Friday, April 15, 2016

Reasons to Celebrate April 15

So, it’s April 15, and it’s my turn to blog. Tax Day. Is there any more hated day on the calendar than Tax Day?

For our non-US readers, a quick explanation might be in order. April 15 (Tax Day) is the last possible day to pay your income taxes from the prior year without incurring a penalty. As one might imagine, it’s not an a day most Americans look forward to. Which goes to show, tax collectors haven't gained any popularity since Jesus' day.

I thought it might be fun to look at other ways to remember April 15, so I compiled a list of real, but mostly nonsensical, April 15 "holidays" this year.

For Americans, today you can also celebrate:

National Glazed Spiral Ham Day

Rubber Eraser Day

McDonalds Day (First McDonalds franchise opened in 1955)

Jackie Robinson Day (Jackie Robinson started in his first MLB game for the Dodgers in 1947)

National Take a Wild Guess Day (Hot tip: don’t do this with your taxes)

If that list seems too limited, we can take a trip around the world to celebrate:

World Art Day

World Day of Culture

New Years (Laos, Cambodia and Thailand)

Day of Love (Georgia – the country, not the state)

Lover’s Day (Kazakhstan)

And finally, we have an anomaly. This year, April 15 is Emancipation Day (Observed). Emancipation Day, a local holiday in Washington DC, is actually April 16, but since April 16 is a Saturday, DC government offices will close today. But wait! There’s a catch. If April 15 falls on a weekend or a Federal or DC holiday, the income tax due date moves to the next business day—which is Monday, April 18 this year.

Which means, Tax Day is actually Monday, April 18. Procrastinators, you get an extra weekend.

Sounds like we have another reason to celebrate April 15 this year.


  1. Interesting. Up here in Canada, the final day to file our taxes is April 30th.

    April 15 is very important in our house because it's my husband's birthday. :)

    1. So Canadian niceness even extends to letting you have an extra 15 days to file your taxes, huh? Figures!


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