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Navy Birthday in the United States

The Navy Birthday is on October 13 and celebrates the establishment of the US Navy in 1775.

Is Navy Birthday a Public Holiday?

Navy Birthday is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, October 13, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in the United States.

US Navy and Marine Corps personnel stand at attention.

Navy Birthday is celebrated on October 13.


On October 13, 1775, the United States Navy was established. The day is celebrated as the birthdate of the American Navy.

Naval Celebration

The day is mainly celebrated by personnel, veterans, or other people related to the navy. Usually, it is marked with a Navy Birthday Ball with a formal dinner, birthday cake, and entertainment.

Pirate Problem

The United States Navy originated over 240 years ago as the Continental Navy. The then Continental Congress authorized 2 armed vessels to search for ships supplying the British army with weapons and ammunition during the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).

When the war ended, the Continental Navy was dismantled, but pirate threats to American merchant shipping led President George Washington to establish the Naval Act of 1794, creating a permanent standing US Navy.

US Navy Today

The United States Navy is the naval warfare branch of the US Armed Forces. It has more than 300,000 personnel on active duty and around 100,000 personnel in the Navy Reserve.

Navy Birthday Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015TueOct 13Navy BirthdayObservance
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2017FriOct 13Navy BirthdayObservance
2018SatOct 13Navy BirthdayObservance
2019SunOct 13Navy BirthdayObservance
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