Events & Observances

Military Community & Family Policy recognizes and supports various events and observances that support service members and their families. Learn more about the latest events and observances planned throughout the year.

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Observances

February
2020

American Heart Month

February 2020

This month encourages Americans to make healthy choices to help prevent heart disease and maintain good cardiac health.

February
2020

Registration Season for Summer Camps

February 2020

The Department of Defense offers a variety of summer camps for military children and teens. Registration for teen adventure camps, deployment support camps and installation camps and other offerings starts in February.

March
2020

Month of the Military Caregiver

March 2020

During this month, we honor the service and sacrifice of the 5.5 million people who care for injured and ill service members and veterans in the United States.

March
2020

National Nutrition Month

March 2020

During this month, Americans are encouraged to improve their health by making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.

March
2020
To
September
2020

PCS Season

March 2020 - September 2020

This is the time of year when many service members receive orders for permanent change of station, or PCS, moves across the country and around the world.  *Note: due to the coronavirus disease 2019, the Department of Defense extended its stop movement order to June 30. Read “What Do Travel Restrictions Mean for Service Members” for more information.

March
3

Navy Reserve Birthday

March 3, 2020

Founded 1915, the Navy Reserve provides strategic depth and delivers operational capabilities to the Navy and Marine Corps team and joint forces in times of peace or war.

April
2020

Financial Capability Month

April 2020

During this month, service members are encouraged to improve their financial literacy, allowing them to make smart financial choices, protect their hard-earned income and set goals to build prosperity. Military Saves Week, an annual opportunity for military installations and organizations to promote good savings behavior, is observed during Financial Capability Month.

April
2020

Month of the Military Child

April 2020

The Month of the Military Child recognizes the unique challenges children in military families face − such as long separations and frequent moves – and honors their service to the military community.

April
2020

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2020

The goal of Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it.

April
2

Purple Up Day

April 2, 2020

“Purple Up! For Military Kids” is a day for DoDEA Communities to wear purple to show support and thank military children for their strength and sacrifices.
 

April
5

Gold Star Spouses Day

April 5, 2020

Gold Star Spouses Day honors military spouses who have lost a partner in the service of our country.

April
14

Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 14, 2020

Founded in 1948, the Air Force Reserve supports the Air Force mission to defend the United States through the control and exploitation of air and space.

April
18-26

National Parks Week

April 18-26, 2020

During this week, people are encouraged to discover America’s natural treasures, our national parks.

To kick off National Park Week, all entrance fees will be waived on Saturday, April 20.

April
19-25

National Library Week

April 19-25, 2020

This week recognizes the contributions libraries make to our society and encourages people to visit their local libraries.

April
23

Army Reserve Birthday

April 23, 2020

Established in 1908, the Army Reserve includes civilian-soldiers who continue to maintain their operational skills and can be called up for active duty. They account for 20 percent of the Army’s organized units.

May
2020

Military Spouse Appreciation Month

May 2020

This month honors military spouses for their support of the military’s mission by supporting their service members and keeping the home fires burning. Military Spouse Appreciation Day is May 8.

May
15

National Defense Transportation Day

May 15, 2020

This day recognizes the contributions of people working in the United States transport industry, and their important role in supporting national defense.

May
16

Armed Forces Day

May 16, 2020

This holiday pays tribute to men and women who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.

May
25

Memorial Day

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

May
29

National 529 Savings Plan Day

May 29, 2020

This day encourages parents to prepare for their children’s future by opening and contributing to 529 College Savings Plans.

June
6

National Trails Day

June 6, 2020

National Trails Day encourages Americans to celebrate outdoor adventure by hiking the nation’s many natural and historic trails, such as the Appalachian Trail and the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail.

June
14

Army Birthday

June 14, 2020

Founded in 1775

The Army is the land warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is the oldest and largest of the seven uniformed services, with 476,000 active-duty members in 2017.

