January 2022 Calendar of United States of America
January Calendar of United States of America

January Holidays and Celebrations in the United States

January 1

  • New Years Day
  • National Bloody Mary Day
  • National Hangover Day
  • National Play Outside Day – First Saturday Every Month

National Hangover Day

National Hungover Day is not a public holiday, but it falls on the same day as New Year's Day, so businesses and schools are closed for the day.

This day was established by a group of friends from Arkansas in 2015. While sitting together at a restaurant, Oven and Tap, they started discussing national holidays and how some days have so many holidays attached to them. They soon realized that January 1 was only really known as New Year's Day, so they set to create National Hangover Day on this date. The official proclamation for this day was approved in November of 2015.

National Hangover Day is not as much a celebration, as it is a day to find out how to feel better after one too many drinks. There are many scientific ways to prevent and cure hangovers, but on National Hangover Day, people take to social media to share their own tips and tricks on how to get rid of that headache.

The main symptoms of a hangover are tiredness and head and muscle aches. Some people also get an upset stomach and may feel dizzy for the most part of the day. It is certainly not a pleasant feeling.

January 2

  • National Buffet Day
  • National Cream Puff Day
  • National Personal Trainer Awareness Day
  • National Science Fiction Day

January 3

  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
  • National Drinking Straw Day
  • National Fruitcake Toss Day
  • National Thank God It’s Monday Day – First Monday in January

January 4

  • National Missouri Day
  • National Spaghetti Day
  • National Trivia Day

National Trivia Day

Celebrated every year on January 4th, this holiday is all about general knowledge, and those people who can store the most obscure, irrelevant, but still interesting facts and quotes in their brains. If this sounds like you, then National Trivia Day is the perfect opportunity to show off to your family and friends.

Here is the first fun fact about National Trivia Day: it was founded in 1980 by Robert Birch of Pun Corps, the company that produced and released the family favorite Trivial Pursuit board game.

This day is all about knowledge, so why not organize a Trivia Night at your house? Invite family and friends over for a competitive night designed to find out who knows the most facts. You can be the quizmaster and choose the questions yourself, or just play some Trivia

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January 5

  • National Bird Day
  • National Keto Day
  • National Screenwriters Day
  • National Whipped Cream Day

National Bird Day

National Bird Day is observed every year on January 5. This holiday raises awareness about the fact that birds are an endangered species in the United States, especially those who are not native to the country. It highlights the way in which we can all contribute to protecting birds and their habitats, both captive and wild.

This day was created in 2002 by Born Free USA and the Avian Welfare Coalition. Their goal was to promote avian awareness, and the issues that affect birds in America. January 5 was chosen as the date to celebrate this holiday so as to coincide with the annual Christmas Bird Count. This count lasts for 3 weeks and is a science survey run by citizens that controls the health of the native bird populations of the United States.

There are many ways to celebrate National Bird Day, whether you are a regular bird enthusiast or a bird novice.

A great activity for this day is to do some bird watching. You can join a bird-watching group in your area, or get a bird identification book and try it yourself. This will be a good way to learn more about the species that live around you.

January 6

  • National Bean Day
  • National Cuddle Up Day
  • National Shortbread Day
  • National Technology Day

January 7

  • National Bobblehead Day
  • National Tempura Day

Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox Christians in the United States celebrate Christmas a little bit later than everyone else, on January 7. This date falls on December 25 in the Julian Calendar, which existed before the Gregorian Calendar. Orthodox Christmas also celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the son of God. This holiday differs from Christmas Day because it does not observe Pagan traditions, like waiting for gifts from Santa Claus and decorating a tree, instead it focuses on religious customs.

Orthodox Christmas is not a public holiday in the United States, so businesses and schools remain open as usual.

Orthodox Churches in the United States hold a special liturgy, where they light a fire with palms and burn frankincense in honor of the three wise men's gifts to Jesus.

January 8

  • National Argyle Day
  • National Bubble Bath Day
  • National English Toffee Day
  • National JoyGerm Day
  • National Winter Skin Relief Day
  • National Vision Board Day – Second Saturday in January

January 9

  • National Apricot Day
  • National Balloon Ascension Day
  • National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day
  • National Static Electricity Day
  • National Sunday Supper Day – Second Sunday in January

January 10

  • National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
  • National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
  • National Oysters Rockefeller Day
  • National Save The Eagles Day
  • National Clean Off Your Desk Day – Second Monday in January

What are the 2022 U.S. federal holidays?

In 2022, the federal holidays in the United States fall on the following dates:

Friday, December 31, 2021 – New Year’s Day (observed)

Saturday, January 1 – New Year’s Day

Monday, January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 21 – President’s Day

Monday, May 30 – Memorial Day

Sunday, June 19 – Juneteenth (officially Juneteenth National Independence Day)

Monday, June 20 – Juneteenth (observed)

Monday, July 4 – Independence Day

Monday, September 5 – Labor Day

Monday, October 10 – Columbus Day (also observed as Indigenous Peoples Day)

Friday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Thursday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Day

Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day

Monday, December 26 – Christmas Day (observed)

January 11

  • National Arkansas Day
  • National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
  • National Milk Day
  • National Step in a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day
  • Shop for Travel Day – Second Tuesday in January

January 12

  • National Curried Chicken Day
  • National Kiss A Ginger Day
  • National Marzipan Day
  • National Pharmacist Day

National Pharmacist Day

January 12 is National Pharmacist Day, a holiday in honor of all pharmacists across America. There are over 300,000 pharmacists in America, and the numbers keep growing every year.

On this day you can't forget to thank your usual pharmacist for always being so helpful. Certainly, through the years they have given you essential advice on which medications to take, and the correct dosage for each, having helped you recover from whatever your ailment was.

