Monkey Day 2017: When Is Monkey Day? 🗓

When is Monkey Day 2017? This year Monkey Day is celebrated on a Thursday, December 14, 2017. In 2018, Monkey Day is on Friday, December 14, 2018.

December 14 is Monkey Day. The day celebrates monkeys and all other primate cousins of humans such as apes, chimpanzees, and gibbons.

While the origins of Monkey Day are not known, there are many theories as to why this holiday was created. Some sources suggest that it started as a prank by some college students, while others suggest that it was started by people who wanted to raise awareness about monkeys, their habitats, and their role in the environment.

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

When is Monkey Day 2017? This year Monkey Day is on Thursday, December 14, 2017.


Monkeys are primates that usually live in trees and are active during the day. There are about 260 different species of monkeys around the world. Scientists classify monkeys into two different categories – old world monkeys found in Asia and Africa and new world monkeys found in the Americas.

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

Is Monkey Day a federal holiday?

No, Monkey 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 Monkey Day a national holiday?

Monkey 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 Monkey Day a paid holiday?

No, Monkey 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 Monkey Day?

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

Monkey 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 Monkey Day?

On Monkey 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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Monkey Day 2017

Holiday: Monkey Day
Date: December 14, 2017
Weekday: Thursday
Holiday Type: Fun
Monkey Day 2018: Friday, December 14, 2018
Monkey Day 2019: Saturday, December 14, 2019
Monkey Day 2020: Monday, December 14, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that monkeys went into space before humans did? The first primate to go to space was called Albert II, a rhesus monkey.

How To Celebrate Monkey Day

Learn more about monkeys and non-human primates.

Donate your time and money to a non-profit organization that works to conserve and preserve monkey and simian environments.

Visit your local zoo to observe monkeys, apes, and other primates.

Watch Planet of the Apes and other movies with simian characters.

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