2017 Retail Holiday Calendar

Successful businesses around the world are waiting for holidays more eagerly than children for Christmas.

The thing is, it’s hard to keep all the US holidays and shopping seasons in your head, especially since many of them change dates every year. That’s why retail businesses around the world turn to retail holiday calendars or retail accounting calendar 4-4-5.

Let’s recap the holidays and special dates you and your business should watch out for in 2017. To make things easier for you, feel free to jump to any month you like.

To add a holiday notification to your Google Calendar, click Add to calendar next to a respective holiday.

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retail calendar january holidays

Ski season

January is home to not just one, but two jolly festivities: New Year’s Day and Chinese New Year. Then there’s also Martin Luther King Day.

Though not as holiday-heavy as some of the other months, January is a very important period for retailers to watch out for. People are eager to buy and wrap gifts.

1 January — New Year’s Day (Add to calendar)

16 January — Martin Luther King Day (Add to calendar)

28 January — Chinese New Year (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar february holidays

Winter break

February is regarded as one of the most romantic months, thanks to being home to Valentine’s Day. This holiday overshadows the other two — Groundhog Day and President’s Day, though it still pays to keep them in mind.

Super Bowl, however, is hard to ignore. The annual championship of the National Football League is widely celebrated around the United States.

2 February — Groundhog Day (Add to calendar)

5 February — Super Bowl (Add to calendar)

14 February — Valentine’s Day (Add to calendar)

20 February — President’s Day (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar march holidays

Spring cleanup

March is all about celebrating the coming of spring, in the form of the First Day of Spring. And as the nature celebrates its waking up, people worldwide gather into group to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Though initially an Irish holiday, it has recently turned into one of the most widely celebrated get-together holidays.

17 March — St. Patrick’s Day (Add to calendar)

20 March — First Day of Spring (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar april holidays

Thinking of nature

April kicks off with a wacky holiday — April Fool’s Day. This is a day of prank calls, made-up stories, and silly hijinks. Be sure not to be tricked into becoming an April’s Fool!

Other than that, April boasts two eco-conscious holidays — Earth Day and Arbor Day. Crank up the eco-friendliness of your business if you want to see more customers celebrating Mother Nature.

1 April — April Fool’s Day (Add to calendar)

14 April — Good Friday (Add to calendar)

16 April — Easter Sunday (Add to calendar)

22 April — Earth Day (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar may holidays

Mothers, memorials, and May the Forth

May is home to sentimental holidays, such as Memorial Day and Mother’s Day. These are the holidays of remembrance, when people turn their thoughts to others. Memorial Day marks the start of the unofficial summer season.

Another widely celebrated holiday to watch out for is Star Wars Day — May the Fourth. With the Star Wars franchise more alive than ever, this is not a holiday your business should ignore.

4 May — Star Wars Day (Add to calendar)

5 May — Cinco de Mayo (Add to calendar)

14 May — Mother’s Day (Add to calendar)

29 May — Memorial Day (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar june holidays

Dads and grads

June is a month of “dads and grads” — it celebrates Father’s Day as well as newly graduated students about to make an important step in their life. Sometimes these two quantities overlap.

Also, June is home to the First Day of Summer. So whereas unofficially the summer break falls on late May, the sixth month of the year officially kicks off a summer season.

14 June — Flag Day (Add to calendar)

18 June — Father’s Day (Add to calendar)

21 June — First Day of Summer (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar july holidays

Summer break

July is a time when summer blows in full force. There are so many activities to enjoy — swimming, picnics, barbecue. Speaking of barbecues, there’s Independence Day.

The only major holiday July is known for, Independence Day is an important day for all retailers. Be sure to stock up on cooking utilities and consumer fireworks in advance.

4 July — Independence Day (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar august holidays

Last taste of summer

August is a month that reminds us of finality. Not only does summer end, with many students in different states going to school, fiscal year also ends.

Last Saturday is one of the few days of notice which fall on August — but it’s by far one of the most important ones. This is an official end of your company’s fiscal year, and your accounting should definitely take it into account.

26 — Last Saturday (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar september holidays

New season

September is a month of new beginnings, though it has a different feel to spring. Mother Nature is shedding its skin, nights become longer, and your new fiscal year begins.

Apart from that, September has two noticeable holidays — First Day of Fall and Labor Day. The latter marks the official end of the summer season. Say goodbye to summer!

2 September — A new fiscal year (Add to calendar)

4 September — Labor Day (Add to calendar)

20-22 September — Rosh Hashanah (Add to calendar)

22 September — First Day of Fall (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar october holidays

Trick or treat

October is a month of spooks, ghost stories, and kids in costumes trick-or-treating their neighbors. Halloween is a widely celebrated holiday, one that holds a special place in the hearts of not only kids but retailers across the globe.

October is also known for its less spooky holidays, such as Boss’s Day and Columbus Day. More than half a millennium back, Christopher Columbus first came to America, and his arrival is now celebrated as a national holiday.

9 October — Columbus Day (Add to calendar)

16 October — Boss’s Day (Add to calendar)

31 October — Halloween (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar november holidays


November is also known as Movember — a month where men can finally put their razors aside and stock up on beard-grooming products.

One the most important retail holidays, Black Friday, also happens in November. Black Friday is when your business is truly put to a test, so prepare your retail queuing practices accordingly.

7 November — Election Day (Add to calendar)

11 November — Veteran’s Day (Add to calendar)

23 November — Thanksgiving (Add to calendar)

24 November — Black Friday (Add to calendar)

25 November — Small Business Saturday (Add to calendar)

27 November — Cyber Monday (Add to calendar)

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retail calendar december holidays

Holiday season

December is the mother of all holiday seasons. No other month can boast so many holidays! For the most part, these are semi-religious festivities, such as Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.

Whatever the holiday, you can be sure that people will storm in to make last-minute purchases and take advantage of special deals and promotions.

6 December — St. Nicholas Day (Add to calendar)

11 December — Green Monday (Add to calendar)

12-20 December — Hanukkah (Add to calendar)

15 December — Free Shipping Day (Add to calendar)

21 December — First Day of Winter (Add to calendar)

23 December — Super Saturday (Add to calendar)

25 December — Christmas Day (Add to calendar)

31 December — New Year’s Eve (Add to calendar)

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