Grammar

Holiday Help

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Did you wish everyone a Happy “Veteran’s” Day yesterday? If you did, you had one apostrophe too many!

The names of holidays often inspire unintentional grammar errors, because some of the holidays take on a possessive form while others take on only a plural form.
So here is a list of which holiday falls into which category:

SINGULAR POSSESSIVE: (Use ‘s)
New Year’s Eve
Lincoln’s Birthday
Valentine’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day
Mother’s Day
Father’s Day
Secretary’s Day

PLURAL POSSESSIVE: (Use only an apostrophe)
Presidents’ Day
April Fools’ Day
All Saints’ Day

SIMPLE PLURAL: (No apostrophe at all)
Armed Forces Day
Veterans Day
United Nations Day

I hope you enjoy your holidays whether they need an apostrophe or not!

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