Who doesn’t love a holiday? They give us great reasons to celebrate! But we’re not going to talk about typical holidays like New Year’s, the 4th of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We want to let you in on some wonderful, wacky, and weird national days that pop up throughout the year and give us a perfect excuse to wear costumes, celebrate with special meals, or do other things to bring a little cheer to the workplace!
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Why Celebrate Weird National Days?
Believe it or not, these observances have a major return on investment. Celebrating weird national days is a team-building tool in and of itself. Promoting enjoyable activities improves job satisfaction, employee retention, and overall company culture.
It doesn’t cost much, in terms of time or money, to commemorate weird holidays. Generally, if you distribute a national day calendar at the beginning of each year, workers may do the planning on their own. Or consider appointing a “Director of Fun” to handle the festivities!
Get to Know Your Customers Day
When: 3rd Thursday in January, April, July, and October
Social Media Hashtag: #GetToKNowYourCustomersDay
How to Celebrate: One of the best ways to keep clients is to let them know you’re invested in their success. Challenge client-facing employees to find out a little something about each of the consumers they interact with. You could also come up with ways to show customers you care, be it by wishing them happy birthday, asking about recent trips, or congratulating them on their business anniversaries.
National Clean Off Your Desk Day
When: 2nd Monday in January
Social Media Hashtag: #CleanOutYourComputerDay
How to Celebrate: At the start of the day, choose the messiest desks. The people on the messy list are eligible to be awarded Clean Desk Awards at the end of the day. Perhaps their reward should be a new trashcan full of cleaning supplies.
National Have Fun at Work Day
When: Last Friday in January
Social Media Hashtag: #HaveFunAtWorkDay
How to Celebrate: Incorporate some fun in the day. Have office chair relay races, compete in hula-hooping contests, or play “Coworker Feud.”
National Clean Out Your Computer Day
When: 2nd Monday in February
Social Media Hashtag: #CleanOutYourComputerDay
How to Celebrate: Share tips and tricks on organizing a filesystem. Hold a contest to see who can clear the most space from their computers. Submit a morning disk usage and end-of-day disk usage and give prizes to the most improved.
National Proofreading Day
When: March 8th
Social Media Hashtag: #ProofreadingDay
How to Celebrate: Throughout the day, keep a tally of errors and offer rewards to those employees who’ve been called out the least. If there’s a tie, have a type-off!
National Worship of Tools Day
When: March 11th
Social Media Hashtag: #WorshipOfToolsDay
How to Celebrate: Honor the tools that help you do your job. Dress them up, attach ribbons and bows, or hold a ceremony.
National Virtual Vacation Day
When: March 30th
Social Media Hashtag: #VirtualVacationDay
How to Celebrate: Share videos and virtual tours of the vacations you’d like to be taking.
National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day
When: April 16th
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalWearYourPajamasToWorkDay, #NationalWearYourPJToWorkDay
How to Celebrate: Wear your PJs to work (with the bosses’ blessings) and take lots of pics!
Robert’s Rules of Order Day
When: May 2nd
How to Celebrate: Use Robert’s Rules of Order for any meetings held on this day. Make sure all meetings are kept on schedule and that all scheduled orders of business are covered.
National Leave The Office Early Day
When: June 2nd (or the closest working day)
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalLeaveTheOfficeEarlyDay
How to Celebrate: Leave the office early, of course, but only with permission!
Take Your Dog to Work Day
When: Friday after Father’s Day
Social Media Hashtag: #TakeYourDogToWorkDay
How to Celebrate: This one happens to fall right around the dog days of summer. If you’ve got a pet-friendly office, be sure to take your best friends to work with you.
National Workaholics Day
When: July 5th
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalWorkaholicsDay, #WorkaholicsDay
How to Celebrate: During the week before this holiday, vote on the company’s biggest workaholic and reward them with an extra paid holiday. If they call in, email, text, or contact anyone in any way about work on this day, they don’t get paid!
National Work Like A Dog Day
When: August 5th
Social Media Hashtag: #WorkLikeADogDay
How to Celebrate: The phrase “work like a dog” means to work hard, but wouldn’t it be more fun to spend the day dressed as dogs? Wear costumes or just draw on some pup noses and whiskers with make-up. Don’t forget to beg for treats and take 37 naps.
