The social media holiday calendar your IT business should be celebrating on social media!
Step up your social media game and engage followers by celebrating these educational, fun, clever, wacky, and (sometimes) weird annual observances.
PacMan Day, Talk Like Yoda Day, and honoring the inventor of the copy & paste function, are all important observances on our Social Media Holiday Calendar.
This year, we’ve done the hard work for you and put together the ultimate social media holiday calendar.
Use these special annual days and anniversaries to create engaging social media content to engage your audience and boost your following. Fun and engaging content always win when it comes to social media marketing.
Furthermore, leverage our social media holiday calendar as a starting point to plan the dates you want to celebrate this year on your corporate social networks.
So with that, here’s our list of all the major funny, geeky, IT-orientated, educational and quirky holidays you can use in your social media content this year.
The Ultimate Social Media Holiday Calendar for IT Service Providers
January 4th – National Trivia Day
Did you know that during the 1960s, college students would quiz each other about various topics? The trivia enthusiasts began to turn it into an official game, and Jeopardy! First aired on television in the mid-1960s to intrigue viewers everywhere. Lately, in the ‘70s, the Trivial Pursuit board game emerged and brought trivia fun to the whole family.
January 17th – Blue Monday (third Monday of January):
It seems that a university professor managed to precisely calculate the most depressing day of the year, considering a few factors like poor weather, debt, time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, and our low motivation levels. If you’re looking for me on January 17th, you know where I’ll be.
January 19th – Get to Know Your Customers Day:
You can observe this special day annually on the third Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, and October). Make it a point to get to know a little more about your customers. Given that, make each of them feel like they are your most important customer of the day. Tips for knowing your customer:
– Ask your customers questions.
– Use social media
– Follow up on a purchase
– Network with other businesses
January 24th – Macintosh Computer Day:
In 1984, Macintosh released the first computer. This was the original computer that evolved into the modern Apple Mac computer. You could learn more about the Macintosh computer and its origins. Reading a book or watching a documentary is always a good starting point.
First Sunday of February – Super Bowl:
Do I really need to explain this one? In case you aren’t aware, the Super Bowl is the annual playoff championship game of the National Football League (NFL). It has served as the final game of every NFL season since 1966, replacing the NFL Championship Game.
February 7th – Safer Internet Day
The theme of this day is “Together for a better internet”!
Over the years, Safer Internet Day has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004, #SID is now celebrated in approximately 170 countries worldwide.
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February 14th – St. Valentine:
Chocolate and roses have not always been gifts for this day full of love.
Fun fact: in the Middle Ages, it was believed that birds paired in mid-February. Throughout the period, 14 February is mentioned as a day that brought lovers together, most poetically as “the birds and the bees”.
February 16th – the death anniversary of Larry Tesler:
I know what you’re thinking, who is that? Larry invented the most widely used thing in the IT world today, the “copy-paste” function. Where would we be without this man? I think he definitely deserves a shout-out on social media.
February 27th – Pokémon Day:
This day is dedicated to celebrating the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green.
On this day, we all want to celebrate the original Japanese release of Pokémon Red and Green.
March 4th – Employee Appreciation Day:
This is usually celebrated on the first Friday in March. Take a minute to thank your employees for all of their hard work throughout the year. Pro-Social Media Tip: take pictures of your staff and post them to your company’s social media pages to share a behind-the-scenes look into the talents of your team.
March 8th – Women’s Day:
This global holiday is celebrated annually to commemorate women’s cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements. It was also established due to the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. This is definitely one we won’t be missing this year.
March 10th – Mario Day:
During the early 80s, Mario would appear in several Donkey Kong sequels and other games. Mario has appeared in over 200 video games and counting. If hearing the “Ground Theme” of Super Mario Bros makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, then you may want to celebrate this anniversary.
March 14th – π day:
The choice of this day was dictated by the Anglo-Saxon spelling of the number 3.14 (approximation to the hundredths of p). It is one of the oldest nerdy holidays since it dates back to 1988.
