Coming up with new and fresh content for your social media posts and marketing calendar can be tough, especially for small businesses who are trying to do it all.

One way to come up with interesting new content is to create branded content during wacky and interesting holidays. 300 + ideas for your 2016 marketing and social media strategy #marketing #socialmedia Click To Tweet

Did you know there is a holiday celebrating everything from National Coffee Day to National Nothing Day? There are even monthly and weekly themed observances you can incorporate into your social media posts and marketing calendar.

These wacky holidays can be a really fun way to create new content and engage with your audience in a fun way. And hey, if you don’t see what you are looking for, why not create a special holiday for your business?

Social Media Post Ideas for 2016

January

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Create a blog post based on a holiday and provide tips or tools for your audience (Clean off your desk day January 11)

Friday, January 1 New Year’s Day; Celebrate those whose last names begin with Z
Saturday, January 2 National Run it Up the Flagpole and See if Anyone Salutes Day
Sunday, January 3 Festival of Sleep Day; National Drinking Straw Day
Monday, January 4 Trivia Day
Tuesday, January 5 Bird Day
Wednesday, January 6 Bean Day
Thursday, January 7 Old Rock Day
Friday, January 8 Bubble Bath Day; Show and Tell at Work Day
Saturday, January 9 Apricot Day
Sunday, January 10 Peculiar People Day; Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Monday, January 11 Clean Off Your Desk Day
Tuesday, January 12 National Poetry at Work Day
Wednesday, January 13 National Rubber Duckie Day
Thursday, January 14 National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Friday, January 15 Hat Day
Saturday, January 16 National Nothing Day
Sunday, January 17 National Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day
Monday, January 18 Winnie the Pooh Day
Tuesday, January 19 National Popcorn Day
Wednesday, January 20 National Disc Jockey Day
Thursday, January 21 National Hugging Day
Friday, January 22 Celebration of Life Day
Saturday, January 23 National Handwriting Day; National Pie Day
Sunday, January 24 Beer Can Appreciation Day
Monday, January 25 National Opposite Day
Tuesday, January 26 National Peanut Brittle Day
Wednesday, January 27 National Chocolate Cake Day
Thursday, January 28 Data Privacy Day
Friday, January 29 Fun at Work Day
Saturday, January 30 Croissant Day
Sunday, January 31 Inspire your Heart with Art Day; Backward Day

February

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Create a fun or inspiring quote based on one of the holidays

Monday, February 1 Hula in the Coola Day
Tuesday, February 2 Groundhog Day; Crepe day
Wednesday, February 3 The Day the Music Died Day
Thursday, February 4 Create a Vacuum Day
Friday, February 5 National Weatherman’s Day
Saturday, February 6 Lame Duck Day; Ice Cream for Breakfast Day
Sunday, February 7 Send a Card to a Friend Day; Superbowl Sunday
Monday, February 8 Kite Flying Day
Tuesday, February 9 Stop Bullying Day; Toothache Day
Wednesday, February 10 Umbrella Day
Thursday, February 11 National Make a Friend Day; Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk Day
Friday, February 12 National Plum Pudding Day
Saturday, February 13 Get a Different Name Day
Sunday, February 14 Valentine’s Day; Ferris Wheel Day
Monday, February 15 Family Day (Canada); President’s Day; National Gum Drop Day
Wednesday, February 17 Digital Learning Day; Random Acts of Kindness Day
Thursday, February 18 Drink Wine Day; National Battery Day
Saturday, February 20 Love Your Pet Day; Hoodie Hoo Day
Monday, February 22 Be Humble Day; Margarita Day
Wednesday, February 24 Tortilla Chip Day
Friday, February 26 Tell a Fairy Tale Day
Sunday, February 28 National Tooth Fairy Day

March

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International Day of Awesomeness is March 10. Remember to incorporate your personality into your social media. This is also a perfect opportunity to ask your audience to tag a friend who is awesome and encourage sharing.

Tuesday, March 1 World Compliment Day; National Pig Day
Wednesday, March 2 Old Stuff Day
Thursday, March 3 I Want You to be Happy Day; World Book Day
Friday, March 4 Employee Appreciation Day; National Grammar Day
Saturday, March 5 National Maple Syrup Day
Sunday, March 6 National Frozen Foods Day; National Maple Syrup Days
Tuesday, March 8 International Women’s Day; National Proofreading Day
Wednesday, March 9 Panic Day
Thursday, March 10 International Day of Awesomeness
Friday, March 11 Johnny Appleseed Day
Sunday, March 13 Ear Muffs Day
Monday, March 14 National Potato Chip Day
Tuesday, March 15 Buzzards’ Day
Wednesday, March 16 Everything you do is Right Day
Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day; Submarine Day
Saturday, March 19 Corn Dog Day
Sunday, March 20 National Alien Abductions Day
Tuesday, March 22 International Goof Off Day
Wednesday, March 23 National Chip and Dip Day
Thursday, March 24 National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
Friday, March 25 Pecan Day
Saturday, March 26 Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
Sunday, March 27 Easter

