Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day

Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day is a holiday that’s observed faithfully every January 17th. The purpose of this holiday is for people to realize that they bit off more than they could chew when they created their New Year’s resolutions.

Although it’s common for many people to make some creative and often elaborate resolutions for the New Year, it’s just as common for people to quickly abandon those resolutions because they’re unrealistic or too difficult.

This holiday gives everyone the chance to ditch their resolutions and to gain a little bit of peace of mind in the process. After all, those resolutions weren’t going to get done, so why spend the next couple of weeks beating yourself up about it when you can simply ditch the resolutions on this holiday?

Facts About New Year’s Resolutions

Below are some facts we’ve wrangled about New Year’s resolutions. We hope they provide you with the clarity you need to observe Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day.

  • Up to 45% of American adults make New Year’s resolutions each year.
  • The top resolutions are weight loss, quitting smoking, exercise, and better money management.
  • Historians say the ancient Babylonians were the first to make New Year’s resolutions some 4,000 years ago.
  • Only 8% of people who make resolutions each year actually keep them.

Observing Ditch New Year’s Resolution Day

Let’s face some facts right now. Most New Year’s resolutions are made while a person is either intoxicated or while they’re caught up in the heat of the moment when all of their friends are making their own resolutions. As a result, many of the resolutions thought up weren’t carefully thought through and are therefore unachievable.

Most of the time, when a person realizes that they’ve made unrealistic resolutions, they will still try to carry through with them—at least, for a little while. This results in a lot of mental anguish. It’s simply better to cast off those resolutions on this holiday and enjoy your life. And while you’re doing so, be sure to use the hashtag #DitchNewYearsResolutionDay on your social media accounts.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 17 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
January 17 Friday
Last year (2023)
January 17 Tuesday