Boss's Day in the United States
Boss’s Day, also known as National Boss Day or Bosses Day, is a time for many workers to appreciate their employers. It is annually observed in the United States on October 16, or the nearest working day.
What Do People Do?
Boss’s Day is dedicated to all employers and provides a prospect of improving the liaison between employers and their staff. Many workers dedicate this day to their supervisors for various reasons, such as supporting staff with their jobs and careers. This observance also gives employees a chance to recognize those in supervisory positions.
Some people give their bosses cards, gift certificates, or flowers on Boss’s Day. This observance is becoming increasingly popular in various workplaces. It has received both praise and controversy.
Boss’s Day, which is on October 16, is an observance and it is not a nationwide public holiday in the United States. If it falls on a weekend, then it is celebrated on the working day closest to it.
The concept of National Boss Day began in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the United States Chamber of Commerce. She designated October 16 as the special day because it was her father's birthday. Haroski's purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors.
Four years later in 1962, Illinois Governor Otto Kerner backed Haroski's registration and officially proclaimed the day. The event’s popularity is growing outside the United States and is now also observed in countries such as Australia, India, and South Africa.
Note: The dates below show when National Boss Day was first officially proclaimed in 1962, although the concept for this observance began in 1958.
Boss's Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Fri||Oct 15||2010||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Mon||Oct 17||2011||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Tue||Oct 16||2012||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Wed||Oct 16||2013||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Thu||Oct 16||2014||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Fri||Oct 16||2015||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Mon||Oct 17||2016||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Mon||Oct 16||2017||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Tue||Oct 16||2018||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Wed||Oct 16||2019||Boss's Day||Observance|
|Fri||Oct 16||2020||Boss's Day||Observance|
Quick FactsBoss’s Day is observed in many workplaces in the United States on October 16, or the nearest working day, each year.
Boss's Day 2016Monday, October 17, 2016
Boss's Day 2017Monday, October 16, 2017
Name in other languages
|Tag des Chefs||German|
- Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 4, 2016
- Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2016
Other holidays in October 2016 in the United States
- Rosh Hashana – Monday, October 3, 2016
- Feast of St Francis of Assisi – Tuesday, October 4, 2016
- Leif Erikson Day – Sunday, October 9, 2016
- Columbus Day – Monday, October 10, 2016
- Yom Kippur – Wednesday, October 12, 2016
- U.S. Navy Birthday – Thursday, October 13, 2016
- White Cane Safety Day – Saturday, October 15, 2016
- First Day of Sukkot – Monday, October 17, 2016
- Alaska Day – Tuesday, October 18, 2016
- Last Day of Sukkot – Sunday, October 23, 2016
- Shmini Atzeret – Monday, October 24, 2016
- Simchat Torah – Tuesday, October 25, 2016
- Nevada Day – Friday, October 28, 2016
- Diwali/Deepavali – Saturday, October 29, 2016
- Halloween – Monday, October 31, 2016