Coast Guard Day is held each year on August 4th to recognize and honor the efforts of The United States Coast Guard. This celebration is considered an “internal” event for active and reserve Coast Guard members, plus their civilian employees and retirees and members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Coast Guard Day will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 4, 2020.
The Coast Guard still participates in Armed Forces Day and Armed Forces Week, but unlike their other military counterparts, they still have their own individual day to celebrate the accomplishments of this branch of the United States Military. The other four branches had their days (Air Force Day, Army Day, Navy Day, and Marine Corps Day) consolidated into Armed Forces Day.
Celebrating Coast Guard Day
Coast Guard Day is primarily an internal activity, so any activities held to commemorate the holiday are primarily organized and hosted by the individual commands or units.
One area of the country known as Coast Guard City USA, the city of Grand Haven, Michigan, presents a Coast Guard Festival annually during the week of August 4.
There is actually more than one Coast Guard City; 21 exist all around the country, all designated by the Commandant of the Coast Guard at the city’s request. This is considered an honorary title that recognizes communities that have special value or importance to the Coast Guard.
Many of these communities celebrate the Coast Guard in some fashion, but not necessarily on Coast Guard Day. The City of Eureka, California, for example, hosts a Coast Guard Ball and a variety of other activities, but these are held on the day the city was given the title of Coast Guard City, USA.