Pardon Day 2017: When Is Pardon Day? 🗓

When is Pardon Day 2017? This year Pardon Day is celebrated on a Friday, September 8, 2017. In 2018, Pardon Day is on Saturday, September 8, 2018.

September 8 is Pardon Day, a day to seek and give forgiveness. On Pardon Day put aside all your grudges, be kind to everyone and forgive those who may have hurt you.

It is thought that the day owes its existence to the pardon granted by United States President Gerald Ford to former President Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate Scandal on September 8, 1974.

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

When is Pardon Day 2017? This year Pardon Day is on Friday, September 8, 2017.


While the word pardon can be commonly used as a synonym of forgiveness, the word has a very specific legal implication. It is used to refer to an official or legal act that releases an individual or a group from the punishment for a crime. In its legal form a pardon is usually given by the head of a government, state or a religious authority. In many countries the rules of a pardon are coded in law or in the constitution.

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

Is Pardon Day a federal holiday?

No, Pardon 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 Pardon Day a national holiday?

Pardon 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 Pardon Day a paid holiday?

No, Pardon 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 Pardon Day?

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

Pardon 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 Pardon Day?

On Pardon 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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Pardon Day 2017

Holiday: Pardon Day
Date: September 8, 2017
Weekday: Friday
Holiday Type: Fun
Pardon Day 2018: Saturday, September 8, 2018
Pardon Day 2019: Sunday, September 8, 2019
Pardon Day 2020: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that the word pardon comes from the Latin perdonare meaning to grant freely?

How To Celebrate Pardon Day

There is nothing wrong in saying sorry, so if you have someone you think you have hurt, tell them that you are sorry. Write a nice note or meet them for coffee.

If someone comes to you to apologize for something they have done, be gracious and forgive them.

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