United States federal observances

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Observances in the United States
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Observed by Federal government
Type National

United States federal observances are days, weeks, months, or other periods designated by the United States Congress for the commemoration or other observance of various events, activities, or topics. These observances differ from Federal holidays in that Federal employees only receive a day free from work on holidays, not observances. Federal observances that are designated by Congress appear in Title 36 of the United States Code (36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.). Below is a list of all observances so designated. Note that not all of the laws below require that the observance be declared, in some cases, such as 36 U.S.C. § 114, Congress simply requested the President to issue a proclamation of the observance.

The President may also declare selected Federal observances by presidential proclamation. Those observances are referenced at the List of observances in the United States by presidential proclamation.



  • Constitution Week
  • National Flag Week
  • National Forest Products Week
  • National Poison Prevention Week
  • National Safe Boating Week
  • National Suicide Prevention Week
  • Save Your Vision Week




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