Holidays in April

Easter, laughter, freedom, and shrimp are just a few of the holidays in April to celebrate!

It is also the month to read poetry, volunteer, and reflect on all the history which has taken place in our country during this month.

And one final thing - it is Spring! Life is renewing and coming alive as reflected in this poem titled Voice of Spring by English poet Felicia Hemans:

"Come, I come! ye have called me long,
I come o'er the mountain with light and song;
Ye may trace my step o'er the wakening earth,
By the winds which tell of the violet's birth,
By the primrose-stars in the shadowy grass,
By the green leaves, opening as I pass."

April's birthstone is the Diamond. The flower is the Daisy or the Sweet Pea.

Spring Poems

April 1

April Fools’ Day

April 6

National Tartan Day – a day celebrating Scottish heritage

April 9

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day

April 10

National Siblings Day
Sister Poems Sister Quotes

April 14

Moment of Laughter Day

April 15

Jackie Robinson Day

Rubber Eraser Day

April 16

Emancipation Day – celebrated in Washington DC. On this day in 1862, President Lincoln freed slaves in the District of Columbia, nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation.

Librarian Day

April 18

Paul Revere Day – celebrates his famous midnight ride in 1775
- The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

April 21

John Muir Day – Preservationist and Co-Founder of the Sierra Club

San Jacinto Day – celebrating the day in 1836 when Texas won its independence from Mexico

April 22

Earth Day

National Jelly Bean Day

April 24

National Armenian Remembrance Day, honoring the 1.5 million Armenians killed from 1915 to 1923 in Turkey, at the time known as the Ottoman Empire

April 29

National Shrimp Scampi Day

More Holidays in April

Easter, celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ – always on a Sunday, the date varies between March 22 and April 25 in Western Christianity

National D.A.R.E. Day, Drug Abuse Resistance Education intended to educate and protect children – 2nd Thursday in April

Pan American Day (and Week), to celebrate all nations of the Americas and their common hopes for mutual cooperation and respect – April 14th and the week including the 14th

Patriot's Day, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolution at Lexington and Concord (not to be confused with the September 11 Patriot Day) - third Monday in April
- Read the Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Income Tax Day - April 15th

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work - fourth Thursday in April

Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day – Wednesday of the last full week in April

Arbor Day, encourages tree planting and care - last Friday in April

Weekly Holidays in April, Celebrations, Events

National Library Week - typically the 2nd full week in April.

National Volunteer Week , honors individuals who have taken action and solved problems in their communities – last week in April

National Crime Victims’ Week - last week in April

National Park Week - last week in April

Turnoff Week, encouraging people to turnoff their TVs, computers, iPods, cell phones, and other electronic devices so as to engage more with family and community, read, create, and exercise – typically the last full weeks of April and September.

Monthly Holidays in April, Celebrations, Events

Cancer Control Month

National Donate Life Month

National Poetry Month

Prevent Child Abuse Month

Notable April Dates

April 3, 1860 – The first run by the Pony Express started on this date from St. Joseph, Missouri.

April 4, 1968 - Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

April 5, 1614 - Pocahontas married John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia, bringing peace to the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians.

April 5, 1856 - Booker T. Washington, educator and African American Civil Rights leader, was born on this date in Hales Ford, Virginia.

April 6, 1917 – The United States entered World War I, joining Britain, France and Russia.

April 8, 1913 - The 17th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on this date. It provided for United States Senators to be elected by the people.

April 9, 1865 - General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia.

April 11, 1968 – President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act.

April 12, 1861 – Shots fired on Fort Sumter were the beginning of the Civil War.

April 13, 1743 - Thomas Jefferson was born on this day in Shadwell, Virginia.

April 13, 1970 – An oxygen tank on Apollo 13 blew up forcing the crew and NASA to maneuver the crippled space craft back to Earth.

April 14, 1865 - President Abraham Lincoln was shot on this day at Ford’s Theater in Washington DC. He died the next morning.

April 14, 1912 – The unsinkable Titanic hit an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean and sank two hours and forty-eight minutes later.

April 16, 1867 - Wilbur Wright was born on this day in Milville, Indiana. He and his brother Orville are credited with building the first successful airplane.

April 17, 1790 - Benjamin Franklin, statesman, inventor, soldier, diplomat, author, and much more, died on this date.

April 17, 1937 - Daffy Duck first appeared in Porky’s Duck Hunt.

April 17, 2012 - NASA’s space shuttle Discovery took off for the last time from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, this time it was perched atop a jumbo jet and headed for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.

April 18, 1906 – The San Francisco earthquake occurred on this date at 5:12 am. This US Geological Survey (USGS) article provides a brief explanation of the fault with a few pictures. There's a link at the end for an aerial view of San Fransisco following the earthquake, taken from kites!

April 18, 1923 – The first game played in the original Yankee Stadium was on this day. The Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-1. The stadium was known as “The House That Ruth Built”.

April 18, 2012 - Dick Clark, television music icon died in Santa Monica, California. Nicknamed "America's Oldest Teenager", he was able to take a local Philadelphia program, "Bandstand", to a national phenomenon known by all teens as American Bandstand. He founded Dick Clark Productions and was involved in movies, game shows, and music shows.

April 19, 1775 – The American Revolution began when the British marched on Lexington, Massachusetts.

April 19, 1995 – The Oklahoma City bombing occurred on this date.

April 20, 1912 – The first professional baseball game played at Fenway Park in Boston was on this date. The Red Sox beat the New York Highlanders (later the Yankees) in 11 innings with a score of 7-6.

April 24, 1898 - Spain declared war on the United States, rejecting the ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba.

April 25, 1507 – The first usage of the word ”America” is credited to Martin Waldseemuller when he produced a world map.

April 25, 1917 – The birth date of Ella Fitzgerald, American jazz singer, known as “Lady Ella”.

April 26, 1865 - John Wilkes Booth, assassin of President Lincoln, was shot and killed on this date in a tobacco barn in Caroline County, Virginia.

April 28, 1758 - James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, was born on this date in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

April 28, 1788 - Maryland - the 7th of the 13 original colonies.

April 29, 1899 - Duke Ellington, American bandleader, composer, and pianist, was born on this day in Washington DC.

April 30, 1812 - Louisiana became the 18th state in the Union.

April 30, 1975 - The Vietnam War ends when the last ten Marines leave Saigon.

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