Mother's day 2026
In the United States Mother's Day is a holiday celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May. Mother's Day in 2026 is on Sunday, the 10th of May in week 20. Don't forget to give your mother a gift, send a card, take her out for dinner or buy her some nice flowers to show her how special she is. Read all about the traditions in the USA.
Mother's Day is not a federal holiday but it's a day to celebrate motherhood and show appreciation for mothers, including (great-)grandmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and other mother figures. The history goes way back: the modern holiday was first celebrated in 1908. Anna Marie Jarvis was the founder of this holiday in the United States.
Second Sunday of May 2026
This special day is celebrated in a lot of countries around the world. Some with different celebrations, traditions and dates. Most of them are celebrated on the second Sunday of May, like in the United States. If you are from the United Kingdom or Ireland you should know that it is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent (15 March 2026). It is a different date than the USA because the date in the UK is connected to Easter (which changes year-to-year). And if you live in an Arab country the day will most likely be celebrated on the 21st of March.
When is Mother's Day weekend 2026?
Most commonly considered the weekend is the period between Friday evening and the end of Sunday. Therefore you can assume that the weekend in which this annual holiday is celebrated starts on Friday the 8th of May. The date changes year-to-year and just like Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of November, Mother's Day is always held on the second Sunday of May. It is not a federal or public holiday in the USA, but many organizations, schools, and government offices are closed anyway because it is on a Sunday.
Mother's day dates
Upcoming dates in the United States: