Checkers Day 2017: When Is Checkers Day? 🗓

When is Checkers Day 2017? This year Checkers Day is celebrated on a Saturday, September 23, 2017. In 2018, Checkers Day is on Sunday, September 23, 2018.

September 23 is Checkers Day. The unofficial holiday is not about the board game but has a political origin. The holiday commemorates a speech given by American President Richard Nixon on this day in 1952 as a Vice Presidential candidate.

In the now-famous speech, Nixon denied taking political gifts. It is popularly called the Checkers Speech or the Fund Speech because during the address he announced his intention of keeping Checkers, a dog given to his kids as a gift.

Countdown to Checkers Day date is below, plus holiday history, celebration info, facts and holiday details.

When is Checkers Day 2017? This year Checkers Day is on Saturday, September 23, 2017.


In addition to helping boost Nixon’s political position in the upcoming presidential elections, the 30 minute long Checkers speech marked the beginning of the involvement of the television in American politics. The address was aired live all around the country and was watched by an estimated 60 million people.

Below you will find all the details for Checkers Day 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Checkers Day a federal holiday?

No, Checkers Day is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Checkers Day a national holiday?

Checkers Day is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Checkers Day a paid holiday?

No, Checkers Day is not a paid holiday. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).

Does the mail run on Checkers Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Checkers Day. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Checkers Day?

Checkers Day is a Fun holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Checkers Day?

On Checkers Day, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Checkers Day 2017

Holiday: Checkers Day
Date: September 23, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Fun
Checkers Day 2018: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Checkers Day 2019: Monday, September 23, 2019
Checkers Day 2020: Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that Richard Nixon was the only president in the history of the United States to have resigned from office?Checkers Day

How To Celebrate Checkers Day

Wear checkered clothing.

Even though the holiday itself doesn’t have anything to do with the game, no one will judge you if you decided to observe it by playing a game or two of checkers.

Read more about Nixon’s life and his Checkers Speech.

If you have children and young adults in your life, Checker’s Day is a good day to introduce them to American politics and the role of television in politics around the world.

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