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Special Days and Observances in January

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January Calendar

January Calendar

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New Year's Day is just the first of many special days and observances in January. There are plenty of them this month that gifted children will be sure to enjoy celebrating and learning more about. Like what? Like Trivia Day, Appreciate a Dragon Day, and National Kazoo Day. January is also National Book Month and International Creativity Month.

(See holidays and observances for each month.)

Month-Long Observances

Week-Long Observances

  • Universal Letter Writing Week  -  January 7-11 (2nd week)
  • Pizza Week - January 6-12 (2nd week)
  • Hot Air Balloon Week - January 19-26 (4th week)
  • Junior Achievement Week - January 19-26 (4th week)
  • School Choice Week - January 26-February 1

Special Days and Holidays


First Week

  • January   1  New Years Day
  • January   1  Ellis Island Day
  • January   1  Daydreamers Day
  • January   2  National Science Fiction Day
  • January   3  JRR Tokien Day
  • January   4  Trivia Day
  • January   5  National Bird Day
  • January   6  Sherlock Holmes' Birthday
  • January   7  Old Rock Day

Second Week

  • January   8  Bubble Bath Day
  • January   9  National Static Electricity Day
  • January   9  Word Nerd Day
  • January 10  Peculiar People Day
  • January 12  Museum Day
  • January 13  Make Your Dream Come True Day
  • January 14  Ratification Day (Treaty of Paris)

Third Week

  • January 16  Appreciate a Dragon Day
  • January 17  Benjamin Franklin's Birthday
  • January 17  Kid Inventors Day
  • January 18  Thesaurus Day
  • January 18  Pooh Day
  • January 19  Metric System Day
  • January 20  Camcorder Day
  • January 21  Martin Luther King Day
  • January 21  National Hugging Day

Fourth Week

  • January 23  National Handwriting Day
  • January 24  National Compliment Day
  • January 24  Clashing Clothes Day
  • January 26  Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement
  • January 28  National Kazoo Day
  • January 29  Thomas Paine Day
  • January 29  National Puzzle Day
  • January 20  Draw a Dinosaur Day
  • January 31  Backwards Day

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