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What are the November National Days? – Get the Calendar 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 I write a post about a new and fun national day for the month of November on the blog, I 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 marks 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

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 calendar below features a list of some of 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.

I 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
  • Men Make Dinner Day
  • National Vinegar Day
  • All Saints Day
  • Samhain – evening of October 31 to evening of November 1
  • Give up Your Shoulds Day
  • World Vegan Day
  • Prime Meridian Day

Nov 2

  • National Deviled Egg Day
  • National Wine Tasting 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
  • 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.

Bison, wine in the Alps and man cooking with words, Calendar of 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)
  • Election Day (day after the first Mon)
  • Healthy Eating Day – (1st Wed)
  • National Stress Awareness Day – (1st Wed.)
  • National Men Make Dinner Day – (1st Thurs.)
  • International Stout Day – (1st Thurs.)
  • National Jersey Friday – (1st Fri.)
  • Learn to Homebrew Day – (1st Sat.)
  • National Bison Day – (1st Sat.)
  • Digital Scrapbooking Day – (1st Sat.)
  • Book Lovers Day – (1st Sat) and also August 9
  • Wine Tourism Day – (Sat of the first full week)
  • International Tongue Twister Day – (2nd Sun.)
  • World Orphan’s Day – (2nd Mon.)
  • National Young Readers Day – (2nd Tues.)
  • International Guinness World Records Day – ( Thurs. of the 2nd Full 
  • World Usability Day – (2nd Thurs.)

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 Home made 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 Remembrance Day
  • Universal Children’s Day
  • Africa Industrialization Day

Nov 21

Nov 22

  • National Cranberry Relish Day
  • Go for a Ride Day
  • Humane Society Anniversary Day
  • Stop the Violence Day
  • Start Your Own Country Day

Nov 23

Blue mailbox in the woods.

Nov 24

  • National Sardines Day
  • National Use even if the Seal is Broken 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 Day
  • 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

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.

  • Great American Smokeout – (Thurs. Before Thanksgiving)
  • National Rural Health Day – (3rd Thurs.)
  • Use Less Stuff Day – (3rd Thurs.)
  • International Games Day – (3rd Sat.)
  • Adoption Day – (Sat before Thanksgiving)
  • National Survivors of Suicide Day – (Sat Before Thanksgiving)
  • Blackout Wednesday – (Day before Thanksgiving)
  • Tie one on Day – (Wed Before Thanksgiving)
  • National Jukebox Day – (Day before Thanksgiving)
  • Thanksgiving Day – (changes each year)
  • National Day of Mourning  – (4th Thurs.)
  • Turkey-free Thanksgiving – (4th Thurs.) 
  • Unthanksgiving Day – (4th Thurs)
  • 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 (Sat after Thanksgiving)
  • Cyber Monday – changes each year
  • National Day of Giving – Usually the day after Cyber Monday

Just for the foodies!

If you are a foodie, I have some special National Day Calendars 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 Calendars that feature only food holidays to honor with your favorite recipes:

More to come later!

National Days Calendar Printables

If you like to plan ahead, be sure to check out my monthly printable calendars. Each one features one National Day that I have featured.

The monthly calendars are great for planning craft projects, recipes and outdoor activities to honor the special days.Fall leaves and block calendar with words free planning calendars.

For all my National Days Calendar printables check out these pages:

2021 calendars 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 calendars here:

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

Need More Inspiration?

If you are looking for some inspiration for discovering more about all the National Days, be sure to check out  Always the Holidays on Pinterest.  It has lots of pins that lead to articles about the topic.
Always the Holidays on Pinterest

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?

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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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