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Victory Day: Rhode Island

Celebrating the WWII defeat of Japan

by Liz Olson

In honor of the end of World War II, Rhode Island celebrates Victory Day annually on the second Monday in August. Victory Day, also known as Victory over Japan Day, commemorates the day Japan submitted to the United States—August 15, 1945. The formal surrender of Japan occurred on September 2, 1945, and ending World War II.

In 1946, President Truman established Victory Day as a federal holiday, but did not distinguish between victory over Japan and victory over Europe, which occurred three months prior with Germany’s surrender.

Rhode Island is the only state in the U.S. to commemorate Victory over Japan Day with an official state holiday. State and local government offices are closed for Victory Day, but federal offices in Rhode Island remain open.

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