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

national flip flop day

National Flip Flop Day

June 17, 2016, is National Flip Flop Day, a holiday invented by U.S. national restaurant chain Tropical Smoothie Café. On the third Friday of June from 2 pm – 7 pm local time, every customer wearing flip flops will receive a free Jetty Punch Smoothie. Since 2007, the chain has raised funds for Camp Sunshine in Casco, […]

buzzard day

Buzzard Day 2016

June 11, 2016, is Buzzard Day in Glendive, Montana, and neighboring Makoshika, the state’s largest park, which covers 11,538 acres at an elevation of 2,415 feet above sea level. It falls on the second Saturday of June and celebrates the return of turkey vultures to eastern Montana. The name Makoshika (Ma-ko’-shi-ka) is derived from a Lakota phrase […]

vcr day

June 7 is VCR Day

Today is VCR Day. It commemorates the date in 1975 when Sony Corporation supposedly released the Betamax videocassette recorder (VCR) made specifically for home use. Some histories place the release in November 1975. In any case, it beat JVC’s Video Home System (VHS) to market by a year. A VCR records the analog audio and […]

julia pierpont day

May 28 is Julia Pierpont Day

Today is Julia Pierpont Day, named in honor of the woman who originated Decoration Day. In 1866, Julia Pierpont, wife of the Governor of  Virginia, noticed that the graves of Civil War soldiers in Richmond’s cemeteries looked neglected. She started Decoration Day to show respect for those who had given their lives by tending to […]

virtual assistants day

International Virtual Assistants Day 2016

Today is 2016’s International Virtual Assistants Day (IVAD), which honors the support staff who will never hit on a coworker, pass gas in the conference room or steal someone else’s yogurt from the company fridge. It takes place on the third Friday of May, during the Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC). On OIVAC’s home page, […]

national blame someone else day

May 13 is National Blame Someone Else Day

Today is National Blame Someone Else Day, celebrated on the first Friday the 13th of the year. According to almost every source we checked, the holiday was invented by Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan in 1982. That fateful day, her alarm didn’t go off, so she was late for work. More bad luck ensued. When Anne realized […]

national nutty fudge day

May 12 is National Nutty Fudge Day

Today is National Nutty Fudge Day. Where did this tasty treat originate and how did it get its name? The creation of American-style chocolate fudge is often credited to student Emelyn Hartridge and her Vassar Fudge recipe. She later revealed in a letter, preserved in the Vassar College Archives, that she had cheated: Fudge, as I first knew […]

have a coke day

May 8 is Have a Coke Day

Today is Have a Coke Day. The first glass was sold for five cents at Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA, on May 8, 1886. The story of one of the most popular beverages on Earth began at the end of the American Civil War. Confederate officer and Freemason John Stith Pemberton was slashed across the […]

mother ocean day

May 7 is Mother Ocean Day

Today is the fourth annual Mother Ocean Day. It takes place on the day before Mother’s Day and spotlights the magnificent bodies of water that make life on Earth possible. Begun in 2013 in Miami, Florida, the holiday’s goal is to bring attention to the challenges we face as a consequence of  our use and […]

barbed wire festival

May 5 is the Barbed Wire Festival

The 50th Annual Barbed Wire Festival kicks off this evening in La Crosse, Kansas. The first convention for collectors of barbed wire was hosted there in 1967. According to the festival’s website, 2,000 people attended, earning La Crosse, described by Wikipedia as a “city” of 1,342, the title of  “Barbed Wire Capital of the World™.” […]