Law Day in the United States

Law Day in the United States of America (USA) is celebrated on May 1 each year. It lso falls on the same day as Loyalty Day in the USA.

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People take the time to appreciate the law on Law Day.
People take the time to appreciate the law on Law Day.

What Do People Do?

Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.

Supported by organizations such as the American Bar Association, this day is an opportunity for people to recognize and discuss the role of courts in the United States. To celebrate Law Day, some local bar associations may hold a luncheon with guest speakers on various legal topics relevant to modern society.

Law Day activities may include: fundraising events and tasks; community outreach activities linked with talking points about the law; poster and essay contests; and interactive school lessons and role plays on legal topics such as the concept of separation of powers and the United States Constitution. In Florida the week of May 1 is Law Week, coinciding with Law Day.

Public Life

Law Day is an observance and is not a federal public holiday in the United States. Schools, post offices, stores and other businesses and organizations are open as usual. Public transport services run to their usual schedules and no extra congestion on highways is to be expected.


Law Day originated in 1957 when American Bar Association President Charles Rhyne envisioned a special day for celebrating the US legal system.  On February 3, 1958, President Dwight Eisenhower established Law Day by issuing a proclamation.  Every president since then has issued an annual Law Day proclamation. In 1961, May 1 was designated by joint resolution of Congress as the official date for celebrating Law Day.

According to the Legal Information Institute, the President is requested to issue a proclamation, calling on all public officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Law Day; and inviting the people of the United States to observe Law Day, with appropriate ceremonies and in other appropriate ways, through public entities and private organizations and in schools and other suitable places. Previous Law Day themes included “Justice for All”, “Foundations of Freedom”, and “Struggle for Justice”.


Symbols and images describing Law Day may feature the scales of justice, which represent the legal profession and justice. Representations of the mythological Lady of Justice are also associated with the law and the legal profession. She usually carries a sword and scales and may sometimes wear a blindfold. Almost always draped in flowing robes, she symbolizes the fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, avarice, prejudice, or favor.

Law Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
SatMay 12010Law DayObservance 
SunMay 12011Law DayObservance 
TueMay 12012Law DayObservance 
WedMay 12013Law DayObservance 
ThuMay 12014Law DayObservance 
FriMay 12015Law DayObservance 
SunMay 12016Law DayObservance 
MonMay 12017Law DayObservance 
TueMay 12018Law DayObservance 
WedMay 12019Law DayObservance 
FriMay 12020Law DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Law Day in the United States is annually held on May 1.

Law Day 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Law Day 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Name in other languages

Law DayEnglish
Día de las LeyesSpanish
חוק יוםHebrew
يوم القانونArabic
법의 날Korean
Lovens dagNorwegian
Tag des GesetzesGerman

List of dates for other years

Related holidays

Other holidays in May 2017 in the United States

Fun Holiday on May 1, 2017

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