Military Calendar – Holidays, Events, Observances

A list of all holidays, observances and events recognized throughout the year including federal, non-federal and religious holidays and more.

Holiday/Observance/Event
January
New Year’s Day January 1
Martin Luther King’s Birthday Third Monday in January
February
Groundhog Day February 2
USO Birthday February 4
Valentine’s Day February 14
President’s Day Third Monday in February
Coast Guard Reserves Birthday February 19
March
Navy Reserves Birthday March 3
Mardi Gras March 4
Daylight Saving Time Begins March 8
American Legions Birthday March 15
St. Patrick’s Day March 17
April
Month of the Military Child Entire Month
April Fool’s Day April 1
Gold Star Wives Day April 4
Air Force Reserve Birthday April 14
Passover April 14
Good Friday April 18
Easter April 22
Army Reserves Birthday April 23
May
National Military Appreciation Month Entire Month
Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) First week in May
Silver Star Service Banner Day May 1
Loyalty Day May 1
VE Day May 8
Mother’s Day Second Sunday in May
Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday before Mother’s Day
Armed Forces Week Second Saturday Thru 3rd Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day Third Saturday in May
Maritime Day May 22
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
June
D-Day June 6
Army Birthday June 14
U.S. Flag Day June 14
National Flag Week The week that includes June 14th
Father’s Day Third Sunday in June
Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday June 23
PTSD Awareness Day June 27
July
Independence Day July 4
Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps July 29
August
Antiterrorism Awareness Month Entire Month
Coast Guard Day August 4
National Airborne Day August 16
Marine Corps Reserve Birthday August 29
September
Labor Day First Monday in September
V-J Day (Victory over Japan) September 2
Patriot Day September 11
Air Force (USAF) Birthday September 18
National POW/MIA Recognition Day September 19
Rosh Hashanah Begins (at sunset) September 24
Gold Star Mother’s Day September 28
October
Yom Kippur Begins (at sunset) October 3
Columbus Day Second Monday in October
U.S. Navy (USN) Birthday October 13
Day of the Deployed October 26
Halloween Friday, October 31
November
National Military Family Month Entire Month
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 1
Marine Corps Day/Birthday November 10
Veterans Day November 11
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
December
Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday December 1
#GivingTuesday Tuesday after Thanksgiving
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7
U.S. National Guard Birthday December 13
Hanukkah Begins December 16
Christmas Day December 25
Kwanzaa December 26 – January 1
New Year’s Eve Tuesday, December 31