National Maritime Day
Date When Celebrated: This holiday is always held on May 22
From its very beginning the United States of America has been a maritime nation. Since those early days, the Merchant Marine has been there to support the maritime needs of both the civilian maritime industry and the U.S. navy. In recognition of the Merchant Marine, the U.S. Congress created National Maritime Day in 1933. Congress chose this date, to also commemorate the anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic voyage of a steamship. On May 22, 1819, the U.S. steamship Savannah, left from Savannah, Georgia, bound for Liverpool, England.
The Merchant Martine supports maritime interests, charged with overseeing the movement of people and goods over the seas, in times of both peace and war. In times of peace, it supports commercial U.S. maritime interests. During peacetime, the Merchant Marine is a civilian organization, managed by both the public and the U.S. government. In times of war, it is part of the U.S. military.
Did You Know? The Merchant Marine played a major role in World War II. moving soldiers, military arms, equipment and supplies. During the war, over 250,000 people served in the Merchant Marine. Over 6,700 lost their lives. Over 800 merchant ships were sunk or damaged.
National Maritime Day is celebrated in a number of ways:
History and Origin of National Maritime Day:
The U.S. Congress proclaimed May 22 to be National Maritime Day (Public Resolution #7 of May 20, 1933). The resolution instructs the president to make an annual proclamation, calling upon Americans to observe the day and to fly the American flags at their homes and businesses.
National Maritime Day is a true national holiday. However, it is not a public holiday. Schools, businesses and government offices are open.
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