Welcome, September. It's one of our favorite months: Kids are back in school, fall arrives, the evenings are getting longer, and the days are getting cooler. Corn mazes and apple orchards are ready for families to visit, and — in much of the country — leaves are changing to gold and red. And did we mention — it's time for pumpkin spice everything?
Want to make September extra special? Here are 10 holidays and events your family can recognize during the month:
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Cheese Pizza and Pepperoni Pizza Days
What? Two days to celebrate pizza this month? Why not?!? Celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day first, and then a few weeks later mark National Pepperoni Pizza Day. The kids will love you! Order out or grill your pizza to celebrate! Sept. 5 and Sept. 20
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Labor Day is the day Americans pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of our workers. Plus it's a great day for an end-of-summer BBQ. Sept. 5
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend:
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National Day of Service and Remembrance
Help inspire unity and millions of acts of kindness and service for 9/11 Day, the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Find out about how to participate here. Sept. 11
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Grandparents are special. If your children's grandparents are local, spend time showing them just how important they truly are to your family.
If they aren't local, plan ahead and send a handmade card and a hug: Simply tape together a few pieces of newspaper or use the white side of wrapping paper and outline your child with their arms outstretched. Let your kids color themselves in. Fold it up, put it in an envelope and send that hug to grandma! See more ideas on how to make Grandparents Day grand. Sept. 11
Hispanic Heritage Month
One of our former publishers shared this delicious Arroz con Leche recipe for Hispanic Heritage Month that she learned from her mother and grandmothers while growing up in Tepic, Nayarit. Make it this month as one way to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of those whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Sept. 15-Oct. 15
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Talk Like a Pirate Day
Ahoy, Matey! Have fun and talk like a pirate today. Sept. 19
American Business Women's Day
This is a great time to pick up a copy of ParentPreneurs: A Decade of Deals From a Messy Minivan. The just-released book tells the story of how Jamie Ratner created the multimillion company CertifiKID. CertifiKID acquired Macaroni KID during the pandemic, creating one of the largest parent-focused digital media and advertising companies in the country.
Jamie famously says she had no business experience when she started CertifiKID — but that doesn't mean she's not a much-respected American businesswoman now! Get your copy of ParentPreneurs now. Sept. 22
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First Day of Fall
As summer slips away into fall and days get shorter, enjoy the cooler fall weather. Celebrate fall by finding the local fall happenings on our event calendar. Sept. 22
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Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. This year it begins at sundown on Sept. 25. Many families celebrate with large family meals featuring traditional food such as challah and apples dipped in honey, representing the wish for a sweet, happy new year. Try this amazing recipe for Jewish Apple Cake, another popular recipe for Rosh Hashanah celebrations. Sept. 25-27
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Good Neighbor Day
We all need more good neighbors. How can you be a good neighbor? Here are three ideas: Invite neighbors to gather on the weekend to help a neighbor in need with yard work, start a neighborhood garden, or pool your tools for a neighborhood tool-sharing co-op. Sept. 28
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