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Military Calendar – Holidays, Events, Observances

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

Federal & Training Holiday dates.



New Year’s Day

January 1

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday

Third Monday in January

Presidential Inauguration Day

January 20


Black History Month

Month of February

Chinese New Year

February 12, 2021

Groundhog Day

February 2

Four Chaplains Day

February 3

USO Birthday

February 4

National Salute to Veteran Patients

Week of February 14

Valentine’s Day

February 14

President’s Day

Third Monday in February

Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

February 19


Women’s History Month

Month of March

Navy Reserve Birthday

March 3

Hug a GI Day

March 4

Mardi Gras

March 5

Seabee Birthday

March 5

Daylight Saving Time Begins

March 14, 2021

K 9 Veterans Day

March 13

American Legion Birthday

March 15

St. Patrick’s Day

March 17

Rosie The Riveter Day

March 21

Medal of Honor Day

March 25


March 27 to April 4, 2021

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29


Month of the Military Child

Month of April

Military Saves Month

Month of April

April Fool’s Day

April 1

Good Friday

April 2


April 4

Gold Star Spouses Day

April 5

National Former POW Recognition Day

April 9

Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 14


April 12 (begins), May 11 (ends), 2021

Purple Up! Day

April 15

Earth Day

April 22

Army Reserve Birthday

April 23

National Military Brats Day

April 30


Month of the Military Caregiver

Month of May

National Military Appreciation Month

Month of May

Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW)

First full week in May

National Correctional Officers Week

First full week in May

Silver Star Service Banner Day

May 1

Loyalty Day

May 1

National Day of Prayer

First Thursday of May

National Nurses Week

May 6 (begins), May 12 (ends), 2021

VE Day

May 8

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Friday before Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Second Sunday in May

Armed Forces Week

Second Sat. Thru 3rd Sun. in May (not official)

Children of Fallen Patriots Day

May 13

Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15

Armed Forces Day

Third Saturday in May

Maritime Day

May 22

Memorial Day

Last Monday in May


PTSD Awareness Month

Month of June


June 6

Women Veterans Day

June 12

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

Veterans Golden Age Games

June 22 (begins), June 27 (ends), 2020

Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 23

PTSD Awareness Day

June 27


Independence Day

July 4

National Hire A Veteran Day

July 25

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

July 27

National Buffalo Soldiers Day

July 28

Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary

July 29


Antiterrorism Awareness Month

Month of August

Air Force Day

August 1

Coast Guard Day

August 4

Purple Heart Day

August 7

U.S. Department of Defense Birthday

August 10

Agent Orange Awareness Day

August 10

Navajo Code Talkers Day

August 14

National Airborne Day

August 16

Marine Corps Reserve Birthday

August 29


National Suicide Prevention Month

Month of September

Labor Day

First Monday of September

V-J Day (Victory over Japan)

September 2

Patriot Day

September 11

Constitution Week

September 17 -23

Citizenship Day/Constitution Day

September 17

Air Force (USAF) Birthday

September 18

Office of the Sec. of Defense Birthday

September 18

Air National Guard Birthday

September 18

National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Third Friday in September

Gold Star Mother’s Day

Last Sunday in September

Warrior Games

Sept. 21 (begins), Sept. 28 (ends), 2020

Yom Kippur

Sept. 27 (begins), Sept. 28 (ends), 2020

Rosh Hashanah Begins (at sunset)

September 29


September 29


Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Month of October

Ms. Veteran America Pageant


Columbus Day

Second Monday in October

U.S. Navy (USN) Birthday

October 13

Military World Games

October TBA

Day of the Deployed

October 26

Navy Day

October 27


October 31


National Veterans & Military Family Month

Month of November

Warrior Care Month

Month of November

National Family Caregivers Month

Month of November

Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 7, 2021

Election Day

November 2, 2021

National Veterans Small Business Week

November 1-5

Marine Corps Day/Birthday

November 10

Veterans Day

November 11

Armistice/Remembrance Day

November 11

Thanksgiving Day

Fourth Thursday in November


Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

December 1


Tuesday after Thanksgiving

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7

U.S. National Guard Birthday

December 13

National Wreaths Across America

December 18

Hanukkah Begins

November 28 – December 6, 2021

Christmas Day

December 25


December 26 – January 1

New Year’s Eve

December 31


Alive Day

Anniversary Date

Red Shirt Friday

Every Friday

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