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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 2022 is a state observance in 5 states and a state holiday in Arizona and South Dakota.

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.

In Arizona, the holiday is a legal state holiday and is observed on June 2, if it is a Sunday. When June 2 falls on any other weekday, it is observed on the following Sunday.

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
2017FriMay 12Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2017SatSep 9Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2017FriSep 22Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2017MonOct 9Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2018FriMay 11Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2018SatSep 8Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2018FriSep 28Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2018MonOct 8Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2019FriMay 10Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2019SunJun 2Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2019SatSep 7Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2019FriSep 27Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2019MonOct 14Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2019MonOct 14Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2020FriMay 8Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2020SunJun 7Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2020SatSep 12Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2020FriSep 25Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2020MonOct 12Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2020MonOct 12Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2021FriMay 14Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2021SunJun 6Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2021SatSep 11Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2021FriSep 24Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2021MonOct 11Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2021MonOct 11Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2022FriMay 13Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2022SunJun 5Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2022SatSep 10Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2022FriSep 23Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2022MonOct 10Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2022MonOct 10Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2023FriMay 12Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2023SunJun 4Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2023SatSep 9Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2023FriSep 22Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2023MonOct 9Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2023MonOct 9Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2024FriMay 10Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2024SunJun 2Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2024SatSep 7Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2024FriSep 27Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2024MonOct 14Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2024MonOct 14Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2025FriMay 9Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2025SunJun 8Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2025SatSep 6Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2025FriSep 26Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2025MonOct 13Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2025MonOct 13Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2026FriMay 8Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2026SunJun 7Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2026SatSep 12Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2026FriSep 25Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2026MonOct 12Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma
2026MonOct 12Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2027FriMay 14Native American DayState ObservanceWyoming
2027SunJun 6Native American DayState HolidayArizona
2027SatSep 11Native American DayState ObservanceDelaware
2027FriSep 24Native American DayState ObservanceCalifornia, Nevada
2027MonOct 11Native American DayState HolidaySouth Dakota
2027MonOct 11Native American DayState ObservanceOklahoma

While we diligently research and update our holiday dates, some of the information in the table above may be preliminary. If you find an error, please let us know.