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When is Towel Day 2017? This year Towel Day is celebrated on a Thursday, May 25, 2017. In 2018, Towel Day is on Friday, May 25, 2018.

Carry a towel and don’t panic on Towel Day. Celebrated annually on May 25, this unofficial holiday celebrates the hugely popular science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (H2G2) by Douglas Adams.

The holiday stems out of a key phrase in the series of books, called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – A Trilogy in Five Parts that refer to a towel as β€œβ€¦the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”

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

When is Towel Day 2017? This year Towel Day is on Thursday, May 25, 2017.


…that H2G2 was originally a radio show? Its popularity prompted Adams to write the books.

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

Is Towel Day a federal holiday?

No, Towel 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 Towel Day a national holiday?

Towel 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 Towel Day a paid holiday?

No, Towel 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 Towel Day?

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

Towel 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 Towel Day?

On Towel 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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Towel Day 2017

Holiday: Towel Day
Date: May 25, 2017
Weekday: Thursday
Holiday Type: Fun
Towel Day 2018: Friday, May 25, 2018
Towel Day 2019: Saturday, May 25, 2019
Towel Day 2020: Monday, May 25, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that H2G2 was originally a radio show? Its popularity prompted Adams to write the books.

How To Celebrate Towel Day

Carry a towel with you wherever you go.

If you haven’t read the books, why not pick them up and start reading them today? We assure you, you will not regret it!

Listen to the radio show or watch the movie adaptations based on the books.

Host an H2G2 themed party. Give out towels to your guests as favors. Regale them with bad poetry – hopefully not as bad as Vogon poetry. Serve them a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, lots of fish, and tea, and decorate your venue with petunias and signs that remind people not to panic.

Attend a local Towel Day event.

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