U.S. Holidays Celebrations Popular Dates
Pepitone Travel Worldwide has compiled a list of Popular US Holidays Dates and Events. We hope that this list will help you to remember the important dates in our country’s history and heritage. List and dates of U.S. Federal Legal Holidays plus many annual popular celebrations such as the Super Bowl, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, National Ice Cream Day and more.
Federal Holidays 2019
- Washington’s Birthday / Presidents’ Day is February 18, 2019. Monday
- Memorial Day is May 27, 2019. Monday
- Independence Day is July 4, 2019. Thursday
- Labor Day is September 2, 2019. Monday
- Columbus Day (observed) is October 14, 2019. Monday
- Veterans’ Day (observed) is November 11, 2019. Monday
- Thanksgiving is November 28, 2019. Thursday
- Christmas is December 25, 2019. Wednesday
Federal Holidays 2020
- New Year’s Day is January 1, 2020. Wednesday
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 20, 2020. Monday
Super Bowl Sunday – Super Bowl 2020 / Super Bowl LIV (54) is February 2, 2020. Not a holiday, but one of the most popular celebrations of the year.
Extra Federal Holiday every 4th year: Inauguration Day – next on January 20, 2021. It happens on Jan 20th after the U.S. Presidential Election, held every 4 years. Not a public holiday.
Federal Legal Holidays – banks and many government offices closed, no postal mail delivery. Most federal employees get paid not to work.
(observed) – when a federal holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, many Federal, State, City, Postal, Bank employees, and some other workers get paid not to work. When holiday is on Saturday, the preceding Friday is their paid day off. When holiday is on Sunday, the following Monday is their paid day off. click → Office of Personnel Management
2019 Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances
February 9-18, 2019 Chicago Auto Show. www.chicagoautoshow.com
February 12, 2019 (tuesday) Lincoln’s Birthday. [Feb 12th every year]. Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.
February 14, 2019 (thursday) St. Valentine’s Day . [Feb 14th every year]
February 18, 2019 (monday) Washington’s Birthday / Presidents’ Day (observed). [3rd Monday in Feb]
March 5, 2019 (Tuesday) Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday, day before Lent starts.
March 5, 2019 (Tuesday) Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, LA. www.mardigrasneworleans.com
March 17, 2019 (sunday) St. Patrick’s Day – celebrating Irish culture. [March 17th every year] www.st-patricks-day.com
March 29, 2019 (friday) National Vietnam War Veterans Day. [March 29th every year]
March 30, 2019 (saturday) Earth Hour – 8:30 pm (your local time). www.earthhour.org
April 1, 2019 (monday) April Fool’s Day. a day of practical jokes and gags. [April 1st every year]
April 6, 2019 (saturday) National Tartan Day, celebrating Scottish Americans. April 6th every year. americanscottishfoundation.com
April 13, 2019 (saturday) Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. [April 13 every year]. born April 13, 1743.
April 15, 2019 (monday) Tax Day – last day to file federal taxes without penalty. U.S. Debt Per Citizen is now over 66 Thousand Dollars, Debt Per Taxpayer is over 179 Thousand Dollars! U.S. Debt is growing by the second, see → U.S. National Debt Clock
April 19, 2019 Good Friday. the Friday before Easter Sunday, U.S. stock market is closed.
April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday
April 22, 2019 (monday) Earth Day. [April 22nd every year] www.earthday.org
April 24, 2019 (wednesday) National Administrative Professionals Day (Secretaries Day, Admin Day). info
May 1, 2019 (wednesday) Loyalty Day. [May 1st every year].
May 2, 2019 (thursday) National Day of Prayer. a day for all faiths to pray for our nation and its leaders. [first Thursday in May]
May 5, 2019 (sunday) Cinco de Mayo. a celebration of Mexican culture. May 5th every year. www.history.com
May 4, 2019 (saturday) Kentucky Derby horse race.
May 12, 2019 (sunday) Mother’s Day. [2nd sunday in May]
May 15, 2019 (wednesday) Peace Officers Memorial Day. [every May 15th] a day in honor of Federal, State, local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. research.archives.gov/id/299877
May 18, 2019 (saturday) Armed Forces Day [3rd saturday in May]
May 22, 2019 (wednesday) National Maritime Day [May 22nd every year]
May 27, 2019 (monday) Memorial Day [last Monday in May]
June 7, 2019 (friday) National Doughnut Day. [first Friday in June]
June 10-16, 2019 U.S. Open Golf Championship at Pebble Beach.
