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Native American Day in the United States

While the second Monday of October marks Columbus Day in many parts of the United States, some states instead observe Native American Day, a celebration of North America's Indigenous peoples and their cultures.

Is Native American Day a Public Holiday?

Native American Day is a public holiday in some areas (see list below), where it is a day off and schools and most businesses are closed. In other areas, Native American Day is a normal working day.

Many Native Americans take part in celebrating Native Americans' Day or Indigenous People's Day in the United States through activities such as pow wows.

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Where and When Is Native American Day Celebrated?

Native American Day is a public holiday or official state observance only in some states. However, it has been steadily growing in both scope and popularity. Some states celebrate it on the second Monday of October, while others have moved the celebration to different dates. The table below shows where and when it is observed.

Some states observe a similar celebration called Indigenous People's Day.

Celebrating Native American Day

Native American Day is an opportunity to celebrate and learn about the traditions, culture, and background of Native Americans. Events vary from one place to another, but they may include pow wows, markets, or exhibitions.

Background

Native Americans are the indigenous peoples of North America. The term encompasses hundreds of different tribes, from the Inuit of Alaska to the Cherokees of the southeastern woodlands, each of whom has its own unique culture and language.

Native American Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2016FriMay 13Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2016FriSep 30Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2016MonOct 10Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2017FriMay 12Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2017FriSep 29Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2017MonOct 9Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2018FriMay 11Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2018FriSep 28Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2018MonOct 8Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2019FriMay 10Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2019SunJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2019FriSep 27Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2019MonOct 14Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2019MonOct 14Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2020FriMay 8Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2020TueJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2020FriSep 25Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2020MonOct 12Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2020MonOct 12Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2021FriMay 14Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2021WedJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2021FriSep 24Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2021MonOct 11Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2021MonOct 11Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2022FriMay 13Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2022ThuJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2022FriSep 30Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2022MonOct 10Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2022MonOct 10Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2023FriMay 12Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2023FriJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2023FriSep 29Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2023MonOct 9Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2023MonOct 9Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2024FriMay 10Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2024SunJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2024FriSep 27Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2024MonOct 14Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2024MonOct 14Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2025FriMay 9Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2025MonJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2025FriSep 26Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2025MonOct 13Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma
2025MonOct 13Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2026FriMay 8Native American DayState ObservationWyoming
2026TueJun 2Native American DayState ObservationArizona
2026FriSep 25Native American DayState ObservationCalifornia, Nevada
2026MonOct 12Native American DayState holidaySouth Dakota
2026MonOct 12Native American DayState ObservationOklahoma

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