September Days, Dates and Information

September is…

Autumnal Equinox
Baby Safety Month
Better Breakfast Month
Chicken Month
National Courtesy Month
Classical Music Month
Happy Cat Month
Honey Month
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Mushroom Month
Papaya Month
Piano Month
Rice Month
Save A Tiger Month
Save the Koala Month
Self Improvement Month
Service Dog Month
International Square Dancing Month
Whole Grains Month
September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar. The word “September” comes from the Latin word “septem” which means “seven” because in the original Roman calendar, it was the seventh month. When the Roman calendar was reformed and January and February were added to the beginning of the year, September became the ninth month.
The First Monday in September is…
Labor Day (US Federal Holiday) is a US Federal Holiday that honors the contributions and achievements of working people. Americans celebrate this day with picnics, barbecues, and outdoor activities.
The Day After Labor Day is…
National Another Look Unlimited Day is dedicated to celebrating second chances and recognizing the amazing transformation that comes with giving something another look. Honor this day by donating clothes and household items to those in need.
The Sunday after Labor Day is…
Grandparent’s Day is an opportunity to show appreciation for all the love and guidance grandparents provide. It is a day to recognize their contributions to family life and their wisdom and to thank them for all they do. 
The First Friday in September is…
National Chianti Day is a day to recognize this ancient wine made of Sangiovese grapes which have been an important part of Italian culture for centuries. It was inaugurated by Santa Margherita in 2020 and celebrates this much-loved and under-appreciated Tuscan wine.
College Colors Day (Friday Before Labor Day) is celebrated on the Friday before Labor Day and was started in 2000. It is a celebration of college traditions and spirit – wearing a school’s colors, decorating with its logos, songs, traditions, and cheers. 

National Food Bank Day was started in 2009. It is a day to bring awareness to food insecurity around the world, raise funds for food banks, and to encourage donations of non-perishable goods. Many organizations worldwide have special events on this day, from soup kitchen dinners to donation drives, to volunteer service days. These activities help build strong communities by providing essential healthy and nutritional foods to those who need them. 

Lazy Mom’s Day was founded in 2010 by an organization for women and mothers. This holiday encourages moms to take time out and indulge in self-care. With the unpredictability of parenting, Lazy Mom’s Day reminds us that while being a mom is hard work, it’s okay to take a break and enjoy some leisurely activities. On this day, moms are encouraged to take a break from their hectic schedules to relax, watch TV, get extra sleep, or do whatever else they please. 

The First Saturday in September is…
National Play Outside Day (Every month) was founded in 2011 by Aaron Wiggans and Rhonda D. Abeyta. The goal of this special day is to encourage kids to put down their electronic devices and take a break from technology to enjoy the great outdoors. Children are encouraged to spend as much time outside as possible on this day, where they can play sports, explore nature, climb trees, or do whatever activity they desire. Parents can do plenty of activities with kids outside – from visiting national parks to discovering wildlife in their backyard. 

National Tailgating Day celebrates the tradition of gathering with friends and family to watch a sporting event or participate in some other kind of outdoor activity. Tailgaters are encouraged to gather together, make food, tell stories, and enjoy games like cornhole and ladder golf. Whether throwing a pre-game party for the Super Bowl or getting ready for the big game at your local college stadium, tailgating can be great fun for everyone involved! 

World Beard Day celebrates the beauty of beards and mustaches, a source of pride for men throughout history. On this day, men are encouraged to grow out their facial hair and show it off proudly. Participants also host beard competitions, beard-related festivals, and charity beard-a-thons. 

