Missouri Revised Statutes

Chapter 9
Public Holidays

August 28, 2013




Public holidays.

9.010. The first day of January, the third Monday of January, the twelfth day of February, the third Monday in February, the eighth day of May, the last Monday in May, the fourth day of July, the first Monday in September, the second Monday in October, the eleventh day of November, the fourth Thursday in November, and the twenty-fifth of December, are declared and established public holidays; and when any of such holidays falls upon Sunday, the Monday next following shall be considered the holiday. There shall be no holiday for state employees on the fourth Monday of October.

(RSMo 1939 15310, A.L. 1957 p. 725, A.L. 1969 p. 85, A.L. 1973 H.B. 228, A.L. 1979 S.B. 101, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1353)

Prior revisions: 1929 14222; 1919 5848; 1909 6701



Federal holidays, no ban or restriction on, when.

9.015. No state or local governmental entity, public building, public park, public school, or public setting or place shall ban or otherwise restrict the practice, mention, celebration, or discussion of any federal holiday.

(L. 2013 H.B. 278)

*Effective 10-11-13, see 21.250. H.B. 278 was vetoed July 1, 2013. The veto was overridden on September 11, 2013.



Designation of certain holidays.

9.020. In each year the third Monday of January is known as "Martin Luther King Day" and the twelfth day of February is known as "Lincoln Day" and the thirteenth day of April is known as "Jefferson Day" and the second Monday in October is known as "Columbus Day".

(L. 1957 p. 725, A.L. 1971 S.B. 163, A.L. 1979 S.B. 101, A.L. 1986 H.B. 1353)



Governor to proclaim Jefferson Day.

9.030. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart April thirteenth as "Jefferson Day", and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate exercises in the public schools and otherwise to the end that the memory of the public service and the humanitarian principles of Thomas Jefferson may be perpetuated.

(RSMo 1939 15314, A.L. 1957 p. 725)



May 8, Truman Day.

9.035. The governor shall issue annually a proclamation setting apart the eighth day of May as "Truman Day" and recommending to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed in honor of and out of respect for Harry S Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States, a distinguished public servant and the only Missourian ever to be elected to this high office.

(L. 1967 p. 93)



Missouri Day, date of--how observed.

9.040. The third Wednesday of October of each year is known and designated as "Missouri Day" and is set apart as a day commemorative of Missouri history to be observed by the teachers and pupils of schools with the appropriate exercises. The people of the state of Missouri, and the educational, commercial, political, civic, religious and fraternal organizations of the state of Missouri are requested to devote some part of the day to the methodical consideration of the products of the mines, fields, and forests of the state and to the consideration of the achievements of the sons and daughters of Missouri in commerce, literature, statesmanship, science and art, and in other departments of activity in which the state has rendered service to mankind.

(RSMo 1939 15316, A.L. 1957 p. 725, A.L. 1969 S.B. 70)

Prior revisions: 1929 14226; 1919 5852



May 1, Law Day.

9.050. In order to rededicate Missourians to the principles of the democratic form of government; to emphasize that ours is a government of law and not of men; and to further our philosophy that, "The Welfare of the People shall be the Supreme Law", May first of each year shall be designated as "Law Day U.S.A." It is not the purpose of this section to declare another legal holiday, but a day to solemnly declare allegiance to the principles of democracy, and respect for law.

(L. 1961 p. 565 1, 2)



June 14, Flag Day.

9.060. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart June fourteenth as "Flag Day" and recommending to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed in honor of and out of respect to the flag of the United States of America.

(L. 1986 H.B. 1368 1)



April 9, Prisoners of War Remembrance Day.

9.070. April ninth of every year shall be known and designated as "Prisoners of War Remembrance Day". It shall be a day on which to commemorate the sacrifices of those persons who suffered captivity in foreign lands while in the service of their country. The teachers and students of the schools of this state shall observe the day with appropriate exercises. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of prisoners of war remembrance day to solemn contemplation on the plight of the men and women of this country who have been held prisoners of war.

(L. 1987 H.B. 864 1)



POW/MIA Recognition Day observed, when.

