Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day is celebrated the third Saturday in May each year. This year, the holiday falls on May
18th. The holiday was originally created by President Harry Truman in hopes that it would give American
citizens the chance to come together and support our military.

In 1949, Louis Johnson, the Secretary of Defense, announced that this holiday would bring the Army,
Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force together to celebrate instead of doing so on separate days. The
holiday has since evolved and now includes our brave men and women in the Army, Navy, Air Force,
Marine Corps, Space Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and the Reserves.

With over 1.3 million Americans currently serving in the military, it only seems fair to make sure we take
every chance we can to honor them. Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day by doing all kinds of fun
things! Most of the time, it’s a gathering with family outdoors celebrating with a BBQ and some cold

Another way to celebrate Armed Forces Day is to attend a local parade! These parades are a great way to
involve your whole family and show your support. Some parades also include fireworks as well. You may
even get an opportunity to meet a local veteran and learn about their service history!
In 1950, Armed Forces Day was celebrated in Washington DC by having over 10,000 active service
members and veterans march through the streets. So it only makes sense that we should continue that

Our family loves looking for old military movies to watch in May as well. If you’re looking for a way to have a
more relaxed celebration, several channels air some of the most classic military movies around. You can
even find some larger parades and firework shows live on TV.
While you’re out wearing red, white, and blue celebrating Armed Forces Day this year, be sure to thank a
service member for protecting us, for defending our rights and for their daily sacrifices for our country.
Facts about Armed Forces Day

  • The holiday is now celebrated in almost 40 countries
  • The day is not recognized as a federal holiday
  • It’s the 5th holiday relating to the military in May


About The Author:

Brittany has been a PCS Mentor  with Milhousing Network for over 2 years, and loves being able to help other military families! Her husband is active duty in the Army, and their family recently purchased their first home in Maryland. Their first duty station was in San Antonio, and she loves the city!