Show Full Date for a Day’s Name


Show Date for Holiday’s Name quickly calculates and shows the full date of major U.S. holidays for the current calendar year. Add the full date notation for many U.S. Federal holidays, Hawaiian state holidays, and various cultural observances in your posts easily with just the name of the day. For federal and state public holidays that may land on a weekend, you can choose to display the actual date of the holiday or the designated observed weekday date.


In most cases you can install automatically from WordPress.

However, if you install this manually, follow these steps:

  1. Upload the entire show-date-for-days-name folder to the /wp-content/plugins/ directory.
  2. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.

FYI: There is no “control panel” for this plugin.


What holidays are recognized by the plugin?

An example of the shortcode and attributes for this plugin are as follows:

[showdatefor name=”holiday” date=”observed”]

Shortcode attributes have changed with version 1.3.

The date attribute should be set to [ actual | observed ]. The default is the actual date of the holiday for the calendar year. Observed is for the transposed date that public holidays that have been given for the current calendar year to give worker’s time off.

The name attribute should be set to one of the following public holiday and cultural observances codes that are recognized by this plugin:

The following list of codes are available to generate current US Federal holiday dates:

  • newyearsday
  • nextnewyearsday
  • martinlutherkingjrday
  • valentinesday
  • washingtonsbirthday
  • presidentsday
  • saintpatricksday
  • goodfriday
  • easter
  • arborday
  • mothersday
  • memorialday
  • fathersday
  • juneteenth
  • independenceday
  • laborday
  • columbusday
  • discoverersday
  • halloween
  • electionday
  • veteransday
  • thanksgiving
  • christmaseve
  • christmas
  • xmas

The following list of additional codes are available to generate current Hawaiian state holiday dates and other cultural observances:

  • girlsday
  • hinamatsuri
  • princekuhioday
  • mayday
  • leiday
  • boysday
  • tangonosekku
  • kamehamehaday
  • tanabatafestival
  • admissionsday
  • statehoodday
  • honolulumarathon

If you have any further questions, please submit them to the support forum.


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Contributors & Developers

“Show Full Date for a Day’s Name” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.




  • Added goodfriday, washingtonsbirthday, and juneteenth federal holidays
  • Revised code base
  • Changed attributes to enable new functionality
  • Added observed vs. actual for federal and state public holidays


  • Added juneteenth federal holiday


  • Small bug fixes
  • Added more dates
  • Refactored for unique function names


  • Initial launch of the plugin