9.072. The third Friday of September of each year shall be known and is designated as "POW/MIA Recognition Day", and is set apart as a day acknowledging with special gratitude and profound respect those who paid for our freedom with their own freedom, and as a day for remembering with deep sorrow those whose fate has never been resolved. The people of the state of Missouri, and the educational, commercial, political, civic, religious and fraternal organizations of the state of Missouri are requested to devote some part of the day to solemn contemplation on the plight of those Americans who were held, and those who may still be held, as prisoners of war throughout our history and who endured the indignities and brutality of captivity without surrendering their devotion to duty, honor and country, and to remembering with compassion and concern the families who persevere in their quest to know the fate of their missing loved ones. The state of Missouri reaffirms its commitment to continue efforts to obtain the fullest possible accounting for every American, especially every Missourian, missing in service to our country, and pledge to their families to search unceasingly for information about those who have died and those whose remains have not been recovered.

(L. 1999 H.B. 528 9.130)



Silver Star Families of America Day designated on May 1st.

9.074. May first of every year shall be known and designated as "Silver Star Families of America Day". It shall be a day on which to honor the wounded soldiers of this state and the efforts of the Silver Star Families of America to honor the wounded members of the United States Armed Forces. The Silver Star Families of America has worked tirelessly since its inception to distribute silver star banners, flags, and care packages to wounded service members and their families to ensure that the people of this state and nation remember the blood sacrifice made by those service members.

(L. 2009 H.B. 427 merged with H.B. 678)



Korean War Veterans Day, how observed.

9.080. In recognition of the courage and unwavering patriotism of those valiant men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served during the Korean War, July twenty-seventh of each year is hereby designated as "Korean War Veterans Day". The governor is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation each year calling upon the people of the state of Missouri to honor the men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who fought for their country during the Korean War, and to observe that day with appropriate honors, ceremonies and prayers.

(L. 1989 H.B. 911 1)



Vietnam Veterans Day designated, when.

9.085. In recognition of the courage and unwavering patriotism of those valiant men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served during the Vietnam Conflict, March thirtieth of each year shall be known and designated as "Vietnam Veterans Day" in Missouri. The citizens of the state of Missouri are encouraged to observe the day with appropriate events, activities, and remembrances in honor of the veterans who bravely fought, served, and sacrificed during the Vietnam Conflict and returned home to no parades, ceremonies, or public celebrations to welcome them in gratitude for their courageous service given and sacrifices made on behalf of our nation.

(L. 2012 H.B. 1128)



Veterans of Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom Day designated, when.

9.086. In recognition of the courage and unwavering patriotism of those valiant men and women of the Armed Forces of the United States who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Desert Storm, and all future military operations within the Iraq and Afghanistan regions, March twenty-sixth of each year shall be known and designated as "Veterans of Operation Iraq/Enduring Freedom Day" in Missouri. The citizens of the state of Missouri are encouraged to observe the day with appropriate events, activities, and remembrances in honor of the veterans who bravely fought, served, and sacrificed during the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and in gratitude for their courageous service given and sacrifices made on behalf of our nation.

(L. 2012 H.B. 1128)



Arbor Day to be first Friday in April, how observed.

9.100. The first Friday in April of each year is hereby set apart as Arbor Day for this state, and all communities, state agencies, schools, youth groups and commercial interests are requested to observe the same by encouraging the planting of trees, shrubs, and flowers. Each planting shall benefit the air, water, soil, wildlife and human habitation, and the day should be marked by ceremonies or dedications to remind Missouri citizens of the importance of trees in cities and forests in the state.

(L. 1990 H.B. 1599 1)

(Source: RSMo 1959 163.040; L. 1963 p. 200 11-7)



Bird appreciation day observed, when.

9.105. The twenty-first of March shall be designated as "Bird Appreciation Day" to be observed by elementary and secondary schools, cities, state agencies and civic organizations with activities designed to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of Missouri birds.

(L. 2001 S.B. 58)



Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day designated.