June 16, 2019 (sunday) Father’s Day. [3rd sunday in June]
July 4, 2019 (thursday) Independence Day USA. [July 4th every year]
Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776.
July 21, 2019 (sunday) National Ice Cream Day. details
July 28, 2019 (sunday) Parents’ Day. [4th Sunday in July]
August 2-11, 2019 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – 79th Annual – in Sturgis, South Dakota. www.sturgismotorcyclerally.comA
August 19, 2019 (monday) National Aviation Day. [Aug 19th every year]
September 2, 2019 (monday) Labor Day. [first Monday in Sept]
September 8, 2019 (sunday) National Grandparents Day. [first sunday after Labor Day]
September 11, 2019 (wednesday) Patriot Day (a.k.a. 9/11) [September 11th every year] – observance to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist plane attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and other targets on Sept 11, 2001.
September 16, 2019 (monday) Stepfamily Day. [Sept 16th every year] www.nationalstepfamilydayandweek.com
September 17, 2019 (tuesday) Constitution Day & Citizenship Day. [Sept 17th every year] If on a saturday or sunday, it’s observed on work day closest to the 17th.
The United States Constitution signed on September 17, 1787. It was Ratified on March 4, 1789. Read our Constitution: constitutionus.com
September 20, 2019 (friday) National POW/MIA Recognition Day. [3rd friday in Sept]
September 27, 2019 (friday) Native American Day. [4th friday in September] but celebrated, observed many different days.
October 14, 2019 (monday) Columbus Day (observed). [2nd monday in Oct]
October 16, 2019 (wednesday) Boss’s Day (National Bosses Day). [Oct 16th every year]. If on a saturday or sunday, it is observed on the work day closest to the 16th.
October 19, 2019 (saturday) Sweetest Day. [3rd saturday in Oct]
October 31, 2019 (thursday) Halloween (Halloween Day) [Oct 31st every year]
November 11, 2019 (monday) Veterans’ Day – Thank you for your service!
November 28, 2019 (thursday) Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day). [4th thursday in Nov]
November 28-29, 2019 Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – mostly starts on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
December 2, 2019 Cyber Monday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – the Monday after Thanksgiving, follows Black Friday Christmas shopping frenzy with more focus on internet/online and mobile buying.
December 7, 2019 (saturday) National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day [Dec 7th every year]. USA attacked in 1941, brought us into WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pearl_Harbor_Remembrance_Day
December 17, 2019 (tuesday) Wright Brothers Day. [Dec 17th every year]
December 25, 2019 (wednesday) Christmas [Christmas Day, Dec 25th every year]
December 31, 2019 (tuesday) New Year’s Eve. [Dec 31st every year]
2020 Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances
January 1, 2020 (wednesday) New Year’s Day [Jan 1st every year]
January 7-10, 2020 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada. www.ces.tech
January 13, 2020 (monday) College Football Championship Game. info
January 20, 2020 (monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Day. [3rd monday in Jan]
January 23, 2020 (thursday) National Pie Day. [Jan 23 every year] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pie_Day
January 24, 2020 (friday) Gobal Belly Laugh Day. [Jan 24th every year] www.bellylaughday.com
February 1, 2020 (saturday) National Freedom Day. [Feb 1st every year]
February 2, 2020 (sunday) Super Bowl LIV (54) in Miami, Florida. www.nfl.com/super-bowl
February 2, 2020 (sunday) Groundhog Day. [Feb 2nd every year]
February 9, 2020 (sunday) National Pizza Day. [Feb 9th every year]. info
U.S. Daylight Savings Time 2019
• STARTS: March 10, 2019 at 2 a.m. (set clocks AHEAD one hour)
• ENDS: November 3, 2019 at 2 a.m. (set clocks BACK one hour)
U.S. daylight savings time future start and end dates…
start: move clocks AHEAD one hour at 2am on second Sunday in March.
end: move clocks BACK one hour at 2am on first Sunday in November.
SEASONS 2019 Spring – Summer – Fall (Autumn) – Winter
March 20, 2019 – Vernal Equinox – beginning of Spring.
June 21, 2019 – June Solstice – beginning of Summer.
September 23, 2019 – September Equinox – beginning of Fall (Autumn).
December 21, 2019 – December Solstice – beginning of Winter.
April 2024 – next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States.
