Holidays in February

It may be the shortest month of the year but there is a lot to celebrate with holidays in February!

The Super Bowl often falls in this month and is a great way to start the celebrations. You can treat that sweet tooth on Sticky Bun Day or feel motivated to help someone else on Random Acts of Kindness Day.

There is hardly a day that goes by without opportunities to celebrate, remember, or honor someone or something. And you might do that with February's birthstone Amethyst or it's flower, the Violet.

Enjoy!

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one,
Excepting February alone
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.



Winter Poems




February 1

National Freedom Day

February 2

Groundhog Day

Seemore Safety Campaign

February 3

Patient Recognition Day

February 5

National Weatherperson’s Day

February 7

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 8

Boy Scout Day

February 11

National Inventors’ Day (and no coincidence, Thomas Edison’s birthday).

February 14

St. Valentine’s Day

- Valentines Day Poems

February 15

Susan B. Anthony Day

February 17

Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 21

National Sticky Bun Day

- Yum Yum

February 26

Tell a Fairy Tale Day



More Holidays in February



Super Bowl Sunday - following the NFL season, usually the 1st Sunday in February

Presidents' Day – 3rd Monday in February
- Presidents of the US
- Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
- Reagan Quotes
- Roosevelt's Day of Infamy Speech
- Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
- Washington National Monument

Mardi Gras - Celebrated in New Orleans, the major parties beginning about two weeks before Ash Wednesday, ending on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday.

Ash Wednesday - A Christian feast, it is the first day of Lent, occurring 46 days before Easter (can fall in February or March).



Weekly Holidays in February, Celebrations, Events



National Consumer Protection Week - first week of February

National School Counseling Week - first full week in February



Monthly Holidays in February, Celebrations, Events



American Heart Month

American Heritage Month

Black History Month

National Bird Feeding Month

National Cat Health Month

National Cherry Month

National Children’s Dental Health Month

National Grapefruit Month

National Snack Food Month

Potato Lovers Month

Prevent a Litter Month

Responsible Pet Owner Month



Notable February Dates



February 3, 1870 – The Fifteenth Amendment was approved, providing that the right of citizens to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.

February 3, 1959 - Rock 'n Roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in the early morning hours when their small chartered plane crashed after take-off from Mason City, Iowa. They had completed a concert the night before at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Another band member, Waylon Jennings, gave up his seat on the flight. The song American Pie, by Don McLean, is about this event (The Day the Music Died).

February 5, 1934 - Hank Aaron, American baseball star, was born on this day.

February 6, 1788 - Massachusetts became the 6th of the original 13 colonies.

February 6, 1895 - Babe Ruth, considered one of the greatest baseball players in history, was born on this day in Baltimore, Maryland.

February 6, 1911 - Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, was born on this date in Tampico, Illinois.
- Ronald Reagan Quotes

February 11, 1847 - Thomas Edison’s birthday.

February 12, 1809 - Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.
- Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

February 14, 1859 - Oregon entered the Union as the 33rd state.

February 14, 1912 - Arizona became the 48th state of the Union.

February 18, 1885 - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, was published in the United States.

February 19, 1945 – Early in the morning on this day, the Battle of Iwo Jima began with American forces bombarding the island. This battle, which lasted 35 days, was one of the fiercest campaigns in World War II.

February 20, 1962 - John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth.

February 22, 1732 - George Washington’s birthday.
- Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation
- Washington National Monument

February 22, 1879 – Frank Winfield Woolworth opened the first 5 Cents Store in Utica, New York.

February 23, 1836 – Mexican forces, under the command of General Santa Anna, started their campaign to retake Texas. Twelve days later they overtook The Alamo.

February 23, 1896 – Austrian immigrant and candy-maker Leo Hirshfield introduced the Tootsie Roll.

February 26, 1829 - Blue jeans inventor, Levi Strauss, was born on this day in Buttenheim, Bavaria, Germany.

February 26, 1846 - "Buffalo Bill" Cody was born on this date in the Iowa Territory.

February 26, 1919 – The Grand Canyon was designated as the 17th U.S. National Park by an Act of Congress and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson.

February 27, 1807 - American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, author of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, The Song of Hiawatha and much more, was born on this day in Portland, Maine.



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