10 November Events & Holidays You'll Want To Add To Your Calendar

This is a month to give gratitude, celebrate cultures, vote, turn back the clocks, and much more!

By Macaroni KID November 3, 2023

November has crept up on us, and we can hardly believe we're on the brink of 2024! Time passes fast when you're navigating the beautiful chaos of family life.

This month is not only a time for giving thanks and turning back the clocks, but also an opportunity to engage in meaningful events and holidays. Here are 10 heartwarming holidays and events to embrace or recognize this November:

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1. Native American Heritage Month

This month provides an excellent opportunity to delve into the rich history and culture of the indigenous people native to your town. If you're unsure where to begin, explore this map showcasing indigenous territories from around the world. It's a chance to connect with the roots of your community.

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2. National Adoption Month

Did you know that over 117,000 children and youth were awaiting adoption from the foster care system in 2020? If you've ever considered adoption, take some time this November to explore the possibility more in-depth for your family. Research the adoption process in your area, and consider whether this loving act might be the right choice for your family's future.

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3. Día de los Muertos

This vibrant Mexican holiday celebrates the lives of loved ones who have passed away. Dive into the colorful and meaningful traditions of Día de los Muertos on November 1st and 2nd. Learn about the ofrendas (altars), sugar skulls, and marigolds that fill this festive celebration. Find out more about Día de los Muertos traditions. Nov.1 and 2

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4. The End of Daylight Saving Time

Ah, the end of daylight saving time! Before parenthood, it may have meant an extra hour of sweet, uninterrupted slumber. But with kids in the mix? That additional hour can sometimes lead to cranky little ones and disrupted routines. Fear not. We've got tips from sleep consultants to help your children adjust seamlessly to this change. Nov. 5

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5. Election Day

We all understand the immense importance of voting, and it's equally vital to instill this value in the next generation. This election day, bring your kids with you to the voting booth. Show them the power of democracy in action and teach them about their future role as active citizens in shaping the world. Nov. 7

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6. Veterans Day 

Take a moment on November 11th to honor the veterans in your life. Encourage your children to express their gratitude by writing heartfelt letters, creating thoughtful drawings, or even interviewing veterans about their experiences. If you're looking to connect with veterans, Operation Gratitude provides a platform to send letters and show your appreciation. Nov. 11

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7. National Recycling Day 

While recycling rates have improved over the years, there's always room for more progress. On November 15th, gather your family and discuss how you can further contribute to recycling efforts at home. It's a chance to raise eco-conscious kids and create a greener future. Nov. 15

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8. Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20th is a day to remember and honor those who have lost their lives due to transphobia. It's also an opportunity to educate your children about the importance of being allies to transgender and nonbinary youth. The Trevor Project offers valuable resources to start this crucial conversation. Nov. 20

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9. Thanksgiving

It's the mother of all American November holidays! Thanksgiving is a time for gratitude, feasting, and cherishing moments with your family. Reflect on your blessings and create lasting memories around the dinner table. Nov. 23

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10. Small Business Saturday

We love supporting local businesses all year long — and hope you do too! Small Business Saturday provides a dedicated day for this. While you embark on your holiday shopping, consider shopping small and supporting the businesses that make your community unique.  Nov. 25