National Bring Your Manners to Work Day
When: 1st Friday in September
Social Media Hashtag: #BringYourMannersToWorkDay
How to Celebrate: Be extremely polite and exceptionally proper throughout the day.
National Fight Procrastination Day
When: September 6th
Social Media Hashtag: #FightProcrastinationDay
How to Celebrate: Reward all projects and assignments delivered on time.
National Kick Butt Day
When: 2nd Monday of October
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalKickButtDay
How to Celebrate: In addition to coming together to have your best day ever, this would be a fantastic day to have a ceremony to recognize individuals and teams for going above and beyond.
National Train Your Brain Day
When: October 13th
Social Media Hashtag: #TrainYourBrainDay
How to Celebrate: Make this annual celebration all about knowledge sharing. Schedule webinars and in-person training sessions. Consider a !
Job Action Day
When: 1st Monday in November
Social Media Hashtag: #JobActionDay
How to Celebrate: Job Action Day is all about pursuing our dream jobs. Tell your boss you want that promotion. Share your ideas for a new product. This would also be the perfect day to hold a career fair.
National App Day
When: December 11th
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalAppDay, #AppDay
How to Celebrate: Talk about the apps that help get you through your workday. You could hold a formal meeting to share tips and tricks on how you use apps to get your jobs done.
National Bagel Day
When: January 15th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalBagelDay
How to Celebrate: Take advantage of one of the many Bagel Day deals out there and grab a bagel basket for the whole team.
National Buffet Day
When: January 2nd
Social Media Hashtag: #BuffetDay
How to Celebrate: If you’re back at work, bring in your holiday leftovers! Set up a potluck, buffet style, and share your scrumptious homemade dishes with your peers.
Hot Chocolate Day
When: January 31st
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalHotChocolateDay, #HotChocolateDay
How to Celebrate: Get together to make hot chocolate bombs. Then, enjoy them together while bonding in the break room.
Tater Tot Day
When: February 2nd
Social Media Hashtag: #TaterTotDay
How to Celebrate: “You gonna eat your tots?” Pay homage to Napoleon Dynamite by dressing as a character from the movie. If you wear pants with zippered pockets, you can stash some taters for any tot emergencies that might arise. A talent show or tot-eating contest would also be fitting tributes.
Dadgum That’s Good Day
When: March 1st
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalDadgumThatsGoodDay
How to Celebrate: This national day honors Masterbuilt grills, food, and friends. Ask each person to bring a picnic dish and grill up some goodies during a lunch-hour cookout. If the weather is still wintery, have a cook-in.
National Sloppy Joe Day
When: March 18th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalSloppyJoeDay
How to Celebrate: As a nod to the 90s Saturday Night Live skit “Lunch Lady Land” and beloved lunch ladies everywhere, dress up as your favorite lunch-serving ladies. When lunchtime comes, have a sloppy joe eating contest.
National Waffle Day
When: March 25th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalWaffleDay
How to Celebrate: Two words—waffle bar.
National Something On a Stick Day
When: March 28th
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalSomethingOnAStickDay, #SomethingOnAStickDay
How to Celebrate: Anything on a stick will do—Kebabs, Corn dogs, chocolate cake pops, frozen bananas, ice cream pops, and popsicles should get you started!
New Beer’s Eve & National Beer Day
When: April 6th and 7th
Social Media Hashtags: #NewBeersEve, #NationalBeerDay
How to Celebrate: This day, and the evening before it, commemorate the signing of the Cullen–Harrison Act, which allowed people to sell, purchase, and drink beer that had 4% alcohol by volume. That sounds as good a reason as any to celebrate with a team-building happy hour or a pub crawl!
National Make Lunch Count Day
When: April 13th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalMakeLunchCount
How to Celebrate: Various research indicates that many people do not take their lunch breaks. This day was founded by TGI Fridays after they commissioned a study and found that U.S. workers experience FOLO (Fear of Lunching Out). Break that pattern by making lunch count. This would be the perfect day to take the gang out of the office for a well-deserved mid-shift break.
National Pretzel Day
When: April 26th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalPretzelDay
How to Celebrate: Today recognizes the pretzel. Celebrate the famous snack food by hiring a pretzel cart and performing the age-old team-building exercise—The Human Knot.
