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What are the November National Days? – Get the Complete List to Find Out!

This list of November national days is a day-by day look at the month to find out how to celebrate your favorite national day with food and drink ideas, and (especially this month) lots of holiday projects.

Each time we write a post about a new and fun national day for the month of November on the blog, we add new links to the list below, to give you additional ideas for ways to celebrate these days.

November is the eleventh month of the year in our calendar. In the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the last month of the fall season, but in the Southern hemisphere it is associated with the end of spring.

Keep reading to find out more about this month and learn which national days we celebrate this month.

colorful fall leaves after a rain.

November history

This month and next mark the beginning of several of our favorite holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. 

The end of the month features Thanksgiving, but this is just the beginning of many special days to come.

The name of the month originated when the Roman lunar calendar was used, and the year started in March at harvest time. Then, November (novem) was considered the 9th month of the year.

All that changed in 46 B.C. when the new Julian calendar was used, making January the first month and November the eleventh month in the calendar.

November national months

November is National Gratitude Month, which is makes sense, since Thanksgiving is a day of gratitude.

It is also National Peanut Butter Lovers Month (I am a number one member!!), National Adopt a Senior Pet Month, and Sweet Potato Awareness month. 

Hands holding a purple ribbon and words National Epilepsy Awareness Month - November.

Some other notable monthly observances are these:

  • Aviation History Month
  • Diabetic Eye Disease Month
  • Epilepsy Awareness Month
  • Lung Cancer Awareness Month
  • Military Family Month
  • National Adoption Month
  • National Alzheimer’s Disease Month
  • National COPD Month
  • National Diabetes Month
  • National Family Caregivers Month
  • National Home Care & Hospice Month
  • National Native American Heritage Month

But don’t stop at just these observances, with all these fun and offbeat holidays, there is more to November than just a day of eating and gratitude to celebrate this month.

Turkeys in a field.

Fun facts about November

The month of November has arrived, so let’s catch up with a few facts about the last full month of fall.

Interested in Astrology? The zodiac signs for the month of November are Scorpio (up to November 21) and Sagittarius (after the 22nd of November.)

If you love gardening, the birth flower is chrysanthemum and the birthstones are topaz and citrine.

Vote sign, chrysanthemum, topaz and scorpio zodiac sign in a collage.

November days in history

Looking back in history, Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address on November 19, 1863 and John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963.

On January 23, 1845, the 28th US Congress passed “An act to establish a uniform time for holding elections for electors of President and Vice President in all the States of the Union.”

The US presidential elections are statutorily set by the Federal Government as occurring every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Mid-term elections are held two years later on the same day.

Some famous November birthdays are:

  • Gordon Ramsey (celebrated chef) – November 8
  • Leonardo DiCaprio – November 11
  • Winston Churchill – November 30
  • Mark Twain – November 30

The list below features the national and international days in November, day by day. Some of these days have links to pages on my site where you can find more information or recipes to celebrate that interesting national day.

We add to this page often with new links and fun facts about your favorite national day, so be sure to check back often for new ideas.

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List of national days in November

November is full of a month of fun food days like Cookie Monster Day, Sandwich Day, and Deviled Eggs Day.

For those interested in history, Samhain bridges Halloween and All Soul’s Day.

It is also a time to celebrate Monopoly Day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, if you love to shop.Samhain, cookie monster cupcake and sandwich.

These national days take part in the first half of the month. Time to celebrate!

Nov 1

  • National Authors Day
  • National Family Literacy Day
  • National Cook for your Pets Day
  • National Brush Day
  • National Calzone Day
  • National Deep Fried Clams Day
  • National Vinegar Day
  • All Saints Day
  • Samhain – evening of October 31 to evening of November 1
  • International Xinomavro Day
  • Give up Your Shoulds Day
  • World Vegan Day
  • Prime Meridian Day

Nov 2

  • National Deviled Egg Day
  • National Ohio Day
  • Traffic Director’s Day
  • Cookie Monster’s Day
  • Look for Circles Day
  • Practice Being Psychic Day
  • All Souls Day
  • Traffic Directors Day – Nov 2 Except if it falls on a weekend, then it’s the next Monday

Nov 3

  • National Housewife’s Day
  • National Sandwich Day
  • Cliché Day
  • Give Someone a Dollar Today Day
  • Zero Tasking Day

Nov 4

  • National Candy Day
  • National Chicken Lady Day
  • National Skeptics Day
  • Use your Common Sense Day
  • National Stress Awareness Day

Doughnuts with decorated tops for National Doughnut day.

