I hope you're not adding holidays to your calendar manually. With so many calendar feeds available, you can follow a simple setup to populate your calendar with the holidays right on your iPhone or iPad.

This is a short tutorial on how you can add holidays (US Calendar) to your calendar on iPhone (works on iPad pretty much the same way). Over the web, there are several other calendars available too and all you need is an “.ics” format

How to Add US Holidays in iCal

For a bunch of popular holidays across the globe (country-wise) you can go to http://www.icalworld.com/holidays.html

Here is How to Add US Holiday to iPhone or iPad Calendar in iOS 7:

Step 1: Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars

Mail Contacts Calendars Settings in iPhone and iPadStep 2: Now, tap on Add Account…

Add Account in iOS on iPhone and iPad
Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Other

Add Other Accounts in iPhone and iPad
Step 4: Tap on “Add Subscribed Calendar”

Add Subscribed Calendar in iPhone and iPad
Step 5: Type in “ical.mac.com/ical/US32Holidays.ics” and press “Next”, and then press “Save”

Add US Holidays Calendar Server in iOS
Step 6: In the next screen, press “Done” (if you want to change the name of the Calendar, that's in Description)

That's it! You've added US Holidays to your calendar.

You can verify this:

  • Open your calendar
  • Tap on ‘Calendars' from the top-right
  • Under Subscribed, you should see the recently added calendar (US Holidays)

Verify US Holidays Calendar in iOS
You can now change the color of the listings under US Holidays or if you don't want them to be shown, deselect the listing. Interestingly, you can add more holiday (or other custom) calendars in the same way as long as you add a valid “.ics” source for the calendar.

Below is a video tutorial that walks you through the same process:

If you want to delete the calendar (that would not be exactly necessary as you can uncheck it to keep from showing on your calendar), here's how you do it:

  • Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts & Calendars
  • Tap on the Subscribed Calendars listing
  • Tap on the calendar you want to delete
  • You'll see a large big ‘Delete Account' button. Tap and the calendar's gone!

Delete US Holidays Calendar from iPhone or iPad

  • Luke McIlwee

    Awesome thanks for the help!

  • Carrie Solinger

    EXACTLY what I was looking for and needed! Super easy, specific, and just-enough-detail instructions make it PERFECT. Thanks!

  • bikeamtn

    I Got it! I had a typo.

  • bikeamtn

    Did just what you directed but in Step-5 after typing “ical.mac.com/ical/US32Holidays.ics” and press “Next”, the pop-up said; “Can Not Verify Account.
    I’m using iPod Touch G4 iOS 6.1.2

    • Rebekah Giordano

      i had to add http:// and make sure US32H is capitalized…so http://ical.mac.com/ical/US32Holidays.ics

    • H_William_Rhea_III

      For mine, I had to let the iPhone offer to turn of SSL. Then it worked perfectly.