The Second Monday in September is…
Boss/Employee Exchange Day encourages employers and employees to switch roles for the day, allowing each person to understand better how the other works. This exchange can foster appreciation and understanding between bosses and employees while helping people remember that everyone has a part to play in making a business successful. So if you want to take a break from your daily responsibilities, celebrate Boss/Employee Exchange Day with an eye-opening role reversal! 
The Second Tuesday in September is…
National Ants on a Log Day was founded by Peanut Butter & Co. and Duda Farm Fresh Foods in 2014. It celebrates a classic children’s snack, which consists of celery sticks spread with peanut butter and then topped with raisins to look like ants! Eating this tasty combination is a great way to get kids excited about healthy snacking.
The Second Thursday in September is…
National School Picture Day promotes the importance of school photos. National School Picture Day is a great way to capture lasting memories of students through the years and provide a unique memento for parents to keep for years to come.
The Second Sunday in September is…
Pet Memorial Day was founded in 1972 by the International Association of Pet Cemeteries and Crematories. It allows those who have lost a pet to honor their memory, remember the joy they brought them, and celebrate the bond between humans and animals. Pet Memorial Day is a reminder that no matter how small or short their lives may have been, each animal has unique qualities that will be remembered forever. 

Hug Your Hound Day was created by Ami Moore, the “Dog Whisperer of Chicago.” The day encourages pet owners to show appreciation for their furry friends by giving them a special hug, whether they’re a dog, cat, rabbit, or any other animal

The Third Thursday in September is…
National Pawpaw Day raises awareness about the pawpaw tree and its diverse benefits for humans and animals. Along with being a delicious dessert fruit, pawpaws are great for wildlife habitats and can improve soil health.

National IT Professionals Day: Solarwinds, an IT management software, created National IT Professionals Day in March 2020 to honor and recognize Information Technology professionals’ hard work every day. From maintaining hardware and software, troubleshooting problems, keeping data secure, and so much more – be sure to extend your appreciation to all IT professionals this IT Professionals Day!

The Third Friday in September is…
National Tradesmen Day is celebrated on September 5th each year to honor, recognize and celebrate those involved in a trade. This day was founded in 2020 to show appreciation for the hundreds of trades, including HVAC technicians, carpenters, electricians, sewers, and many more. Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011 to honor the men and women working daily with their hands.

POW/MIA Recognition Day was established in 1979 through a proclamation signed by President Jimmy Carter. It is celebrated on the third Friday of September each year to remember and honor those who were prisoners of war (POW) or are missing in action (MIA). 

The Third Saturday in September is…
Boys’ and Girls’ Club Day: The Boys & Girls Clubs of America was established in 1860 to help young people reach their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. It has since grown into a national organization, operating over 4,000 clubs. The organization offers a variety of programs to serve youth from all backgrounds and provides children with access to inspiring role models and a safe environment where they can thrive. 

National CleanUp Day was launched in 2017 by Steve Jewett and Bill Willoughby; the National CleanUp Day campaign poses a simple question. “What would the world be like if everyone picked up at least one piece of litter?” This annual event is where people unite to clean up their communities and take action toward a greener, healthier planet. Join in and help make a difference by organizing local events to pick up trash, remove debris from rivers and waterways, plant trees, or engage in other activities that benefit the environment.

National Dance Day is an annual event designed to celebrate the power of dance and encourage people of all ages and backgrounds to get up and move. So You Think You Can Dance co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-president Nigel Lythgoe founded National Dance Day in 2010.

National Gymnastics Day celebrates gymnastics and encourages people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in physical activity. You can join in and get active by attending a local event or participating in online activities such as virtual gym classes and competitions.

Puppy Mill Awareness Day was created to fight against puppy mills and encourage responsible pet ownership by highlighting the often inhumane reality of pet stores and online breeders who source their puppies from mills. PMAD started in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 2004, and animal advocates across the United States join forces to stop this often inhumane practice.

Responsible Dog Ownership Day celebrates and educates people on responsible dog ownership. This day seeks to provide pet owners with an understanding of ways to be responsible dog owners and raise awareness regarding puppy mills, animal cruelty and welfare, spaying/neutering, and other important topics. The American Kennel Club promotes Responsible Dog Ownership Days across the country annually.

