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Key Education Dates, Events and Celebrations for the 2023-24 School Year

For school communicators and administrators, keeping up with the numerous holidays, events, appreciation days, weekly celebrations, and other special occasions that occur annually can be a challenge.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a free, comprehensive list of these events for the 2023-24 school year. This inclusive list features nationally recognized months, staff appreciation weeks, and a range of both widely celebrated and relatively unknown holidays and awareness days.

We also invite you to download our FREE Social Media Topics Planner for the 2023-24 school year and get exclusive tips and ideas for managing your school and district social media channels from our team of school PR professionals. 

We hope this resource will help prepare for events, shape your communications, and curate your social media content this school year!

July 2023

  • July 4: Independence Day
  • July 28: System Administrator Appreciation Day (#SysAdminDay)
  • July 30: International Day of Friendship

August 2023

  • National Truancy Prevention Month
  • Get Ready for Kindergarten Month
  • August 9: Book Lovers Day
  • August 12: International Youth Day (#YouthDay)
  • August 26: Women’s Equality Day

September 2023

  • Suicide Prevention Month
  • College Savings Month
  • September 4: Labor Day
  • September 8: International Literacy Day
  • September 10: National Grandparent’s Day
  • September 11: 9-11 Remembrance Day
  • September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Begins (Sep. 15 – Oct. 15)
  • September 15: Rosh Hashanah (begins at sunset)
  • September 18: International IT Professionals Day
  • September 20: National School Backpack Awareness Day

October 2023

  • National Principals Month (#ThankaPrincipal)
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month
  • Down Syndrome Awareness Month
  • Careers in Construction Month
  • Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month
  • National Bullying Prevention Month
  • October 2: National Custodian Day
  • October 2: Child Health Day
  • October 5: World Teachers’ Day
  • October 6: National Instructional Coach Appreciation Day
  • October 6: Manufacturing Day
  • October 8: Fire Prevention Week begins (Sept. 8-14)
  • October 9: Indigenous Peoples Day/Columbus Day
  • October 16: National Boss’ Day
  • October 16: National School Bus Safety Week begins (Oct. 16-20)
  • October 18: Unity Day / Stop Bullying Day
  • October 23: Red Ribbon Week / Drug-Free America Week begins (Oct. 23-31)
  • October 28: National First Responders Day

November 2023

  • National Career Development Month
  • National Scholarship Month
  • American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month
  • November 5: Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • November 6: National School Psychology Week begins (Nov. 6-10)
  • November 8: National STEM and STEAM Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • November 11: National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week (Nov. 11-18)
  • November 13: American Education Week begins (Nov. 13-17)
  • November 13: World Kindness Day
  • November 15: Education Support Professionals Day
  • November 15: America Recycles Day
  • November 16: National Parent Involvement Day
  • November 17: Substitute Educators Day
  • November 20: World Children’s Day
  • November 23: Thanksgiving

December 2023

  • Human Rights Month
  • Learn a Foreign Language Month
  • December 2: Special Education Day
  • December 3: International Day of People with Disabilities
  • December 4: Computer Science Education Week begins (Dec. 4-10) (#CSEdWeek)
  • December 5: International Volunteer Day
  • December 7: Hanukkah begins at sundown (Dec. 7-15)
  • December 26: Kwanzaa begins (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
  • December 25: Christmas Day
  • December 31: New Year’s Eve

January 2024

  • National Mentoring Month (#MentoringMonth #MentorIRL)
  • Thank You Month
  • January 1: New Year’s Day
  • January 15: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 2024

  • Black History Month (#BlackHistoryMonth)
  • Career and Technical Education Month® (#CTEMonth)
  • Financial Aid Awareness Month (#FinAidFeb)
  • Dental Health Month
  • February 2: Groundhog Day
  • February 5: National School Counseling Week begins (Feb. 5-9)
  • February 14: Valentine’s Day
  • February 15: National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day
  • February 15: Digital Learning Day
  • February 17: Random Acts of Kindness Day (#MakeKindnessTheNorm)
  • February 17: National FFA Week begins (Feb. 17-24)
  • February 18: National Engineers Week begins (Feb. 18-24)
  • February 19: President’s Day
  • February 22: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
  • February 26: Public Schools Week begins (Feb. 26-Mar. 1)

March 2024

  • Women’s History Month
  • Youth Art Month (#YAM)
  • National Nutrition Month (#NationalNutritionMonth)
  • Music in Our Schools Month (#MiOSM)
  • March 1: Maintenance Workers Appreciation Day
  • March 1: Employee Appreciation Day
  • March 2: Read Across America Day (#ReadAcrossAmerica)
  • March 4: School Social Work Week begins (Mar. 4-8)
  • March 8: International Women’s Day
  • March 8: International Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Day (#SELDay)
  • March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins
  • March 10: Ramadan begins at sundown (Mar. 10-Apr. 9)
  • March 14: Pi Day
  • March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
  • March 31: Easter Sunday

April 2024

  • Child Abuse Prevention Month (Blue Ribbon Month)
  • Counseling Awareness Month
  • Financial Literacy Month
  • Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month (#MathStatMonth)
  • Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month
  • National Internship Awareness Month
  • National Occupational Therapist Month
  • National Volunteer Appreciation Month
  • Poetry Month
  • School Library Month (not school specific)
  • World Autism Awareness Month
  • April 1: National Assistant Principals Week begins (Apr. 1-5)
  • April 3: Paraprofessional Appreciation Day
  • April 4: National School Librarian Day
  • April 7: National Library Week begins (Apr. 7-13)
  • April 8: National Robotics Week begins (Apr. 8-12) (#Roboweek)
  • April 22: Earth Day
  • April 22: National Public School Volunteer Week (Apr. 22-26)
  • April 23: National School Bus Drivers Day
  • April 24: Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 26: Arbor Day

May 2024

  • Asian & Pacific Island Heritage Month
  • Military Appreciation Month
  • National Mental Health Awareness Month
  • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
  • May 1: National College Decision Day (#DecisionDay #CollegeBound)
  • May 1: National School Principals Day
  • May 3: School Lunch Hero Day (#SchoolLunchHeroDay)
  • May 6: National Teacher Appreciation Week begins (May 6-10) (#ThankATeacher)
  • May 8: National School Nurses Day (#SND2024 #SchoolNurses)
  • May 10: School Communicators Day (#SchoolCommunicatorDay)
  • May 12: Mother’s Day
  • May 18: National Speech Pathologist Day
  • May 27: Memorial Day

June 2024

  • National Safety Month
  • Pride Month
  • National Dairy Month
  • June 14: Flag Day
  • June 16: Father’s Day
  • June 19: Juneteenth
  • June 30: Online FAFSA Application Deadline

2 Comments

  1. Scott Monson on July 20, 2023 at 5:39 am

    This is such great – and helpful – information, and I/we are grateful that you all put this together and share it. The Social Media Plan is awesome too!

  2. Step Adams on August 1, 2023 at 7:28 am

    Love it! Thanks for all of this information. I am happy to find all of this information at one location. GREAT!

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