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January 13

  • Korean American Day
  • National Peach Melba Day
  • National Rubber Ducky Day
  • Stephen Foster Memorial Day
  • National Sticker Day

Korean American Day

January 13 is Korean American Day, a celebration of the first arrival of Korean immigrants to America, and a commemoration of the Korean American community's contributions to culture and society in the United States. There are around 1.8 million people of Korean descent living in the United States, and the Korean Americans make for the fifth largest Asian-American population group.

Korean American Day was first proclaimed by President George W. Bush on January 13, 2003, the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first Koreans to the United States in 1903. The observance was made official by the U.S. Congress in 2005, and since then Korean American Day has been an annual celebration.

You can visit a Korean restaurant on this day and enjoy their delicious food, and you'll be supporting a Korean American small business too! K-Pop has also risen in popularity lately, so if you're not familiar with the musical genre why not give it a listen?

January 14

  • National Dress Up Your Pet Day
  • National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
  • Ratification Day

January 15

  • National Bagel Day
  • National Booch Day
  • National Hat Day
  • National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
  • National Use Your Gift Card Day – Third Saturday in January

January 16

  • National Fig Newton Day
  • National Nothing Day
  • National Religious Freedom Day
  • National Without a Scalpel Day

National Nothing Day

National Nothing Day is an annual anti-holiday observed on January 16. True to its name, the purpose of this day is to do absolutely nothing. Not even celebrate the holiday! It comes right after a period that is heavy with holidays and celebrations, so it aims to give Americans a break from all that hustle and bustle.

National Nothing Day was created in 1972 by San Francisco Examiner journalist Harold Pullman Coffin. Coffin founded this non-holiday as he was growing tired of the number of groups claiming a day for themselves in the calendar, and he wanted to give people a whole National day where they are able to just sit down and not worry about honoring or celebrating anything.

The best way to spend this day is, obviously, by doing absolutely nothing. This can mean different things for different people. You just have to find what doing nothing means for you.

January 17

  • National Bootlegger’s Day
  • National Hot Buttered Rum Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Third Monday in January

Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day, or Martin Luther King Jr. Day, is observed on the third Monday of January. It is also known as Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

4 days after King’s assassination, a campaign was started to make his birthday, January 15, a federal holiday. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan presented the first legislation to Congress.

The King Memorial Center in Atlanta was founded in 1968 and celebrated his birthday in 1969. It proposed nationwide ceremonies and acted to gain support.

January 18

  • National Michigan Day
  • National Peking Duck Day
  • National Thesaurus Day
  • National Winnie The Pooh Day

January 19

  • World Quark Day
  • National Popcorn Day

January 20

  • National Buttercrunch Day
  • National Cheese Lover’s Day
  • National Disc Jockey Day
  • Get to Know Your Customers Day – Third Thursday of Each Quarter

January 21

  • National Granola Bar Day
  • National Hugging Day
  • Squirrel Appreciation Day

National Hugging Day

Share the love on January 21 because it is National Hugging Day. The day encourages people to show their emotions more often, and offer hugs to others, whether they are family, friends, or strangers.

National Hug Day was made official by the United States Copyright Office, but it is not a public holiday. This means that businesses and schools remain open.

National Hugging Day was created by Kevin Zaborney in 1986, in Clio, Michigan.

Celebrate this day by offering everyone you come across a hug. Sure, you might get some weird looks, but you will also make a lot of people's days a whole lot happier.

January 22

  • National Blonde Brownie Day
  • Celebration of Life Day
  • National Sanctity of Life Day

January 23

  • National Handwriting Day
  • National Pie Day – Click to find FREE and DISCOUNTED PIE Offers

January 24

  • Beer Can Appreciation Day
  • National Compliment Day
  • National Peanut Butter Day

January 25

  • National Florida Day
  • National Irish Coffee Day
  • National Opposite Day
  • Plan for Vacation Day – Last Tuesday in January

January 26

  • National Green Juice Day
  • National Peanut Brittle Day
  • National Spouses Day
  • Library Shelfie Day – Fourth Wednesday in January

National Spouses Day

National Spouses Day is celebrated on January 26. While similar to Valentine's Day, this holiday is mainly dedicated to married couples and lifelong partners.

While the exact origins of National Spouses Day are unknown, it was probably inspired by the creation of Military Spouses Day in 1984. The day has since gradually grown in popularity, especially during the last few years, as couples recognize the importance of spending time together more.

The best and most obvious way to commemorate this day is by spending time with your partner and show them some love.

You can go on a date to the first place you met, or where you had your first date, or even to where you got engaged. It will give you a chance to think about the beginning of your relationship, and how far you have come since you first met each other. This date can include a romantic candle-lit dinner or even a picnic with food prepared by the two of you.

January 27

  • National Chocolate Cake Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

On January 27 the world commemorates the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a United Nations observance that honors and remembers the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the millions of people who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi government.

The Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly on November 1, 2005, with the resolution 60/7. The idea for this day came after the commemorations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of Nazi concentration camps. These commemorations took place earlier in the year, on January 24, 2005.

On this day, there are many events held across the World, some organized by the United Nations, where Holocaust survivors and world leaders speak publicly about their experiences during the Holocaust, the aftermath, and why it is important that we do not forget what happened during that period.

January 28

  • National Blueberry Pancake Day
  • Data Privacy Day
  • National Have Fun At Work Day
  • National Kazoo Day
  • National Big Wig Day – Last Friday in January

January 29

  • National Corn Chip Day
  • National Puzzle Day
  • National Seed Swap Day – Last Saturday in January

January 30

  • National Croissant Day

January 31

  • National Backward Day
  • National Hot Chocolate Day
  • National Inspire Your Heart With Art Day
  • National Bubble Wrap Day – Last Monday of January
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