Tolkien Reading Day 2017: When Is Tolkien Reading Day? 🗓

When is Tolkien Reading Day 2017? This year Tolkien Reading Day is celebrated on a Saturday, March 25, 2017. In 2018, Tolkien Reading Day is on Sunday, March 25, 2018.

March 25 is Tolkien Reading Day. Celebrate the unofficial holiday by reading some of your favorite Tolkien books.

Created in 2003 by the Tolkien Society, the unofficial holiday encourages people to read all of English author, John Ronald Reuel Tolkien’s (J.R.R Tolkien) works.

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

When is Tolkien Reading Day 2017? This year Tolkien Reading Day is on Saturday, March 25, 2017.


Thought to be one of the world’s most read fantasy writers, J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for his Lord of the Rings (LOTR) trilogy. A sequel to Tolkien’s other popular novel, The Hobbit. the LOTR trilogy is set in a fantasy land called the Middle-earth. Middle-earth is a continent on the fictional world called Arda.

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

Is Tolkien Reading Day a federal holiday?

No, Tolkien Reading 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 Tolkien Reading Day a national holiday?

Tolkien Reading 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 Tolkien Reading Day a paid holiday?

No, Tolkien Reading 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 Tolkien Reading Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Tolkien Reading 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 Tolkien Reading Day?

Tolkien Reading 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 Tolkien Reading Day?

On Tolkien Reading 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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Tolkien Reading Day 2017

Holiday: Tolkien Reading Day
Date: March 25, 2017
Weekday: Saturday
Holiday Type: Fun
Tolkien Reading Day 2018: Sunday, March 25, 2018
Tolkien Reading Day 2019: Monday, March 25, 2019
Tolkien Reading Day 2020: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that Tolkien was known to speak around 20 languages?

How To Celebrate Tolkien Reading Day

Read any of J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.

Attend public readings of his works organized by your local Tolkien fan organizations.

Host a marathon viewing of the movies based on the books.

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