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National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day in the United States

National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day is a United States (U.S.) observance held on the first Saturday in May. It honors members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have risked their lives in disposing explosives.

Is National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day a Public Holiday?

National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in the United States.

A Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV) navigates over rough terrain.
A Joint Explosive Ordnance Disposal Rapid Response Vehicle (JERRV) navigates over rough terrain.
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Observe National EOD Day

Various organizations, community groups, and individuals throughout the U.S. take the time on the first Saturday of May to commemorate National EOD Day. Some groups organize prayer services and special events to remember and thank EOD professionals who risk their lives, or have lost their lives, or were injured doing their job.

Public Life

National EOD Day is an observance and not a public holiday in the United States.

About National EOD Day

EOD technicians are specially trained to deal with disarming and disposing high explosive devices and other types of ordnance, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. National EOD Day was created to recognize EOD professionals and the work they do to protect people from harm.

National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2011SatMay 7National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2012SatMay 5National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2013SatMay 4National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2014SatMay 3National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2015SatMay 2National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2016SatMay 7National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2017SatMay 6National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2018SatMay 5National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2019SatMay 4National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 
2020SatMay 2National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) DayObservance 

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