10 March Holidays, Events, and Observances Not To Miss

Mardi Gras, World Down syndrome day, St. Patrick's Day and more!

By Macaroni KID March 17, 2023

March is one of those in-between months. For many of us, it's a transition month from winter to spring. That makes it one of my favorites. In my part of the country, snowstorms give way to thunderstorms, daylight hours are getting longer ... and there are those wonderful days you can smell spring in the air.  

But the change of seasons isn't all that's happening in March. Here are 10 other holidays, events, and observances your family can celebrate or learn more about in March.

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Mardi Gras

Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras is the celebration before the beginning of Lent, traditionally a time to eat rich and fatty foods before fasting. Now, of course, Mardi Gras goes hand-in-hand with New Orleans-style fun, but why not take part in a more laid-back family-friendly celebration — complete with beads, masks, a king cake, and a parade through your own neighborhood! March 1

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Read Across America Day

Many schools celebrate Read Across America Day each year. You can celebrate at home too by visiting your local library or reading together as a family. Need some book suggestions? Check out these books suggested by the National Education Association, which celebrate an array of experiences and cultures. March 2 

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International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women while also marking a call to action for gender parity. Mark the day by celebrating women's achievements, raising awareness about women's equality, or fundraising for women-focused charities. March is also Women's History Month. March 8

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Daylight Saving Time

It's time to spring forward! That means you set your clocks ahead an hour, which means the sun sets at a later hour, which means ... summer is on its way! March 13

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Pi Day

Celebrate ... with pie, of course! Try this amazing apple pie recipe that is sure to add up to a totally happy family (see what I did there?) March 14

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St. Patrick's Day

It's time to make an elaborate leprechaun trap! Maybe this will be the year your kids catch hold of that little troublemaker. Looking for St. Patrick's Day crafts with kids? Check out these three fun and easy crafts! March 17

First Day of Spring

Oh, happy day. Watch the National Geographic video above to learn about equinoxes. March 20

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World Down Syndrome Day

World Down Syndrome Day is observed the 21st day of the 3rd month each year to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome causing Down syndrome. On this day, people with Down syndrome, along with their families and friends, participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and advocate for people with Down syndrome. You can start at home by helping your child learn to embrace differences in all. March 21

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National Single Parent's Day

Support a single parent today! How? Let them know you see how many self-sacrifices they make for their kids. Bring them a meal. Offer childcare. Listen, so they know they're not alone. March 21

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International Transgender Day of Visibility 

Trans Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments of transgender and gender nonconforming people while raising awareness of the work that still needs to be done to achieve trans justice. Want to know how you can help? Visit GLSEN for resources. March 31