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Senior Citizens Day in the United States

National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the United States. It is annually observed on August 21.

UN International Day for Older Persons
Senior citizens in the USA are recognized for their achievements on Senior Citizens Day.
Senior citizens in the USA are recognized for their achievements on Senior Citizens Day.

What Do People Do?

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. Some people raise awareness through social media and news stories, while others organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers. Some businesses give special discounts or deals to senior citizens on or around August 21.

Public Life

National Senior Citizens Day is an observance and not a public holiday in the US.


Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared August 21 to be National Senior Citizens Day.

This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

Senior Citizens Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SatAug 212010Senior Citizens DayObservance 
SunAug 212011Senior Citizens DayObservance 
TueAug 212012Senior Citizens DayObservance 
WedAug 212013Senior Citizens DayObservance 
ThuAug 212014Senior Citizens DayObservance 
FriAug 212015Senior Citizens DayObservance 
SunAug 212016Senior Citizens DayObservance 
MonAug 212017Senior Citizens DayObservance 
TueAug 212018Senior Citizens DayObservance 
WedAug 212019Senior Citizens DayObservance 
FriAug 212020Senior Citizens DayObservance 

Quick Facts

National Senior Citizens Day is an observance on August 21 to honor the contributions of senior citizens in the United States.

Senior Citizens Day 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Senior Citizens Day 2017

Monday, August 21, 2017


Name in other languages

Senior Citizens DayEnglish
Dia De La Tercera EdadSpanish
יום אזרחים ותיקHebrew
كبار المواطنين يومArabic
노인의 날Korean
Eldres dagNorwegian
Tag der SeniorenGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holiday

Other holidays in August 2016 in the United States

Fun Holiday on August 21, 2016

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