Human Rights Day 2017: When Is Human Rights Day? Dates & Details 🗓

What day is Human Rights Day on? Human Rights Day 2017 is observed on a Sunday in December. In 2016, it was on a Saturday and Human Rights Day in 2018 is on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Countdown to Human Rights Day 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

December 10 is Human Rights Day, a United Nations (UN) campaign that calls for people to know and push for their rights no matter where they are in the world.

When is Human Rights Day 2017? This year Human Rights Day is on Sunday, December 10, 2017.


Human Rights Day marks the anniversary of when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed.

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

Is Human Rights Day a federal holiday?

No, Human Rights 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 Human Rights Day a national holiday?

Human Rights 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 Human Rights Day a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. 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 Human Rights Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Human Rights 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 Human Rights Day?

Human Rights Day is a regular 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 Human Rights Day?

On Human Rights 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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Human Rights Day 2017

Holiday: Human Rights Day
Date: December 10, 2017
Weekday: Sunday
Holiday Type: United Nations observance
Presidents Day 2018: Monday, December 10, 2018
Presidents Day 2019: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Presidents Day 2020: Thursday, December 10, 2020

History & Origin

How To Celebrate Human Rights Day

How To Say Human Rights Day in:

Spanish: Día de los Derechos Humanos
Norwegian: Internationaler Tag der Menschenrechte

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