VJ Day, otherwise known as Victory in the Pacific Day and VP Day, is a holiday that commemorates Japan’s surrender during World War II and thereby bringing an end to the war. It is officially recognized on August 15th in the United Kingdom and on September 2nd in the United States.
On August 6th, the United States dropped the atomic bomb ‘little boy’ on Hiroshima and on August 9th, dropped the bomb name ‘fat man’ on Nagasaki. This resulted in the Japanese formally surrendering to the Allies on August 15th. This was made official on September 2nd with the signing of the Japanese Instrument of Surrender aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Customs, Traditions And Celebrations
At one point in time, VJ Day celebrations were prevalent across the United States. However, many of them have now fallen out of favor due to the perception that these celebrations might be offensive to Japan – who is now an ally of the United States – or to Japanese Americans. There are places however, where parades and other activities are still held every year on this date. This includes Rhode Island, Connecticut and parts of the Midwest. It is also actively celebrated in parts of the United Kingdom.