List of United States (US) Holidays Celebrations Popular Dates
U.S. Holidays Celebrations Popular Dates
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, Woodward Dream Cruise (car cruise) and more.
Federal Holidays 2020
- Memorial Day is May 25, 2020. Monday
- Independence Day (observed) July 3, 2020 (Friday)
- Independence Day (actual + observed) is July 4, 2020. Saturday
- Labor Day is September 7, 2020. Monday
- Columbus Day (observed) is October 12, 2020. Monday
- Veterans' Day is November 11, 2020. Wednesday
- Thanksgiving is November 26, 2020. Thursday
- Christmas is December 25, 2020. Friday
Federal Holidays 2021
- New Year's Day is January 1, 2021. Friday
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18, 2021. Monday
- Inauguration Day is January 20, 2021. Wednesday
- Washington's Birthday / Presidents' Day is February 15, 2021. Monday
Super Bowl Sunday - Super Bowl 2021 / Super Bowl LV (55) is February 7, 2021. Not a holiday, but celebrated like one.
Extra Federal Holiday every 4th year: Inauguration Day – next on January 20, 2021. It happens on Jan 20th after the U.S. Presedential 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
2020 Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances
April 22, 2020 (Wednesday) Earth Day. [April 22nd every year] www.earthday.org
April 22, 2020 (Wednesday) National Administrative Professionals Day (Secretaries Day, Admin Day). info
May 1, 2020 (Friday) Loyalty Day. [May 1st every year].
May 5, 2020 (Tuesday) Cinco de Mayo. a celebration of Mexican culture. May 5th every year. www.history.com
May 7, 2020 (Thursday) National Day of Prayer. a day for all faiths to pray for our nation and its leaders. [first Thursday in May]
May 10, 2020 (Sunday) Mother's Day. [2nd Sunday in May]
May 15, 2020 (Friday) 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 16, 2020 (Saturday) Armed Forces Day [3rd Saturday in May]
May 22, 2020 (Friday) National Maritime Day [May 22nd every year]
May 25, 2020 (Monday) Memorial Day [last Monday in May]
June 5, 2020 (Friday) National Doughnut Day. [first Friday in June]
June 21, 2020 (Sunday) Father's Day. [3rd Sunday in June]
July 3, 2020 (Friday) Independence Day observed, federal paid day off.
July 4, 2020 (Saturday) Independence Day USA. [July 4th every year]
Declaration of Independence was adopted by Congress on July 4, 1776.
see → Why We Celebrate July 4th
July 15, 2020 (Wednesday) 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
July 19, 2020 (Sunday) National Ice Cream Day. details
July 26, 2020 (Sunday) Parents' Day. [4th Sunday in July]
August 7-16, 2020 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - 80th Annual - in Sturgis, South Dakota. www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com
August 8, 2020 (Saturday) National CBD Day. [Aug 8th every year] details
August 15, 2020 (Saturday) Woodward Dream Cruise. World famous car cruise in metro Detroit. This is actually a week's worth of showing classic cars, specialty vehicles, and cruisin. Over one million people attend each year. woodward_dream_cruise.html
August 19, 2020 (Wednesday) National Aviation Day. [Aug 19th every year]
September 5, 2020 (Saturday) Kentucky Derby horse race.
September 7, 2020 (Monday) Labor Day. [first Monday in Sept]
September 7, 2020 (Monday) National Beer Lover's Day, Sept. 7th every year. nationaldaycalendar.com
September 11, 2020 (Friday) 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 13, 2020 (Sunday) National Grandparents Day. [first Sunday after Labor Day]
September 14-20, 2020 U.S. Open Golf Championship in New York.
September 16, 2020 (Wednesday) Stepfamily Day. [Sept 16th every year] www.nationalstepfamilydayandweek.com
September 17, 2020 (Thursday) 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 18, 2020 (Friday) National POW/MIA Recognition Day. [3rd Friday in Sept]
September 25, 2020 (Friday) Native American Day. [4th Friday in September] but celebrated, observed many different days.
September 29, 2020 (Tuesday) National Coffee Day (U.S.) [Sept 29 every year], international coffee day is Oct 1 every year.
October 12, 2020 (Monday) Columbus Day (observed). [2nd Monday in Oct]
October 16, 2020 (Friday) 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 17, 2020 (Saturday) Sweetest Day. [3rd Saturday in Oct]
October 31, 2020 (Saturday) Halloween (Halloween Day) [Oct 31st every year]
November 3, 2020 (Tuesday) Election Day (1st Tuesday in November).
November 3-6, 2020 SEMA Show the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world, held in Las Vegas. https://www.semashow.com
November 11, 2020 (Wednesday) Veterans' Day – Thank you for your service!
November 26, 2020 (Thursday) Thanksgiving (Thanksgiving Day). [4th Thursday in Nov]
November 27-27, 2020 Black Friday Christmas Shopping Frenzy – mostly starts on Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving.
