US National Science Day

Celebrate American Science!

A national day honoring science raises public awareness about the importance of science for our health, food and economy and inspires the future generations of scientists.

"The U.S. should have a
National Science Day.”

Melissa Booth, PhD.
When I learned that the United States (U.S.) does not observe a National Science Day, I explored the possibilities of establishing a special day. U.S. House Representative Deborah Ross of North Carolina and her legislative assistant, Huston Wallace, listened when I proposed the idea. And guess what? They did something about it! Soon, there could be a National Science Day in the U.S.A. Hooray!

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US National Science Day

House Resolution 788 to designate a National Science Day.

It is hard for one person to make a difference. But if you can find the right people to help, anything is possible.
US National Science Day

House Resolution 788 to designate a National Science Day.

It is hard for one person to make a difference. But if you can find the right people to help, anything is possible.

About National Science Day

National Science Day is a day to honor, celebrate and commemorate American scientific achievements and the people involved. Science is vitally important to our health and well-being, so our science accomplishments should be recognized and celebrated! Here are some of the reasons that I believe the U.S. should have a National Science Day.

- At least 18 United States government departments and agencies rely on a scientifically trained workforce including:
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • National Centers for Environmental Information
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Energy
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Education
  • Defense Technical Information Center
  • Department of Commerce
  • United States Forest Service
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • United States Geological Survey
  • Department of Transportation
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • United States Fish and Wildlife Service
- Scientific research leads to knowledge, products and processes that continually improve many sectors such as Agriculture, Animal Welfare, Economics, Health and Healthcare, Commerce, Transportation, Defense and others.

- The U.S. has many commemorative days honoring and celebrating men and women that keep us safe. We should also recognize that men and women working in science that also help to protect and keep all Americans and the world safe and secure, as with the recent development and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine.

- The U.S. National Science Foundation 2022 Science and Engineering Indicators report shows that science and engineering makes up 23% of the workforce or more than 36 million jobs and that these jobs pay more than double on average than the median income of all U.S. workers.

- A U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report shows that employment in the life, physical and social sciences alone are predicted to grow 7% between 2021 and 2031. This means about 98,700 new jobs in the coming decade. "Increasing demand for expertise in the sciences, particularly in occupations involved in biomedical research, psychology, energy management, and environmental protection, is projected to result in employment growth. The median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $72,740 in May 2021, which was higher than the median wage for all occupations of $45,760.”

- Many people do not know about the accomplishments that America has achieved in the sciences which impact their daily lives.

- The percentage of historically underrepresented groups in the science and engineering workforce demographic is growing, which strengthens the U.S. economy.

- Establishes a firm date for a shared national experience for all American students to learn and celebrate science regardless of educational setting..

- Inspires rising generations to continue the honorable and vital tradition of science in America.

Common Questions

How do you see National Science Day being celebrated?
For educators and parents, a designated day creates a firm date for science fairs and projects uniting America’s youth in a shared national experience, regardless of educational setting.

Government, industry and media can use the special day designation to engage the public and demonstrate the processes and products of American science.
Do other countries recognize a National Science Day?
India, Pakistan and China recognize a National Science Day. China, Britain, Australia, Ireland and Norway celebrate National Science Weeks.
Will it be a federal holiday? Do I get off work or school?
No, this is not a federal holiday. Businesses and government will not be closed. It is a day of national observance.
Who will oversee National Science Day?
Possibly the National Science Foundation, but that remains to be determined.