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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 August 21.

Is Senior Citizens Day a Public Holiday?

Even though Senior Citizens Day falls on Saturday, August 21, 2021, it is a working day. Most businesses follow regular opening hours in the United States.

UN International Day for Older Persons

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


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 August 21.

Public Life

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


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 August 21 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
2016SunAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2017MonAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2018TueAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2019WedAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2020FriAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2021SatAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2022SunAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2023MonAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2024WedAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2025ThuAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance
2026FriAug 21Senior Citizens DayObservance

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