Family Day Travel Deals

by Jessica

January 26th, 2011

While there’s a very good chance that any parent would tell you every day is “family day” when you have a family, there are a few countries in the world that have created official “Family Day” holidays.

Places that have Family Day on their calendars:

  • Australia – In the territory called Australian Capital Territory (or ACT), Family & Community Day falls on the first Monday of the September/October school holidays – so the date varies, but in recent years has been in late September or early October.
  • Canada – In Canada, Family Day is the third Monday in February. It’s called different things in a couple specific places in Canada, and it’s not a federal holiday, so although some kids may have the day off from school many people may have regular schedules on Family Day.
  • South Africa – In South Africa, the day after Easter Sunday was renamed Family Day in the mid-1990s.
  • United States – In the state of Arizona, the first Sunday in August is a state holiday called American Family Day, and it’s been a state holiday since 1978.
  • Vanuatu – In Vanuatu, the day after Christmas (known as Boxing Day in some countries) is celebrated as Family Day. This is a holiday when school isn’t in session and most people have the day off of work, and many do volunteer work.

If the place you live isn’t on the list above, does that mean there’s no family day in your future? Of course not – it just means you’ll need to pick your own family day to celebrate. And whenever you plan a family vacation, whether it’s a day trip or a 2-week holiday, that’s an excellent time to celebrate your very own family day!

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photo by Steve Polyak



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