Camping Calendar Events (USA)

Want to plan ahead for your outdoor adventures? Check out this Camping Calendar Events for those in the USA, laid out month by month…

By Shelby Kisgen

We women sure do lead busy lives. Due to that, finding time to go camping can be difficult. Between work, family, friends, bills, and laundry, escaping for a weekend retreat in the woods can seem impossible. However, on holidays, people are not just allowed to slow down and enjoy themselves, it is expected. So when you are feeling frazzled and needing an excuse to gulp some fresh air, claim these holidays as your excuse for some well-earned downtime in the woods.

Here is a list of Camping Calendar Events (USA) month by month…


1st: New Year’s Day: Honestly, what better way to ring in the New Year than by toasting with flaming marshmallows? If you live in a cold place, consider renting a cabin with a cosy fireplace. If the weather is warm, by all means, sleep under the stars.

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19th: Martin Luther King Day: This is an American holiday, and so pertinent for the world of camping because nature accepts all people, ages, and demographics. What better day to celebrate this cultural unity than in the most unifying setting?



2nd: Groundhog Day: Did he see his shadow? Did he not? It does not matter either way; just get outside and try to see your own!

14th: Valentine’s Day: Forget finding a date on Single’s Awareness Day. Grab your favorite ladies and eat chocolate and gossip all night long, with a canopy of leaves to capture your secrets.

16th: President’s Day: This is not an overly exciting holiday but it does mean a free day off of work, which is exciting.



17th: St. Patrick’s Day: No need to wear green when you are surrounded by green already. It is not like a bear is going to pinch you after all. Drink responsibly but few things beat a raucous St. Paddy’s Day party in the hills. Be sure to keep a keen eye out for leprechauns…no one knows what hides in those caves.



3rd: Good Friday: Enjoy the pretty flowers as you reflect upon all the good in your life. This is a great time to introduce your reluctant family to the joys of camping, as they have no school and minimal homework over the holiday.

5th: Easter Sunday: Keep that family fun flowing into Sunday with a full weekend trip. It is a fun idea to hide Easter eggs in a meadow or by a stream. Just be sure to count all the eggs before you hide them, and make sure you collect that many before you leave. Easter littering is not cool.




10th: Mother’s Day: Get mom out of the house and out of the kitchen to celebrate. She will not have to worry about what to clean or who to feed for a whole day as you show her amazing mountainous views and feed her delicious sandwiches made by your own loving hands.




21st: Father’s Day: Let your father be his inner-caveman. Take him on an adventurous outdoor excursion that he might not normally try. Or let him relax in a canoe with a fishing pole all day.



4th: American Independence Day is one of the biggest days in camping, and it is easy to see why. Fireworks, wide-open spaces, freedom, these things that Americans cherish are wonderfully celebrated in the great outdoors. Join the throngs and enjoy the diverse countryside that makes America (or your own country) great. A must for your camping calendar.



26th: Women’s Equality Day: Here at Camping for Women we fully believe that women can enjoy nature and be just as avid campers as men. This is the perfect day to celebrate that belief and keep it fresh in our minds. In honor of equality for women, for how far some countries have come and how far some have yet to go, let your hair down and run in the wind.



7th: Labor Day: This is another huge camping holiday because so many businesses close to honor their workers. Appreciate their gratitude and your newly free schedule by packing up the tent and escaping reality.

13th: National Grandparent’s Day: Older people love to reminisce about “the good ole’ days” back before they had electricity and running water and they walked to school in a snowstorm, mysteriously uphill both ways. Honor them on this holiday with your full attention around the campfire as they regale you with stories of days gone by. You will not have your grandparents forever and these little moments shared in the woods quickly turn into lasting memories.



12th: Columbus Day: Columbus was a brave man to go sailing into the great unknown. While you know the earth is round, adventure can still be found in nature; it is up to you to find it.

31st: Halloween: Anyone can go to a horror film and laugh off the scares, but who seriously laughs in the face of an angry bear? Or does not shiver when an eerie sound echoes through the camp at night? Test your guts with a night of camping. Wearing scary costumes is highly encouraged.


