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10 Events and Holidays in April Your Family Won't Want to Miss

Your family won't want to miss marking these dates!

March 31, 2021

April is a time of renewal, from Easter and Passover to flowers blooming — in all their spring glory — in our yards. But along with that, April also has its share of other holidays and events.

Here are 10 special holidays and events families can mark in April:





Autism Awareness Month 

One in 59 children born in the United States is on the autism spectrum. It is the fastest-growing developmental disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Want to know more about autism? Read "The Warner Boys: Our Family's Story of Autism and Hope" by Ana and Curt Warner, whose twin sons were diagnosed with autism at 5 years old. April 1-30





April Fools' Day

Kids are all about April Fools' Day! Make them giggle by adding googly eyes to everything in your fridge or pantry. Have fun! But always be wary. Find out why we celebrate April Fools' Day here plus a few tricks to play on the kids. April 1




Easter 

This holiday marks the date Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. It's also a day kids look forward to because the Easter bunny visits! Check our Easter Guide for egg hunts and local and virtual Easter events! April 4




National Library Week

Libraries are at the heart of our communities and schools, providing a public space where all community members can come together to connect and learn. April 4-10





National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day

A great day to serve this perennial kid favorite for dinner! Ooey gooey goodness. "Adult" it up, if you must, by adding toppings like bacon, tomatoes, spinach, or portabella mushrooms. April 12




Ramadan

Ramadan is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of prayer, reflection, community, and fasting from sunrise to sunset. It is observed as a commemoration of Muhammad's first revelation and its annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan lasts about a month, from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next. April 12-May 12




Day of Silence

The Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools, followed by Break the Silence rallies to bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive. Join in for the full day, or for three minutes of community silence and solidarity at 3 p.m. ET. Find more, including lessons and activities, here. April 17




National Park Week

Celebrate America's treasured parks! National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, volunteer, and explore a national park near you! April 17-25





Earth Day

This is a great day to assess how your family impacts the environment and think about small changes you can make to help our environment. April 22




Pay It Forward Day 

Mark this day by letting your kids come up with an act of kindness as a way to "pay it forward." It's a great way to show them that even small gestures of kindness matter — and ripple outward. Want to know more about the concept? Read "Pay It Forward," a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde. April 28