Your Social Media Content Calendar for Every Official (and Non-Official) Holiday of 2023
We’ve outlined a calendar of all of the official (and slightly less official) holidays in 2023 to serve as a blueprint for your content, plus fun social media post ideas to jumpstart your brainstorm.
Content Writer @ Buffer
You’ve heard it time and time again – posting on social media consistently is one of the best ways to grow your account. But it can be hard to fill up content ideas for nearly 365 days. That's why we’ve created this holiday guide of both official and non-official holidays you can post about throughout the year.
While it’s important to post content revolving around your business’s products and services, it can also be fun to change things up and post about other topics as well. We hope this list helps you flesh out your social media calendar for 2023.
Creating social media posts for official holidays is a great way to highlight important days and also celebrate the diversity of cultures and celebrations. When posting about other cultures and religions, make sure to do your research so you can highlight the holiday accurately and respectfully.
Whether you just wish your followers a happy holiday, post a fun fact, or just bring in more awareness, we encourage you to include some of the holidays mentioned below in your social media planning.
January 1: New Year’s Day
January 4: National Trivia Day
January 17: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Black History Month (U.S.)
February 1: Chinese New Year
February 2: Groundhog Day
February 14: Valentine’s Day
February 21: President’s Day
Women’s History Month (U.S.)
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
March 18: Holi
March 21 -22: Nowruz
March 22: Ramadan Begins
*The date may vary as the beginning of Ramadan changes every year and depends on the sighting of the moon
March 22: Ugadi
March 27: Mothering Sunday (U.K.)
March 31: Cesar Chavez Day
April 17: Easter
April 5 - 13: Passover
April 22: End of Ramadan/Eid Al Fitr
National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (U.S.)
May 5: Vesak Day/Buddha Day
May 5: Cinco de Mayo
May 8: Mother’s Day (U.S)
May 30: Memorial Day (U.S)
June 19: Juneteenth (U.S)
June 19: Father’s Day (U.S. and U.K.)
June 28 - 29: Eid Al Adha
July 4: Independence Day (U.S)
September 5: Labor Day (U.S)
September 15 - October 14: Hispanic Heritage Month (U.S)
October 10: Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day (U.S)
October 31: Halloween
American Indian Heritage Month (U.S)
November 11: Veteran’s Day (U.S)
November 12: Diwali
November 24: Thanksgiving (U.S)
December 18-26: Hanukkah
December 25: Christmas Day
December 31: New Year’s Eve
In addition to posting about actual holidays, you should also consider highlighting unofficial holidays, too! Not only are they a fun way to shake up your social media calendar, but a lot of them can apply to your small business as well. We’ll share some examples of other small businesses incorporating these days into their social media content.
National Mentoring Month (U.S)
The start of the year is always filled with positive and motivational energy, making it the perfect time for national mentoring month. Throughout January, you can post advice about running and operating a small business, and also shout out the mentors who’ve helped you along your journey.
January 3: International Mind-Body-Wellness Day
This can be a great day for you to do a quick check-in with your customers and remind them to take care of themselves. You can also share suggestions of how you and your team partake in healthy habits and self-care.
Jan 4: National Trivia Day
Who doesn’t love a good trivia question? Include a fun fact about your business or field of expertise and quiz your followers.
January 10: National Clean Your Desk Day
Office tours are always fun! Use this day to showcase your team members' desks and office space and highlight the products they’re obsessed with. You can also share your tips and tricks for staying organized as a business owner.
January 18: Get To Know Your Customers Day
Get to know your customer's day is a convenient way for you to do a regular check-in with your followers.
You can ask them for feedback and suggestions on products or post a quick message asking about their day.
The holiday actually happens once every quarter and can be celebrated again on April 20, July 20, and October 19.
Jan. 27 National Fun At Work Day
Post a silly picture with your team, screenshot a fun conversation from your internal communications tool, or do an AMA with a coworker on your company culture – whatever you do, national fun at work day gives you an excuse to post about the lighter moments at work.
February 13: Super Bowl Sunday
Whether you’re a sports lover or just tune in for the commercials and appetizers, Super Bowl Sunday is probably on your radar.