9.110. 1. December seventh of every year shall be known and designated as "Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day". It shall be a day on which to commemorate the sacrifice of more than two thousand citizens of the United States who were killed and more than one thousand citizens who were wounded when the Imperial Japanese Navy and Air Force attacked units of the armed forces of the United States stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The teachers and students of this state shall observe this day with appropriate exercises. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day to solemn contemplation of the selfless sacrifice made by those who gave their lives for their country in the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

2. All agencies of this state and all political subdivisions of this state shall fly the flag of the United States at half-staff each December seventh in honor of the individuals who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

(L. 1996 H.B. 1076)



Patriots Day, date of--how observed.

9.115. April nineteenth of every year shall be known and designated as "Patriots Day". It shall be a day on which to commemorate the day of the "shot heard 'round the world" and the beginning of the American Revolution. The teachers and students of the schools of this state shall observe the day with appropriate exercises. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of patriots day to solemn contemplation on the selfless sacrifice made by those who fought and gave their lives for our nation's independence.

(L. 2002 H.B. 1519)



May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day.

9.120. May fifteenth of every year shall be known and designated as "Missouri's Peace Officers Memorial Day". It shall be a day on which to commemorate the sacrifices of the federal, state, county and municipal peace officers who have been killed or disabled in the performance of their duties. The United States flag and the Missouri state flag shall be flown at half-staff on all government buildings on Missouri's peace officers memorial day.

(L. 1996 H.B. 1168 1)

Effective 5-8-96



Emergency Services Day observed, when.

9.130. The eleventh day of September of each year shall be known as "Emergency Services Day" and shall be set apart as a day of acknowledging, with special gratitude and profound respect, all public safety personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, emergency dispatchers, and corrections officers. The people of this state and all of its political subdivisions are hereby requested to:

(1) Devote some part of such day to recognizing their respective public safety personnel;

(2) Make an effort to urge the citizens of their communities to cooperate with police agencies in the reporting of crimes; and

(3) Cooperate with fire agencies by checking their smoke detectors to assure that such detectors are functional.

(L. 1999 H.B. 893 1, A.L. 2002 S.B. 726)



Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day, date of--how observed.

9.132. September eleventh of every year shall be known and designated as "Emergency Personnel Appreciation Day". It shall be set apart as a day of acknowledging, with special gratitude and profound respect, all emergency personnel, including police, firefighters, ambulance personnel, and emergency dispatchers. All citizens of this state are requested to devote some portion of emergency personnel appreciation day to recognition and solemn contemplation of the sacrifices undertaken by emergency personnel in performance of their duties.

(L. 2002 H.B. 1668)



United States flag and state flag to be flown at half-staff on September eleventh.

9.134. The United States flag and the Missouri state flag shall be flown at half-staff on all government buildings on each September eleventh in honor of the individuals who died as a result of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.

(L. 2006 H.B. 983)



United States flag and state flag to be flown at half-staff when a Missouri resident in the military dies in the line of duty.

9.135. The United States flag and the Missouri state flag shall be flown at half-staff on all government buildings for one full day whenever a Missouri resident, who was a resident at the time of enlistment in military service or at time of death, is killed in the line of duty during service in the military forces of this state or the United States. The Missouri veterans commission shall make ongoing reasonable efforts to determine if any residents have been killed in the line of duty, and shall notify the governor of any such death. The governor, who shall determine the day on which the resident shall be honored, shall then notify the office of administration.

(L. 2008 S.B. 806)



POW/MIA flag, display of encouraged on certain dates.

9.136. All government buildings, businesses, and citizens of the state of Missouri are encouraged to display the POW/MIA flag, which is designed to commemorate the service and sacrifice of the members of the Armed Forces of the United States who were prisoners of war or missing in action, on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, September eleventh, and Veterans Day.

(L. 2006 H.B. 984)



Missouri school read-in day designated for second Friday in March.

9.137. The second Friday in March shall be set apart and designated as "Missouri School Read-In Day". It is recommended to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed through activities that will bring about an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of reading and encourage greater emphasis on reading, both in the school and in the home. Missouri school read-in day recognizes that reading proficiency is a major factor in determining a child's success in school, regardless of the socioeconomic status, race, ethnic background, or educational level of the child and the child's family.