More American Patriotic and National Observances
• ARMY birthday – June 14th
• COAST GUARD birthday – August 4th [US Coast Guard established 4 August 1790]
• U.S. AIR FORCE birthday – September 18th
• NAVY birthday – October 13th
• MARINE CORPS birthday – November 10th
• Washington’s Birthday: February 22nd (traditional date, not observed date)
• National Poison Prevention Week: third week in March
• Law Day, U.S.A.: May 1st every year
• Police Week: week which has May 15th in it
• National Flag Week: the week in which June 14th falls
• Honor America Days: June 14th through July 4th
• Constitution Week: September 17th through September 23rd
• Gold Star Mother’s Day: last Sunday in September (Sept. 24, 2017)
• Child Health Day: first Monday in October (Oct. 2, 2017)
• Leif Erikson Day: October 9th every year
Several Important Dates in U.S. History
Why We Celebrate July 4th and What Our independence Is Really All About.
Boston Tea Party – December 16, 1773. A protest to the Tea Act (tax imposed on tea by England). England trying to force people in the colonies to pay that tax was a big catalyst to our independence and becoming The United States Of America. The modern day Tea Party (TEA – Taxed Enough Already) is not a political party. They are individuals and organizations who resemble our forefathers who protested that tax by England. Read about this, see similarities to today. www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/teaparty.htm
Declaration of Independence – Adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776. Read it! www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript
In The Declaration of Independence, it clearly states …
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government.”
The United States Constitution (Constitution of the United States of America), September 17, 1787. Ratified on March 4, 1789. Read the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights → constitutionus.com
Here is the Preamble of the Constitution…
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
World War I (World War 1) – July 28, 1914 to November 11, 1918. The U.S. Congress officially declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. WWI information and resources
World War II (World War 2, WW2) – 1939 to 1945. The U.S. officially declared war on Japan on December 8, 1941, the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. WWII timeline details
Popular Sports Events and Special Events in the U.S.
• College Bowls Mens Football mid December 2019 to January 13, 2020.
• College Football Championship Game is January 13, 2020 (Monday night).
• NFL Playoffs (National Football League) in January, 2019.
• Super Bowl LIV (54) (Super Bowl 2020) is February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Game on Fox TV, kickoff about 6:35 pm. www.nfl.com/super-bowl
• Daytona 500 is February 18, 2018 (Sunday). Nascar race, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday in February.
• Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. March 9-18, 2018. motorcycles and partying.
• March Madness (NCAA Mens College Basketball Title Tournament) – starts in mid-March, Title Game April 2, 2018.
• WWE WrestleMania – (number 35 in 2019) TBA.
• NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs (National Hockey League) – annual, starts in April, finals in June.
• NBA Playoffs (National Basketball Association) – annual, starts in April, finals in June.
• Kentucky Derby: May 5, 2018. Horse racing (first Saturday in May).
• Preakness Stakes: May 19, 2018. Horse racing (two weeks after Kentucky Derby).
• Indianapolis 500: May 27, 2018. (Sunday of Memorial Weekend).
• Belmont Stakes: June 9, 2018. Horse racing (three weeks after the Preakness).
• U.S. Open Golf Championship: June 10-16, 2019 at Pebble Beach.
• Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – 78th in Sturgis, South Dakota: August 3-12, 2018. lots of motorcycles and partying.
• Woodward Dream Cruise is August 18, 2018. Annual World Famous Car Cruise held in Metro Detroit, Michigan, and celebrated all week leading up to the official day. The WDC, the most popular car cruise on earth atteded by about one million people annually, is on the third Saturday in August every year.
• World Series (MLB) – annual Major League Baseball championship series, usually starts in the 3rd week of October.
on a related note… below are the next Olympics dates and locations.
Summer Olympics 2020 (XXXII Olympiad – Olympic Summer Games) is July 14 to August 9, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. click → Sunmmer Olympics 2020
Winter Olympics 2022 (XXIV Olympic Winter Games) is February 4 to 20, 2022 in Beijing, China. click → Winter Olympics 2022
Some Months Are Known As …• February: African American Heritage Month / American Heart Month
• March: National Women’s History Month, National Kidney Month
• April: Cancer Control Month / National Youth Sports Safety Month
• May: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month / Older Americans Month
• July: National Ice Cream Month. details
• September: National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)
• October: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month
• November: National American Indian Heritage Month
Bonus: More Websites about Holidays and Popular Dates
Brownielocks – bizarre, crazy, silly, unknown holidays and observances
When Is – dates of religious and civil holidays around the world.
LibrarySupportStaff.com – site for resources about significant dates
time and date.com – calendar dates & many holiday dates