Pan American Day

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Pan American Day
Official namePan American Day
Observed bySeveral Countries in The Americas
DateApril 14
Next time14 April 2020 (2020-04-14)

Pan American Day is a holiday observed by several countries in North and South America. It commemorates the First International Conference of American States which concluded on April 14, 1890, creating the International Union of American Republics, the forerunner to the Organization of American States (OAS).[1] The holiday was originally proposed by the organization in 1930, and was first observed on April 14, 1930.[2]

Customs/Traditions: Parades are held, some schools put on plays, the orchestra plays music, people set up exhibits, and pageants are sometimes held.


In Belize "Pan American Day" refers to October 12, which is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States.[3]

United States[edit]

In the United States, Pan American Day is observed by Presidential proclamation on April 14. In addition, the entire week on which the holiday falls is observed as Pan American Week. On April 7, 2017, President Donald Trump proclaimed Pan American Day and Pan American Week on April 7, 2017.[4]


  1. ^ Osmańczyk, Edmund Jan (2003). Encyclopedia of the United Nations and International Agreements (3 ed.). New York: Routledge. p. 1759. ISBN 0415939216.
  2. ^ DeConde, Alexander (1951). Herbert Hoover's Latin-American Policy. Stanford University Press. pp. 118–119.
  3. ^ "Belize celebrates Pan American Day". Breaking Belize News. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  4. ^ Office of the Press Secretary (April 7, 2017). "President Donald J. Trump Proclaims April 14, 2017, as Pan American Day and April 9 through April 15, 2017, as Pan American Week". Washington, D.C.: White House. Retrieved April 7, 2017.