You can ask your customers which team they’re rooting for, share your favorite Super Bowl Sunday recipe, or even pose a question on your Instagram Stories or Twitter Poll asking your customers whether they’re celebrating or not.
Feb 14: National Library Lover’s Day
This is the perfect day to share a book that has inspired you or is related to your business and field. Consider asking your community what their favorite book is too.
Another great way to celebrate this day is to shout out your local library and share their socials!
Week of February 17th: Random Acts Of Kindness Week
Throughout this week, think about doing kind things for your social media community! Whether that is offering a discount for your product, posting a thank you letter, or even doing a Q/A answering follower questions.
You can also highlight your company culture and share how your team expresses gratitude towards one another.
Feb 20: World Day of Social Justice
On this day, you can raise awareness about an important social issue that is close to your heart and educate your followers. This would be an opportune time to use Instagram’s donation feature and fundraise for a great cause too.
February 27: Telecommuter Appreciation Week
Established long before working from home became mainstream, telecommuter appreciation week is a great way to shout out your remote team and show off their home offices.
Another popular sports event, March Madness may be a basketball tournament, but you can customize it to fit your brand. Instead of showcasing a roster filled with basketball teams, be creative and do a competition between your products like Food 52 does below.
March 1: World Compliment Day
March 1st is the perfect day to pay someone a compliment! You can shout out someone on your team, thank your customers for their support, or just even encourage your followers to compliment someone in their lives.
March 5: Words Matter Week
Diversity and inclusion should be a priority for you as a small business, and words matter week is a great time to post about how you’re choosing to be inclusive as a business.
Happy #WordsMatterWeek! Making a conscious effort to use words that are not stigmatizing or inaccurate is important. We believe in treating all Pennsylvanians with respect, and we hope you do too! pic.twitter.com/0lK5OXe5dh— PA Department of Human Services (@PAHumanServices) March 3, 2020
March 20: International Day of Happiness
This is a great and easy way to post about anything related to positivity! Ask your customers what makes them happy, share your favorite meme or Gif, or just try to post something to make your followers smile.
March 29: National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day
Small businesses deserve all the love they can get, and posting about them on this holiday is a great way to spread awareness.
While you could always highlight the fact that you're a small business, you can also create a list of the small businesses you support and share those with your online community.
March 31: International Transgender Day of Visibility
Let your LGBTQ+ customers know that you’re a proud ally by supporting them on March 31st. You can also educate your community by spotlighting small businesses owned by transgender individuals, including LGBTQ+ charities and nonprofits.
National Volunteer Month (U.S)
If your small business has any volunteers, you can dedicate April to them! Give them a shout-out, let one of them take over your Instagram or Twitter, and post behind-the-scenes shots of all the great work they do.
You can also encourage your audience to volunteer at some of your favorite nonprofits and small businesses.
April 1: April Fool’s Day and International Fun at Work Day
Pranking on the internet has been done – instead, use this day to share how you and your team have fun at work. Consider sharing a team bonding activity or a fun icebreaker you use in meetings.
You could also turn to your customers and ask them what their favorite work pastime activities include.
April 2: National Education And Sharing Day
This holiday is the perfect time to share something valuable and educational with your followers that connects back to your field.
If you’re not exactly sure what would be interesting to your followers, consider asking them directly what they’d want to know about your business.
This is a great opportunity to highlight a useful life hack as well!
Today is #NationalEducationandSharingDay, and we can't think of anything better to post than interlibrary loan.— Lewis U Library (@lewisulibrary) April 12, 2022
Did you know that you never have to pay for an article you need?
Just request a copy through Primo!#lewisu #teamlewislibrary pic.twitter.com/VqXdjoXquz
April 22: Earth Day
Earth Day is a great way to post about sustainability. Write a Twitter thread about the steps you're taking as a small business to decrease your carbon footprint or post about another small business that is making great strides in that area.
Or, you can simply share a statistic about a related topic like climate change to educate your followers on the topic.
Check out our blog post where we highlighted how these small businesses celebrated Earth Day on Instagram.
April 28: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day
If you're back in the office and your company celebrates this holiday, take a photo of all the cute kids who’re tagging along with their parents!
Mental Health Awareness Month
Create a series on one of your social channels during May to highlight the importance of mental health. Each week you can share a tip about how you and your team manage work stress.
