Exotic Winter Fruits
Frozen Foods
Green Onion

March Special Days with Varying Dates

● World Math Day (1st Wed.)
● World Book Day (1st Thurs.)
● Day of Unplugging (1st Fri.)
Dress in Blue Day (1st Fri.)
● World Day of Prayer (1st Fri.)
● International Festival of Owls (1st full weekend)
● Celebrate Your Name Week begins (1st full week)
● Namesake Day (Sun. of 1st full week)
● Fun Facts About Names Day (Mon. of 1st full week)
● Unique Names Day (Tues. of 1st full week)
Discover What Your Name
Means Day (Wed. of 1st full week)
Name Tag Day (Thurs. of 1st full week)
● Middle Name Pride Day (Fri. of 1st full week)
● Descendants Day (Sat. of 1st full week)
● Read an E-Book Week (1st full week)
Words Matter Week (1st full week)
● Newspaper in Education Week (1st Mon.)
● School Breakfast Week begins (Mon. of 1st full week)
● Share a Story – Shape a Future Week begins (1st Mon.)
● Women of Aviation Worldwide Week begins (week with March 8)
● Chocolate Chip Cookie Week (2nd week) Brain Awareness Week (2nd full week)
● Commonwealth Day (2nd Mon.)
● Organize Your Home Office Day (2nd Tues.)
● Kidney Day (2nd Thurs.)
● Girl Scout Week (week of 12th)
● Absolutely Incredible Kid Day (3rd Thurs.)
● Quilting Day (3rd Sat.)
● Button Week (3rd full week)
● Chocolate Week (3rd full week)
● Folktales and Fables Week (3rd Week)
● Act Happy Week (3rd Mon.)
● Wellderly Week begins (3rd Mon.)
● Cleaning Week begins (last week)
● Diabetes Alert Day (4th Tues.)
● Little Red Wagon Day (last Wed.)

. Manatee Appreciation Day (last Wed.)

. Brother and Sister Day (last Sat.)
● Earth Hour (last Sat.)

March Special Days Without Set Dates

● Iditarod Race
● Lent (Sometimes Feb.)
● Return the Borrowed Books Week
● Sleep Awareness Week
● Teen Tech Week
● Ta’anit Esther/Purim (Sometimes Feb.)
● Procrastination Week
● Agriculture Week
● Science and Engineering Week (UK)
● Tsunami Awareness Week
● Daughters’ and Sons’ Day
● Check Your Batteries Day
● Daylight Savings Time begins
● Napping Day (day after Daylight Savings Time)
● Brain Awareness Week
● Ag Day
● Fix a Leak Week
● Naw-Ruz
● Ostara
● Spring Equinox/ 1st Day of Spring
● Shakespeare Week
● Nano Days
● Mothering Sunday (UK) (3 weeks
before Easter
● Consider Christianity Week begins (2 Sundays before Easter)
Holy Week (week before Easter)
● Good Friday (Fri. before Easter)
● Easter

Special Days with Set Dates

March 1

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Independence 1992
  • Cheer-leading Week begins
  • Dadgum That’s Good Day
  • St. David’s Day
  • Fruit Compote Day
  • Ghost Writers Week begins
  • Horse Protection Day
  • Nebraska Statehood 1867
  • Ohio Statehood 1803
  • Peace Corps Week begins – established 1961
  • Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • Pet Sitters Week begins
  • Pig Day
  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day
  • Save Your Vision Week begins
  • Share a Smile Day
  • Sock Monkey Day
  • Universal Human Beings Week begins
  • World Compliment Day
  • Write a Letter of Appreciation Week begins
  • Yellowstone National Park established 1872

March 2

  • Banana Cream Pie Day
  • Dr. Seuss Day – Author Theodor Geisel born 1904
  • Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev born 1931
  • Jell-O invented 1897
  • King Kong (movie) premiered 1933
  • Old Stuff Day
  • Read Across America Day

