Who’s ready for a nice autumn breeze and pumpkin spice everything? September isn’t just a new month, it’s the start of a whole new season. A new school year, too. Here are some fun holidays and activities you can celebrate with your family in September.

National holidays

These are days set aside for Americans specifically to come together in the name of patriots, workers and board games. How will you and your family celebrate?

Sept. 6: Labor Day – This is a day set aside to honor America’s workers and give them a day off.

Sept. 11: Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance) – This year marks 20 years since the terrorist attack in New York City and the Pentagon. Click here for family-appropriate ways to commemorate the day with your children.

Sept. 17: Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – On this day back in 1787, our forefathers signed the U.S. Constitution. This is also a day set aside to honor those who choose to become American citizens.

National pride

Sept. 23: National Checkers Day – A great day to get the family together for a fun game of checkers. If you don’t know how to play, click here to learn.

Sept. 24: Native American Day – Most of us know what city and state we live in, but click here to find out what your land was originally called and who lived there first.

Sept. 25: National Public Lands Day – Every state has nationally protected lands that we can enjoy, especially as the weather gets cooler. Search for “public lands near me” and get out there!

Sept. 28: National Voter Registration Day – One of the most patriotic things we can do is register and encourage more people to vote. Click here to get involved now.

Sept. 30: National Love People Day – Spread some love today, whether online or in person.

Education-based days

Sept. 6: National Read a Book Day – Spend some quiet time today enjoying a good book. Take a picture and spread the word online.

Sept. 8: International Literacy Day – A reminder that worldwide literacy is important and achievable.

Days for food and drinks

If you’re looking for new menu ideas, here are plenty of options. Click on each one for fun and healthy recipes to try with your kids during the month of September. On September 13th, let your kids decide what to cook and eat!

Sept. 2: World Coconut Day

Sept. 4: National Macadamia Nut Day

Sept. 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

Sept. 13: National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day

Sept. 16: National Guacamole Day

Sept. 18: National Cheeseburger Day

Sept. 26: National Pancake Day

September days to celebrate outdoors

Sept. 4: National Wildlife Day – Take the kids out for a day to celebrate local wildlife.

Sept. 15: Greenpeace Day – Celebrate environmental activism. Write or call your lawmakers about an important environmental issue in your community. Click here to learn more.

Sept. 18: National Clean Up Day – Is there a park or beach that you and your family love to visit? This is a great time to spend an hour or two cleaning it up.

Sept. 29: National Women’s Health and Fitness Day – Organize a run or walk with your favorite women today.

Celebrate anywhere

Sept. 7: National Grandma Moses Day – Click here to learn more about one of America’s greatest folk artists.

Sept. 12: National Grandparents Day – Every day is a great day to call, text or video chat with Grandma and Grandpa. But Grandparents Day is an especially good day to remind them how much you love them.

Sept. 27: National Family Day – Celebrate yourselves today. Any group of people coming together to love and support each other is a family.

Worldwide days

Sept. 21: International Day of Peace – How can you and your family make this a more peaceful planet? Random acts of kindness, positive social media posts and so much more. Click here for the reasons behind this day around the world.

Sept. 22: Autumnal Equinox Day – This is the official start of Autumn. Get those fall vibes going with some good songs and apple cider. 

Sept. 22: World Car-Free Day – Leave that car in the garage and cut back on gas and environmental damage. If possible, today is a day to walk to work or school. Ride your bike. Or take public transportation. 

Spreading awareness

National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 5–11): Click here for help if you are thinking about hurting yourself. We can all help prevent suicide.

National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week (Sept. 7-10)

National Assisted Living Week (12-18, starts Grandparent’s Day)

National Arts in Education Week (Sept. 12–18)

National Keep Kids Creative Week (Sept. 19–26)

National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 19–25)

National Farm Animals Awareness Week (Sept. 19–25)

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week (Sept. 19–25)

International Week of the Deaf People (Sept. 20–26)

Banned Books Week (Sept. 26–Oct. 2): Click here for a list of books banned somewhere in America today. Celebrate freedom and read a few.

Religious holidays

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins the High Holy Days for Jewish people all over the world. Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, signals the end of this season. This year, those dates are September 6 – 16, 2021.

A whole month

Sometimes an issue is so important, it needs more than a day or week. Here are some campaigns that need your help to promote:

Better Breakfast Month – Make a plan to eat healthier breakfasts during the month of September. The hope is that most families will keep it going the rest of the year, too.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Library Card Sign-Up Month

Baby Safety Month

National Little League Month

Spread the word

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

Self-Care Awareness Month

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

National Fruit & Veggies Month: Some fruits and veggies that are in season during the month of September include apples, leeks, carrots and more. 

Have a great month, everyone!


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