Nov 5

  • National Doughnut Day
  • National Love your Red Hair Day
  • National Gunpowder Day (also known as Guy Fawkes Day)
  • American Football Day
  • Bank Transfer Day
  • Commercial TV Broadcast Day

Nov 6

  • National Nachos Day
  • National Saxophone Day
  • Basketball Day
  • Marooned Without a Compass Day

Nov 7

  • National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
  • National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
  • International Merlot Day
  • Hug a Bear Day
  • Notary Public Day
  • Little League Girls Day

Nov 8

  • National Harvey Wallbanger Day
  • National Parents as Teachers Day
  • National Stem/Steam Day
  • National Dunce Day
  • National Cappuccino Day
  • National Ample Time Day
  • X-ray Day
  • Cook Something Bold Day
  • World Town Planning Day

Nov 9

  • National Chaos Never Dies Day
  • National Scrapple Day
  • National Louisiana Day
  • Go to an Art Museum Today Day
  • National Greek Yogurt Day
  • Microtia Awareness Day

Nov 10

  • Marine Corps Birthday
  • National Forget Me Not Day
  • National Vanilla Cupcake Day
  • Area Code Day
  • Sesame Street Day
  • World Science Day for Peace and Development

November gives us a chance to honor those who have served for us with both Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day on November 10 and 11.

Flag and Marine Corps War Memorial with words Honoring our Veterans in November.

Nov 11

  • Veterans Day
  • National Sundae Day
  • Air Day
  • Death/Duty Day
  • Origami Day
  • Singles Day

Nov 12

Nov 13

  • National Indian Pudding Day
  • Actor’s Day
  • National Mom’s and Dad’s Day
  • Start a Rumor Day
  • Sadie Hawkins Day
  • World Kindness Day

Nov 14

  • National Pickle Day
  • National Spicy Guacamole Day
  • Loosen up, Lighten up Day
  • National American Teddy Bear Day
  • Operating Room Nurse Day
  • World Diabetes Day

Nov 15

  • National  Spicy Hermit Cookie Day
  • National Clean out your Refrigerator Day
  • National Bundt (Pan) Day
  • National Philanthropy Day
  • National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
  • America Recycles Day
  • American Enterprise Day
  • Day of the Imprisoned Writer
  • I Love to Write Day
  • Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day

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Additional national days of November that change each year

Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year. These days depend on the calendar for the current year.

Wine scene, buffalo and man cooking with words National Days in November.

First half of November

The first half of November gives us these variable national days to celebrate.

  • Daylight Savings Ends (1st Sunday)
  • Trans Parent Day (1st Sunday)
  • Election Day (day after the first Monday)
  • Healthy Eating Day – (1st Wednesday)
  • National Stress Awareness Day – (1st Wednesday)
  • National Men Make Dinner Day – (1st Thursday)
  • International Stout Day – (1st Thursday)
  • National Jersey Friday – (1st Friday)
  • National Wine Tasting Day – (1st Saturday)
  • Learn to Homebrew Day – (1st Saturday)
  • National Bison Day – (1st Saturday)
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day – (1st Saturday)
  • Book Lovers Day – (1st Saturday) and also August 9
  • International Tongue Twister Day – (2nd Sunday)
  • World Orphan’s Day – (2nd Monday)
  • National Young Readers Day – (2nd Tuesday)
  • International Guinness World Records Day – (Thursday of the 2nd Full 
  • World Usability Day – (2nd Thursday)
  • International Tempranillo Day – (2nd Thursday)
  • Wine Tourism Day – (2nd Saturday)

Here we are at the half way mark for our list of national days in November. Has your favorite national day been listed yet? Don’t give up.

We have lots more fun in store. How about National Fast Food Day or National Cashew Day? Both are still to come!

Are buttons your thing? Both National Button Day and Push Button Phone Day are celebrated this month.

Pile of buttons and green push button phone.

Nov 16

  • National Button Day
  • National Fast Food Day
  • National Indiana Day
  • Have a Party with Your Bear Day
  • International Day for Tolerance

Nov 17

  • National Baklava Day
  • National Take a Hike Day
  • National Homemade Bread Day
  • National Farm Joke Day
  • The Little Mermaid Day
  • National Unfriend day
  • International Students Day
  • World Peace Day
  • World Prematurity Day

Nov 18

  • National Princess Day
  • Mickey Mouse Birthday
  • National Vichyssoise Day
  • Occult Day
  • Push Button Phone Day
  • William Tell Day
  • Apple Cider Day
  • Married to a Scorpio Support Day

Nov 19

  • National Carbonated Beverage with Caffeine Day
  • National Play Monopoly Day
  • “Have a Bad Day” Day
  • Equal Opportunity Day
  • National Blow Bagpipes Day
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
  • International Men’s Day
  • World Toilet Day

Nov 20

  • National Absurdity Day
  • National Peanut Butter Fudge Day
  • Beautiful Day
  • Future Teachers of America Day
  • Name your PC Day
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • Africa Industrialization Day

Nov 21

Nov 22

Nov 23

Blue mailbox in the woods.

