The Department of Energy observes special days, weeks, and months as reflected in the list below of special  observances programs.  Observances are held annually in compliance with Executive Order 11478, 29 CFR Part 1614.102(b)(4), joint Congressional Resolutions, Presidential Proclamations, and the Department’s diversity and inclusion goals as articulated in the Department of Energy’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan for 2012-2015. 

Special Observances Programs

Special observances are designed for the purpose of providing cultural awareness to the Department. Commemorative activities conducted for these observances are educational and employment-related.

The following are Special Emphasis Observances implemented by presidential proclamation, executive orders and public law:

Month Special Emphasis Program Observances
January Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
February Black History Month
March Women's History Month
May Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month 
June Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month 
August 26 Women’s Equality Day 
September National Hispanic Heritage Month
October National Disability Employment Awareness Month
November  American Indian/Alaskan Native Heritage Month
November  Veterans Day


Photo Gallery: Selected Photos from Recent Special Observance Events