November 30, 2020 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, 2020 (Monday) 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, 2020 (Thursday) Wright Brothers Day. [Dec 17th every year]
December 25, 2020 (Friday) Christmas [Christmas Day, Dec 25th every year]
December 31, 2020 (Thursday) New Year's Eve. [Dec 31st every year]
2021 Popular USA Holidays Celebrations Observances
January 1, 2021 (Friday) New Year's Day [Jan 1st every year]
January 6-9, 2021 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) – tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada. www.ces.tech
January 11, 2021 (Monday) College Football Championship Game. info
January 18, 2021 (Monday) Martin Luther King Jr. Day. [3rd Monday in Jan]
January 23, 2021 (Saturday) National Pie Day. [Jan 23 every year] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Pie_Day
January 24, 2021 (Sunday) Gobal Belly Laugh Day. [Jan 24th every year] www.bellylaughday.com
February 1, 2021 (Monday) National Freedom Day. [Feb 1st every year]
February 2, 2021 (Tuesday) Groundhog Day. [Feb 2nd every year]
February 7, 2021 (Sunday) Super Bowl LV (55) in Tampa, Florida. www.nfl.com/super-bowl
February 9, 2021 (Tuesday) National Pizza Day. [Feb 9th every year]. info
February 12, 2021 (Friday) Lincoln's Birthday. [Feb 12th every year]. Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States.
February 13-21, 2021 Chicago Auto Show. www.chicagoautoshow.com
February 14, 2021 (Sunday) St. Valentine's Day . [Feb 14th every year]
February 15, 2021 (Monday) Washington's Birthday / Presidents' Day (observed). [3rd Monday in Feb]
February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) Fat Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday, day before Lent starts.
February 16, 2021 (Tuesday) Mardi Gras Carnival in New Orleans, LA. www.mardigrasneworleans.com
March 17, 2021 (Wednesday) St. Patrick's Day – celebrating Irish culture. [March 17th every year] www.st-patricks-day.com
March 29, 2021 (Monday) National Vietnam War Veterans Day. [March 29th every year]
April 1, 2021 (Thursday) April Fool's Day. [April 1st every year].
April 2, 2021 Good Friday. the Friday before Easter Sunday, U.S. stock market is closed.
April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday
April 6, 2021 (Tuesday) National Tartan Day, celebrating Scottish Americans. April 6th every year. americanscottishfoundation.com
April 7, 2021 (Wednesday) National Beer Day, April 7th every year. Wikipedia
April 13, 2021 (Tuesday) Thomas Jefferson's birthday. [April 13 every year]. born April 13, 1743.
April 15, 2021 (Thursday) 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
TBA April, 2021 (Saturday) Record Store Day. (music record stores). recordstoreday.com
May 1, 2021 (Saturday) Kentucky Derby horse race.
TBA June 2021 North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show). naias.com
U.S. Daylight Savings Time 2019
• STARTS: March 8, 2020 at 2 a.m. (set clocks AHEAD one hour)
• ENDS: November 1, 2020 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 2020 Spring – Summer – Fall (Autumn) – Winter
March 19, 2020 – Vernal Equinox – beginning of Spring.
June 20, 2020 – June Solstice – beginning of Summer.
September 22, 2020 – September Equinox – beginning of Fall (Autumn).
December 21, 2020 – December Solstice – beginning of Winter.
April 2024 – next Total Solar Eclipse in the United States.
More American Patriotic and National Observances
UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES BIRTHDAYS
• ARMY birthday – June 14th
• COAST GUARD birthday – August 4th [U.S. Coast Guard established 4 August 1790]
• AIR FORCE birthday – September 18th
• NAVY birthday – October 13th
• MARINE CORPS birthday – November 10th
• SPACE FORCE birthday – December 20 [U.S. Space Force established on December 20, 2019]
• 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. 27, 2020)
• Child Health Day: first Monday in October (Oct. 4, 2020)
• 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 2020 to January 11, 2021.
• College Football Championship Game is January 11, 2021 (Monday night).
• NFL Playoffs (National Football League) in January, 2020.
• Super Bowl LV (55) (Super Bowl 2021) is February 7, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Game on TV, kickoff about 6:35 pm E.S.T. www.nfl.com/super-bowl
• Daytona 500 is February, 2020 (Sunday). Nascar race, usually the 3rd or 4th Sunday in February.
• Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida. March 6-15, 2020. motorcycles and partying.
• March Madness (NCAA Mens College Basketball Title Tournament) – skipping 2020 due to COVID-19, back in mid-March 2021, Title Game in April, 2021.
• WrestleMania 2020 – April 5, 2020, WWE WrestleMania 36.
• 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: September 5, 2020 (rescheduled from May 2, 2020). Horse racing (first Saturday in May).
• Preakness Stakes: May 16, 2020. Horse racing (two weeks after Kentucky Derby).
• Indianapolis 500: May 24, 2020. (Sunday of Memorial Weekend).
• Belmont Stakes: June 6, 2020. Horse racing (three weeks after the Preakness).
• Sturgis Motorcycle Rally – 80th in Sturgis, South Dakota: August 7-16, 2020. lots of motorcycles and partying.
• Woodward Dream Cruise is August 15, 2020. Annual World Famous Car Cruise held in Metro Detroit, Michigan, and celebrated all week leading up to the official day. The WDC is attended by about one million people annually on the third Saturday in August.
• U.S. Open Golf Championship: September 14-20, 2020 at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York.
• 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 (now 2021) (XXXII Olympiad - Olympic Summer Games) is July 23 to August 8, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Date was pushed back one year due to COVID-19 coronavirus. Paralympic games are August 24 to September 5, 2021. www.olympic.org/tokyo-2020
Winter Olympics 2022 (XXIV Olympic Winter Games) is February 4 to 20, 2022 in Beijing, China. www.olympic.org/beijing-2022
More Sports Info ...
• Professional Golf: PGA official site and PGA Tour
• NASCAR Car Racing: NASCAR official site (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing)
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
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
A Personal Note from Madman Mike Music Slave...
Since this site is focused on entertainment, my holiday list consists of popular holidays, dates and events that many people across the U.S. are planning for or will be talking about.