If you feel comfortable doing so, maybe consider writing a Twitter thread about any personal struggles you’ve faced around this topic and how you overcame them. This can help forge a stronger connection between you and your followers.
May 21: Cultural Diversity Day
Highlight the various cultures on your team! If your team is open to the idea, have one of your members record a quick TikTok or Instagram Rell where they share more about their culture. Ask them to include fun facts and pictures to help educate your followers.
At Buffer, we post Cultural Spotlights regularly on our blog and it’s a great way to learn more about each other's culture and feel more connected as a team.
May 30: National Creativity Day
As a content creator and small business owner, you’re inherently creative! This day is a great way to give tips to your followers about how you spark your creativity. You can provide behind-the-scenes footage of product meetings to show where the magic happens.
Another easier way to highlight this holiday is to showcase any of your products or services that help your customers with their own creativity.
June 18: National Splurge Day
Encourage your followers to splurge on themselves and buy one of your items today. Sweeten the deal by offering a discount.
@boxlunchgifts This is the sign you needed to treat yourself 🧡 #NationalSplurgeDay #BoxLunch #BoxLunchGifts ♬ Best for video background music Chill Trap Hip Hop(837066) - KIh
June 23: Take Your Dog To Work Day
Whether you’re working remotely or in person, highlight the various dogs in your team’s lives by posting them on your Instagram. You can make a collage filled with dogs or a Twitter thread of dogs – either work.
June 30: Social Media Day
This day is a great opportunity to reflect on the previous six months and do a round-up of your previous favorite social media posts.
You can also share stats around how your social media has been performing – as we did in this blog.
June 30: Work From Home Day
Nowadays, most people are working from home, whether it’s full-time or on a hybrid schedule. This holiday is a great way to share productivity tips and hacks for remote workers.
July 5: Workaholics Day
If you’re someone who works a lot, this holiday is a fun way to poke fun at yourself. But you can also use it as an opportunity to remind your online community that it’s okay to pause and take a break.
Or, you could highlight the products and services you offer that make being a workaholic a little easier.
July 17: World Emoji Day
Is there anything more fun than communicating with emojis? 🤩 You can share the emoji that best represents your brand and ask your followers to respond with their favorite emoji in the comments.
National Black Business Month
This month is a great time to highlight small businesses owned by Black entrepreneurs in your area! You can spotlight a business every week of the month.
@askallissa Every month is a good month to support a Black business, but I’m ending August (National Black Business Month) with HealHause — a beautiful wellness studio + cafe ☕️ in Clinton Hill. They even have the type of outdoor space I dream of doing yoga in (especially in the city) . #healhaus #blackownedwellness #blackownedwellnessstudio #blackownedcafe #wellnesshub #wellnesstok #wellnessjourney #wellnesstips #wellnesstiktok #wellnesswisdom #wellnesscafe #blackbusinessmonth #nationalblackbusinessmonth #blackownedsmallbusiness #blackownedbrooklyn #thesmallbusinessplug #smallbusinesstiktok #soundbathmeditation #soundbath #vinyasa #restorativeyoga #breathe #outdooryoga #outdooryogapractice #outdooryoganyc #brooklynyoga #meditation #candlelityoga #nycyoga #nycyogainstructor #yogadeal #fypシ #fyp #yogisoftiktok ♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim
August 19: World Photo Day
Share a photo that encapsulates your business’s values and goals. Whether it’s an image of happy customers, your colleagues, or just a product shot – any photo will work.
August 17: National Nonprofit Day
Show your favorite nonprofit some love and encourage your followers to support them, too.
We wrote a blog post commemorating the holiday as a way to spread the word about some great organizations.
August 21: World Entrepreneurs Day
Use this day to share your entrepreneurial journey! Consider writing out a list of things you knew before you founded your small business.
Sept. 12: National Day of Encouragement
Everyone has bad days sometimes, use this holiday to share how you’ve gotten through rough times as a business owner and remind your followers that they can overcome whatever it is that they’re facing.
September 26: Love Note Day
An easy way to celebrate this holiday is to show some love to your customers by posting a quick thank you for all of their support. To change things up a bit, you could write a love note to one of your products instead.