April

Friday, April 1 April Fool’s Day; National Fun Day
Saturday, April 2 International Children’s Book Day
Saturday, April 2 Tweed Day
Wednesday, April 6 Sorry Charlie Day
Thursday, April 7 No Housework Day
Sunday, April 10 National Siblings Day
Monday, April 11 Barbershop Quartet Day
Thursday, April 14 International Moment of Laughter Day
Friday, April 15 National That Sucks Day
Sunday, April 17 Blah Blah Blah Day
Friday, April 22 Earth Day; National Jelly Bean Day
Saturday, April 23 Talk Like Shakespeare Day
Tuesday, April 26 Hug an Australian Day
Wednesday, April 27 Babe Ruth Day
Saturday, April 30 National Honesty Day

May

Sunday, May 1 Mother Goose Day
Tuesday, May 3 Lumpy Rug Day
Wednesday, May 4 Star Wars Day
Thursday, May 5 Cinco de Mayo
Friday, May 6 No Diet Day
Sunday, May 8 Mother’s Day; No Socks Day
Wednesday, May 11 Eat What You Want Day
Thursday, May 12 Limerick Day
Friday, May 13 Frog Jumping Day
Saturday, May 14 National Chicken Dance Day
Sunday, May 15 National Chocolate Chip Day
Monday, May 16 National Sea Monkey Day
Tuesday, May 17 Pack Rat Day
Wednesday, May 18 Visit Your Relatives Day
Saturday, May 21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day; Armed Forces Day
Wednesday, May 25 National Tap Dance Day
Tuesday, May 31 World Tobacco Day

June

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On Productivity day, share tips with your audience on how to save time, or share some tools you use that increase your productivity.

Wednesday, June 1 Global Day of Parents; Say Something Nice Day
Thursday, June 2 National Go Barefoot Day, National Leave the Office Early Day
Saturday, June 4 National Trails Day
Sunday, June 5 World Environment Day; National Moonshine Day
Saturday, June 6 Made-up Day
Tuesday, June 7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day
Thursday, June 9 Donald Duck Day
Friday, June 10 Iced Tea Day
Saturday, June 11 Corn on the Cob Day; National Making Life Beautiful Day
Sunday, June 12 Superman Day
Tuesday, June 14 Flag Day (U.S.)
Wednesday, June 15 Worldwide Day of Giving
Thursday, June 16 Fudge Day
Friday, June 17 National Flip Flop Day
Saturday, June 18 National Splurge Day; International Sushi Day
Sunday, June 19 Father’s Day; World Sauntering Day
Monday, June 20 World Productivity Day
Tuesday, June 21 Go Skating / Skateboarding Day; National Selfie Day; World Music Day
Thursday, June 23 Let It Go Day
Friday, June 24 Take Your Dog to Work Day
Saturday, June 25 National Catfish Day
Sunday, June 26 National Canoe Day
Monday, June 27 National Sunglasses Day
Tuesday, June 28 International Body Piercing Day
Thursday, June 30 National Hand Shake Day

July

Friday, July 1 Canada Day
Saturday, July 2 I Forgot Day
Sunday, July 3 Compliment Your Mirror Day
Monday, July 4 Independence Day
Wednesday, July 6 World Kiss Day
Thursday, July 7 Chocolate Day
Sunday, July 10 Teddy Bear Picnic Day
Monday, July 11 World Population Day
Wednesday, July 13 Embrace Your Geekness Day
Thursday, July 14 International Nude Day
Sunday, July 17 National Ice Cream Day
Friday, July 22 Rat-Catcher’s Day
Sunday, July 24 Cousins’ Day
Monday, July 25 Thread the Needle Day
Wednesday, July 27 Take Your Plants for a Walk Day
Thursday, July 28 National Milk Chocolate Day
Friday, July 29 National Lasagna Day
Saturday, July 30 National Cheesecake Day

August

Monday, August 1 Girlfriend’s Day; World Wide Web Day
Wednesday, August 3 National Watermelon Day; Friendship Day
Friday, August 5 International Beer Day
Sunday, August 7 National Lighthouse Day; Sisters Day; Professional Speakers Day
Monday, August 8 Happiness Happens Day
Wednesday, August 10 National S’mores Day
Thursday, August 11 President’s Joke Day
Friday, August 12 International Youth Day; Worldwide Art Day
Saturday, August 13 International Lefthander’s Day; Middle Child Day
Monday, August 15 National Relaxation Day; Best Friends Day
Tuesday, August 16 Joke Day; National Rollercoaster Day Day
Wednesday, August 17 National Thrift Shop Day; Cupcake Day
Thursday, August 18 Bad Poetry Day
Friday, August 19 Aviation Day
Saturday, August 20 International Tongue Twister Day, National Radio Day
Sunday, August 21 Senior Citizen’s Day
Monday, August 22 Be An Angel Day
Wednesday, August 24 Vesuvius Day
Thursday, August 25 Kiss and Make Up Day
Friday, August 26 National Dog Day
Saturday, August 27 Race Your Computer Mouse / Mice Day; Franchise Appreciation Day
Monday, August 29 More Herbs Less Salt Day
Tuesday, August 30 National Toasted Marshmallow Day