Nov 24

  • National Sardines Day
  • National Use even if the Seal is Broken Day
  • International Carménère Day
  • Brownielocks Day
  • Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day

Nov 25

  • National Parfait Day
  • Blasé Day
  • Shopping Reminder Day
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
  • Eat with a Friend Day

Nov 26

  • National Cake Day
  • Good Grief Day

Nov 27

  • National Bavarian Cream Pie Day
  • National Craft Jerky Day
  • National Electric Guitar Day
  • National Pins and Needles Day
  • Pie in the Face Day
  • Turtle Adoption Day

Nov 28

  • National French Toast Day
  • It’s Letter Writing Day
  • Turkey Leftover Day
  • Red Planet Day

Nov 29

  • Electronic Greetings Day
  • Customer is Wrong Day
  • National Chocolates Day
  • National Lemon Creme Pie Day
  • National Square Dance Day
  • Throw Out Your Leftovers Day

Nov 30

  • Computer Security Day
  • National Personal Space Day
  • National Meth Awareness Day
  • National Mousse Day
  • Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
  • National Mississippi Day
  • National Mason Jar Day
  • Cities for Life Day
  • Perpetual Youth Day 

More national days of November that change each year

Some days of the year don’t have an exact date that they fall on in any given year. These days depend on the calendar for the current year.

Fall food with knife and fork and words Happy Thanksgiving.

Second half of November

These variable national days occur in the second half of November.

  • National Zinfandel Day – (3rd Wednesday)
  • Great American Smokeout – (Thursday Before Thanksgiving)
  • National Rural Health Day – (3rd Thursday)
  • Beaujoulais Nouveau Day – (3rd Thursday)
  • Use Less Stuff Day – (3rd Thursday)
  • International Games Day – (3rd Saturday)
  • Adoption Day – (Saturday before Thanksgiving)
  • National Survivors of Suicide Day – (Saturday Before Thanksgiving)
  • Blackout Wednesday – (Day before Thanksgiving)
  • Tie one on Day – (Wednesday Before Thanksgiving)
  • National Jukebox Day – (Day before Thanksgiving)
  • Thanksgiving Day – Last Thursday of the month
  • National Day of Mourning  – (4th Thursday)
  • Turkey-free Thanksgiving – (4th Thursday) 
  • Unthanksgiving Day – (4th Thursday)
  • National Leftovers Day – (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • Black Friday – (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • Buy Nothing Day – (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • Flossing Day – (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • Maize Day – (Day after Thanksgiving)
  • National Day of Listening – (Day After Thanksgiving)
  • National Native American Heritage Day – (Day After Thanksgiving)
  • You’re Welcomegiving Day – (Day After Thanksgiving)
  • Small Business Saturday (Saturday after Thanksgiving)
  • Cyber Monday – Monday after Thanksgiving
  • National Day of Giving – Usually the day after Cyber Monday

Just for the foodies!

If you are a foodie, we have some special national day pages just for you.

Bucket of fall food with words November Food Days.

Each month has its own list of foodie national days and each month celebrates different food holidays.

Here are some other foodie national day lists that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:

National days word search printables

Do you enjoy puzzling? If so, you’ll love our monthly printables. Each puzzle includes some of the national days in a word find puzzle.

The monthly puzzles are a big hit with readers and are great for indulging in me-time.

For all the national days word search printables check out these pages:

New puzzles to come soon!

Monthly national day lists

There are over 2000 national days in the year and each month has over 150 special days to celebrate. Get all the monthly lists here:

fall leaves with orange bokeh background and words National Days of the Year.

Pin this list of national days in November

Would you like a reminder of this post for all the national days that are celebrated this month? Just pin this image to one of your boards on Pinterest so that you can easily find it later.

You can also watch our video about the November national days on YouTube.

Pumpkins and leaves with a calendar of November National Days..

Which are your favorite of the November national days?

Print out November national day planner page

Love to plan? Print out the planner below and use it along with the list of national days in November to make a schedule of your plans for November.

Yield: 1 planner page

November National Day Planner Printable

November block calendar with leaves.

If you love to plan your menus, activities and craft projects, use this November printable and the National Days list above to plan out your activities for the month.

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $1


  • Printer paper


  • Computer printer


  1. Load your printer paper into your Deskjet printer..
  2. Print the planning page and plan your national day activities for the month.
  3. Using this print function on this card will print a calendar that fills about 3/4 of an 8 x 11 sheet of paper.
  4. To fill the entire page, choose "fit to page" on your printer if you have this setting, or use the link in the post just above this card and print using the browser print feature.


Planning printable for November flipped sideways.

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Chris J.

Friday 10th of September 2021

Great lists. Lots of good and fun information. The only thing I might modify is your entry regarding U.S. presidential election - "The US presidential Elections are held every November on the day after the first Monday." The elections are held on the first Tuesday of November, every four years (...2016, 2020, 2024, etc.).


Tuesday 14th of September 2021

HI Chris Thanks for your comment. I had another look to see if my info was incorrect. It isn't but I have updated the info slightly to explain why it is the Tuesday after the first Monday.

On January 23, 1845, the 28th US Congress passed "An act to establish a uniform time for holding elections for electors of President and Vice President in all the States of the Union."

The US presidential elections are statutorily set by the Federal  Government as occurring every four years on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Mid-term elections are held two years later on the same day.

Karen Cline

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Thanks so much for sharing this!! We are very excited about doing this. Thanks again


Monday 30th of September 2019

This is so great! I totally needed something to keep me organized and this will be perfect!


Sunday 13th of October 2019

I agree you are now close to the holiday month!

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