Staff Celebration Calendar

Annual holidays, Yale recognition events, and industry observances are great opportunities to recognize your staff members in meaningful and engaging ways. Throughout the year, use the calendar below to plan festivities to spark team spirit and show your appreciation.

January 2020

Date Calendar day
January 1 Official Yale Holiday: New Year’s Day
January 6 Three Kings Day
January 7 International Programmer’s Day
January 12 National Pharmacist Day
January 15 National Bagel Day 
January 20 Official Yale Holiday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 25 Chinese New Year

February 2020

Date Calendar day
February 1 FLY award nominations open
February 7 Wear Red Day
February 9 National Pizza Day
February 14 Valentine’s Day 
February 16-20  National Engineers Week 
February 17 Presidents’ Day/Random Acts of Kindness Day
February 21 Seton Elm-Ivy award nominations close
February 25 Fat Tuesday
February 28 FLY award nominations close

March 2020

Date Calendar day
March 1 Sustainability Award nominations open
March 4 International Women’s Day
March 17 St. Patrick’s Day
March 23 National Puppy Day
March 25 International Waffle Day 
March 26 WWN Awards ceremony
March 30 National Doctor’s Day

April 2020

Date Calendar day
TBD Sustainability Award ceremony
April 9

Seton Elm-Ivy award ceremony

April 8 Passover begins 
April 10 Official Yale Holday: Good Friday
April 19-25 Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 21 Library Workers Day
April 22 Earth Day/Administrative Professionals Day
April 23 Bring Your Child to Work Day
April 24 Ramadan begins 

May 2020

Date Calendar day
May 6 National Nurses’ Day
May 7 National Tourism Day
May 9 Yale Alumni Day of Service/Staff Recognition Tree Planting
May 13 National Receptionists’ Day 
May 15 National Pizza Day/Bike to Work Day
May 18 University Commencement/International Museum Day
May 23 National Taffy Day 
May 25

Official Yale Holiday: Memorial Day

June 2020

Date Calendar day
June 1 Say Something Nice Day
June 5 National Doughnut Day
June 10 WWN Award winners announced
June 14 Flag Day/National Nursing Assistants’ Day
June 19 Wear Blue Day
June 19 Juneteenth
TBD FLY Awards ceremony

July 2020

Date Calendar day
July 3 Official Yale Holiday: Independence Day
July 7 World Chocolate Day 
July 19 National Ice Cream Day
July 20 National Lollipop Day
July 31

System Administrator Appreciation Day

August 2020

Date Calendar day
August 3 - 7
Staff Spirit Week
August 3 Staff Appreciation Day and “Music Monday”
August 4 Homes & Gardens Day
August 4 National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day 
August 5 Staff Spirit Day
August 5 Psychiatric Technician Appreciation Day
August 6 Cultural Thursday
August 7
August 19 Linda Lorimer Award nominations open
August 25 National Banana Split Day 
August 31 Eat Outside Day

September 2020

Date Calendar Day
September 7 Official Yale Holiday: Labor Day 
September 5 International Day of Charity 
September 8 Linda Lorimer Award nominations close
TBD Multicultural New Haven Block Party
September 14-18  National Security Officer Appreciation Week
September 18 Rosh Hashanah begins
September 18 Handsome Dan’s Birthday
September 21 International Day of Peace
TBD National Day of Caring
September 25 National Research Administrator Day
September 28 Yom Kippur begins
September 29 National Coffee Day

October 2020

October 1 National Custodial Worker Day
October 2

Homemade Cookies Day

October 5 Founders Day/Staff Recognition Tree Planting
October 5-9 Customer Service Week
October 8-12 Celebrate Sustainability Week
October 12 Columbus Day/National Dessert Day
October 13 Train Your Brain Day
October 14 National Dessert Day
October 19 Clean Your Virtual Desktop Day
October 20 Pharmacy Technician Day
October 21 Medical Assistants Recognition Day
October 28 Chocolate Day

November 2020

November 1 Daylight Savings Time ends
November 3 Election Day
November 10 International Accounting Day
November 8-14 National Nurse Practitioner Week
November 11 Veterans Day
November 13 World Kindness Day
November 18 Linda K Lorimer Award Ceremony/WWN award nominations open
November 26 Official Yale Holiday: Thanksgiving Day
November 27

Official Yale Holiday: Recess Day

December 2020

December 1 Day of Giving
December 4 National Cookie Day
December 5 International Volunteer Day
December 8 National Brownie Day
December 10

Hannukah begins at sunset/Dewey Decimal System Day/Nobel Prize Day

December 11 App Day
December 15

National Cupcake Day

December 18 Ugly Sweater Day/Hanukkah ends at sunset
December 20 WWN award nominations close
December 21 Winter Solstice/Crossword Puzzle Day
December 24 Official Yale Holiday: Recess Day
December 25 Official Yale Holiday: Christmas Day
December 26 Kwanza begins
December 28-31 Official Yale Holiday: Recess Day