March 3

  • Alexander Graham Bell born 1847
  • Cold Cuts Day
  • Florida Statehood 1845
  • I Want You To Be Happy Day
  • If Pets Had Thumbs Day
  • National Anthem Day (US)
  • Elvis Presley’s 1st TV Appearance 1955
  • Severe Storm Preparedness Week
  • Speech and Debate Education Day
  • Time Magazine launched 1923
  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Courageous Follower Day
  • Primatologist Jane Goodall born 1934
  • Grammar Day
  • Holy Experiment Day
  • Hug a G.I. Day
  • March Forth – Do Something Day
  • Pound Cake Day
  • Scrapbooking Industry Day
  • Slinky patented 1947
  • Toy Soldier Day
  • US Constitution went into effect 1789
  • Vermont Statehood 1791
  • Composer Antonio Vivaldi born 1678

March 5

  • Absinthe Day
  • Boston Massacre 1770
  • Cheese Doodle Day
  • Map Maker Gerardus Mercator born 1512
  • St. Piran’s Day

March 6

  • Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning born 1806
  • Artist Michelangelo Buonarroti born 1475
  • Corndog Day
  • Dentist’s Day
  • Dress Day
  • Frozen Foods Day
  • Ghana Independence 1957
  • Oreo Cookies first introduced 1912
  • White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

March 7

  • Be Heard Day
  • Cereal Day
  • Crown Roast of Pork Day
  • Artist Piet Mondrian born 1872
  • No More Week begins
  • Roast Pork Day
  • Telephone patented 1876

March 8

  • Aardvark Week begins
  • Girls Write Now Day
  • Peanut Cluster Day
  • Proof Reading Day
  • Universal Women’s Week begins

March 9

  • Barbie Doll debuted 1959
  • Crabmeat Day
  • False Teeth patented 1822
  • Get Over It Day
  • Meatball Day
  • Panic Day
  • Explorer Amerigo Vespucci born 1451

March 10

  • Bagpipe Day
  • Blueberry Popover Day
  • International Day of Awesomeness
  • Mario Day
  • Pack Your Lunch Day
  • Ranch Dressing Day
  • Salvation Army Day
  • 1st Telephone Call Made 1876
  • Harriet Tubman born 1820
  • Rings around Uranus discovered 1977

March 11

  • Dream Day
  • Frankenstein published 1818
  • Ken Day (the boy Barbie)
  • Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
  • Plumbing Day
  • Rattlesnake Roundup begins
  • Worship of Tools Day

March 12

  • Baked Scallops Day
  • Genealogy Day
  • Girl Scouts Day
  • Alfred Hitchcock Day
  • Mauritius Independence 1968
  • 1st Parachute Jump from an Airplane 1912
  • Plant a Flower Day

March 13

  • Coconut Torte Day
  • Comet Day
  • Commonwealth Day (Canada)
  • Donald Duck debuted 1942
  • Earmuffs Day (earmuffs patented 1877)
  • Ginger Ale Day
  • Good Samaritan Day
  • Jewel Day
  • K9 Veterans Day
  • Ken Day
  • Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
  • Uranus discovered 1781

March 14

  • Ask a Question Day
  • Children’s Craft Day
  • Scientist Albert Einstein born 1879
  • Casey Jones born 1863
  • Learn About Butterflies Day
  • Pi Day (3.14)
  • Potato Chip Day
  • Reuben Sandwich Day

March 15

  • Buzzards Day
  • Escalator patented 1892
  • Everything You Think is Wrong Day
  • Ides of March
  • President Andrew Jackson born 1767
  • Maine Statehood 1820
  • Pears Helene Day
  • Shoe the World Day
  • True Confessions Day
  • World Consumer Rights Day
  • World Speech Day

March 16

  • Artichoke Hearts Day
  • Curlew Day
  • Everything You Do Is Right Day
  • Freedom of Information Day
  • Lips Appreciation Day
  • 1st Liquid-Fuel-Powered Rocket launched 1926
  • President James Madison born 1751
  • Panda Day
  • The Scarlet Letter published 1850
  • St. Urho’s Day

March 17

  • Corn Dog Day
  • Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • Rubber Bands invented 1845
  • St. Patrick’s Day
  • Submarine Day

March 18

  • Awkward Moments Day
  • Biodiesel Day / Inventor Rudolph Diesel born 1858
  • President Grover Cleveland born 1837
  • Forgive Mom and Dad Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965
  • Mount St. Helen erupted 1980
  • Oatmeal Cookie Day
  • Sloppy Joe Day

