National Defense Transportation Day - May
Fri, May 19, 2023

National Defense Transportation Day

National Defense Transportation Day is an annual American holiday that celebrates the American transportation industry. It is a very important area in the economy and defense industry, which allows a significant increase in logistics capabilities. The holiday is celebrated every third Friday in May.


The history of National Defense Transportation Day begins in 1957, when it was proclaimed by President J.D. Eisenhower. Five years later, slight changes were made to the celebration of the day, which began to be celebrated in May. The date of the holiday is a floating one. Its purpose is to thank all transportation workers and to highlight their tremendous contributions to the development of an entire nation.

President L. B. Johnson, in a 1968 speech, said that while decades ago it would have taken about a month to get from San Francisco to New York City, today it takes just over a week. In his remarks, he reaffirmed the importance of the development of the country’s transportation sector and the importance of National Defense Transportation Day.

Interesting facts

  • Despite the presence of high-profile plane crashes, civil aviation is one of the safest modes of transportation.
  • Statistically, white cars are 20% less likely to be involved in car accidents than black cars.
  • One of the most important transportation routes of the United States is the sea, since the continent is surrounded on all sides by oceans.

How to celebrate

Wish a happy holiday to someone you know if they work in transportation. Learn more about the peculiarities of transportation in America.

Spread the word about the holiday on social media. Let more users know about it.

When is National Defense Transportation Day celebrated in 2023?

National Defense Transportation Day is observed on the third Friday in May.


Weekday Month Day Year
Friday May 19 2023
Friday May 17 2024
Friday May 16 2025

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