Sept: 26 National Voter Registration Day
Educate your followers and remind them about their right to vote! Posting the location and hours of voting centers in your area is a great way to provide helpful resources.
Are you registered to vote? 🗳Voting matters. Elected officials can reflect who we are & what we value. This is why we’re *all in* on voting on climate, with the planet, and for those who are committed to act on the climate crisis.#NationalVoterRegistrationDay 📸 @revloveproject pic.twitter.com/dD2qXwvISU— Turning Green (@TurningGreenOrg) September 21, 2022
October 6: Inbox Zero Day
While not everyone identifies with having or wanting inbox zero, it’s fair to say that we all struggle with email overload. This is why this is a great day to highlight on your content calendar.
Have an absurd amount of unread emails? Simply screenshotting that number and posting it on your socials would make for a great post.
You can also provide productivity tips for how you manage your work email.
October 7: World Smile Day
Show off your pearly whites and post a photo of yourself or someone on your team smiling to commemorate this holiday.
October 16: Boss’s Day
Highlight any of the managers on your team, share your experience as your own boss, or, write a quick post honoring one of your former bosses.
National Entrepreneurship Month
Throughout November, you can post a variety of content related to National Entrepreneurship Month. It’s a great opportunity for you to share what you’ve learned as a business owner.
Even better, you can invite guests and speakers who you admire to share their experiences with your audience.
And consider passing the mic to your audience and asking if any of them have advice about running a business.
November 9: World Quality Day
This holiday was created to showcase the innovativeness, durability, and quality of products and companies. Why not post some insights into your products, highlight your amazing team, and explain why your business should be trusted?
November 19: Women’s Entrepreneurship Day
Highlight the amazing women entrepreneurs that you look up to on this day by posting about their accomplishments. You can also educate your customers about historical women business leaders from the past.
This is also a great time to share the women who were especially influential in your specific field.
November 25: Black Friday
Black Friday is arguably one of the biggest shopping days of the year, and there are a ton of ways you can mark the occasion.
While many brands post about their various sales, there has been a recent trend of businesses celebrating a bit differently in the name of sustainability. If that happens to be you, consider posting about your reasoning behind it.
November 26: Small Business Saturday
Small Business Saturday is all about highlighting and supporting smaller brands. take this opportunity to post about why your customers should support your business, or consider sharing the love and tag your favorite small biz.
For more ideas, check out how these brands marked small business Saturday in 2022.
November 28: Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday is a great time to highlight e-commerce promotions or offer discounts for gift cards to your business.
November 29: Giving Tuesday
This is the perfect day to post about a charitable organization and
If you’re looking for inspiration for deserving brands and causes, check out these small businesses we’ve highlighted for their generosity.
This is also an opportune time to announce any giveaways, grants, or donations your organization is making.
December 2: Candle Day
If you’re not a candle brand, this holiday may seem a bit odd. But, have you ever thought about what fragrances would represent your small business? Would it be warm and cozy like vanilla spice, or edgy like Teakwood?
You can pose the question to your followers on Instagram stories and share their responses!
December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
This holiday aims to bring awareness to endangered species. Use this day to educate your followers about the great organizations that are rescuing and helping these animals.
December 7: Letter Writing Day
There are endless ways to celebrate this holiday. Write a letter to your customers. Or, to your team members. Or, you can even write an ode to your products.
Turn it into a competition or giveaway and have your customers submit their best letters to your small business and share the responses!
@sachistorymuseum December 7th is National Letter Writing Day! It is a day to encourage individuals to write a letter to someone, especially as we get closer to the holidays. Why write a letter though when you can letterpress print one? In this video, Howard typeset and printed a phrase in 72 point Caslon font. The ink is Pantone Green rubber base. If you’re looking to write a letter to someone, how about sending one to Howard? #SacHistoryMuseum #NationalLetterWritingDay #typography #museum #printing #letterpress #history #sacramento ♬ original sound - Sacramento History Museum
December 10: Human rights day
December 14: Free Shipping Day
The easiest way to celebrate this holiday is to offer free shipping to your customers.
We hope this list of holidays helps you fill up your content calendar for 2023! Remember, you don’t have to post about all of the above-mentioned dates on your social media. Pick the ones that resonate most with you personally, and can also connect back to your business.
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