National Eat What You Want Day
When: May 11th
Social Media Hashtag: #EatWhatYouWantDay
How to Celebrate: Ask everyone to bring their favorite foods so people can share in their delectable guilty pleasures. This is one day of the year you can truly indulge while on break.
National Pizza Party Day
When: 3rd Friday in May
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalPizzaPartyDay, #PizzaPartyDay
How to Celebrate: This best way to celebrate this special day should be very clear—PIZZA PARTY!
National Brown-Bag It Day
When: May 25th
How to Celebrate: Recognize anyone who brings a lunch to work today with a little reward, like an eco-friendly personalized and insulated reusable lunch bag!
National Donut Day
When: 1st Friday in June
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalDonutDay, #NationalDoughnutDay
How to Celebrate: Choose from any number of donut deals offered on this special day and treat the crew to an indulgent breakfast.
Take Back the Lunch Break Day
When: 3rd Friday in June
Social Media Hashtag: #TakeBackLunch
How to Celebrate: This is another day of the year dedicated to promoting taking lunch breaks at work. Not taking lunches can negatively impact health and lead to lower morale. Fight the urge to work through lunch and encourage everyone to take back the lunch break!
National Drive-Thru Day
When: July 24th
Social Media Hashtag: #DriveThruDay
How to Celebrate: This weird national day was founded by Jack in the Box to honor drive-thru businesses. It would make a great opportunity to pick up some drive-thru food for your team. Many restaurants offer specials to commemorate the holiday, so check for deals.
National Coffee Milkshake Day
When: 3rd Friday in June
Social Media Hashtag: #CoffeeMilkshakeDay, #NationalCoffeeMilkshakeDay
How to Celebrate: Coffee and milkshakes—combine the two and how could you go wrong? It’s a great day to take orders and pick up some java shakes for your group!
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
When: August 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalChocolateChipCookieDay
How to Celebrate: Trade chocolate chip cookie recipes and order a chocolate chip cookie cake big enough for everyone!
National S’mores Day
When: August 10th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalSmoresDay
How to Celebrate: You don’t have to be camping to enjoy these melt-in-your-mouth treats made from graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Make s’mores in the office with a s’mores maker.
Eat a Hoagie Day
When: September 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalEatAHoagieDay
How to Celebrate: Order in a giant sub to celebrate this food-related national day.
National Coffee Day
When: September 29th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalCoffeeDay
How to Celebrate: This day is ripe with coffee deals. Get custom drink orders the day before or just show up with a Box O’Joe. If you miss out on National Coffee Day, you could celebrate International Coffee Day on October 1st.
National Taco Day
When: October 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalTacoDay
How to Celebrate: Buy ingredients and make walking tacos (also known as “tacos in a bag”) for lunch, or set up a full taco bar. You can’t go wrong with tacos!
National Chocolate Day
When: October 28th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalChocolateDay
How to Celebrate: Candy Day happens to fall right before Halloween, so it gives you an excuse to get into those individually wrapped chocolates. If you miss out on Chocolate Day, don’t worry—National Candy Day and National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day are coming up.
National Sandwich Day
When: November 3rd
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalSandwichDay
How to Celebrate: Just about everyone loves a sandwich. This would be a fantastic day to take sandwich orders or have sandwich trays delivered to the break room.
National Candy Day
When: November 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalCandyDay
How to Celebrate: Pass out bowls to all employees and ask each to fill theirs with a unique type of candy. As individuals move from desk to desk throughout the day, they can grab a little pick-me-up.
National Cupcake Day
When: December 15th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalCupcakeDay
How to Celebrate: Ask each employee to make and bring cupcakes. You could turn it into a charity day and hold a cupcake sale, with all proceeds going to a local cause.
National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
When: December 16th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalChocolateCoveredAnythingDay
How to Celebrate: How about a chocolate fondue day? Grab a fondue kit for the office, or rent a chocolate fountain, and offer sponge cake, fruits, and other things to dip. Delicious!
National Trivia Day
When: January 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalTriviaDay
How to Celebrate: We admit that trivia isn’t usually wacky, but it sure can be fun! That’s why it’s a big part of Let’s Roam Virtual Game Nights. Celebrate National Trivia Day with one and have our expert event guides include some custom trivia about your business!
National Hat Day
When: January 15th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalHatDay
How to Celebrate: Get everyone to wear hats to work! The bigger the better.