March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day:
Countries all across the globe enjoy the festivities of St. Paddy’s Day. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade in Tokyo was in 1992 and has been celebrated yearly since then. In Australia, all of March is a festival month with many days incorporating the St. Patrick’s Day theme.
March 18th – Global Recycling Day
This initiative aims to promote the vitality of recycling across the globe. There are plenty of ways to get involved in Global Recycling Day by organizing your own events and helping to promote Global Recycling Day by sharing activities on social media.
March 31st – World BackUp Day:
This is a huge event for your social media holiday calendar. Firstly, March 31st is the annual day to backup and better protect your data. Moreover, it’s the day for educating your customers about the importance of data backup. Furthermore, ensure you’ve got this date marked in your calendar and are planning content around it too. Don’t hesitate to start planning a few days or weeks in advance.
April 1st – April Fool:
I think we all know what this one is. Fun fact, even the BBC got in on an April Fool’s Day prank in 1957. They reported that Swiss farmers had a record spaghetti crop. They even showed footage of people picking spaghetti noodles from trees!
April 13th – National Scrabble Day:
On this day every year, people celebrate what is probably one of the most iconic games of all time. This game is sold in over 120+ countries and is available in 30 languages. Fun fact: if you lined up all the Scrabble tiles ever sold, they would stretch over 50,000 miles.
April 23rd – Shakespeare Day
Be ready to enjoy this international festivity by watching Shakespeare’s popular plays, talking like his characters, and even trying to dress in attire from that era!
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April 27th – Morse Code Day:
This day is dedicated to Samuel Morse, who was born on this day in 1791. If you don’t know Morse Code, why not make it a challenge to start learning it today!
-.. — — — – –.. / .. … / – …. . / -… . … – / -. . – .– — .-. -.- / — — -. .. – — .-. .. -. –. / … — ..-. – .– .- .-. .
May 1st – International Workers’ Day:
Above all, this day is most commonly associated with commemorating the achievements of the labor movement.
May 4th – Star Wars Day:
You don’t really need to say anything except, “May the fourth be with you”!
May 5th – Cinco De Mayo:
This day commemorates the Mexican army’s victory against French forces during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. It’s seen as a source of pride for both Mexicans and Mexican-Americans. We all know it’s also an excuse to indulge in Mexico’s amazing food, drink, and music.
May 5th – World Password Day (first Thursday of May):
Basically, the aim is to educate the world on the importance of having a strong password. This is another very important date in the MSP space and it’s definitely worth planning social media and email campaigns around. It’s an opportunity to educate your customers and prospects about the importance of password security and how your services can help them too.
May 21st – Talk Like Yoda Day:
This definitely is an amazing holiday. Take this opportunity to honor the day we first met the wisest little green guy in the galaxy, and remember, “Do or do not. There is no try”.
May 25th – International Geek Day:
This is your day to shine! The word “geek” has evolved over the years and usually means a person fascinated with a certain complicated subject. Be it computer networking, coding, mathematics, video games, fantasy literature, science fiction films, or one of many others—and knows almost everything there is to know about it.
June 3rd – National Donut Day:
This tasty holiday is celebrated on the first Friday of every June. Although no one knows for certain when doughnuts were invented, they are mentioned as far back as 1809. This was when Washington Irving mentioned in the book “A History Of New York – From The Beginning Of The World To The End Of The Dutch Dynasty”. “Donut” forget this one.
June 8th – World Oceans Day:
The ocean is a hugely important part of our ecosystem. It not only supplies food but also medicine and oxygen. Many organizations have celebrated this holiday for decades, but it was only officially recognized by the U.N since 2008.
June 28th – CAPS LOCK DAY:
WHY DO YOU SHOUT AT ME? This is the day it’s excusable to use capitals in your emails and chats.
