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Military Holidays and Observances

United States Military Holidays and Observances:

The following shows various holidays, events and observances that are specific to the United States military, active duty personnel, veterans, reservists and military families (military spouse, military children).

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January United States Military Holidays and Observances:

January 1st:
New Years Day

3rd Monday in January:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

February United States Military Holidays and Observances:

February 3rd:
Four Chaplains Day (sometimes referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains” or the “Dorchester Chaplains”)

February 4th:
USO Birthday

Sunday Before (or on) Valentine's Day:
National Salute to Veteran Patients Week (aka “National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week”)

February 14th:
Valentine's Day

February 19th:
Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

February 19th:
Commemoration of the Battle of Iwo Jima (February 19, 1945 - March 26, 1945)

3rd Monday in February:
President's Day

March United States Military Holidays and Observances:

March 3rd:
Navy Reserve Birthday

March 4th:
Hug a GI Day

March 5th:
Seabees Birthday

March 8th:
International Women's Day

March 13th:
K-9 Veterans Day

March 15th:
American Legion's Birthday

March 17th:
St. Patrick's Day

March 19th:
National Day of Honor

March 25th:
Medal of Honor Day

March 30th:
Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

April United States Military Holidays and Observances:

April 1st:
April Fool's Day

Entire month of April:
Month of the Military Child

April 5th:
Gold Star Spouses Day (in the past known as Gold Star Wives Day)

April 14th:
Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 23rd:
Army Reserve Birthday

April 30th:
National Military Brats Day

May United States Military Holidays and Observances:

Entire month of May:
National Military Appreciation Month

Entire month of May:
Month of the Military Caregiver

May 1st:
Silver Star Service Banner Day
(honoring America’s wounded, injured and ill service members)

May 1st:
Loyalty Day
(recognizing the American spirit of loyalty)

First Thursday in May:
National Day of Prayer

May 8th:
V-E Day

May 6th - 12th (Florence Nightingale's birthday)
National Nurses Week

First full week in May:
Public Service Recognition Week

Friday before Mother's Day:
Military Spouse Day

Second Sunday in May:
Mother's Day

May 13th:
Children of Fallen Patriots Day

May 15th:
Peace Officers Memorial Day

Week leading up to the 3rd Saturday of May (Armed Forces Day):
Armed Forces Week

3rd Saturday in May:
Armed Forces Day

May 22nd:
Maritime Day

Last Monday in May:
Memorial Day

June United States Military Holidays and Observances:

The entire month of June:
National PTSD Awareness Month

June 6th:
D-Day Invasion Anniversary

June 14th:
U.S. Flag Day

The week that includes June 14th:
National Flag Week

June 14th:
US Army Birthday

Third Sunday in June:
Father's Day

June 23rd:
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 27th:
PTSD Awareness Day

June 28th:
Operation Red Wings Observance

July United States Military Holidays and Observances:

July 4th:
Independence Day (4th of July)

July 21st:
Department of Veterans Administration Created

July 27th

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 29th:
Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps

August United States Military Holidays and Observances:

Entire Month of August:
National Purple Heart Month

Entire Month of August:
Antiterrorism Awareness Month

August 1st:
Air Force Day (last oserved 8/1/1949)

August 4th:
US Coast Guard (USCG) Birthday

August 7th:
Purple Heart Day

August 10th:
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Birthday

Second Sunday in August:
National Spirit of '45 Day

August 14th:
Navajo Code Talkers Day

August 15th:
Victory over Japan Day UK (World War II ended on 15th August 1945)

August 16th:
National Airborne Day

August 29th:
Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

September United States Military Holidays and Observances:

Entire Month of September:
National Suicide Prevention Month

First Monday in September:
Labor Day

September 2nd:
V-J Day (Victory over Japan)

September 10th:
World Suicide Prevention Day

September 11th:
Patriot Day (9/11 Remembrance Day)

2nd Saturday in September to the following Sunday:
National Suicide Prevention Week

September 17th through 23rd:
Constitution Week

September 17th:
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day)

September 18th:
US Air Force (USAF) Birthday

September 18th:
Air National Guard Birthday

September 18th:
Office of the Secretary of Defense Birthday

3rd Friday in September:
National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Last Sunday in September:
Gold Star Mother's and Gold Star Family's Day

October United States Military Holidays and Observances:

Entire month of October:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 13th:
US Navy (USN) Birthday

October 13th:
Ms. Veteran America Pageant (2019)

2nd Monday in October:
Columbus Day

October 26th:
Day of the Deployed

October 27th:
Navy Day

October 31st:

November United States Military Holidays and Observances:

Entire month of November:
National Military Family Month

Entire month of November:
Warrior Care Month

Entire month of November:
National Family Caregivers Month

Week prior to Veterans Day:
National Veterans Small Business Week

November 10th:
U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Birthday

November 10th:
United States Marine Corps Birthday Ball

November 11th:
Veteran’s Day

November 11th:
Veteran Owned Business' Anniversary (launched 11/11/2008)

November 11th:
Armistice/Remembrance Day

Fourth Thursday in November:
Thanksgiving Day

Day after Thanksgiving:
Black Friday

Saturday after Thanksgiving:
Small Business Saturday

Monday after Thanksgiving:
Cyber Monday

Tuesday after Thanksgiving:
Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesday)

December United States Military Holidays and Observances:

December 1st:
Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

December 7th:
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
(President Roosevelt's Day of Infamy Speech)

December 13th:
US National Guard Birthday

December 14th:
National Wreaths Across America Day

December 25th:

December 28th:
Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Assistant

December 31st:
New Year's Eve

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