Read a Book Day 2017: When Is Read a Book Day? 🗓

When is Read a Book Day 2017? This year Read a Book Day is celebrated on a Wednesday, September 6, 2017. In 2018, Read a Book Day is on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

On September 6, pour yourself a cup of tea, find a cozy spot and curl up with a good book because it is Read A Book Day!

Possibly created by a bibliophile, the unofficial holiday encourages people to pick up a book and immerse themselves in it.

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

When is Read a Book Day 2017? This year Read a Book Day is on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.


Research has shown that reading can have several health and social benefits. Frequent readers tend to have lower stress levels than non-readers. In addition, reading can stimulate brain activity and improve memory. Socially, reading can reap a lot of benefits – well-read people tend to be more empathetic and aware of societal ills and differences.

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

Is Read a Book Day a federal holiday?

No, Read a Book 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 Read a Book Day a national holiday?

Read a Book 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 Read a Book Day a paid holiday?

No, Read a Book 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 Read a Book Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Read a Book 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 Read a Book Day?

Read a Book 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 Read a Book Day?

On Read a Book 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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Read a Book Day 2017

Holiday: Read a Book Day
Date: September 6, 2017
Weekday: Wednesday
Holiday Type: Fun
Read a Book Day 2018: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Read a Book Day 2019: Friday, September 6, 2019
Read a Book Day 2020: Sunday, September 6, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that the Japanese word tsundoku refers to the act of piling up books without reading them? We have all been guilty one time or the other of buying multiple books and letting them pile without ever getting around to reading them.

How To Celebrate Read a Book Day

Read that book you have always been meaning to pick up and read.

Revisit your favorite book and read it again.

Join a local book club so that you have more motivation to read.

If you are already a part of a book club, what about organizing a book party for them? Invite all the book club members and discuss a book while enjoying dishes inspired by your favorite books.

Learn more about the life and work of your favorite author.

Visit your local library, and if you are not already a member, become one.

Support your local library or any reading initiatives that exist in your neighborhood by volunteering your time, money or expertise.

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