February 22

February 22 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on February 22, include:

  • e Humble Day
  • Discover Girl Day - February 22, 2024 (Thursday of National Engineers Week which is February 18-24, 2024)
  • European Day for Victims of Crime 
  • Founders Day - (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day - February 22, 2024 (Thursday in National Engineer's Week which is February 18-24, 2024)
  • National Cook a Sweet Potato Day 
  • National Margarita Day 
  • National Wildlife Day - (In 2018 this date was permanently changed from September 4 in honor of Steve Irving's Birthday)
  • Recreational Sports & Fitness Day 
  • Single Tasking Day 
  • Tex Avery Day 
  • The Great American Spit Out - February 22, 2024 (Thursday of Through With the Chew Week)
  • Walking the Dog Day 
  • Washington's Birthday - February 22 (but observed as a U.S. Federal Holiday on the Third Monday in February (February 19, 2024)
  • Woolworth's Day 
  • World Thinking Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include February 22, are:

  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Brotherhood / Sisterhood Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Third Week in February)
  • Build a Better Trade Show Image Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Third Full Week in February)
  • Lent - February 14 - March 26, 2024 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is March 31, 2024)
  • National Engineer's Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Third Full Week in February)
  • National FFA Week - February 17-24, 2024 (Runs Saturday to Saturday and has February 22, George Washington's birthday in the week)
  • National Green Week - February 4 - April 30, 2024 (Start First Full Week in February to April 30)
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Begins on the Fourth Week in February)
  • National Sauna Week - February 18-24, 2024 (Last Full Week of February)
  • Through with the Chew (Chewing Tobacco) - February 18-24, 2024 (Third Full Week in February)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include February 22, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival - Usually starts annually on January 5, and typically runs for a month or more, in Harbin, China and is the largest ice and snow festival in the world! 2024 dates are December 20, 2024 - Early March, 2024. 
  • Chinese New Year Festival and Parade - (San Francisco) - February 3 - March 3, 2024, Parade on February 24, 2024
  • Whooping Crane Festival - February 22-25, 2024

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 22 is Pisces.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:

  • Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
  • Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue


The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1732 – George Washington, First President of the United States (d. 1799)
  • 1907 – Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby. MD) (d. 1998)
  • 1918 – Robert Wadlow, World's tallest ever human at 8 ft 11.1 inches (d. 1940)
  • 1974 - James Blunt
  • 1975 – Drew Barrymore, American actress (E.T.)

Famous Deaths

  • 1984 - David, the boy who spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • 1987 – Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer (b. 1928)
  • 1994 - "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
  • 2007 – Howard Verne Ramsey, oldest U.S. veteran of WWI (b. 1898)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1992 - Ed McMahon, 69, weds Pamela Hurn, 37
  • 1996 - Actress Halle Berry files for divorce from David Justice
  • 2008 - Actress Pamela Anderson (Baywatch) divorces Rick Salomon after only two months of marriage

Quote of the Day

George Washington was born on this day in 1732, and was the first President of the United States!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the day for February 22, is a bunch of different healthy Roasted Vegetables Recipes from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe of the day for February 22, is a bunch of different healthy Roasted Vegetables Recipes from Kerry at Healthy Diet Habits.  Pictured is Oven Roasted Salad-Green Base, oven roasted Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower and Kale, with organic baby tomatoes, and peanuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette!

Just a side note: Eating a big meal of vegetables today, will save some calories, so that you can indulge in a Margarita in honor of February 22, being National Margarita Day.

This Day in History

  • 1630 - Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving
  • 1821 - Spain sells Eastern Florida to United States for $5 million
  • 1856 – The Republican Party has its first national organized meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1862 – Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six year term as the President of the Confederate States of America
  • 1872 – The Prohibition Party holds its first national convention in Columbus, Ohio
  • 1876 - Johns Hopkins University opens
  • 1879 – Frank Woolworth opens the first of many of 5 and dime Woolworth stores, in Utica, New York
  • 1889 – US President Grover Cleveland signs a bill admitting North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Washington as U.S. states
  • 1900 - Hawaii became a US territory
  • 1903 - Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water
  • 1907 - 1st cabs with taxi meters begin operating in London
  • 1915 - Germany begins unrestricted submarine war
  • 1920 - 1st artificial rabbit used at a dog race track in Emeryville California
  • 1924 – U.S. President Calvin Coolidge becomes the first President to deliver a radio broadcast from the White House
  • 1932 - Purple Heart award reinstituted
  • 1935 - Airplanes are no longer permitted to fly over the White House
  • 1942 -US President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines as American defenses collapse
  • 1958 – Egypt and Syria join to form the United Arab Republic
  • 1974 – Samuel Byck tries and fails to assassinate U.S. President Richard Nixon.

This Day in Music

  • 1975 - Average White Band's Pick Up the Pieces hits #1.
  • 1989 - Jethro Tull wins the first Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance a new category that was included for the first time
  • 1989 - Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for Don't Worry, Be Happy at the Grammy's
  • 1997 - No Doubt went to #1 on the UK singles chart with Don't Speak
  • 1997 - The Spice Girls hit #1 on the US singles chart with Wannabe, and it stays on top for four weeks
  • 2001 - U2 wins record of the year and song of the year with Beautiful Day at the 43rd Grammy Awards
  • 2002 - Little Richard gets the NAACP Image Award
  • 2004 - Norah Jones hits #1 on the US album chart with Feels Like Home
  • 2008 - The U2 concert film U2 3D is released worldwide.
  • 2011 - Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US

It was hard not to sing along with the Spice Girls....they always had such catchy tunes! Wannabe hit #1 on the US charts in 1997.

This Day in Sports

  • 1959 – Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500 Race
  • 1860 - Organized baseball played in San Francisco for the 1st time
  • 1888 - John Reid of Scotland demonstrates golf to Americans in Yonkers, New York
  • 1958 - Australian swimmer Jon Konrads sets 6 world records in 2 days
  • 1962 - Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA record with 34 free throw attempts
  • 1979 - Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • 1980 – In the Lake Placid, New York, Olympics, the U.S. hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, on their way to Gold
  • 1998 - 18th Winter Olympic games close at Nagano Japan

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

rheum (noun)

1. (physiology) A watery or thin discharge of serum or mucus, especially from the eyes or nose.

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