March 19

  • Chocolate Caramel Day
  • Let’s Laugh Day
  • Explorer/Missionary David Livingstone born 1813
  • Nurses Day
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom began 2003
  • Poultry Day
  • 1st Space Walk 1965

March 20

  • Alien Abduction Day
  • Astrology Day
  • Great American Meat Out
  • Hugh of St. Cher’s Concordance 1263
  • International Day of Happiness
  • French Language Day
  • Author Bill Martin Jr. born 1916
  • Proposal Day
  • Ravioli Day
  • Snowman Burning Day
  • Tunisia Independence 1956
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin published 1852
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day (Fred Rogers born 1928)
  • World Frog Day
  • World Story Telling Day

March 21

  • Composer Johann Sebastian Bach born 1685
  • Common Courtesy Day
  • Reformer Thomas Cranmer Burnt at the Stake 1556
  • Down Syndrome Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • International Day of the Forests and the Tree
  • Fragrance Day
  • French Bread Day
  • Namibia Independence 1990
  • Renewable Energy Day
  • Single Parents Day
  • Spring Fairy Fun Day
  • Strawberry Day
  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • As Young As You Feel Day
  • Carbonated Water invented 1733
  • Coq Au Vin Day
  • Education and Sharing Day
  • Goof-off Day
  • International Day of the Seal
  • Tuskegee Airmen Day
  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Chia Day
  • Chip and Dip Day
  • Ponce De Leon discovered Florida 1513
  • Patrick Henry delivered “Give Me Liberty” speech 1775
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition began the return journey 1806
  • Melba Toast Day
  • Meteorological Day
  • Near Miss Day
  • OK Day
  • Puppy Day

March 24

  • Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
  • Crossword Puzzle Week begins
  • Harry Houdini born 1874
  • King James Crowned 1603
  • Tuberculosis Day

March 25

  • Annunciation Day/Tichborne Dole/Lady’s Day
  • Democracy Celebration Day
  • Greek National Day/Greece Independence 1821
  • International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic
  • Lobster Newburg Day
  • Medal of Honor Day
  • Pecan Day
  • Tolkien Reading Day
  • Waffle Day

March 26

  • Bangladesh Independence 1971
  • Epilepsy Awareness Day
  • Nougat Day
  • Poet Robert Frost born 1874
  • Legal Assistants Day
  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
  • Spinach Day

March 27

  • Celebrate Exchange Day
  • Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
  • 1st Radio Transmission 1899
  • Scientist Wilhelm Roentgen born 1845
  • Spanish Paella Day
  • World Theater Day

March 28

  • Accidents at Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant 1979
  • Barnum and Bailey Day
  • Black Forest Cake Day
  • Something on a Stick Day
  • Washing Machine patented 1930
  • Weed Appreciation Day

March 29

  • Borrowed Days begin
  • Coca Cola invented 1886
  • Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
  • Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
  • Niagara Falls Runs Dry 1848
  • Pop-up Toaster patented 1919
  • President John Tyler born 1790
  • Week of the Ocean begins

March 30

  • Doctor’s Day
  • Grass Is Always Browner on the Other Side of the Fence Day
  • I Am In Control Day
  • Pencil patented 1858
  • Artist Vincent Van Gogh born 1853
  • Take a Walk in the Park Day
  • Turkey Neck Soup Day

March 31

  • Scientist Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen born 1811
  • Cesar Chavez Day
  • Clams on the Half Shell Day
  • Crayon Day
  • Composer Joseph Hayden born 1732
  • Eiffel Tower Opened 1889
  • Oranges and Lemon’s Day
  • She’s Funny That Way Day
  • Tater Day
  • World Backup Day




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.









Happy March!

betty jo


Special Days in March, 2020

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Special Days in March, 2019

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Newspapers In Education Week


EXTRA! EXTRA!  Read and Write All About It!

“Newspapers in Education Week”  begins on the first Monday in March.  This has been a homeschooling project week for our family for several years. We read newspapers, make recycled newspaper crafts, and write articles. In the past couple of years we have published a school  family newspaper. Below are some fantastic resources we’ve used in the past along with some new ones we’re going to be using this year.