June 30th – Social Media Day:
Encourage your customers and prospects to get social with your company. In the spirit of social media day, don’t hesitate to follow us on social media. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
July 1st – Canada Day:
Today we’re celebrating Canada becoming a country on July 1, 1867. This holiday is also known as Canada’s Birthday and Fête du Canada in French. Fun fact: the word Canada comes from the word Kanata—an Iroquoian word that means village.
July 4th – Independence day:
This is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. You can celebrate with family and friends or by watching the famous film!
July 8th – Math 2.0 Day:
This holiday celebrates not only math but the blending of math and technology together to create our modern world. It’s the perfect day for engineers, mathematicians, and technologists to all come together and share ideas.
July 17th – World Emoji Day:
Emojis are small digital pictures or icons representing an idea, concept, or emotion in electronic communications. They are super popular to use on social media, and this is the perfect day to use them on your channels. When you don’t know how to say something? Say it by using an emoji!
July 29th – System Administrator Appreciation Day:
Your network is secure, your computer is up and running, and your printer is jam-free. Why? Because you’ve got an awesome sysadmin (or maybe a whole IT department) keeping your business up and running.
August 8th – International Cat day:
This festivity was born more than 20 years ago! There are about as many ways to celebrate International Cat Day as there are wide varieties of cats. Why not call your local animal shelters to see if they could use your help?
August 12th – IBM/Pc Day:
If there’s an Apple Day, then there’s a PC Day. This was when in 1981, IBM first introduced the Model5150. Who feels like watching Halt and Catch Fire?
August 26th – International Dog Day:
Sadly, millions of dogs each year become homeless because they are unwanted or because their owners cannot care for them. National Dog Day encourages people to adopt dogs from shelters and rescue organizations.
September 6th – National Read a Book Day:
Dedicated to anyone who loves to read and wants an entire day to do it. Want some suggestions? Check out our list of the best computer networking books for IT professionals.
September 13th – Programmer’s Day:
Everyone loves Programmers! This day is for you. Go and do something outside without your computers.
September 19th – Software Freedom Day:
Celebrate software freedom with like-minded individuals around the world. Learn how-to here.
September 20th – IT Professional Day:
As a matter of fact, our social media holiday calendar would not be complete without honoring IT professionals. This day honors the Information Technology professionals who make all of our lives possible. Let’s raise a toast to the men and women who keep modern society running.
In the mood to celebrate? Why not watch an episode of “The IT Crowd,” on Netflix.
October 1st – International Coffee Day:
This is one not to forget on the social media holiday calendar. This magic drink gives super-power to many of us. Three fun facts about coffee. Firstly, it is the 2nd most traded commodity in the world (oil is the 1st). Secondly, it was the first food to be dehydrated. To conclude, around 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Brazil.
October 21st – Marty McFly Day:
We all know this one. October 21, 2015, is the date Marty is supposed to “return” to the future. Many arguments surround this date, but this is the day the holiday has been set.
October 31st – Halloween:
Despite its dark and morbid traditions, Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year. Trick-or-treating is one of the most popular ways to celebrate. Try creating a spooky graphic to share on your social media channels to celebrate this holiday.
November 23rd – Fibonacci Day:
This day is about celebrating Leonardo Fibonacci, one of the most influential mathematicians of the Middle Ages. Why is November 23 Fibonacci day? Because when the date is written in the mm/dd format (11/23), the digits in the date form a Fibonacci sequence: 1,1,2,3. A Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where a number is the sum of the two numbers before it.
November 24th – Thanksgiving:
A national holiday celebrated on various dates in the United States, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and Liberia. This day began as a way of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest.
November 30th – Computer Security Day:
This day is about raising cyber security awareness. National Computer Security Day is about empowering people to take ownership of their online presence and identity. You should definitely take this opportunity to educate your customers on the value of the security services you provide.
December 11th – International Shareware Day:
For all the big-hearted developers and programmers out there. We love you.
December 25th – Christmas
I’m sure this one doesn’t need explaining, but our social media holiday calendar would not be complete without it. Use this opportunity to thank and wish your customers a happy holiday.