National Defense Transportation Day in the United States
National Defense Transportation Day, which occurs annually on the third Friday of May, remembers the contributions of people working in the United States' transport industry. It is part of National Transportation Week.
What Do People Do?
National Defense Transportation Day recognizes the men and women who work in the transportation industry and who contribute to the nation’s well-being and defense. The day falls within National Transportation Week (May 11-17), which hosts a wide range of activities including: poster contests for schools; educational expos on transport; and programs with guest speakers.
National Defense Transportation Day is an observance and is not a public holiday in the United States.
On May 16, 1957, Congress approved for the third Friday of May each year to be designated as National Defense Transportation Day. In 1962 Congress updated their request to include the whole week within which the Friday falls as National Transportation Week.
The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: designate the third Friday in May as National Defense Transportation Day; and urge people to observe the day by appropriate ceremonies that recognize the importance of the country’s transportation system and the maintenance of its facilities to serve the needs of the United States in times of peace and in national defense.
National Defense Transportation Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Fri||May 21||2010||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 20||2011||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 18||2012||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 17||2013||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 16||2014||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 15||2015||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 20||2016||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 19||2017||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 18||2018||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 17||2019||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 15||2020||National Defense Transportation Day||Observance|
Quick FactsNational Defense Transportation Day occurs annually in the United States on the third Friday of May.
National Defense Transportation Day 2016Friday, May 20, 2016
National Defense Transportation Day 2017Friday, May 19, 2017
Name in other languages
|National Defense Transportation Day||English|
|Día de la Defensa Nacional de Transporte||Spanish|
|יום התחבורה הביטחון הלאומי||Hebrew|
|يوم النقل الدفاع الوطني||Arabic|
|국방 교통의 날||Korean|
|Nasjonal forsvarstransports dag||Norwegian|
Other holidays in May 2017 in the United States
- Law Day – Monday, May 1, 2017
- Yom Ha'atzmaut – Tuesday, May 2, 2017
- Kent State Shootings Remembrance – Thursday, May 4, 2017
- Cinco de Mayo – Friday, May 5, 2017
- National Nurses Day – Saturday, May 6, 2017
- Truman Day – Monday, May 8, 2017
- State Holiday – Wednesday, May 10, 2017
- Lag BaOmer – Sunday, May 14, 2017
- Peace Officers Memorial Day – Monday, May 15, 2017
- Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 20, 2017
- National Maritime Day – Monday, May 22, 2017
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day – Wednesday, May 24, 2017
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 25, 2017
- Ramadan starts – Saturday, May 27, 2017
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2017
- Shavuot – Wednesday, May 31, 2017