There are hundreds of national and global holidays dedicated to raising awareness and support for meaningful causes — with the most well-known being heritage months throughout the year.
At Good Good Good, we aim to help people feel more hopeful and do more good. For years we’ve used these heritage months to help our community celebrate good news and take action to make a difference (via our popular good news Instagram, our Goodnewsletter, and our Goodnewspaper).
We’ve curated a list of all major heritage months to help you or your organization bring attention to important communities and issues.
And where applicable, we’ve included resources specific to these causes — and encourage you to share them if you find them helpful. (We’ll be adding more resources over the course of the year.)
You can go beyond this list of heritage and history months with our Ultimate Awareness Days & Months Calendar — which dives into a number of diverse holidays to celebrate throughout the year.
Bookmark this page and revisit it as often as you need. We’ll continue to update it over time.
Top National Heritage Months & Celebrations
February: Black History Month
February is Black History Month! This annual month-long celebration is an opportunity to celebrate and remember that Black history is American history, Black culture is American culture, and Black stories matter.
March: Women’s History Month
Women’s History Month is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the contributions of women to events in history and modern society.
Women’s History Month intersects with International Women’s Day — which takes place on March 8 each year.
May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration of the many contributions and achievements of the AAPI community.
Given the vast diversity of the AAPI community, it’s important to recognize that the AAPI umbrella is not a monolith. During May, we get to point our attention to the concerns and needs of the AAPI community and find long-term ways to support them.
May: Jewish American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month, recognized in May each year, is a celebration of the Jewish community’s achievements and contributions to the United States of America.
To quote President Biden, “The Jewish American story, and the story of our Nation as a whole, is fueled by faith, resilience, and hope. It is a story defined by a firm belief in possibilities, the resolve to make real the promise of America for all Americans, and a commitment to perfecting our Union.”
June: LGBTQ+ Pride Month
Although Pride Month has become known for beautiful, boisterous rainbow parades throughout the country, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates this month in honor of a long, tumultuous history towards equal rights in the United States.
July: Disability Pride Month
For 30+ years, July has been an important month for the disability community, as it was the month the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed in 1990.
Disability is a spectrum encompassing a vast uniqueness of illnesses. However, it is essential to recognize that, contrary to the societal norm, disability should not be seen as existing “without.”
September: Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) is an annual celebration in the United States that honors the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to 20 countries and one territory — which includes Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Spain.
While the official and more common umbrella term, “Hispanic” is something that most of us are familiar with, this (as we’ll touch on later) does not represent the diverse races, cultures, and Indigenous languages that encompass this large community. This is why you may also see this recognized as Latinx Heritage Month.
November: Native American Heritage Month
November is Native American Heritage Month! This annual month-long celebration is an opportunity to come together to honor and celebrate the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
Though Native Americans make up about 2.5% of the total U.S. population, their history and contributions are of critical importance to the nation’s history. Unfortunately, much of it has been forgotten or overlooked.