What is the difference between Navy Day and the Navy Birthday? Both of these occur in the month of October, and both celebrate the men and women of the United States Navy past and present. The Navy celebrates its’ birthday officially on October 13, and Navy Day was established to be observed on October 27.
There are plenty of differences between the two, starting with the fact that the Navy Birthday is recognized on the anniversary of the historic formation of the Continental Navy during the American Revolution; Navy Day was originally chosen to coincide with the birthday of President Theodore Roosevelt.
Which came first? Navy Day is actually the older observance, in terms of when it was created and officially recognized as it is today. The “official” observation of the Navy birthday was initiated by Admiral Elmo Zumwalt in 1972, but Navy Day was sponsored by the Navy League of New York in 1922.
While both holidays recognize the service and sacrifices of those in uniform, Navy Day is specifically about military service, where the Navy birthday celebrates the origins and history of the U.S. Navy.
How Navy Day Is Observed In The United States?
Much of what passes for a celebration of Navy Day in modern times doesn’t really happen specifically on October 27th. Even the Navy League, which initiated the holiday back in 1922, doesn’t have much in the way of a specific reference to it on events calendars on its’ official site. But that doesn’t mean that the Navy isn’t given the appropriate amount of respect it’s due by the military, it’s supporters, and taxpayers with a formal recognition day.
These observances may include unit-sponsored events, such as fun runs, and fundraising activities for the Navy/Marine Corps Relief Society or other worthy causes. Military orderly rooms, Military Family Support Centers, and Commander’s Access channels will carry news of these events as they are scheduled locally either in the form of a Navy Day event or as part of Armed Forces Day.