Date When Celebrated: Second Wednesday of May
Don't confuse this day for Administrative Professionals Day or Secretary's Day. Receptionists, this is your day! Okay, maybe it's not a day off. But, it's a day to recognize and appreciate all the things that you do!
The purpose of Receptionists Day are two-fold. First, of all it gives recognition to receptionists. After all, they are the first person your customers see when they walk through the door of your company. The great first impression is molded in large part thanks to your smiling, cheerful receptionist.
The second reason for Receptionist Day is to promote pride and professionalism in the position.
On this day, treat your Receptionist with flowers, candy, or a lunch!
Note: There is also a "Receptionist Week. It is celebrated the Second week of May.
National Receptionist Association
Origin of Receptionist Day
Our extensive research on this day came up with little substantial information around the history or origin of this day. We only discovered one site with any real content about the day. This was at the National Receptionist Association. We did find this day listed on countless Ecard websites.
We found an occasional reference to "National" Receptionist Day. However, we could find no information or government record to suggest it was voted by the U.S. Congress as a true "National" day.
This Day in History May 14
Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony. (1607)
Henry IV of France is assassinated bringing Louis XIII to the throne. (1610)
Four-year-old Louis XIV becomes King of France upon the death of his father, Louis XIII. (1643)
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States; George Washington presides. (1787)
Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox vaccination. (1796)
The Lewis and Clark Expedition departs from Camp Dubois and begins its historic journey by traveling up the Missouri River. (1804)
The Treaties of Velasco are signed in Velasco, Texas. (1836)
American Civil War: The Battle of Jackson takes place. (1863)
The children's charity National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launched in London. (1889)
The Stars and Stripes Forever is first performed in public near Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (1897)
New York Governor William Sulzer approves the charter for the Rockefeller Foundation, which begins operations with a $100 million donation from John D. Rockefeller. (1913)
Lina Medina becomes the youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five. (1939)
World War II: Rotterdam is bombed by the German Luftwaffe. (1940)
World War II: The Battle of the Netherlands ends with the Netherlands surrendering to Germany. (1940)
World War II: A Japanese submarine sinks AHS Centaur off the coast of Queensland. (1943)
Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established. Immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. (1948)
Cold War: Eight Communist bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, sign a mutual defense treaty called the Warsaw Pact. (1955)
American civil rights movement: The Freedom Riders bus is fire-bombed near Anniston, Alabama, and the civil rights protesters are beaten by an angry mob. (1961)
Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched. (1973)
Carrollton bus collision: A drunk driver traveling the wrong way on Interstate 71 near Carrollton, Kentucky, United States hits a converted school bus carrying a church youth group. Twenty-seven die in the crash and ensuing fire. (1988)
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares a state of emergency in the northeast states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa due to the terrorist activities of Boko Haram. (2013)