September

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National Coffee Day in September could be used for promotional use, or just for fun

Thursday, September 1 Emma M. Nutt Day
Saturday, September 3 Bacon Day
Sunday, September 4 Newspaper Carrier Day
Monday, September 5 Labour Day; Be Late for Something Day; International Day of Charity
Wednesday, September 7 Neither Rain Nor Snow Day
Thursday, September 8 International Literacy Day
Friday, September 9 Stand Up To Cancer Day
Saturday, September 10 Swap Ideas Day
Sunday, September 11 Patriot Day; National Hug Your Hound Day
Tuesday, September 13 National Celiac Awareness Day
Thursday, September 15 Felt Hat Day; Google.com Day
Friday, September 16 Mayflower Day; Play-doh Day
Saturday, September 17 National Eat an Apple / Apple Dumpling Day; Locate An Old Friend Day
Sunday, September 18 National Cheeseburger Day
Wednesday, September 21 World’s Alzheimer’s Day
Thursday, September 22 Car Free Day; Elephant Appreciation Day
Saturday, September 24 Punctuation Day
Sunday, September 25 World Pharmacists Day
Monday, September 26 Johnny Appleseed Day
Wednesday, September 28 National Good Neighbor Day
Thursday, September 29 National Coffee Day

October

Saturday, October 1 World Vegetarian Day; National Walk Your Dog Day
Monday, October 3 Child Health Day
Tuesday, October 4 Improve Your Office Day; World Animal Day
Wednesday, October 5 World Teachers’ Day
Thursday, October 6 Mad Hatter Day
Friday, October 7 World Smile Day
Monday, October 10 Thanksgiving (Canada); Columbus Day (U.S.); National Kick Butt Day; World Homeless Day
Tuesday, October 11 National Face Your Fears Day
Wednesday, October 12 International Moment of Frustration Day; National Take Your Parents To Lunch Day
Thursday, October 13 World Sight Day
Friday, October 14 Be Bald and Be Free Day
Saturday, October 15 White Cane Safety Day
Sunday, October 16 Dictionary Day
Monday, October 17 Boss’s Day
Wednesday, October 19 Information Overload Day
Saturday, October 22 Make a Difference Day
Sunday, October 23 National Mole Day
Tuesday, October 25 World Pasta Day
Friday, October 28 World Chocolate Day
Saturday, October 29 Internet Day
Sunday, October 30 National Candy Corn Day; Checklist Day
Monday, October 31 Halloween; National Knock-Knock Jokes Day

November

Tuesday, November 1 National Authors’ Day
Thursday, November 3 Sandwich Day
Saturday, November 5 National Love Your Red Hair Day
Sunday, November 6 Saxophone Day
Monday, November 7 Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
Tuesday, November 8 Cook Something Bold and Pungent Day
Friday, November 11 Remembrance Day
Sunday, November 13 World Kindness Day
Thursday, November 17 Homemade Bread Day
Saturday, November 19 Have a Bad Day Day
Monday, November 21 World Hello Day
Wednesday, November 23 National Cashew Day
Thursday, November 24 Thanksgiving (U.S.)
Friday, November 25 National Parfait Day
Tuesday, November 29 National Day of Listening
Tuesday, November 29 Square Dance Day
Tuesday, November 29 E-Greetings Day
Wednesday, November 30 Stay at Home Because You are Well Day

December

Thursday, December 1 Eat a Red Apple Day
Friday, December 2 National Fritters Day
Sunday, December 4 National Cookie Day
Monday, December 5 Bathtub Day
Monday, December 5 Day of the Ninja
Tuesday, December 6 National Gazpacho Day
Wednesday, December 7 National Cotton Candy Day
Monday, December 12 Poinsettia Day
Friday, December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Saturday, December 17 National Maple Syrup Day
Friday, December 23 Festivus
Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 25 Christmas Day
Saturday, December 31 Make Up Your Mind Day; New Year’s Eve

Now that you have hundreds of new social media post ideas for 2016, simply choose the wacky holiday that relates to your business, create new pieces of content and visuals, and share with your audience for a new, fun way to engage with your audience. Remember to brand your visuals and keep them relevant to your industry. Happy posting!

Do you have any silly or wacky holidays that you think I should add to my list? Share with me!