16 Offbeat Holidays You Can Celebrate in April


There's plenty to celebrate this month, even if you don't like jelly beans or pranks. 

1. April 1: National Fun at Work Day

This is, of course, timed to coincide with April Fools Day, but also encourages employees to not limit their idea of fun to pranks. What about ice cream cake? Ice cream cake is fun, too.

2. April 2: Pascua Florida Day

This holiday commemorates the first landing on what is now Florida by Ponce de León in 1513. It's not known exactly when he first stepped ashore, but the name he bestowed upon the land gives some indication—Pascua means "Easter" and Florida means "flowering." It's a legal holiday in the state.

3. April 7: National Beer Day

On March 22, 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Cullen–Harrison Act, legalizing the sale of beer (as long as it was 3.2 percent alcohol by weight or less) after many years of Prohibition. The thirsty public had to wait two long weeks before they could legally imbibe again, and on April 7, the law finally went into effect. Beer drinkers around the country rejoiced, and celebrated with a nice cold one, presumably.

4. April 9: Anniversary of Jumbo the Elephant Arriving in America

This elephant was captured in Africa in 1861, when he was just a young calf, and taken to the London Zoo and given the nickname "Jumbo," for the West African word for elephant. Jumbo was a tremendously popular attraction at the Zoo for many years, and in 1882, P. T. Barnum, founder of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, purchased the elephant for $10,000. On April 9, Jumbo arrived in Manhattan and enjoyed such fame stateside that his name entered our lexicon.

5. April 10: National Siblings Day

Hannah Keyser

Dedicated, as it was last year, to Emelye, Benjamin, and Samuel Keyser.

6. April 12: National Licorice Day

Specifically to celebrate the oft-debated black licorice.

7. April 14: National Library Workers Day

Thank your local librarian today!

8. and 9. April 15: National Take a Wild Guess Day and National That Sucks Day

Both perfectly-timed to coincide with tax day.

10. April 16: National High Five Day

You don't have to worry about taxes for a full year. High five!

11. April 17: National Haiku Poetry Day

Celebrate with your
Own haiku that is likely
Much better than mine.

12. April 22: Earth Day

This is the 45th anniversary of the international celebration of the planet we all call home.

13. April 23: World Book Night

On Shakespeare's birthday passionate volunteers hand out books in the U.S., U.K., Ireland and Germany.

14. April 25: Anniversary of the First License Plate

On this day in 1901, New York became the first state to require license plates on automobiles.

15. April 26: National Pretzel Day

First celebrated in 1983, this is a day to partake in, and admire, the salted snack.

16. April 30: International Jazz Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is responsible for this holiday, which celebrates its fourth edition this year. Schools, communities, and even government organizations around the world will host programs to highlight the diplomatic role of jazz in bringing people together.

For an even more exhaustive list of holidays, historical anniversaries and notable birthdays, check out Chase's Calendar of Events.

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10 Pats Born on St. Patrick's Day
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
A photo from the 1919 wedding of Princess Patricia of Connaught to the Hon. Alexander Ramsay.
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Need some St. Patrick's Day conversation fodder that doesn't involve leprechauns or four-leaf clovers? Ask your friends to name a "Pat" born on St. Patrick's Day. If they can't, they owe you a drink—then you can wow them with this list of 10.


Princess Patricia was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria, who gave up all of her royal titles when she married a commoner. She was born at Buckingham Palace on March 17, 1886.


The Dallas star was born on March 17, 1949. And here's a totally random fact about Duffy: His nephew is Barry Zito, former MLB pitcher for the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants.


Pattie Boyd
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Pattie Boyd is well-known to lovers of classic rock: She has been married three times, including once to George Harrison and once to Eric Clapton, who both wrote a couple of the most romantic songs in rock history in her honor (including The Beatles's "Something" and Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight"). Boyd was a model when she met Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night in 1964; the pair were married two years later. They divorced in 1977 and she married Clapton, Harrison's close friend, in 1979. She also had an affair with Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones toward the end of her marriage to The Quiet Beatle.


Belfast-born Pat Rice is a former footballer and coach who spent the bulk of his career with Arsenal F.C. (that's "football club," a.k.a. soccer to us Americans). He joined the Gunners in 1964 as a mere apprentice, turning pro a couple of years later. He became captain in 1977 and left the club for a few years in the early 1980s to go to Watford, but returned after he retired from playing in 1984. In 2012, after nearly 30 years with the organization, he announced his retirement.


Patty Maloney is an actress with dwarfism who stands just three feet, 11 inches tall. She has appeared in many movies and T.V. shows over the years, including operating the Crypt Keeper puppet in Tales from the Crypt. She also played Chewbacca's son Lumpy in The Star Wars Holiday Special.


Michael C. Hall and Mathew St. Patrick in 'Six Feet Under'

Ok, so Mathew St. Patrick is the stage name of the actor, but he was born Patrick Matthews in Philadelphia on March 17, 1968. You probably know him best as David's boyfriend Keith on Six Feet Under.


He may not be a household name, but the recording artists Patrick Adams writes for and helps produce certainly are. Adams has been involved in the careers of Salt-N-Pepa, Sister Sledge, Gladys Knight, Rick James, and Coolio, among others.


It's possible you look at Patrick McDonnell's work every day, depending on which comics your newspaper carries. McDonnell draws a strip called Mutts featuring a dog and a cat named Earl and Mooch, respectively. Charles Schulz called it one of the best comic strips of all time.


 Singer/Guitarist Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins performs onstage during Live Earth New York at Giants Stadium on July 7, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey
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Yes, you know him better as just plain old Billy Corgan: he's the face of the Smashing Pumpkins, engages in public feuds with Courtney Love, and maybe once dated Jessica Simpson. He made his debut on March 17, 1967.


Patricia Ford is a retired model probably best known for her Playboy photoshoots in the 1990s.

St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers

You know St. Patrick's Day falls on the 17th of March. And you probably know how many green beers is too many green beers for you to consume. But do you know how many boys born in Ireland are named Patrick each year? Or how many people travel to Ireland to celebrate the holiday each March? The folks at RewardExpert, a website dedicated to helping travelers find the best frequent flyer and travel credit card reward programs for their lifestyle, do. And they've gathered it all together in one handy infographic, just in time for the big day.


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