National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
When: January 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #BubbleWrapAppreciationDay
How to Celebrate: Pop your cares away on this weird national day. Then, recycle used bubble wrap with your plastic bags and soft plastic wrappers.
National Big Wig Day
When: Last Monday in January
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalBigWigDay
How to Celebrate: National Big Wig Day is actually a fundraising day, with FUN being a big part of the celebration. Don big wild wigs and raise money for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” program.
National Hoodie-Hoo Day
When: February 20th
Social Media Hashtags: #HoodieHooDay, #NationalHoodieHooDay
How to Celebrate: Observing this Wellcat.com holiday is easy! Go outside at precisely 12:00 pm, wave your hands over your head, and yell “Hoodie-Hoo!” It’s a way for people in the Northern Hemisphere, tired of the cold, to shoo winter away and usher in spring, but you’re welcome to help wherever you live.
National Retro Day
When: February 27th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalRetroDay
How to Celebrate: Commemorate times gone by with a retro theme day in the office. Dress in the popular apparel of certain decades and play classic tunes. You might even want to offer snacks associated with specific eras. There are so many ways to celebrate!
When: March 14th
Social Media Hashtag: #PiDay
How to Celebrate: Although this day celebrates the ratio of the circumference of any circle to the diameter of that circle, you don’t have to have the full number memorized to commemorate the day. The most common way to observe the day is by eating a slice of a well-known circular dessert—pie!
National Awkward Moments Day
When: March 18th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalAwkwardMomentsDay
How to Celebrate: Bond with coworkers in the sharing of your most awkward moments.
National Let’s Laugh Day
When: March 19th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalLetsLaughDay
How to Celebrate: Dedicate a Slack channel or another medium to enjoy a few laughs. Post work-appropriate jokes, memes, and funny stories.
National Walk Around Things Day
When: April 4th
Social Media Hashtag: #WalkAroundThingsDay
How to Celebrate: Don’t take the straightest route anywhere. It’ll be hilarious watching employees walk around desks, winding between cubicles, or purposely making detours when headed anywhere. As a bonus, you’ll get some extra steps in!
National Name Yourself Day
When: April 9th
Social Media Hashtag: #NameYourselfDay
How to Celebrate: Ever wish you had a different name? Today is your day! Try on any name you’d like. Everyone in the workplace can use name tags to let coworkers know their chosen names.
National Look-Alike Day
When: April 20th
Social Media Hashtag: #LookAlikeDay
How to Celebrate: Workers can post photos of celebrity doppelgangers on their desks or print out photos and attach them to sticks you can carry around to show off your celebrity look-alikes. If you have employees who look alike, honor them on this special day!
National Two Different Colored Shoes Day
When: May 3rd
Social Media Hashtag: #TwoDifferentColoredShoesDay
How to Celebrate: This may sound like just another weird national day, but the purpose behind it is to celebrate the diversity of humanity. According to the founders of National Two Different Colored Shoes Day, “the simple and lighthearted act of purposely wearing two different colored shoes demonstrates the courage to ‘take a risk”‘ and step outside of one’s daily routine.” We love it!
Star Wars Day
When: May 4th
Social Media Hashtags: #StarWarsDay, #MayThe4thBeWithYou
How to Celebrate: You can go full-out with a Star Wars theme day or simply remember to say “may the 4th be with you” to people you see at work. (We vote theme day!)
National Lost Sock Memorial Day
When: May 9th
Social Media Hashtag: #LostSockMemorialDay
How to Celebrate: Hold a service to memorialize all lost socks. Consider bringing in the lonely matches to see if you can make any pairs.
National Scavenger Hunt Day
When: May 24th
Social Media Hashtag: #ScavengerHuntDay
How to Celebrate: You might have guessed that this is one of our most loved holidays here at Let’s Roam. Let us plan an outdoor scavenger hunt or virtual hunt for your team. You’ll love searching through your city, office, or even your homes (for remote workers) and competing to top the leaderboard!
National OOTD Day
When: June 30th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalOOTDDay
How to Celebrate: Express your individuality with a unique OOTD (Outfit Of The Day).
All American Pet Photo Day
When: July 11th
Social Media Hashtag: #AllAmericanPetPhotoDay
How to Celebrate: This is one of the few days of the year you can show off your pet photos with reckless abandon!
