Mark Your Calendar for National Nothing Day!

January 16 isn’t actually a holiday, but it is National Nothing Day, a day to allow you to take a break from days that commemorate anything you can imagine.

Ever feel like there are too many silly “holidays” in the world? National Nothing Day is for you!

Yes, there’s actually a day that celebrates absolutely nothing.

Zero. Zip. Nada.

As the story goes, the idea behind the day came from a newspaper columnist. Harold Coffin, a columnist at the San Francisco Examiner, wrote in 1972 that there should be one day a year when people have no obligation to commemorate anything.

Coffin died in 1981 at age 76, but the goofy day he created outlived him. It has been celebrated annually — if you can call it a “celebration” — since 1973 when it was officially added to Chase’s Calendar of Events. 

Despite the fact that January 16th is “National Nothing Day,” there are a few other things that are commemorated on that date. The 16th is also Museum Selfie Day, Appreciate a Dragon Day, International Hot and Spicy Food Day and Religious Freedom Day, according to

If none of those other four options appeal to you, you have “Nothing Day” to fall back on.

It’s worth noting that Coffin actually founded a “Nothing Organization” in his hometown of Capitola in Northern California. reported, fittingly enough, that the organization never had a meeting.

But then, why would they? They literally would only have had nothing to talk about.

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