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Senior Citizens Day in the United States

National Senior Citizens Day recognizes contributions senior citizens make in communities across the United States. It is annually observed on the third Sunday of August.

Is Senior Citizens Day a Public Holiday?

Senior Citizens Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, August 21, 2022 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in United States.

Senior citizens in the USA are recognized for their achievements on Senior Citizens Day.

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What Do People Do?

Various events and activities are organized on Senior Citizens Day to raise awareness of supporting older people and recognizing their achievements. Some people raise awareness through social media and news stories, while others organize special community gatherings inviting senior citizens, their families, friends and volunteers. Some businesses give special discounts or deals to senior citizens on or around the third Sunday of August.

Public Life

National Senior Citizens Day is an observance and not a public holiday in the US.

Background

Some people celebrate Senior Citizens Day on August 14 as it was the day past US president Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act in 1935. However, in 1988 Ronald Reagan, who was the US president at the time, declared the third Sunday of August to be National Senior Citizens Day.

This observance was established in honor of senior citizens in the US who made positive contributions in their communities. The day was also created to bring awareness of social, health, and economic issues that affect senior citizens.

Senior Citizens Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2017SunAug 20National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2018SunAug 19National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2019SunAug 18National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2020SunAug 16National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2021SunAug 15National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2022SunAug 21National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2023SunAug 20National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2024SunAug 18National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2025SunAug 17National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2026SunAug 16National Senior Citizens DayObservance
2027SunAug 15National Senior Citizens DayObservance

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