June
14

Flag Day

June 14, 2020

Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

June
23

Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 23, 2020

Founded in 1939, the Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed auxiliary service of the U.S. Coast Guard. Its duty is to support Coast Guard missions except roles that require "direct" law enforcement or military engagement.

June
27

PTSD Awareness Day

June 27, 2020

On this day, we recognize the effects post-traumatic stress disorder on those affected by it, including their loved ones.

June
29

Nine-year Anniversary of MSEP

June 29, 2020

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, or MSEP, is a service of Military OneSource’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. MSEP has 400+ partners who are committed to hiring military spouses.

July
2020

Military Consumer Protection Month

July 2020

This observance focuses on the need to educate service members to make smart financial decisions and to protect themselves against fraud.

July
2020

Parks and Recreation Month

July 2020

During this month, people are encouraged to take advantage of local parks and recreation centers by getting outside, exploring local parks and enjoying outdoor activities.

July
4

Independence Day

July 4, 2020

The annual commemoration of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from Great Britain in 1776 and its founding as a sovereign nation.

July
25

National Hire a Veteran Day

July 25, 2020

This day reminds employers across the country to consider hiring highly trained and qualified veterans.

August
4

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2020

Founded in 1790, the Coast Guard is a maritime service unique among the U.S. military branches for having a mission that includes defense operations, maritime law enforcement, and search and rescue.

August
7

Purple Heart Day

August 7, 2020

This day commemorates the creation of the oldest American military decoration for military merit, the Purple Heart, and honors the men and women who are members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

September
2020

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 2020

This month reminds parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning.

September
2020

National Preparedness Month

September 2020

National Preparedness Month is a reminder that we all must prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. The focus is on disaster planning and readiness.

September
2020

Suicide Prevention Month

September 2020

This goal of this month is to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideas to treatment services.

September
11

Sept. 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2020

National Day of Service and Remembrance, also known as Patriot Day, commemorates the memory of the people killed in the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

September
18

Air Force Birthday

September 18, 2020

Founded 1947, the Air Force is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Air Force’s core missions are air and space superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike and command and control.

September
27

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

September 27, 2020

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day honors families that have lost a son or daughter while serving in the military. A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the armed forces.

October
2020

Domestic Violence Prevention Month

October 2020

During October, communities across the nation join together to recognize the prevalence of domestic violence, honor those who have been affected by violence, and learn ways to prevent it.

October
2020

National Bullying Prevention Month

October 2020

During this month, communities nationwide are called upon to educate the public and raise awareness of bullying prevention.

October
13

Navy Birthday

October 13, 2020

Established in 1775, the Navy is the naval warfare branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. It consisted of 319,000 active-duty personnel, 282 deployable combat vessels and more than 3,700 operational aircraft in 2018.

October
26

National Day of the Deployed

October 26, 2020

This day honors all service members who have been deployed in service of our country.

October
27

Navy Day

October 27, 2020

This annual event salutes all of the women and men who have served, both past and present, in the United States Navy.

November
2020

Adoption Month

November 2020

Adoption Month raises awareness of the value of adoption for building strong and loving families. Nov. 18 is National Adoption Day.

November
2020

Family Literacy Month

November 2020

This month encourages families to build literacy skills by reading with their children.

November
2020

National Family Caregivers Month

November 2020

During this month, we acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with chronic health conditions.

November
2020

National Veterans and Military Families Month

November 2020

During this month, Americans honor the contributions of veterans, military families and those who gave their lives in service to our country.

November
10

Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2020

Founded in 1775, the Marine Corps is the armed forces’ combined-arms task force on land, at sea and in the air.

November
11

Veterans Day 2020

November 11, 2020

On this day, Americans honor everyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

December
7

Pearl Harbor Day

December 7, 2020

This day commemorates the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States’ entry into World War II.

December
13

National Guard Birthday

December 13, 2020

Founded in 1636, the National Guard is a reserve military force composed of National Guard units of each state and the territories of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Most Guards hold civilian jobs while serving part time. National Guard units are under the dual control of the state and the federal government.