January 4

January 4 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on January 4, include:

  • Dimpled Chad Day 
  • Free Flower Basket Day 
  • I Am a Mentor Day 
  • National Spaghetti Day 
  • Pop Music Chart Day
  • Tom Thumb Day
  • Trivia Day
  • World Braille Day 
  • World Hypnotism Day 

2024 Weekly Holidays that include January 4, are:

  • Celebration of Life Week - January 1-7
  • Christmas Bird Count Week - December 14, 2023 - January 5, 2024; December 14, 2024 - January 5, 2025 (Every December 14 - January 5)
  • Diet Resolution Week - January 1-7
  • New Years' Resolution Week - January 1-8
  • Silent Record Week - January 1-7
  • Someday We'll Laugh About This Week - January 2-8

2024 Monthly Holidays that include January 4, are:

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


  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. 

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for January 4 is a Capricorn.

Birth Flower of the Month

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

  • Carnation - The Carnation is the Birth Flower for January. The  symbolization of the Carnation means love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, fascination, and loyal.
  • Snowdrop is a white flower with three small petals in the middle surrounded by three larger petals on the outside. The symbolization of the snowdrop means love, fascination, and purity.

See our GARDEN HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating things of the garden!


The Birthstone for January is Garnet, which comes in a rainbow of colors. It is considered a great gift to symbolize friendship and trust.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1785 - Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, Germany, folklorist and editor of the famous "Grimm's Fairy Tales" (d. 1863)
  • 1809 -Louis Braille, Coupvray France, was the developer of the Braille reading system for the blind. World Braille Day is celebrated today!

Famous Deaths

  • 1965 - T.S. Eliot, American-English poet, playwright, essayist, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. (b. 1888)
  • 1998 - Mae Questel, was an American actress and vocal artist who was best known for providing the voices for the animated characters of Betty Boop, and Olive Oyl.
  • 2023 - Rosi Mittermaier, German alpine skier and Olympic champion who won two gold medals at the 1976 Olympics

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1926 - Irving Berlin, Composer marries heiress Ellin Mackay
  • 1997 - Dick Smothers, actor and singer (Smothers Brothers), marries Denby Franklin
  • 2012 - Bryan Ferry, singer (Roxy Music) marries PR executive Amanda Sheppard

Quote of the Day

Never Stop Dreaming! holidays-and-observances.com Quote of the Day for January 4th.

Don't be afraid to Dream!! Work towards the direction of your dreams! Dream BIG! My sister Kerry is always telling me that I dream too big, and to dream smaller. Why not dream big? There is no harm to it, and I feel like why limit the possibilities!

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

Healthy Spaghetti Recipe from Healthy Diet Habits

Since this day is National Spaghetti Day, here is a great Healthy Spaghetti Recipe from Kerry, at Healthy Diet Habits! (link goes to her website)

  • See our FOOD HOLIDAYS page for all the special days celebrating food!
  • See our Holiday Food page for tips on healthy holiday food traditions in general, and for some sample meal plan ideas for some of the most popular holidays.

This Day in History

  • 1717 - Netherlands, England & France sign Triple Alliance.
  • 1762 - Great Britain declares war on Spain and Naples.
  • 1847 - Samuel Colt sells his first revolver pistol to the US government.
  • 1896 - Utah is admitted as the 45th US State.
  • 1958 - Sputnik 1 falls to Earth from its orbit, and burns up.
  • 1974 - US President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tapes subpoenaed by Watergate Committee.
  • 1982 - Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco closed for the 3rd time due to a storm.
  • 1989 - US F-14s Tomcats shoot down 2 Libyan jet fighters during an air to air confrontation.
  • 2004 - Spirit, a NASA Mars Rover, lands successfully on Mars.
  • 2010 - The Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building is officially opened in Dubai.  160 floors and 2,717 feet tall.
  • 2018 - A passenger train in Free State, South Africa collides with a truck. The accident kills 20 and injures 260.

Burj Khalifa in Dubai

And of course, because there is a New Tallest Building in the World, it should be no surprise that the day after the opening, two base jumpers set a World Record by jumping from the top! Wow!! This is a must watch!

This Day in Music

  • 1936 - Billboard magazine publishes its 1st music hit parade which ranks songs based on sales and airplay. The first #1: "Stop! Look! Listen!" by Joe Venuti & his Orchestra.
  • 1960 - Marty Robbins' El Paso hits #1
  • 1964 - Bobby Vinton's There! I've Said It Again hits #1
  • 1967 - The Beatles recorded Penny Lane.
  • 1970 - The Beatles recorded Let It Be.
  • 1975 - Elton John's Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds hits #1

Our Dad was born in El Paso, Texas in 1929, and grew up there. We lived there for a year growing up while our Dad did his first tour in Vietnam, so  my song pick of the day is Marty Robbins' El Paso! 

This Day in Sports

  • 1999 - Former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura is sworn in as governor of Minnesota.

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

brown study (noun)
1. (dated) A melancholy mood accompanied by deep thought; a moody daydream.

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