United States federal observances

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Observances in the United States
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Observed by Federal government
Type National

United States federal observances are days, weeks, months, or other periods designated by the United States Congress for the commemoration or other observance of various events, activities, or topics. These observances differ from Federal holidays in that Federal employees only receive a day free from work on holidays, not observances. Federal observances that are designated by Congress appear in Title 36 of the United States Code (36 U.S.C. § 101 et seq.). Below is a list of all observances so designated. Note that not all of the laws below require that the observance be declared, in some cases, such as 36 U.S.C. § 114, Congress simply requested the President to issue a proclamation of the observance. They are published at Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1256.; Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1261.; Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1262.; Pub. L. 107–89, § 1, Dec. 18, 2001, 115 Stat. 876.; and Pub. L. 114–240, § 2(a), Oct. 7, 2016, 130 Stat. 974..

The President may also declare selected Federal observances by presidential proclamation, those observances are referenced at the List of observances in the United States by presidential proclamation.

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Weeks[edit]

  • 36 U.S.C. § 108 — Constitution Week (September 17 through September 23)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 122 — National Flag Week (Designating the week in which June 14 falls as National Flag Week)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 123 — National Forest Products Week (The week beginning on the third Sunday in October)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 130 — National Poison Prevention Week (Third week in March)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 131 — National Safe Boating Week (The 7-day period ending on the last Friday before Memorial Day)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 132 — National Suicide Prevention Week (The week beginning on the second Sunday in October)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 133 — National Transportation Week (The week that includes the third Friday of May)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 137 — Police Week (The week in which May 15 occurs)
  • 36 U.S.C. § 138 — Save Your Vision Week (The first week in March)

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