A wide variety of Holidays are shown on the Calendar of iPhone and iPad by default, including many religious holidays, cultural holidays, secular holidays, national holidays, and traditional holidays. If you do not want these Holidays showing on iPhone or iPad Calendar app, you can easily hide them by removing the Holiday Calendar in iOS Calendar app.
Additionally, sometimes the Calendar app in iOS shows repeat entries for the same Holidays, for example you might see multiple Calendar entries for the exact same Holiday. We’ll show you how to disable those repetitive holiday calendars on the iPhone and iPad too.
Finally, we’ll also show you how to complete delete the Holiday Calendar from iPhone or iPad if you don’t ever want to see any of them.
How to Hide Holiday Calendar on iPhone and iPad
Don’t want to see dozens of holidays in your Calendar? Here is how you can remove them:
- Open the Calendar app on iPhone or iPad
- Tap the “Calendars” button at the bottom of the screen
- In the list of Calendars, tap the color checkbox next to “Holidays” so that it is no longer checked
- Repeat with other instances of “US Holidays / Subscribed” in the list of Calendars in iOS, making sure each is unchecked *
- Return to use Calendar app as usual when finished, the Holidays will no longer be visible
If you turned off the Holiday Calendar on iPhone or iPad this way, no more holidays will show on the devices calendar.
What Holidays are shown on iPhone and iPad anyway?
The Holiday Calendar on iPhone and iPad is very broad, inclusive of a diverse array of holidays for a wide variety of purposes that may or may not apply to many people. By default the iOS Calendar (for US) includes everything from Boxing Day, Holi, Christmas Eve, Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukah, Ramadan, Cinco De Mayo, New Years Eve, New Years, Chinese New Year, Memorial Day, Presidents Day, Flag Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, St Patricks Day, Tax Day, Palm Sunday, Easter, Orthodox Easter, Good Friday, Passover, April Fool’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr Day, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, Eid Al-Fitr, Flag Day, Labor Day, Ashura, Rosh Hoshanah, Eid Al-Adha, Independence Day, Yom Kippur, Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Halloween, Diwali, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Inauguration Day, and more.
Can I delete all holidays from the Calendar on iPhone and iPad?
Yes, if you would rather delete the holiday calendar instead of simply hiding it and disabling it, you can manually delete the entire holiday calendar from your iPhone or iPad.
To delete the entire Holiday Calendar completely from iPhone or iPad, Go to the Calendars section of the Calendar app, then tap on the (i) button next to the Holiday Calendar name, then scroll down and choose “Delete Calendar”.
Can I only delete specific Holidays from Calendar that don’t apply to me?
For the time being it turns out that you can not remove or delete specific Holidays from the Holiday Calendar, even if they do not apply to you.
Thus if you want to remove one Holiday, you would have to remove all of them.
What if I don’t celebrate a particular holiday or religion? Can I remove those holidays?
Currently, you can not selectively disable, delete, or hide particular holidays on iPhone or iPad. You must either see all holidays shown in the Holiday Calendar, or no holidays.
However, one workaround solution is to disable and hide all holidays from the Calendar, and then manually add the holidays that apply to you by adding them to your own calendar individually.
Does this stop the Holiday alerts and notifications?
Yes, disabling the Holiday Calendar will also disable the Holiday alerts and notifications that are pushed to the iPhone and iPad and chime.
Why does every Holiday show up multiple times in the Calendar app of iOS?
Some iPhone and iPad users may find that every Holiday in the Holiday Calendar shows up multiple times. This is usually because the same Holiday calendar is subscribed to multiple times, usually for iCloud, as well as a local Calendar, but sometimes it’s because someone else shared a calendar from their iPhone or iPad to yours, or vice versa. Following the instructions above to disable the Holiday calendars will fix this problem. Sometimes users who have both a Mac and iOS device will also find repetitive holiday calendars too, in those cases toggling the display of Holiday Calendars on the Mac to be off locally usually resolves those duplicate calendar entries for holidays.
* Manually disabling multiple instance of the Holiday calendar is how you can stop multiple Holiday event entries from appearing on the Calendar app. Often in this scenario you will find the same Holiday calendar is subscribed to on the iPhone or iPad, along with iCloud, and the Other Calendar sections. If you only want each holiday to show up for each day once, simply leave a single Holiday calendar enabled and subscribed.
Now that you know how to hide, disable, and delete the Holiday calendar from your iPhone or iPad, you can adjust your Calendar app as needed. If you have any other additional tips or tricks relating to the Holiday Calendar for iPhone or iPad, share with us in the comments below!