Just Because Day - August 27
Sun, Aug 27, 2023

Just Because Day

Just Because Day is a holiday where you can do something unusual, funny, or kind without having to explain why. It is a great opportunity to break away from daily routine and to appreciate the joy of life.


Just Because Day was first celebrated by a person named B. Lynn Goodwin’s family in the late 1950s or early 1960s. According to Goodwin, the holiday started with a transistor radio that his father, Joseph J. Goodwin, gave to his mother. The holiday was initially celebrated on the third Wednesday of May, and it was all about having a free evening and spending time together as a family. The tradition was carried on by Goodwin’s sister and her own family.

Interesting facts

Salvador Dali, a Spanish Surrealist artist, is known for celebrating Just Because Day in his own unique way. He would take an anteater for a walk on a gilded leash, give lectures to students in a diving suit, and even appear in public with a loaf of bread or a herring on his head.

How to take part

  • Take an unplanned vacation day and allow yourself to relax in the middle of the workweek.
  • Buy something that brings no practical use but brings you joy, such as a beautiful souvenir, a child’s toy, a cute houseplant, or a pool table.
  • Play with children and let them take on the role of “parent” for a half-day, and you take on the role of “child.” You’ll learn a lot about your own family and methods of education.
  • Do something you’ve been too scared to do before, such as painting a picture, creating an abstract sculpture, joining a fitness class, or dying your hair an unexpected color.
  • Knock on your neighbor’s door and compliment their flower garden, dog, or facade design.
  • Walk in a new direction.
  • Give someone a bouquet of flowers and say a compliment, just because!

When is Just Because Day celebrated in 2023?

Just Because Day is observed on August 27 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Sunday August 27 2023
Tuesday August 27 2024
Wednesday August 27 2025
Thursday August 27 2026