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D-Day in the United States

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.

Is D-Day a Public Holiday?

D-Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010SunJun 6D-DayObservance 
2011MonJun 6D-DayObservance 
2012WedJun 6D-DayObservance 
2013ThuJun 6D-DayObservance 
2014FriJun 6D-DayObservance 
2015SatJun 6D-DayObservance 
2016MonJun 6D-DayObservance 
2017TueJun 6D-DayObservance 
2018WedJun 6D-DayObservance 
2019ThuJun 6D-DayObservance 
2020SatJun 6D-DayObservance 

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