Quick Tip: Add Holidays to iCal

By Dan Hinckley

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iCal is a wonderful calendar application that allows you to create and manage multiple calendars at a time. One of its strongest features is its capabilities to both share calendars over the internet and subscribe to calendars in a similar fashion.

The latter feature also allows you to add Holidays to our calendars. To do this, navigate in Safari or the web browser of your choice to http://www.google.com/calendar/.

Create an account if needed and enter into the Search field ‘US Holidays’ or any group of national holidays that apply to you and click the Search Public Calendars button.

Now, add one of the calendars. Once the calendar has appeared under “My Calendars” and on your Google Calendars, click on the drop down arrow next to the calendar and select Calendar Settings.

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Find the iCal button on the Calendar Address row and click it to find a link that iCal knows how to handle. Clicking the link will launch iCal and ask you which Calendar you’d like to include it in.

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I personally created a new Holidays calendar but it should work seamlessly with any of the calendars you’ve already added. Congrats! Your newly added Holidays should now appear in iCal.

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7 Responses so far.

  1. Best of Maciverse: June 08

    November 12, 2008 at 10:06 am

    [...] Add Holidays to iCal – A quick tip on how to quickly add Holidays to your iCal calendars. [...]

  2. J. Ellen

    May 5, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

    I've missed out on a few holidays because I am so focused on using just my iCal!

    This worked great and I'm thrilled.

  3. kevin

    September 29, 2009 at 7:50 am

    the holiday calendar is available as a download for iCal on Apple's site:
    http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/calendars/u

  4. Betsy

    August 2, 2010 at 10:42 am

    This worked perfectly for me.

  5. Kim

    November 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Thanks! So helpful, worked great!

  6. Chere

    May 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Thank you. Do you know how to change the alert time in Holidays for iCal? I was reminded at 10 PM last night about Cinco de Mayo today. I'd like it little earlier as I go to bed with the chickens and am sometimes asleep by 10.

  7. keith

    November 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

    the us holiday calendar for ical sucks. it has to many holidays that are not us holidays. i need an official us holiday calendar.

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