2024 Calendar of Events in the U.S. and Latin America - Part 1

Hispanic Community January 2024 PREMIUM

As we begin the new year, Hispanic Outlook offers readers a calendar of all national holidays and key electoral, cultural and international events that will take place in 2024 across the United States and Latin America. 

Aside from providing a useful way to remember important dates, this calendar also reveals interesting facts and patterns in the national holidays of our region: did you know that Christmas is also designated as Day of the Family in Uruguay, or that while many Latin American countries celebrate Army and Navy Days, Costa Rica celebrates Abolition of the Army Day? Other interesting facts are that Puerto Rico has an American Citizenship Day; this month Cuba designated the region’s most recent holiday, People’s Effort Day; and Children’s Day is a national day off in Brazil and Uruguay. Universally celebrated holidays are New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Christmas, and the encounter between native peoples and Europeans (previously Columbus Day), now known as Day of the Races (Dia de la Raza) or other similar designations. Labor Day is also  celebrated in all countries (on or around May 1st in most; in September in the U.S. and Puerto Rico). 

2024 will witness important political developments: presidential elections will take place in the United States, which has approximately 34.5 million Latino voters. Six Latin American nations - El Salvador, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela – will also choose their new President, while Brazil and Chile will hold key municipal elections. Other key international events include the soccer Copa America, to take place in various U.S. cities, and the G-20 Summit to be hosted by Brazil. 


1st: New Year’s Day, National Holiday in all countries (celebrated as Liberation Day/Triumph of the Revolution Day in Cuba)

2nd: Victory Day, Cuba

3rd: People’s Effort Day, Cuba

6th: Epiphany/Three Kings Day, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and most Hispanic America (also designated Children’s Day in Uruguay)

8th: Epiphany Holiday, Colombia

9th: Martyr’s Day, Panama

15th: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, USA, Puerto Rico

21st: Our Lady of Altagracia Day, Dominican Republic

22nd: Plurinational State Foundation Day, Bolivia 

29th: Juan Pablo Duarte Day, Dominican Republic


4th: General elections -Presidency and Legislative Assembly,  El Salvador

5th: Constitution Day, Mexico

12th-13th: Carnival, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela (extends to the 14th in Brazil; only on the 13th in Panama)

19th: President’s Day, USA, Puerto Rico (Also National Heroes’ Day in Puerto Rico)

27th: Independence Day, Dominican Republic


1st: National Heroes Day, Paraguay

2nd: American Citizenship Day, Puerto Rico

3rd: Election of Mayors and Municipal Councils, El Salvador

11th: National Heroes and Benefactors Day, Belize

18th: Benito Juarez’ Birthday, Mexico

22nd: Emancipation Day, Puerto Rico

24th: Memorial Day/Truth and Justice Day, Argentina

25th: St Joseph's Day, Colombia

28th: Maundy Thursday/Good Thursday (National/Public Holiday in Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela; a widely-observed Bank Holiday in Mexico and Panama)

29th: Good Friday (National/Public Holiday in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico) 

30th: Holy Saturday (National/Public Holiday in Belize, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras)

31st: Easter Sunday (National Holiday in all countries)


1st: Easter Monday, Belize

2nd: Day of the Veterans/Malvinas Day, Argentina

11th: Juan Santamaria Day/Battle of Rivas, Costa Rica

14th: Americas' Day/Panamerican Day, Honduras

19th: Declaration of Independence, Venezuela

21st: Tiradentes Day, Brazil

22nd: Landing of the 33 Patriots Day, Uruguay

29th: Labor Day, Belize

29th: Labor Day, Dominican Republic


1st: Labor Day (National/Public Holiday in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba)

3rd: Labor Day, Ecuador

5th: General elections – Presidency, National Assembly, Panama

5th: Battle of Puebla/Cinco de Mayo, Mexico (local public holiday, widely observed)

10th: Mother’s Day, El Salvador and Guatemala (in Guatemala, only working mothers get a day off)

12th: Mother’s Day, Puerto Rico

13th: Ascension Day, Colombia 

14th – 15th: Independence Day and Extended Holiday, Paraguay

18th: Battle of Las Piedras Holiday, Uruguay

19th: General elections – Presidency, Senate, Chamber of Deputies, Dominican Republic

21st: Navy Day, Chile

24th: Battle of Pichincha Holiday, Ecuador

25th: May 1810 Revolution Day, Argentina

27th: Memorial Day, USA and Puerto Rico

30th: Corpus Christi Day, Brazil, Bolivia, Dominican Republic

30th: Mother’s Day, Nicaragua


2nd: General Election Day – Presidency, Senate, Chamber of Deputies, Mexico

3rd: Corpus Christi Holiday, Colombia

7th: Battle of Arica and Flag Day, Peru

10th: Sacred Heart Day, Colombia

12th: Chaco Armistice Day, Paraguay

17th: Martín Miguel de Guemes Day, Argentina

17th: Father’s Day, El Salvador

19th: José Artigas' Birthday, Uruguay

20th: Flag Day, Argentina

20th: National Day of Indigenous Peoples, Chile

21st: Aymara/Andean New Year, Bolivia

24th: Battle of Carabobo, Venezuela

29th: Saint Peter and Saint Paul Day, Chile

29th: St Peter and St Paul Day, Peru

20th June – 14th July: CONMEBOL Copa America 2024, various cities in the United States. 


Notes and Sources

Note: This calendar includes all holidays designated as National, Government and Public Holidays, and a few essential, widely observed Bank Holidays. It includes the United States and all countries in Latin America, understood as countries with Spanish, Portuguese and French roots located in the Americas and the Caribbean. It excludes Suriname and Guyana in South America and the English-speaking nations of the Caribbean, which are all commonly considered to be part of the West Indies.


Public Holidays Global, at 

Time and Date Holidays, at 

Office Holidays, at 

TIME magazine, 

Americas Society/Council of the Americas, A Guide to 2024 Latin American Elections, at 










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