(L. 2011 H.B. 795)



Math, engineering, technology and science week designated--governor to proclaim.

9.138. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the first week of March as "Math, Engineering, Technology and Science (METS) Week", and recommending to the people of the state that the week be appropriately observed through activities that will result in an increased awareness of the importance of advancing community interest in math, engineering, technology, and science programs, and promote METS careers statewide in order to advance Missouri's workforce. The proclamation shall also recommend that the week be observed with appropriate activities in public schools. Public and private involvement in METS week demonstrates that fostering and encouraging interest in the sciences is a major factor in determining growth and success in school and will help students develop a focus on technology-based careers after graduation.

(L. 2009 H.B. 506)



Parent and Family Involvement in Education Week to be designated annually, when.

9.139. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second week of September as "Parent and Family Involvement in Education Week", and recommending to the people of the state that the week be appropriately observed through activities that will bring about an increased awareness of the importance and benefits of parent and family involvement in education and encourage greater involvement of parents and families in their children's education, both in the school and in the home. The parent and family involvement in education week recognizes that parent and family involvement in a child's education is a major factor in determining success in school, regardless of the socio-economic status, race, or ethnic background of the family, or the education level of the parents.

(L. 2008 H.B. 2213)



Missouri Lifelong Learning Month observed, when.

9.140. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation making the month of February "Missouri Lifelong Learning Month", and recommending that it be observed by the people with appropriate activities in the public schools and otherwise to promote public awareness of the importance of ongoing education throughout each person's lifetime.

(L. 2001 H.B. 218 merged with S.B. 201)



Bill of Rights Day established.

9.141. December fifteenth is hereby established as the "Bill of Rights Day" in Missouri to provide an opportunity for the people of Missouri to reflect upon the meaning, importance and uniqueness of this document. The people of the state, offices of government, and all civic organizations in the state are requested to devote a part of the day to the bill of rights. The bill of rights should be read in public schools and the day should be remembered with appropriate exercises. The bill of rights should be read in all courtrooms that meet or convene and the bill of rights shall be read in both chambers of the general assembly on the first legislative day after bill of rights day.

(L. 2002 S.B. 831)



PKS day designated for December fourth.

9.149. December fourth shall be designated as "PKS Day" in Missouri. Pallister-Killian Mosaic Syndrome, commonly known as Pallister-Killian Syndrome or PKS, is a disorder usually caused by the presence of an abnormal extra chromosome and is characterized by vision and hearing impairments, seizure disorders, and early childhood intellectual disability, distinctive facial features, sparse hair, areas of unusual skin coloring, weak muscle tone, and other birth defects. It is recommended to the people of the state that this day be appropriately observed by participating in awareness and educational activities on the symptoms and impact of Pallister-Killian Syndrome and to support programs of research, education, and community service.

(L. 2013 S.B. 33 merged with S.B. 72)



Pancreatic cancer awareness month designated for the month of November.

9.155. The month of November shall be designated as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" in Missouri. The citizens of the state of Missouri are encouraged to participate in appropriate activities and events to increase awareness of pancreatic cancer, which is incurable and has a low rate of survival due to the advanced stage of the disease when symptoms typically present themselves.

(L. 2013 H.B. 68)



Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Day designated for the first Friday in March.

9.156. The first Friday in March of each year shall be known and designated as "Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness Day". It is recommended to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed by wearing blue and through activities which will increase awareness of colon cancer.

(L. 2011 H.B. 182)



Alzheimer's Awareness Day proclaimed, when.

9.160. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the second Tuesday of March as "Alzheimer's Awareness Day", and recommending to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed through activities which will increase awareness of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

(L. 2001 H.B. 603)



Emancipation Day established.

