Pan American Aviation Day

Observed on December 17th, Pan American Aviation Day is a federal observance in the United States. Its purpose is to stimulate interest in travel throughout the Western Hemisphere and to encourage the exchange of ideas and culture.

Most of the official celebrations observed on this day are coordinated with Wright Brothers’ Day—a holiday that is also observed on December 17th. This allows the entire day to have an aviation motif that many people will appreciate, especially if they are fans of manned human flight.

The History of Pan American Aviation Day

Pan American Aviation Day was first observed on December 17th, 1940. It was marked by showing movies on the subject of aviation, presenting the Collier Trophy to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and with broadcasts by military officials. It was also celebrated with a banquet, as well as the sale of stamps commemorating the day. The holiday has been observed ever since.

Fast Aviation Facts

Below are some fast aviation facts that we’ve gathered for your entertainment.

  • Pilots and co-pilots are encouraged to eat different entrees to avoid potential cases of food poisoning affecting both.
  • A Boeing 747 has over 6 million different parts.
  • Each engine on a 747 weighs almost 9,500 pounds.

Observing Pan American Aviation Day

It’s common for this holiday to be observed by U.S. government officials and offices after the president issues a proclamation on the holiday.

People across the U.S. also observe this holiday by visiting aviation museums, attending special seminars or exhibits about aviation, or simply by spending time learning about the history of human flight. While celebrating this holiday, they often use the hashtag #PanAmericanAviationDay on social media to spread the word about it to everyone who follows them.

Where is it celebrated?
United States (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
December 17 Tuesday
Next year (2025)
December 17 Wednesday
Last year (2023)
December 17 Sunday