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26th: American Thanksgiving: This holiday is fondly referred to as a “food holiday.” The turkey is piled high around mountains of potatoes. This year replace those starchy hills with real ones. Focus less on the food and more on the blessings of nature and time with loved ones. But also pack the food because eating outside is the best.



23rd/24th: Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are such cosy holidays, full of mirth and love and joy. Celebrate with a day of snowboarding or snowshoeing and follow it up with hot chocolate. If snow is absent, take a stroll and talk about all the good things that year has brought before sitting around the fire to open presents.

31st: New Year’s Eve: Watching the ball drop as a kid was great; seeing the same event every year becomes a lot less special. Forget about the television full of drunk people and escape the mountains. Watch for falling stars and welcome in the New Year with a peaceful, wild acceptance of whatever life brings.


With all these holidays providing time off from work, quit making excuses, plan your camping calendar and get camping!


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Shelby Kisgen is an experienced camper and hiker from Wyoming, USA.  She is a true nature enthusiast who enjoys sharing her experiences through freelance writing in her first blog:

When she is not enjoying the great outdoors she is duelling her husband in tennis, eating, or reading a book.

Shelby was the first of many to write articles for the Camping for Women website.

She just loves to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for writing.  Her current blog is

9 thoughts on “Camping Calendar Events (USA)

  • April 24, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Wow this is really lovely and unique calendar to plan for a holiday outing with family or friends. I will now make a camping events calendar to go out of my house and would enjoy the beauties of every month. Celebrating Mother’s Day in the month of the summery month – May to some mountainous place would be my choice first. Then follows father’s day in June and it is great to go there for some adventurous hikes.

  • April 24, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Wow, its nice to create a calendar for camping. I would love to go on camping with my mother and father on mother’s day and father’s day! I am fond of camping and can camp anytime! I think Halloween would be a great time to camp outdoors. Night time and ghost stories are a great combination, I think.

  • April 24, 2020 at 3:14 am

    October has to my biggest month to go camping, mainly since its my birth month. Second would have to be July, or May.

  • April 23, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I had no idea about camping events, so it is a very useful post for me. It might help plan the next holidays. I had a problem with booking a campsite around New Year’s Eve last year. I had no idea that it might be a busy time at campgrounds. But finally, we found a place in a pretty state park, where it was quiet and lovely wit campfire and marshmallows.

  • April 22, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    I loved reading this post! The holidays get me so excited! I love the idea of roasting marshmallows and staying in some kind of nice, cozy, cabin in the winter with my family! The idea of snowshoeing and making cocoa for the journey around Christmas time sounds divine. I’m a HUGE fan of all of the spookiness that October brings. I never thought to use this time to go camping in the woods and test out my bravery. I love it!

    • April 24, 2020 at 2:36 pm

      We used to go camping every summer in Carlsbad, but I love the idea of utilizing these other dates too! I hadn’t even thought about camping outside of summer, but my son would love it. Thanks for the encouragement and ideas!

  • April 22, 2020 at 5:43 am

    This is such great idea to create a calendar of camping events. Women’s equality day and American Independence day events sounds good. These summer months are perfect to spend outdoors.Also Christmas and New years eve with snowboarding and chilling in a mountain seems perfect to be away from maddening People in the city and crowds.

  • April 22, 2020 at 4:50 am

    I have read many calendars that aim at helping you plan your holidays but rarely have I come across something that makes me feel that this holiday is about me! Even Father’s day 😉 I need to check if we celebrate equality day! Now that is something new that I came across in this list. I am all for an Easter egg hunt – especially if I am doing the hunting!

  • April 20, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    What a great idea to create a calendar of good times to head out for camping. April for me would be a good month to get that first taste of spring flowers. An Easter egg hunt sounds like perfect fun. I am sure the July 4th celebrations are great when camping. They would bring back memories of when families did fireworks in the parks everywhere. But I think I might pass on camping for Halloween. I would be worried about too many tricks.


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