The Third Sunday in September is…
Wife Appreciation Day celebrates wives’ roles, joys, and hard work worldwide. It is a day to recognize the contributions made by wives in relationships, families, and communities. The day was originally intended to honor wives in a childless marriage.
The Fourth Monday in September is…
National Family Day is dedicated to celebrating family ties and expressing gratitude for the love and support that families provide. It is a day to connect with family members and create memories together. Activities can range from a simple dinner to playing games or even exploring a new place. The National Center on Addiction declared National Family Day in 2001 to combat teen substance abuse.
The Fourth Tuesday in September is…
National Voter Registration Day is held annually on the fourth Tuesday of September. This holiday encourages people to register to vote in their state and participate in the democratic process. Through National Voter Registration Day, individuals can learn about voting laws, how to apply for voter registration, and where to locate local polling places. 
The Fourth Friday in September is…
National BRAVE Day was founded by Sweetlife Women in honor of their founder, Kaci Stewart. It is dedicated to recognizing individuals and organizations that have taken a stand against bullying and violence and those who have put themselves at risk to protect others. National Brave Day encourages people to recognize their bravery and use it to make a difference in the world. 
The Fourth Saturday in September is…
National Hunting and Fishing Day celebrate the role hunting and fishing has played in American culture while also recognizing those engaged in these activities. National Hunting and Fishing Day encourage individuals to enjoy the outdoors responsibly, learn more about wildlife conservation, and explore career opportunities related to outdoor recreation. Launched in 1971 by Congress, NHF Day has consistently recognized hunters and anglers for their leadership in wildlife and conservation. 

National Seat Check Saturday (Usually the Fourth Saturday in September) was started by The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the U.S. to promote child safety and increase awareness about seat check protocols in child safety seats when traveling devoted to raising awareness of the importance of properly buckling children into their car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

The Last Wednesday in September is…
Women’s Health & Fitness Day promotes women’s health and encourages physical activity, healthy nutrition, and building relationships. Women’s Health & Fitness Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle while also providing information on how to get started. 
The Last Saturday in September is…
Save Your Photos Day encourages people to back up their photos and helps them to store their most priceless memories in a safe place. It also provides advice on organizing and protecting digital images and videos and information on the various options available for backing up and storing photos. 

Family Health and Fitness Day USA encourages families to engage in physical activity and improve their health and well-being. It was first celebrated in the United States in 1989 and is coordinated by the National Family Health and Fitness Day Council. The event is typically celebrated with activities such as group fitness classes, health screenings, and educational programs in communities across the country.

National Ghost Hunting Day: FYI, Ghost hunting is investigating locations that are believed to be haunted. Ghost hunters use various equipment, such as electromagnetic field (EMF) detectors and infrared cameras, to detect and document paranormal activity. Ghost hunting as a hobby or pastime is popular in the United States, with many people forming ghost-hunting groups or clubs. These groups often investigate historic sites, abandoned buildings, and other locations with a reputation for being haunted. Some ghost hunters believe ghosts are the spirits of the dead who have not yet moved on to the afterlife, while others believe ghosts are simply the residual energy of past events. There is no scientific evidence to support the existence of ghosts, and the field of ghost hunting is considered by many to be a pseudoscience.

The Last Sunday in September is…
Gold Star Mother’s and Family Day is a day to honor and remember the mothers and family of service members who have died in the line of duty while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. The term “Gold Star” refers to the practice of families of service members who have died in combat hanging a banner with a blue star in their window and replacing the blue star with a gold star if the service member dies in action. The day was first observed in 1936, officially recognized as a national observance in 1936 by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The day is marked with ceremonies and events to honor and remember the mothers of fallen service members. The term “Gold Star family” is typically used to refer to the immediate family members of a service member who has died in combat, including parents, spouses, and children. Still, it may include other family members such as grandparents, siblings, and in-laws.

The Last Full Week of September is…
National Dog Week was established in 1928 by Captain Will Judy, publisher of Dog World magazine, as a way to recognize and celebrate the contributions of dogs to society. The week is marked by events and activities that highlight the positive impact of dogs on people’s lives and raise awareness about responsible dog ownership. During the week, dog shows, parades, and other events are held in communities across the country to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs. The week also serves as an opportunity to educate the public about the importance of proper care and training for dogs and promote rescue dogs’ adoption.

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