How to add holidays to iCloud calenderar

I can’t find any holidays in the icloud calendar on my iPad. My friend just add a subscription to a holiday calendar to his iCal calendar and works fine, but I  only have windows PC and all I have is iCoud. How can I add holidays to iCloud calenderar?

You can do that by adding Apple’s ics calendar of U.S. holidays to your iPhone or iPad:
* Tap Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account… >  Other >  Add Subscribed Calendar.
* In the Server field, type the following information
* Tap Next, change the name of the calendar under “Description” if you choose, and then tap Save.

7 thoughts on “How to add holidays to iCloud calenderar

  1. that works to get holidays on you iphone/ipad, but NOT to get them to show up on your laptop in iCloud. Ugh. Frustrating that anyone who makes a calendar application would NOT think of an easy way to add holidays. Where else would you want that info?!?

    • Easiest way to add it to the Calendar in iCloud on a PC is to manually add them once. Just double click to add an event, make it an All Day event, click Recurrence and select Yearly, then select either the Day to recur, or the first, second, third, or fourth (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun) in the month to recur. That works for all holidays except one or two to my knowledge, and for those others you can just manually add them for the correct day for X amount of years. It’s a lot quicker and easier than any other method, unless you want to change Calendar in iCloud to be your default and then go into Tools/Options/Calendar Options/Add Holidays. Even that sounds like it could be problematic in other ways, so I’m a little leery of doing that.

  2. I agree, the instructions work for the iPhone calendar, but don’t show up in iCloud. Why? That seems absurd to me. Anyone else have an idea how to get holidays onto iCloud?

  3. This did not work for me. I’ve tried it before. I’ve added holidays to my iPhone using a link on another discussion forum that worked. But it doesn’t work using the directions above. And I still don’t have holidays on my iCloud calendar.

  4. This will work for the holidays calendar to show up on But it must be done on a Mac, just once, and then you’re good for ten years.

    1.) On a Mac signed into your iCloud account, go to the Calendars app.

    2.) In preferences, check the option to subscribe to Holidays.

    3.) Export this calendar to an ICS file on your desktop or somewhere easy to find. (Highlight the Holidays calendar, and go to File -> Export, or something close to that. Sorry, I’m currently typing this on a PC.) The ICS file you just exported is actually 10 years worth of U.S. Holidays.

    4.) Go back to preferences and unsubscribe from holidays.

    5.) Create a new personal iCloud calendar, and call it something like “Holidays Import”.

    6.) Import the ICS file into this new calendar. (Such as by dragging and dropping the file on top of the calendar.

    Done! You should now have your own personal iCloud calendar with 10 years worth of holidays, showing up with your personal calendars, not your subscribed calendars, and thus it will also show up on Though if any of these holidays suddenly change 5 years from now, perhaps redo these steps periodically.

    I hope this helps, and I hope I typed out these steps correctly, or at least close. Peace.

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