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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.

Is Boss's Day a Public Holiday?

Boss's Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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Boss's Day, also known as National Boss Day, is a day for workers to appreciate their employers.

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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.

Public Life

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010FriOct 15Boss's DayObservance 
2011MonOct 17Boss's DayObservance 
2012TueOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2013WedOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2014ThuOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2015FriOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2016MonOct 17Boss's DayObservance 
2017MonOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2018TueOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2019WedOct 16Boss's DayObservance 
2020FriOct 16Boss's DayObservance 

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