Pan American Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/observed on Friday, April 14th. There are until the next observance.

Every year on April 14, Pan American Day is observed. Today we commemorate the first International Conference of American States, which took place in Washington and culminated in the establishment of the Organization of American States (O.A.S.) in 1948. The O.A.S. is the world’s oldest regional organization of its sort. Pan American Day commemorates the union of the Americas, or the states of North and South America. It also honors the region’s many cultures and traditions. The day also serves as a reminder to strive for improved chances in all states.

📆 When is Pan American Day?

This year, Pan American Day is on April 14th. It is the 2nd Friday in April; in 2024, it is on Sunday.

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📜 History of Pan American Day

However, the notion of international solidarity among the Americas was rekindled on April 14, 1890, during the First International Conference of American States. This meeting was held in Washington, D.C., with 18 member countries deciding to attend the assembly. This marked the birth of the Organization of American States (O.A.S.). The Commercial Bureau of the American Republics acted as the organization’s permanent secretariat.

In the 1930s, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt of the United States convened an inter-American meeting in Buenos Aires to discuss the necessity for a “League of Nations of the Americas.” In the case of a confrontation, the members of this league would remain neutral. In response to the needs of the post-war scenario, members also established a system of collective security. The Rio Treaty (Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance) was signed in 1947 in Rio de Janeiro.

After numerous successive conferences, the O.A.S. was born in April 1948, with signatures from 21 American member countries. In 1948, this conference also accepted and ratified the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, which became the first human rights manifesto in the world.

☑️ Pan American Day facts

The O.A.S. strives for peace
The organization has launched peacekeeping missions in countries such as Haiti and Guatemala.

The O.A.S. defends human rights
The O.A.S. monitors and reports on human rights problems in member countries.

The O.A.S. fosters free trade
It advocates for unfettered intracontinental commerce from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

Things to do on Pan American Day

Plan a vacation
There is no better way to commemorate this day than to go to different states in the United States. Discover the many cultures that the Americas have to offer.

Increase your knowledge
If you enjoy reading, go to your nearby bookshop and learn about the many historical periods and civilizations of the Americas. Podcasts and audiobooks are additional options.

Take a quiz
Look for a fun quiz to play with your friends or family. Make certain that it is about North and South America.

📅 Pan American Day Observances

2022 April 14 Thursday
2023 April 14 Friday
2024 April 14 Sunday
2025 April 14 Monday
2026 April 14 Tuesday

Learn all April holidays, including and other American holidays.

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