National Loyalty Day - May 1


National Loyalty Day is observed annually on May 1.  This day is set aside for the reaffirmation of loyalty to the United States and for the recognition of the heritage of American freedom.


The President of the U.S. issues a proclamation annually on May 1 as part of celebratory activities of National Loyalty Day.  Communities throughout the country also celebrate this patriotic day with parades and ceremonies.  Use #NationalLoyaltyDay to show your loyalty to American freedom.


First observed in 1921 as “Americanization Day,” this holiday was intended to counterbalance the celebration of Labor Day on May Day.  On July 18, 1958, it was made on official holiday by the U.S. Congress (Public Law 85-529).  President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1959 the first official observance of Loyalty Day.  This day has been recognized with an official proclamation every year, by every president, since it’s inception as a legal holiday in 1958.


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