Welcome to Worldwide Weird Holidays, where you’ll find a new reason to celebrate every day of the year.

curiosity day

August 5 is Curiosity Day

Today is Curiosity Day. On August 5, 2012, NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity landed on the red planet after a procedure so complicated its engineers dubbed it Seven Minutes of Terror. On November 26, 2011, an unmanned spacecraft carrying the 1,982-pound SUV-sized rover launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. After traveling 354 million […]

u.s. coast guard day

August 4 is U.S. Coast Guard Day

Today is U.S. Coast Guard Day. After the Continental Navy had been disbanded in 1785, there was no proviso for a permanent maritime force in the U.S. Constitution. In 1790, Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first Department of Treasury Secretary, founded the service that would become the Coast Guard. Established to enforce tariff laws and manned by […]

national watermelon day

August 3 is National Watermelon Day

Today is National Watermelon Day. It closely follows July’s Watermelon Month, established in 2009 by a unanimous U.S. Congressional Joint Resolution. Today’s holiday is sponsored by the National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB), an organization whose strategic mission is to increase consumer demand in the U.S., Canada and Mexico while working to develop trade with England and […]

national ice cream sandwich day

August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

Today is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day. According to Geraldine Quinzio, author of Sugar and Snow: A History of Ice Cream Making, the ice cream sandwich was invented in 1899 by a pushcart peddler in New York City. It consisted of vanilla ice cream pressed between two thin graham crackers. In July of 1900, The New York […]

World Middle Finger Day logo

August 1 is World Middle Finger Day

Today is World Middle Finger Day, created in 2012 by Charles Greene to encourage everyone to exercise their right to peaceful protest with a universal gesture of defiance. He chose August 1st because it falls between July 4th and September 11, two dates that inspire nationalistic fervor. World Middle Finger Day acknowledges the value of dissent. […]

moby-dick marathon

July 31 is the Moby-Dick Marathon

The 24-hour Moby-Dick Marathon begins at noon today at the Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT. An actor portraying Herman Melville will recite the novel’s first chapter aboard the Seaport’s 1841 wooden whaler. Visitors can sign up to read a chapter aloud. Hopefully, the reading will progress at the proper pace, to conclude at noon on August 1st, […]

jimmy hoffa day

July 30 is Jimmy Hoffa Day

Today is Jimmy Hoffa Day. On July 30, 1975,  James Riddle “Jimmy” Hoffa disappeared after leaving the Machus Red Fox Restaurant on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan. A labor leader and union activist with strong ties to the Mob, Hoffa presided over the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) from 1958 until 1971, when he was forced […]

rain day

July 29 is Rain Day

Today is Rain Day. Why? According to records kept by the town of Waynesburg, PA, it has rained there on July 29th in 114 of the last 142 years, a statistical anomaly. Every year, the town holds a festival, come rain or come shine. Events include a t-shirt design competition, umbrella and window decoration contests and the requisite […]

great texas mosquito festival

The Great Texas Mosquito Festival

Since 1981, the Great Texas Mosquito Festival has been celebrated on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday of July in Clute, TX. Visitors are greeted by a 26-foot-tall mosquito clad in a cowboy hat and boots. Promoters claim it’s the world’s largest and we certainly hope they’re right. Highlights include the Mosquito Calling Contest, where entrants […]

National Intern Day

National Intern Day, celebrated on the last Thursday in July, recognizes the hard work and dedication of interns across the country. It was created in 2017 by WayUp, a unique platform that connects college students and recent grads with job opportunities and career advice. The task of getting an internship has always been a difficult one, often […]