National Social Security Day

National Social Security Day is a holiday observed annually on August 14th that attempts to raise the American public’s awareness about the importance of the Social Security system. This system helps wounded veterans, those who become disabled, and families that have lost a spouse or parent.

It’s also an important system for people who have worked all their lives and allows them to provide for themselves in their retirement. Over 180 million working people pay into Social Security and are entitled to benefits when the need arises.

Although some politicians are always threatening to cut this program, the fact of the matter is that the American public would be worse off without it.

The History of National Social Security Day

After World War I, America transitioned from being mainly an agrarian society to becoming a more urban one. This meant that an increasing number of people had come to rely on cash wages for their support more than ever before.

Then the Great Depression happened, and by 1932, unemployment had reached 34% of the non-agrarian workforce. This was followed by a drop in wages, and by the middle of the 1930s, the life savings of millions of people had evaporated.

There were many older adults living in destitution after the loss of their savings. Although state governments in the U.S. tried to care for individuals, due to increased demand they had to cut the funds of many individuals so they could pay money to an increasing number of the destitute.

On August 14th, 1935, the Social Security Act was put into effect. Under this program, people would earn retirement benefits as they worked. Social Security has since been an important tool for keeping the old and disabled from becoming destitute.

Since August 14th, 1935, was the date when the Social Security Act was passed, it has been observed over the past 88+ years to raise the public’s awareness about the program. Although, if we’re going to be honest, few people celebrated this holiday for most of its existence.

That’s because there wasn’t a concerted effort in the past to eliminate the program. Now that there are some people who want to end this program, this day has been used as one to raise the public’s awareness about it.

Observing National Social Security Day

Letting everyone know about the importance of Social Security is probably the best way for people to observe it. And people can spread the word about this holiday all across the Internet to spread public awareness about it.

This can be done using the hashtag #NationalSocialSecurityDay. It’s probably also a good idea for people to take the time to learn more about the history of this program.

When is it?
This year (2024)
August 14 Wednesday
Next year (2025)
August 14 Thursday
Last year (2023)
August 14 Monday
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