2021 Holidays for your Social Media Plan

Social holidays are a great way to bring some fun into your Instagram content. These newer (made-up) holidays seem silly but by using hashtags that are associated with them, it's actually a smart way to get aggregated with other content that your audience is interested in.

For creatives days that celebrate books, music, or even food can become part of your branding and something that you connect with your dream audience.

I've put some popular ones together in a social calendar PDF that you can download for free here: list of 2021 social holidays.

For a full list of holidays, see below along with the hashtags to use! (disclaimer, these aren't ALL included on the calendar - but you can see many more below!)

January 2021

February 2021

March 2021

  • 2. 📚National Read Across America Day #ReadAcrossAmericaDay #DrSeussDay

  • 3. 🦓 World Wildlife Day #WorldWildlifeDay

  • 4. National Grammar Day #NationalGrammarDay

  • 4. 🥞 National Pancake Day (Date changes annually) #NationalPancakeDay IHOP started National Pancake Day in 2006, and every year to celebrate the restaurant offers a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes while asking patrons to consider donating to charity. Through 2020, IHOP has helped to raise more than $30 million for charities that help children battling illness.

  • 5. National Employee Appreciation Day (First Friday in March) #EmployeeAppreciationDay

  • 5. 🔌 National Day of Unplugging (First Friday in March) #NationalDayOfUnplugging A free idea for bosses – combine National Employee Appreciation Day with National Day of Unplugging by giving your employees at least a half-day (or the whole day!) off to get away from their phones and screens to enjoy a care-free day.

  • 15. 👽 World Contact Day #WorldContactDay Started in 1953 by the International Flying Saucer Bureau, this is a day to look up and try to make a connection with life on other planets.

APRIL 2021

May 2021

1. May Day #MayDay May Day is an ancient festival celebrated in many European cultures that marks the beginning of spring. The festival traditions vary from country to country, but universally involve singing, dancing, and feasting. Get wild, everyone!

June 2021

July 2021

August 2021

September 2021

October 2021

November 2021

  • 1. 🍎 World Vegan Day #WorldVeganDay

  • 1. 📖 National Author’s Day #NationalAuthorsDay

  • 1. 🍖 National Cook for Your Pets Day #CookForYourPetsDay

  • 3. 🥪 National Sandwich Day #NationalSandwichDay

  • 4. 🍭 National Candy Day #NationalCandyDay

  • 4. 🪔 Deepavali/Diwali #Deepavali #Diwali

  • 7. ⏰ Daylight Saving Time Ends (Date changes annually) #DaylightSavings #DaylightSavingsTime

  • 8. National Cappuccino Day #CappuccinoDay

  • 8. 🔬 National STEM Day #STEMDay

  • 11. Veterans Day #VeteransDay

  • 11. Remembrance Day #PoppyDay #RemembranceDay

  • 11. 🛍 11.11 Singles’ Day Sale #SinglesDay #1111Sale Singles’ Day (光棍节) or Double 11 (双11), originally called Bachelor’s Day, was started at Nanjing University, China, as a day of events and celebrations in honor of being single. Today, this holiday has evolved into an unofficial Chinese holiday and shopping season that celebrates people who are not in relationships. It is the largest physical retail and online shopping day in the world, having seen record sales on Alibaba’s sites (Tmall and Taobao),, and Lazada. In 2020, Alibaba once again set a new sales record of over $56 billion in gross merchandise value, more than Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US combined.

December 2021

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