Newspapers in Education   Cross curricular pre-k through high school resources and ideas.

Newspaper Printing Press  Virtual Tour

America’s Historic Newspaper Pages from 1789-1963

“School Journalism” is a wonderful site for video instruction, lesson plans, and reporter training for both teachers and students!      (Hover the mouse over the “Journalism Lesson Plans” option on the top left  to access the learning resources. These are geared toward higher grades.)

Elements of News is a simple slideshow presentation explaining what makes a story “newsworthy”.

News Article Writing Guide geared for upper elementary and middle school levels.

How To Write An Editorial  is a helpful 3 Part Lesson Guide and Creative Writing Activities for all grade levels.

Create A Comic  Activity Ideas and Resources

Writing Tips Slide Show for Asking and Receiving Advice and Formal Complaints.

Write a Weather Report  Tips, Format, and Writing Guide with Examples

Write a Review  Lesson Plan, Activities, Resources

Write a Food Review  Step by step guide

Write a Sports Article  3 Ways, Tips, Examples

Tabloid Tales  “Learn about the power of exaggeration by writing news stories to accompany actual tabloid newspaper headlines!”

Spotting Fake News  Quick Tips and Guide

Write Ads  7 Step Writing Guide

Wacky Headlines  Prompts and activities for creative writing

Interactive Printing Press  Create and publish your own newspaper.

Newspaper Templates   Printable Notebooking /Writing Pages

betty jo





Celebrate Your Name Week

The first full week in March is Celebrate Your Name Week!

  • Sunday – Namesake Day
  • Monday – Fun Facts About Names Day
  • Tuesday – Unique Names Day
  • Wednesday – Discover What Your Name Means Day
  • Thursday – Nametag Day
  • Friday – Middle Name Pride Day
  • Saturday – Decendants Day

Below are some wonderful free resources for learning about names and some activity ideas for added fun.

Celebrating Names Activity Guide and Resources

Find Meaning of Names 

Name Origins, Crest, and History (also related ‘for sale’ products)

Word Art Creator 

Name Art Project

How to Say, “My name is” in 475 Languages

What’s In a Name Game from Funschooling and Recreational Learning

Write a Name Poem

Sticky Note Guessing Name Game

“The Name Game” from the 1965 Hit Song by Shirley Ellis at Youtube

“The Name Game” Lyrics and Music for Karaoke at Youtube

12 Names of Jesus Printable Cards from The Purposeful Mom

Praying and Pronouncing the Names of God from Tony Evans

Names of Large Numbers Chart   (because we need a math lesson this week too!)

I hope you’ll enjoy Celebrating your family’s names!

Betty (A diminutive of Elizabeth, meaning My God is plentiful)  Jo (A diminutive of Josephine meaning May Jehovah add. Also diminutive of Joanne meaning God is gracious.)




March On – The Sequel

As I studied the calendar for March I learned that Sunday, March 3 is, “I Want You To Be Happy Day”.   Isn’t that everyday?  Smiles always beat frowns.  Tears from laughter are better than tears of sadness.  So what is it that makes us happy?  What is it that we can do today that will not only make those around us happy, but also ourselves?  It’s a good thing that money doesn’t buy happiness, because I don’t have much of that.

Anyway,  I’ve been thinking about what 1 thing I can to do to make each family member happy, and so far everything I’ve come up with is pretty simple.  I have decided that I will take the dish turn for B14, not ask A21 to take out the trash, or E17 to babysit. I will play a game of chess, cards, or whatever Z7 wants to play immediately upon his request. I’m not sure yet what I’ll be doing to add a little happiness to A22’s day, but I know it will involve cheese and pineapple (homemade pizza?). J9 is easy, extended laptop and tv turns for him. My husband will be happy if I can keep from sending him on some errand and just let him have a day to stay home.

We all know that saying, “Nobody’s happy unless Momma’s happy”, perhaps a Sunday afternoon NAP will take care of that.   Wishing you happiness , betty jo   (ps: lots of views and comments on the blog would make me very happy, too)

For more about special days coming up this March take a look here:  http://www.hsclassroom.net/2013/02/calendar-unit-study-national-awareness-days-in-march/

If you missed the first post of Forward March click the link on the sidebar.