National Be Late For Something Day - September 5
Tue, Sep 5, 2023

National Be Late For Something Day

National Be Late for Something Day is an interesting, unusual holiday that helps us feel freer and forget about the established rules for a while. Every year on September 5, you have the right to forget about your busy schedule and to be a little late, using a funny excuse for this. The holiday encourages people to slow down the pace at which the modern world moves.


History has not preserved the exact date, as well as the founder of the holiday, but it is pointless to deny the importance of the event. History knows thousands of examples of how a person unable to be punctual became successful. Perhaps that is why the habit of being late, as reflected in the National Be Late for Something Day, acquired a completely different meaning. According to one version, the holiday was invented by the Procrastinators Club of America with one goal: to demonstrate the positive aspects of the habit of being late.

Interesting Facts

  • Every day, millions of people are forced to follow a huge number of rules, including not being late. This negatively affects the psychological state, because a person is under constant stress and pressure.
  • You can relieve pressure and stress in simple ways – take a walk in the park, listen to the birds, or read your favorite book.
  • Statistically, men are more likely to be late than women.
  • Scientists have not established a connection between the level of intelligence and the habit of putting off important things for later.
  • People who prefer to be nocturnal are more likely to be procrastinators than early risers.

How to take part

If you have a dream that you cannot fulfill due to lack of time, now is the time to do it – turn the dream into reality. The holiday teaches us to relax, so why not take the opportunity and devote the whole day to yourself? Another great way to spend National Be Late for Something Day is to meet relatives and have a family dinner.

When is National Be Late for Something Day in 2023?

National Be Late for Something Day is observed on September 5 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday September 5 2023
Thursday September 5 2024
Friday September 5 2025
Saturday September 5 2026

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