Dates marked in BLACK are traditional (and some more recently acknowledged) observances for the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Other traditional (non-military) dates have been included as well.
Dates marked in BLUE are listed to help military supporters understand that holidays (as well as birthdays, graduations, births, weddings, funerals) are significant days in which the absence of a loved one (due to deployment, geographical separation, or loss) is felt on a more significant level.
January 1, 2020 - New Year's Day
January 20, 2020 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
A day set aside to celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. Learn more...
February 3, 2020 - Four Chaplains Day
A day set aside to honor the four U.S. Army chaplains who gave their lives to save others when the troop ship USAT Dorchester sank during World War II. Learn more...
February 14, 2020 - Valentine's Day
February 17, 2020 - President's Day
A day originally set aside to honor George Washington. Now, other presidents are also
February 19, 2020 - Coast Guard Reserve Birthday
Month of the Military Caregiver
During the Month of the Military Caregiver, Americans recognize and honor military caregivers’ sacrifices and successes. Learn more...
March 3, 2020 - Navy Reserve Birthday
March 5, 2020 - Seabee Birthday
March 8, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time begins
March 13, 2020 - K 9 Veterans Day
A national effort to make March 13 K9 Veterans Day. March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, and so it seems only right to annually honor their service on that date. They served to save, and they deserve to be remembered. Learn more...
March 17, 2020 - St. Patrick's Day
March 29, 2020 - Vietnam Veterans Day
A day set aside to show honor and respect to our Vietnam Veterans. Learn more... For information outlining the reasons for March 29 to be used as Vietnam Veterans Day, why not to use March 30th and why to remove “Welcome Home” from the name, read this document.
Month of the Military Child
An opportunity to recognize military children and youth for their heroism, character, courage, sacrifices and continued resilience.
April 5, 2020 - Gold Star Wives Day
A day set aside to recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star wives.
April 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday
April 14, 2020 - Air Force Reserve Birthday
April 23, 2020 - Army Reserve Birthday
April 25, 2020 - ANZAC Day (Australia and New Zealand)
A day of remembrance to honor those who served and died in military service for
April 30, 2020 - National Military Brats Day
PROPOSED: That Congress set aside a day each year as National Military Brats Day so Americans can say thank you to these patriots, young and grown, for their dedication and sacrifice in the service of their country. Learn more...
National Military Appreciation Month
A month to recognize and show appreciation to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
May 1, 2020- Loyalty Day
A day set aside for American citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the United States
May 1, 2020 - Silver Star Service Banner Day
A day set aside to honor our wounded, ill, and dying military personnel by
May 7, 2020 - National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of
May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Learn more...
May 8, 2020 - VE (Victory in Europe) Day
(Celebrated May 7 in commonwealth countries)
A day which marks the anniversary of the Allies' victory in Europe during World War II
May 8, 2020 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day
A day set aside to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices of the spouses of
May 10, 2020 - Mother's Day
May 13, 2020 - Children of Fallen Patriots Day
A day to honor the families our Fallen Heroes have left behind – especially their children. It’s a reminder to the community that we have an obligation to support the families of our Fallen Patriots. Learn more...
May 16, 2020 - Armed Forces Day
A day set aside to pay tribute to men and women who serve in the United States’
May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day (Decoration Day)
A day set aside to commemorate all who have died in military service for the UnitedStates. Typically recognized by parades, visiting memorials and cemeteries. Learn more...
June - Graduation
June 6, 2020 - Anniversary of the World War II Allied invasion in Normandy, France, know as D-Day (1944)
June 14, 2020 - Flag Day
A day to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag. Learn more...
June 14, 2020 - Army Birthday
June 21, 2020 - Father's Day
June 23, 2020 - Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday
June 25, 2020 - Anniversary of the start of the Korean War (1950)
June 27, 2020 - National PTSD Awareness Day
A day set aside to raise public awareness about issues related to PTSD.
July 4, 2020 - Independence Day
July 27, 2020 - Korean War Veterans Armistice Day (1953)
July 29, 2020 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps
August 4, 2020 - Coast Guard Birthday
August 7, 2020 - Purple Heart Day
National Purple Heart Day honors the men and women who have been wounded or killed in military service.
August 8, 2020 - VJ (Victory over Japan) Day (1945)
August 29, 2020 - Marine Forces Reserve Birthday
September - Back to School
September - National Service Dog Month
September 7, 2020 - Labor Day
September 11, 2020 - Patriot Day
Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were
injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.
September 18, 2020 - Air Force Birthday
September 18, 2020 - POW/MIA Recognition Day
A time set aside to remember those who were prisoners of war (POW) and those
who are missing in action (MIA), as well as their families. Learn more...
September 27, 2020 - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day
A day set aside to honor the families of our nation's fallen service members. Learn more...
October 11, 2020 - Ms. Veteran America Pageant
October 12, 2020 - Columbus Day
A day set aside to commemorate Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492. Learn more...
October 13, 2020 - Navy Birthday
October 26, 2020 - National Day of the Deployed
A day set aside to honor all of the brave men and woman who have been deployed and are sacrificing, or have sacrificed, their lives to fight for our country and acknowledges their families that they are separated from. Learn more...
October 31, 2020 - Halloween
USPS deadlines for military Christmas holiday mail (awaiting 2020 info)
Military Family Month
A month to honor and celebrate the contributions and sacrifices of the families of
November 1, 2020 - Daylight Saving Time ends
November 10, 2020 - Marine Corps Birthday
November 11, 2020 - Armistice Day (France)
A day set aside to remember those who died or were injured in World War I and otherwars. Learn more...
November 11, 2020 - Remembrance Day (Britain)
A day set aside to remember all those men and women who were killed during the twoWorld Wars and other conflicts. Learn more...
November 11, 2020 - Remembrance Day (Canada)
A day set aside to commemorates the sacrifices of people in all armed conflicts.
November 11, 2020 - Veterans Day
The anniversary date of the signing of the armistice which ended the World War I.
Also a day set aside to thank military veterans for their service. Learn more...
November 26, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day
December 1, 2020 - Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday
December 7, 2020 - Pearl Harbor Day
Called "A day which will live in infamy" by Franklin D. Roosevelt - On December 7,
December 13, 2020 - National Guard Birthday
December 19, 2020 - National Wreaths Across America
An annual laying of wreaths at veterans cemeteries across the nation.
December 24, 2020 - Christmas Eve
December 25, 2020 - Christmas Day
December 28, 2020 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Assistant/Religious Affairs Specialist
December 31, 2020 - New Year's Eve
Commemorates the day a veteran suffered near-fatal battlefield injuries yet managed to survive. Learn more...
Red Shirt Friday (RED - Remembering Everyone Deployed)
Wear a red shirt on Friday to show support of our service men and women.