Hobbit Day 2017: When Is Hobbit Day? 🗓

When is Hobbit Day 2017? This year Hobbit Day is celebrated on a Friday, September 22, 2017. In 2018, Hobbit Day is on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Fans of JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LOTR) and the Hobbit epic celebrate September 22 as Hobbit Day. The week containing Hobbit Day is also celebrated as Tolkien Week.

Hobbit Day and Tolkien Week first began in 1978 by the proclamation of the American Tolkien Society, an organization whose goal is to further the study and spread the appreciation of the works of JRR Tolkien and his son, Christopher JR Tolkien.

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

When is Hobbit Day 2017? This year Hobbit Day is on Friday, September 22, 2017.


September 22 is designated as Hobbit Day because it is the birthdate of two of JRR Tolkien’s main characters – Bilbo Baggins and Frodo Baggins. Bilbo Baggins, the protagonist of Tolkien’s hugely popular 1937 children’s novel, The Hobbit, was born on September 22, Third Age 2890. Frodo Baggins, the central character in the LOTR trilogy, on the other hand, is 78 years younger than Bilbo, having been born in the Third Age year of 2968.

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

Is Hobbit Day a federal holiday?

No, Hobbit 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 Hobbit Day a national holiday?

Hobbit 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 Hobbit Day a paid holiday?

No, Hobbit 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 Hobbit Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Hobbit 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 Hobbit Day?

Hobbit 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 Hobbit Day?

On Hobbit 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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Hobbit Day 2017

Holiday: Hobbit Day
Date: September 22, 2017
Weekday: Friday
Holiday Type: Fun
Hobbit Day 2018: Saturday, September 22, 2018
Hobbit Day 2019: Sunday, September 22, 2019
Hobbit Day 2020: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that the Fellowship of the Rings, the first book in the Lord of the Rings series, opens with Bilbo Baggins announcing his eleventy-first birthday?

How To Celebrate Hobbit Day

Host parties and feasts like the ones held in the books.

Don’t wear shoes on this day because the hobbits in the books are always barefooted.

Attend marathon viewing sessions of the movie version of the books and participate in Hobbit and LOTR quizzes.

If you have young adults in your life, encourage them to read Tolkien’s work.

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