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Want to create your own National Day? Turns out all it takes is chance

All it takes is a bit of creativity and a lot of luck.

Creating your very own National Day may be easier than you think. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a lot of luck.

June 18 is 'National Go Fishing Day' but you likely won't see employers shutting down the shop to let their employers celebrate. That's because these 'National Days' aren't official holidays.

Legally speaking, National Days have to be approved and introduced by a legislature or a government entity, which makes 'National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day' probably a bad idea if your boss isn't the joking type.

So who keeps track of all these weird holidays?

The National Day Calendar is a website dedicated to celebrating every day of the year and organizing all of these National Days in one place.

If you're interested in creating your own National Day, you're in luck! Some of their 'National Days' are created by essentially anyone who wants to do so.

Pus if you're interested it's actually easier than it looks.... but there is a catch. You only have a 1 in 20,000 chance of your holiday being chosen for the website.

According to the National Day Calendar, they only choose 25 new submissions a year out of over 20,000 requests. Even further, they specify that they are so backed up, that they are requiring the requests to come from an organization or group.

Think your organization has what it takes to create a National Holiday? Here's how to submit a request.


  1. Go to Nationaldaycalendar.com 
  2. Click "Register a National Day"
  3. Read the instructions for submission. Remember you can't create a day for someone specific ex. "National George Joe Bob Day".
  4. Write a compelling story about why your organization's day should be chosen and how you might celebrate that day if it does get chosen
  5. Hit submit.

First Coast News is working to verify this process by applying to create our very own National Day. Stay tuned for more details.

 And for those creating a National Day... may the odds be ever in your favor.

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