Boss's Day

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Boss's Day
Observed by United States, Canada, Lithuania
Date October 16 (or nearest working day)
2013 date October 16
2014 date October 16
2015 date October 16
2016 date October 17
Frequency annual

Boss's Day is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States, Canada and Lithuania. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year. This day was created for the purpose of strengthening the bond between employer and employee. Although the holiday is still controversial, it has become increasingly popular since its creation.[1]


Patricia Bays Haroski registered "National Boss' Day" with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 1958. She was working as a secretary for State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, at the time and chose October 16, which was her father's birthday. She was working for her father at the time. The purpose of designating a special day in the workplace is to show the appreciation for her bosses she thought they deserved. This was also a strategy to attempt to improve inner-work relationships between the high-ups and the employees. Haroski believed that young employees sometimes did not understand the hardwork and dedication that their supervisors put into their work and the challenges they faced to do so.[2] Four years later, in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day.[1]

Hallmark Cards did not offer a Boss's Day card for sale until 1979.[3] It increased the size of its National Boss's Day line by 28 percent in 2007.[4]

National Boss's Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia, India, Ireland, and Egypt.[citation needed] Note that Egypt celebrates their equivalent holiday on 10 December every year.[citation needed]

Boss' Day Celebrations[edit]

Most offices and companies celebrate Boss' Day by giving small tokens of appreciation such as flowers, candy, gift cards, etc. While this is norm tradition of the holiday, others go above an beyond to honor their supervisors.

In Brunswick, Ohio, Huntington Elementary School's student celebrated Boss' Day in a special and new way in honor of Principal Keith Merrill's birthday. Falling directly on October 16, students and staff members alike brought in close to around 200 jars of canned goods, including peanut butter and jelly, which was then donated to Brunswick food pantries in Merrill's name. The participants also sported goofy bow ties and ties, Merrill's work wardrobe, in honor of the holiday. [5]


  1. ^ a b "Time and Date — Boss's Day in United States". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Calendar Updates. "National Boss Day". Retrieved 2013-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Hallmark". Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Reading Eagle Oct 12, 2008". Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Lisik, Brian. "A "Boss Day" Celebration Serves More Than One Purpose". Sun News. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  • Sasoon, R (2009). Going Through the Miles to Become a Boss. NY, New York. Crossroads Press.