National Give Something Away Day
When: July 15th
Social Media Hashtag: #GiveSomethingAwayDay
How to Celebrate: Give something away to coworkers or start an office box of lost and found treasures. You’ll make this day even better by playing the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Give It Away” at least once. At full volume.
National Talk in an Elevator Day
When: Last Friday in July
Social Media Hashtag: #TalkInAnElevatorDay
How to Celebrate: If you’ve got an elevator, strike up a conversation in it. Engage in friendly small talk or get to know a coworker a little better.
National Middle Child Day
When: August 12th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalMiddleChildDay
How to Celebrate: Show the middle children in your workplace that you really care about them. You might even go as far as celebrating them with a party!
National Left-Handers Day
When: August 13th
Social Media Hashtag: #LeftHandersDay
How to Celebrate: Honor your office lefties with left-handed products or simply wish them a Happy Left-Handers Day.
National Relaxation Day
When: August 15th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalRelaxationDay
How to Celebrate: If you must be at work on this occasion, have an employee wellness day or host a wellness fair.
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
When: September 19th
Social Media Hashtag: #TalkLikeAPirateDay
How to Celebrate: This is an international day, but definitely one worth noting. By now, most people know that this is the one day a year when it’s perfectly acceptable to talk like a pirate. Enjoy it!
National Hobbit Day
When: September 22nd
Social Media Hashtag: #HobbitDay
How to Celebrate: Commemorate the birth anniversary ofhobbitsBilbo and Frodo Baggins by treating yourselves to second breakfast. If the bosses don’t mind, add an extra break today!
National Get Funky Day
When: October 5th
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalGetFunkyDay
How to Celebrate: Do whatever you need to do to get funky on this national day. Play music, wear your funkiest frocks, or just get down with your bad selves in the middle of the break room.
National Mad Hatter Day
When: October 6th
Social Media Hashtag: #MadHatterDay
How to Celebrate: Dress as characters from Alice in Wonderland, hold a tea party, and dance your best Futterwacken.
National Frankenstein Friday
When: Last Friday in October
Social Media Hashtag: #NationalFrankensteinFriday
How to Celebrate: Dress like Frankie or just walk like him.
National Absurdity Day
When: November 20th
Social Media Hashtags: #NationalAbsurdityDay, #AbsurdityDay
How to Celebrate: Today’s a day to be a little weird. The way you choose to celebrate doesn’t need to make any sense. Get creative!
National Answer The Telephone Like Buddy The Elf Day
When: December 18th
Social Media Hashtag: #AnswerThePhoneLikeBuddyTheElfDay
How to Celebrate: Answer internal calls like Buddy. “_______ the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”
When: December 23rd
Social Media Hashtag: #Festivus
How to Celebrate: Observe this Seinfeld-inspired holiday by airing grievances or get super festive by throwing a memorable office party.
National holidays certainly don’t need to be limited to the days typically recognized by a customary calendar. In fact, if you want to go beyond the examples we’ve provided here and celebrate even more wacky days, check out AlwaysTheHolidays.com. Carol, the site owner, loves holidays and offers a free printable calendar of national days for every month of the year!
Don’t let the parties stop there. We also have suggestions for work anniversaries, employee appreciation, and Boss Day.
Do you celebrate any strange holidays at work? Let us know your favorites in the comment section.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the best national days for team building?
Any weird national days can be used for team building. Some of the best are National Have Fun At Work Day, National Train Your Brain Day, food-related national days, and National Scavenger Hunt Day.
Which food-related national days are best for work celebrations?
Celebrate weird national days such as Food On a Stick Day, Pizza Party Day, and Taco Day with special team lunches. You could also gift employees branded re-usable lunch sacks for Brown-Bag It Day.
What is a charitable national day we can celebrate in the office?
National Big Wig Day is a national day used to fundraise for the American Cancer Society’s “Look Good Feel Better” program. Wear a wig to work and raise money for a great cause.
What are some of the strangest national days?
Wacky national days include Two Different Colored Shoes Day, Something on a Stick Day, Walk Around Things Day, Lost Sock Memorial Day, and Talk Like a Pirate Day. There’s even an Absurdity Day!
What’s a good time for a scavenger hunt?
Anytime is a good time for a scavenger hunt, but there’s no better day than National Scavenger Hunt Day, which is celebrated on May 24th each year.
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