Events & Observances

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

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Observances

December
28

Anniversary of Army Chaplain Assistant

December 28, 2018

Established in 1909, Chaplain Assistants provide support for the chaplain’s programs and worship services.

January
2019
To
October
2019

MilTax Season

January 22, 2019 - October 15, 2019

Military OneSource MilTax is a suite of tax services provided at no cost to service members and their families. Services include tax consultations and online software to facilitate preparation and e-filing.

January
2019

MilParent Power

January 2019

MilParent Power offers helpful information and practical tools to help busy military parents build family togetherness, readiness and resilience.

February
4

USO Birthday

February 4, 2019

The USO supports military service members and military families in USO center locations worldwide by providing programs like military care packages, USO shows and transition resources for veterans.

February
19

Coast Guard Reserve Birthday

February 19, 2019

Founded in 1941, the Coast Guard Reserve is an operational maritime force that support the Coast Guard roles of maritime homeland security, national defense and domestic disaster operations.

February
2019

American Heart Month

February 2019

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

February
2019

Registration Season for Summer Camps

February 2019

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
3

Navy Reserve Birthday

March 3, 2019

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.

March
2019

Month of the Military Caregiver

March 2019

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
2019

National Nutrition Month

March 2019

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

March
2019
To
August
2019

PCS Season

March 2019 - August 2019

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.

April
5

Gold Star Spouses Day

April 5, 2019

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

April
7-13

National Library Week

April 7-13, 2019

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

April
14

Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 14, 2019

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
20-28

National Parks Week

April 20-28, 2019

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
23

Army Reserve Birthday

April 23, 2019

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.

April
2019

Financial Capability Month

April 2019

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
2019

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 2019

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

April
2019

Month of the Military Child

April 2019

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
2019
To
June
2019

MilParent Power

April 2019 - June 2019

MilParent Power offers helpful information and practical tools to help busy military parents build family togetherness, readiness and resilience.

May
2019

Military Spouse Appreciation Month

May 2019

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 10.

May
17

National Defense Transportation Day

May 17, 2019

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

May
18

Armed Forces Day

May 18, 2019

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

May
27

Memorial Day

May 27, 2019

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, 2019

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

June
7

National Trails Day

June 7, 2019

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, 2019

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, 2019

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

June
21-30

Warrior Games

June 21-30, 2019

The Warrior Games enhance the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded, ill and injured service members through adaptive sports. Featuring competition between service branches, the games encourage service members to stay physically active, and inspire opportunities for growth and achievement. The 2019 games will be held in Tampa, Florida.

June
23

Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

June 23, 2019

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, 2019

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

June
29

MSEP Eight-year Anniversary

June 29, 2019

The Military Spouse Employment Partnership, or MSEP, is a service of Military OneSource’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program. MSEP has 300+ employer partners who are committed to hiring military spouses.

July
4

Independence Day

July 4, 2019

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, 2019

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

July
2019

Military Consumer Protection Month

July 2019

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

July
2019

Parks and Recreation Month

July 2019

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.

August
4

U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

August 4, 2019

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, 2019

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
11

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

September 11, 2019

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, 2019

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
29

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

September 29, 2019

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.

September
2019

Library Card Sign-Up Month

September 2019

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
2019

National Preparedness Month

September 2019

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
2019

Suicide Prevention Month

September 2019

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.

October
13

Navy Birthday

October 13, 2019

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, 2019

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

October
27

Navy Day

October 27, 2019

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

October
2019

Domestic Violence Prevention Month

October 2019

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
2019

National Bullying Prevention Month

October 2019

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

November
10

Marine Corps Birthday

November 10, 2019

Founded in 1775, the Marine Corps is the armed forces’ combined-arms task force on land, at sea and in the air. It had more than 180,000 active-duty personnel in 2018.

November
11

Veterans Day 2019

November 11, 2019

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

November
2019

Adoption Month

November 2019

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

November
2019

National Veterans and Military Families Month

November 2019

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

November
2019

National Family Caregivers Month

November 2019

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

November
2019

Family Literacy Month

November 2019

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