Military Calendar – Holidays, Events, Observances

Updated: December 23, 2022
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    A list of all 2023 holidays, observances, and events recognized throughout the year including federal, non-federal, and religious holidays and more.

    Federal and Training Holiday dates.

    Holiday/Observance/Event
    January
    New Year’s Day Jan. 1
    Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Third Monday in January
    Chinese New Year Jan. 22
    February
    Black History Month Month of February
    Mardis Gras Feb. 21
    Groundhog Day Feb. 2
    Four Chaplains Day Feb. 3
    USO Birthday Feb. 4
    National Salute to Veteran Patients Week of Feb. 12
    Valentine’s Day Feb. 14
    President’s Day Third Monday in February
    Coast Guard Reserve Birthday Feb. 19
    March
    Women’s History Month Month of March
    Navy Reserve Birthday March 3
    Hug a GI Day March 4
    Seabee Birthday March 5
    Daylight Saving Time Begins March 12, 2023
    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
    Passover April 5 to April 13, 2023
    National Vietnam War Veterans Day March 29
    April
    Month of the Military Child Month of April
    Military Saves Month Month of April
    April Fool’s Day April 1
    Good Friday April 7
    Easter April 9
    Gold Star Spouses Day April 5
    National Former POW Recognition Day April 9
    Air Force Reserve Birthday April 14
    Ramadan March 22 (begins), April 21 (ends), 2022
    Purple Up! Day April 15
    Earth Day April 22
    Army Reserve Birthday April 23
    National Military Brats Day April 30
    May
    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), 2023
    VE Day May 8
    Military Spouse Appreciation Day Friday before Mother’s Day
    Mother’s Day Second Sunday in May
    Armed Forces Week May 13 (begins), May 20th (ends), 2023
    Children of Fallen Patriots Day May 13
    Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15
    Armed Forces Day May 20
    Maritime Day May 22
    Memorial Day Last Monday in May
    June
    PTSD Awareness Month Month of June
    Homeownership Month Month of June
    D-Day June 6
    Women Veterans Day June 12
    Army Birthday June 14
    U.S. Flag Day June 14
    National Flag Week June 11 – 17, 2023
    Father’s Day Third Sunday in June
    Juneteenth June 19
    Veterans Golden Age Games May 20-25, 2023
    Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday June 23
    PTSD Awareness Day June 27
    July
    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
    August
    Antiterrorism Awareness Month Month of August
    Air Force Day Sept. 18
    Coast Guard Day Aug. 4
    Purple Heart Day Aug. 7
    U.S. Department of Defense Birthday Aug. 10
    Agent Orange Awareness Day Aug. 10
    Navajo Code Talkers Day Aug. 14
    National Airborne Day Aug. 16
    Marine Corps Reserve Birthday Aug. 29
    September
    National Suicide Prevention Month Month of September
    National Service Dog Month Month of September
    Labor Day First Monday of September
    V-J Day (Victory over Japan) Sept. 2
    Patriot Day Sept. 11
    Constitution Week Sept. 17 -23
    Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 – Oct. 15
    Air Force (USAF) Birthday Sept. 18
    Office of the Sec. of Defense Birthday Sept. 18
    Air National Guard Birthday Sept. 18
    National POW/MIA Recognition Day Third Friday in September
    Gold Star Mother’s Day Last Sunday in September
    Warrior Games 2023 dates TBD (San Diego)
    Yom Kippur Sept. 24 (begins), Sept. 25(ends), 2023
    Rosh Hashanah Begins (at sunset) Sept. 15 – 17, 2023
    VFW Day Sept. 29
    October
    Breast Cancer Awareness Month Month of October
    Ms. Veteran America Pageant Dates Pending
    Columbus Day Second Monday in October
    U.S. Navy (USN) Birthday Oct. 13
    Military World Games October (Summer Games to be held in 2023) TBA
    Day of the Deployed Oct. 26
    Navy Day Oct. 27
    Halloween Oct. 31
    November
    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 Nov. 5, 2023
    National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 1-5, 2023
    Marine Corps Day/Birthday Nov. 10
    Veterans Day Nov. 11
    Armistice/Remembrance Day Nov. 11
    Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
    December
    Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday Dec. 1
    #GivingTuesday Tuesday after Thanksgiving
    National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Dec. 7
    U.S. National Guard Birthday Dec. 13
    National Wreaths Across America Dec. 18
    Hanukkah Begins Dec. 7 – Dec. 15, 2023
    Christmas Day Dec. 25
    Kwanzaa Dec. 26 – Jan. 1
    New Year’s Eve Dec. 31
    Other
    Alive Day Anniversary Date
    Red Shirt Friday Every Friday
    Wedding Anniversary Anniversary Date
    Written by Veteran.com Team

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