National Missing Children's Day in the United States
National Missing Children's Day is an annual observation in the United States designed to highlight the problem of child abduction. It falls on May 25 - on that date in 1979, six-year-old New Yorker Ethan Patz disappeared on his way to school. National Missing Children's Day was first observed in 1983.
What Do People Do?
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children annually holds events on and around National Missing Children's Day to raise awareness of the threat of child abduction, inform families about ways to keep their children safe and support victims' families. The center's initiative “Take 25” encourages parents, guardians and educators to take 25 minutes to talk to children about safety.
National Missing Children's Day is a nation-wide observance in the United States but not a public holiday.
National Missing Children's Day was first observed in 1983, following a proclamation by U.S. president Ronald Reagan. In the years 1979 to 1981, a series of child abductions shocked the American public. Ethan Patz was six years old when he disappeard on his way to school on May 25, 1979. Although he was never found, the boy was legally declared dead in 2001. His case received a large amount of media attention and ultimately lead to the formation of the missing children's movement. National Missing Children's Day falls on the anniversary of his disappearance.
National Missing Children's Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Tue||May 25||2010||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Wed||May 25||2011||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 25||2012||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 25||2013||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Sun||May 25||2014||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Mon||May 25||2015||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Wed||May 25||2016||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Thu||May 25||2017||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Fri||May 25||2018||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Sat||May 25||2019||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
|Mon||May 25||2020||National Missing Children's Day||Observance|
Quick FactsNational Missing Children's Day is an observation dedicated to addressing the problem of child abduction.
National Missing Children's Day 2018Friday, May 25, 2018
National Missing Children's Day 2019Saturday, May 25, 2019
Name in other languages
|National Missing Children's Day||English|
|Día Nacional de Niños Desaparecidos||Spanish|
|היום הלאומי של ילדים נעדרים||Hebrew|
|يوم الطفل مفقود الوطني||Arabic|
|국립 실종 아동의 날||Korean|
|Nasjonal dag for savnede barn||Norwegian|
|Nationaler Tag der vermissten Kinder||German|
Other holidays in May 2019 in the United States
- Yom HaShoah – Wednesday, May 1, 2019
- National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 2, 2019
- Kentucky Oaks – Friday, May 3, 2019
- Kent State Shootings Remembrance – Saturday, May 4, 2019
- Cinco de Mayo – Sunday, May 5, 2019
- Ramadan starts – Monday, May 6, 2019
- Truman Day – Wednesday, May 8, 2019
- Yom Ha'atzmaut – Thursday, May 9, 2019
- Confederate Memorial Day – Friday, May 10, 2019
- Mother's Day – Sunday, May 12, 2019
- Peace Officers Memorial Day – Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- National Defense Transportation Day – Friday, May 17, 2019
- Armed Forces Day – Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Emergency Medical Services for Children Day – Wednesday, May 22, 2019
- Lag BaOmer – Thursday, May 23, 2019
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 27, 2019
- Ascension Day – Thursday, May 30, 2019
- Lailat al-Qadr – Friday, May 31, 2019