9.161. 1. June nineteenth, known as Juneteenth, of each year shall be known and is designated as "Emancipation Day" to provide an opportunity for the people of Missouri to reflect upon the United States of America's passion for freedom as exemplified in the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights, and the Emancipation Proclamation, and to reflect upon the significance and particularity of the Emancipation Proclamation and its role in ending slavery in the United States. To celebrate that Juneteenth commemorates the spirit and quest of African-American freedom emphasizing education, art, and intellectual achievement, through reflection, rejoicing, and manifestation of a more substantive economic and just citizenry, the people of the state, offices of government, and all educational, commercial, political, civic, religious, and fraternal organizations in the state are requested to devote some part of the day to remember the proclamation that began the full realization for all people in the United States of the self-evident truth, as stated in the Declaration of Independence of the United States, that all men are created equal, by:

(1) Celebrating the abolishment of slavery, accomplished by ratification of the thirteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, as the former slaves celebrated on June 19, 1865, upon learning the message of freedom from Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army in Galveston, Texas, which celebration, known as "Juneteenth", is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery; and

(2) Reaffirming their commitment to achieving equal justice and opportunity for all citizens.

2. There is hereby established the "Missouri Juneteenth Heritage and Jazz Festival and Memorial". Any funds appropriated by the general assembly for this event shall be used to establish a statewide festival and monument to commemorate the struggles and hardships endured by those who had been enslaved.

(L. 2003 H.B. 640)



Rosa Parks Day to be proclaimed annually on February fourth.

9.163. The governor shall issue annually a proclamation setting apart the fourth day of February as "Rosa Parks Day" and recommending to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed in honor of and out of respect for Rosa Parks, an African-American woman who refused to give up her bus seat to a white man, an act of defiance that opened a decisive chapter in the civil rights movement in the United States.

(L. 2006 H.B. 1256)



Walk & bike to school month and day designated.

9.164. The month of October shall be set apart as "Walk & Bike to School Month" and the first Wednesday of October shall be set apart as "Walk & Bike to School Day" in Missouri to improve the safety of students walking and bicycling to school, encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school, and promote the benefits of walking and cycling to school, including physical activity and better student health and physical fitness, improved academics, reduced congestion and pollution, and more livable communities.

(L. 2011 S.B. 180)



Missouri bicycle month and day designation

9.165. The month of May shall be set apart as "Missouri Bicycle Month", the third Friday of May shall be set apart as "Bike to Work Day", and the week of bike to work day shall be set apart as "Bike to Work Week" in Missouri to promote bicycling as a viable and environmentally sound form of transportation and a source of healthful recreation, promote bicycle safety and encourage all users to safely share the road, promote Missouri as a great destination for bicycle tourism, and promote the benefits of bicycling for health, physical fitness, family togetherness, economic development, and creating a vibrant, healthy, and livable state.

(L. 2011 S.B. 180)



Girl Scout Day to be proclaimed on March 12.

9.167. The governor shall annually issue a proclamation setting apart the twelfth day of March as "Girl Scout Day", and recommending to the people of the state that the day be appropriately observed in recognition of the Girl Scout program which seeks to promote the social welfare of young women, build self-esteem, and teach values such as honesty, fairness, courage, compassion, character, sisterhood, confidence, and citizenship through activities including camping, community service, learning first aid, and earning badges by acquiring practical skills.

(L. 2010 S.B. 649)



Child abuse prevention month designated for the month of April.

9.173. The month of April is hereby designated as "Child Abuse Prevention Month" in the state of Missouri. The citizens of this state are encouraged to observe the month with appropriate activities and events to increase awareness of the prevalence and warning signs of child abuse and the prevention methods and measures available to reduce the incidence of child abuse in this state.

(L. 2011 H.B. 749)



Motorcycle awareness month designated for the month of May.

9.174. The month of May is hereby designated as "Motorcycle Awareness Month" in the state of Missouri. The citizens of this state are encouraged to observe the month with appropriate activities and events.

(L. 2013 S.B. 72)



Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) awareness week designated for the last week of October.

9.190. The last full week in October is hereby designated as "Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Awareness Week" in the state of Missouri. The citizens of this state are encouraged to observe the week with appropriate activities and events.

(L. 2013 H.B. 68)

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