D-Day in United States

Quick Facts

D-Day is a special anniversary in some countries, including the United States (U.S.), to remember Allied forces’ invasion of Normandy, France, in the Second World War.

Local names

NameLanguage
D-DayEnglish
el día DSpanish
D-יוםHebrew
D-يومArabic
D-데이Korean
D-DayGerman

D-Day 2014

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015
List of dates for other years

D-Day is observed in the U.S. in memory of the Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944, in which American soldiers and other Allied forces fought to end World War II in Europe.

Arromanches, on the coast in the heart of the Normandy landings in France.

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What do people do?

Some museums and war memorials host exhibitions featuring photos and film as a tribute to soldiers who were part of the Normandy landings. D-Day memorials and ceremonies are also held to remember these soldiers. 

Public life

D-Day is an observance and not a federal public holiday in the U.S.

Background

About 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi soldiers on June 6, 1944. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory”. More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by the end of the day, the troops gained a foot- hold in Normandy. Thousands of soldiers lost their lives, but thousands more trekked across Europe to end the war. The invasion is one of history’s most significant military attacks.

D-Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
WedJun 61990D-DayObservance 
ThuJun 61991D-DayObservance 
SatJun 61992D-DayObservance 
SunJun 61993D-DayObservance 
MonJun 61994D-DayObservance 
TueJun 61995D-DayObservance 
ThuJun 61996D-DayObservance 
FriJun 61997D-DayObservance 
SatJun 61998D-DayObservance 
SunJun 61999D-DayObservance 
TueJun 62000D-DayObservance 
WedJun 62001D-DayObservance 
ThuJun 62002D-DayObservance 
FriJun 62003D-DayObservance 
SunJun 62004D-DayObservance 
MonJun 62005D-DayObservance 
TueJun 62006D-DayObservance 
WedJun 62007D-DayObservance 
FriJun 62008D-DayObservance 
SatJun 62009D-DayObservance 
SunJun 62010D-DayObservance 
MonJun 62011D-DayObservance 
WedJun 62012D-DayObservance 
ThuJun 62013D-DayObservance 
FriJun 62014D-DayObservance 
SatJun 62015D-DayObservance 
MonJun 62016D-DayObservance 
TueJun 62017D-DayObservance 
WedJun 62018D-DayObservance 
ThuJun 62019D-DayObservance 
SatJun 62020D-DayObservance 

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