Thursday 20 July 2017
(Week 29)

Armed Forces Day 2018, 2019 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Armed Forces Day 2018 and Armed Forces Day 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
May 20, 2017 Armed Forces Day 2017 Saturday
May 19, 2018 Armed Forces Day 2018 Saturday
May 18, 2019 Armed Forces Day 2019 Saturday
May 16, 2020 Armed Forces Day 2020 Saturday
May 15, 2021 Armed Forces Day 2021 Saturday
May 21, 2022 Armed Forces Day 2022 Saturday
May 20, 2023 Armed Forces Day 2023 Saturday
May 18, 2024 Armed Forces Day 2024 Saturday
May 17, 2025 Armed Forces Day 2025 Saturday
May 16, 2026 Armed Forces Day 2026 Saturday
May 15, 2027 Armed Forces Day 2027 Saturday

Significance of Armed Forces Day 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018 is a federal holiday observed annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day dedicated to paying tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States' armed forces. Additionally, Armed Forces Day 2018 forms part of Armed Forces Week. It should be noted, that because of their unique training schedules, National Guard and Reserve units may celebrate Armed Forces Day/Week over any period in the month of May.

History of Armed Forces Day

The inception of this Armed Forces Day dates back to 31 August 1949, it was a day dedicated to honour Americans who were currently serving in the five U.S. military branches – the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Coast Guard – following the consolidation of the military services in the United States Department of Defence. It was intended to replace the separate Army-, Navy-, Air Force-, Marine Corps- and Coast Guard Days but, today, the separate holidays are still observed independently.

On 20 May 1950, the holiday was first observed. The theme for that day was “Teamed for Defence” which expressed the unification of all military forces. Armed Force Day 2018 still remains as a day focused on expanding public knowledge and understanding on what type of job was performed within the army, the role of the military within civilian life and as a day of honour for all those serving in military forces.

Traditions of Armed Forces Day 2018

Traditionally, Armed Forces Day 2018 is viewed as a time of honour. The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by parades, open houses, receptions and air shows. Today, many events and activities take place and may include: Multi-service military displays in areas open for the public, various educational activities that teach children about the armed forces and large parades and other local celebrations. The United States' longest continuously running Armed Forces Day Parade is held in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Certain types of music are also played at Armed Forces Day 2018 events as a way of showing respect those in the armed forces who died for their country.

When is Armed Forces Day 2018

Armed Forces Day 2018 is a federal holiday and falls on the third Saturday of May, annually. The date on which the holiday falls on, changes each year but the day remains the same; consult the above table for exact holiday dates.
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View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.