Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Idea Starters for Writers - Calendar Days - 30 Days of Crazy Holidays & Special Occasions in September

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s time again for Calendar Days. 

These are fun to read and also a great way to jumpstart our creativity when looking for ideas for articles and blog posts. They’re also excellent writing prompts to help get your creative juices flowing.

Finally, calendar days are great conversation starters for social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

September is:
National Suicide Prevention Month
Classical Music Month
Whole Grains Month
Fall Hat Month
National Mushroom Month
National Potato Month
Better Breakfast Month
National Blueberry Popsicle Month
National Piano Month
Baby Safety Month
National Preparedness Month
National Mortgage Professional Month
National Honey Month
Self Improvement Month
National Rice Month
National Sewing Month
Better Breakfast Month
Hispanic Heritage Month
International Square Dancing Month
Little League Month
National Chicken Month
National Courtesy Month

Daily Celebrations
September 1
National No Rhyme (Nor Reason) Day
National Chicken Boy Day
Emma M. Nutt Day (first female telephone operator)
Building and Code Staff Appreciation Day
Letter Writing Day

September 2
V-J Day
National Lazy Mom’s Day
Bring Your Manners to Work Day
Calendar Adjustment Day
National College Colors Day
National Blueberry Popsicle Day
National Beheading Day

September 3
Skyscraper Day
International Bacon Day
World Beard Day
International Turkey Vulture Day
US Bowling League Day
National Tailgating Day
National Welsh Rarebit Day

September 4
National Wildlife Day
Pet Rock Day
National Macadamia Nut Day
National Newspaper Carrier Day

September 5
Labor Day
National Cheese Pizza Day
Be Late for Something Day
International Day of Charity

September 6
National Another Look Unlimited Day
National Read a Book Day
National Coffee Ice Cream Day
Fight Procrastination Day

September 7
Buy a Book Day
National Acorn Squash Day
National Grandma Moses Day
National Neither Rain nor Snow Day
National Salami Day

September 8
National Ampersand Day
Actors’ Day
World Physical Therapy Day
Iguana Awareness Day
International Literacy Day
Pardon Day

September 9
Stand Up to Cancer Day
National Hug Your Boss Day
National Teddy Bear Day
National Wiener Schnitzel Day
Wonderful Weirdoes Day

September 10
National TV Dinner Day
National Swap Ideas Day
World Suicide Prevention Day
Sewing Machine Day (celebrated twice a year)

September 11
Patriot Day (911 Remembrance)
National Grandparents Day
National Pet Memorial Day
National Hug Your Hound Day
National Hot Cross Bun Day
National Make Your Bed Day
No News is Good news Day

September 12
National Programmers Day
National Day of Encouragement
National Boss/Employee Exchange Day
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
National Video Games Day

September 13
National Kids Take Over the Kitchen Day
International Chocolate Day
National Ants on a Log Day
Defy Superstition Day
Roald Dahl Day
Fortune Cookie Day
National Peanut Day
Uncle Sam Day
Positive Thinking Day

September 14
National Kreme Filled Donut Day
National Live Creative Day
National Eat a Hoagie Day

September 15
National Online Learning Day
National Linguine Day
Google.com Day
National Double Cheeseburger Day
National Cheese Toast Day
Make a Hat Day
National Felt Hat Day
International Dot Day
Greenpeace Day

September 16
International Read An Ebook Day
National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
National Play-Doh Day
National Stepfamily Day
National POW/MIA Recognition Day
Collect Rocks Day
Mayflower Day
American Legion Day
Trail of Tears Commemoration Day
World Ozone Day
Guacamole Day
National Working Parents Day

September 17
Constitution Day & Citizenship Day
Boys’ and girls’ Club Day for Kids
International Country Music Day
Responsible Dog Ownership Day
National Gymnastics Day
Big Whopper Liar Day
National Monte Cristo Day
National Apple Dumpling Day
International Eat an Apple Day
International Coastal Cleanup Day

September 18
Air Force Birthday
Water Monitoring Day
National Cheeseburger Day
Wife Appreciation Day
National Respect Day
National Women’s Friendship Day
Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day

September 19
International Talk Like a Pirate Day
Respect for the Aged
National Butterscotch Pudding Day

September 20
National IT Professionals Day
Get Ready Day
National Punch Day

September 21
World Alzheimer’s Day
National Pecan Cookie Day
International Peace Day
Miniature Golf Day
World Gratitude Day

September 22
National White Chocolate Day
American Business Woman’s Day
World Car Free Day
National Centenarians Day
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Hobbit Day
National Ice Cream Cone Day
Elephant Appreciation Day
Dear Diary Day

September 23
National American Pot Pie Day
Innergize Day
Native American Day
Hug a Vegetarian Day
National Checkers/Dogs in Politics Day
Restless Legs Awareness Day

September 24
National Punctuation Day
Save Your Photos Day
World Maritime Day
National Family Health and Fitness Day USA
National Hunting and Fishing Day
National Public Lands Day
International Rabbit Day
National Cherries Jubilee Day

September 25
National gold Star Mother’s Day
National Comic Book Day
Binge Day
Cooking Day
National Research Administrator Day
Math Storytelling Day
National tune-Up Day
Psychotherapy Day
World Pharmacists Day
World Dream Day
National One-Hit Wonder Day

September 26
National Johnny Appleseed Day
National Pancake Day
National Dumping Day
National Shamu the Whale Day
Love Note Day
Batman Day
Family Day
Lumberjack Day

September 27
National Chocolate Milk Day
National Woman Road Warrior Day
International Lace Day
National Voter Registration Day
National Crush a Can Day
Ancestor Appreciation Day
World Tourism Day

September 28
National Strawberry Cream Pie Day
National Women’s Health & Fitness Day
Ask a Stupid Question Day
National Good Neighbor Day

September 29
World Heart Day
World Maritime Day
International Coffee Day

September 30
National Chewing Gum Day
Extra Virgin Olive Oil Day
National Hot Mulled Cider Day
National Mud Pack Day
International Translation Day

Now let's do a little brainstorming for next month. What are some of your favorite days from the list and how do you propose using them?

Don't forget to join the conversation!


Use Sept's crazy holidays to spark #socialmedia &#writing ideas - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)


  1. Edie, my heart re-broke when I read National Suicide month. My friend decided life on earth was too hard. We buried him yesterday. I'm in deep prayer on what or if I should write about suicide. I will use the list with our home school students. It is a great ice breaker and conversation starter. Thanks for all you do for us, Edie.

    1. Cherrilynn, I'm so sorry for your loss and your pain. I pray for you peace and comfort and assurance. And wisdom as you work with your home school students.

  2. Cherrilyn, I cannot imagine the pain you're all experiencing. I'm praying for you all. It is an amazing thing how God can work through our words to bring comfort. I know He'll be using you in this way. Blessings, E

  3. You always have the most delightfully helpful goodies here, Edie. It's official. None of us can write without YOU. :) Appreciating all you do!

    1. Rhonda, you are too funny! Thanks for the support and encouragement - Blessings, E

  4. Edie - You bring optimism AND a smile going into each new month. Our guild's writing productivity is noticeably higher with your prompts lists I'm celebrating this list with a second cup of coffee today - no, wait, that's the 29th. I have to appreciate elephants before doing that. Oh, DON'T stop sending.