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2023 Employee Appreciation Days,
Weeks & Months for Your Industry

published: January 29, 2021  |  updated: May 25, 2023

2023 provides the perfect opportunity to spread positivity by recognizing and showing appreciation to your employees and clients for their dedication and contributions. More than ever, professional recognition and employee appreciation are essential for morale, engagement, and retention. While every day is worth celebrating and any time is the right time to express appreciation, there are special days and weeks on our appreciation calendar dedicated to providing recognition that give employers and national professional associations a chance to say thank you. Custom corporate gifts and employee gift boxes are a great way to show your appreciation, and our Employee Appreciation Gift Guide features top picks to help you select the perfect gifts for employees. Start planning your celebrations with the list of national appreciation days and weeks below.

Appreciation Holidays for Any Type of Business

Appreciation days calendar for all business types
National Mentoring Month (January 1-31) International Thank You Day (January 11) Employee Appreciation Week (February 27 - March 3)
Employee Appreciation Day (March 3) International Women’s Day (March 8) HR Professional Appreciation Day (September 26)
National Custodian Day (October 2) National Customer Service Week (October 2-6) Bosses Day (October 16)
Thanksgiving (November 23) Christmas (December 25)

Get clever with appreciation messaging by adding fun sayings to gifts, such as “You’ve got the write stuff” on a notebook. For more ideas, check out 10 Motivational Quotes & Sayings for Employee Appreciation Gifts.

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Office Workers Appreciation Holidays

Appreciation holidays calendar for office workers
Administrative Assistants/Professionals Day (April 26) Receptionist Day (May 10) National Accounts Receivable Appreciation Day/Week (May 19)
Intern Day (July 27) System Administrator Appreciation Day (July 28) Programmers Day (September 13)
IT Professionals Day (September 19) National Custodial Worker’s Recognition Day (October 2) Accounting Day (November 10)

You don't need to wait for a special day to reward and refresh your office teams. A company logo gift set left on desks after hours will guarantee smiles in the morning. Printed office supplies and tech accessories are perfect for welcoming employees back after remote work. Cozy corporate apparel like sweatshirts and fleece jackets just in time for cold weather will warm up relations in no time flat.

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Education Appreciation Events - National School Appreciation Days

Education appreciation days calendar
School Resource Officers Day (February 15) School Counseling Week (February 6-10) National School Breakfast Week (March 6-10)
National School Librarians/Library Week (April 23-29) School Librarian Appreciation Day (April 4) National School Volunteer Week (April 21-25)
Physical Education and Sports Week (May 1-7) Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5) School Nurses Day (May 10)
School Lunch Hero Day (May 5) National Principals’ Month (October) School Custodian & Grounds Appreciation Day (October 2)
Coach Appreciation Day (October 6) National School Bus Safety Week/School Bus Drivers Appreciation (October 16-20) American Education Week (November 13-17)
National Education Support Professionals (November 15) Substitute Educator Appreciation Day (November 17)

Wondering what items make the perfect appreciation gifts for teachers? We gathered feedback from teachers themselves on some of the favorite recognition gifts they’ve received. Perennial favorites include sturdy and roomy custom bags with logo, as well as apparel for dressing in layers, like quarter zips and half zips. Read more about Awesome Gift Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Week According to Teachers. Add some creativity to your messaging and logo by checking out 10 Teacher Appreciation Sayings and Quotes for some inspiration.

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Healthcare Appreciation Events

Healthcare appreciation holidays calendar
National Pharmacist Day (January 12) CRNA Week (January 22-28) IV Nurse Day (January 25)
Women Physicians Day (February 3) National Caregivers Day (February 17) Dentist Day (March 6)
Dental Assistants Recognition Week (March 5-11) National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day (March 8) Healthcare HR Week (March 13-17)
Certified Nurses Day (March 19) Doctor's Day (March 30) Occupational Therapy Month (April)
Critical Care Recognition Month (May) Oncology Nurse Month (May) Student Nurse Day (May 8)
Nurses Day (May 6) Nurses Week (May 6-12) Hospital Week (May 7-13)
Speech-Language Pathologists (May 18) Nursing Assistants Week/CNA Week (June 15-21) Physical Therapy Day (September 8)
Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (October) Midwifery Week (October 1-7) Pediatric Nurses Week (October 2-6)
National Physician’s Assistant Week (October 6-12) Case Management Week (October 8-14) Healthcare Foodservice Workers Week (October 1-7)
Emergency Nurses Week (October 8-14) National Medical Assistant Day (October 18) Home Care & Hospice Month (November)
Nurse Practitioner Week (November 12-18) Operating Room Nurse Day (November 14)

Take your custom gifts for nurses to the next level with 10 Inspirational Nursing Quotes & Sayings.

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Human Services Appreciation Events

Human services appreciation days calendar
Social Work Month (March) School Social Work Week (March 5-11) World Social Work Day (March 21)
National Addiction Professionals (September 20) Case Management Week (October 8-14)

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Military, Police, Fire, First Responders Appreciation Events

Military appreciation holidays calendar
Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (January 9)
Public Safety Telecommunications Week (April 9-15) Correctional Officer Appreciation Week (May 7-13)
Military Appreciation Month (May) Firefighters Day (May 4) Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 12)
Armed Forces Day (May 20) Police Week (May 14-20) EMS Week (May 21-27)
Coast Guard Day (August 4) Firefighter Appreciation Month (September) Thank a Police Officer Day (September 16)
National First Responders Day (October 28) Veterans Day (November 11)

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Earth Appreciation & Environmental Awareness Days

Earth appreciation days'
Earth Hour (March 25 - 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM Eastern Time) Earth Day (April 22) National Environmental Education Week (April 17-21)
National Arbor Day (April 28) Bike to Work Day (May 19) World Environment Day (June 5)
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer (September 16) World Cleanup Day (September 16) National Public Lands Day (September 30)
America Recycles Day (November 15)

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Appreciation Days & Weeks for Everyone Else

Employee appreciation holidays calendar for other industries
National Pride in Foodservice Week (February 6-10) Thank a Mail Carrier Day (February 4) Engineers Week (February 19-25)
Public Service Recognition Week (May 7-13) Waitstaff Day (May 21) Personal Chef’s Day (July 16)
Aviation Week (August 19-25) Housekeeping & Environmental Services Appreciation Week (September 10-16) Construction Appreciation Week (September 11-15)
National Food Service Employees Day (September 25) Customer Service Week (October 2-6)

Now that you’ve planned out which appreciation days you’ll be celebrating, be sure to check out our Employee Appreciation Gift Guide featuring the best gifts for all occasions. Even if your employees or clients are working remotely or have locations across the US, it’s still easy to get personalized employee appreciation gifts in their hands. Gift giving can be made simple with our drop shipping and in-house kitting services, or with the ease of a custom online company store.

Plus, you can give your employees and clients a reason to celebrate every day with customized 2023 National Days Calendar imprinted with your company logo or message.