Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative Professionals Day – also known as secretaries day – is a day that is celebrated on the Wednesday in the last week of April – a week that goes by the name Administrative Professionals Week. It is celebrated to recognize the contributions of secretaries and administrative assistants.


This holiday was created by the president of the National Secretaries Association – Mary Barrett – in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In 1952, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Charles Sawyer declared the first week of June to be Secretaries Week, and the Wednesday in that week to be Secretaries Day. In 1955. Secretaries Week was then changed to the last week of April. In 1981, the day was changed from secretaries day to Administrative Professionals Day to incorporate not only secretaries into the holiday but a myriad of professional and administrative assistants.

Today, the day is not only celebrated in the United States but is celebrated all over the world. Some of the areas in which it is celebrated include Australia, France, India, Kenya, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

Customs, Traditions and Celebrations

All over the world, Administrative Professionals Day is celebrated with an assortment of celebrations, parties and other events. In the U.S, it is common for people to give gifts of candy or flowers to their secretaries on this day.

Where is Administrative Professionals Day celebrated?

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